Storekorsnes and Oksfjord
The Norway of my imagination survives at its distant edges. It is an imagination fed by a too brief holiday in the early sixties when the sun perpetually shone, the snow-capped mountains reflected a clear bright light and the fjords were a deep dark blue. I found it again these last few days, at Storekorsnes and Oksfjord.
Both are situated at the end of long and winding roads and both survive not because of their tarmac connections but because of their proximity to the sea. Storekorsnes is a small fishing village and Oksfjord a thriving ferry port – it is the sea that feeds them.
Like many of the coastal towns and villages, the routes to them include long deep tunnels, some descending far enough to burrow beneath the seabed. The route to Oksfjord includes a particularly unpleasant 4km example – a single lane with irregular passing places, it is roughly hewn, dimly lit and damp throughout. It has more in common with Telford’s canal tunnels than anything designed for motorised transport. Emerging back into a bright Norwegian light is a welcome and remarkable contrast; from hell to heaven in the blink of an eye.
Excellent Norwegian taster – you get a fell for the envirionment coilou and shapes – so different from my own winter visit – look positively like summer.
Many thanks – I recommend a return visit in the summer. We booked a fly/drive through Discover the World and so far everything has worked out very well.
What wonderful places by the sea!
It is wonderful Sue – I am already plotting how we get back again 🙂
I see what you mean about the clarity of the light and those wonderful blues – great photos – worth those nasty tunnels.
Many thanks – the tunnels and a very large number of miles.
Beautiful photos of a gorgeous-looking place. Hope you’re having a great holiday.
Many thanks Su – it always helps when the sun shines 🙂
Oh how lovely and beautiful…your photos are already fantastic and make me very happy. But I can see myself easily in one of those pretty houses, one the porch, tea and knitting: just perfect! Thank you, your blog felt like a little holliday! xo Johanna
Many thanks Johanna, glad you enjoyed the holiday 🙂
Some lovely scenes there! I particularly like the orangey red colour they often paint their buildings.
Totally agree about that colour, it is perfect for the setting – a sort of red lead colour – Norwegian Red, not to be mistaken for the Norwegian Blue 😀
The latter being reserved for ex-sheds…
I’m glad you didn’t take me into that tunnel with you, Robin! Idyllic shots, especially that hut on the pier and the ‘teapot’ lighthouse 🙂
Pam closes her eyes 🙂 A perfect habitat for trolls which I guess is maybe why the Norwegians have a compulsive tunnel building habit.
Sublime photos, Robin. The scenery is well worth the descent into those frightening tunnels.
Many thanks Julie – there are a surprising number of tunnels and they are building lots more. Saves on the snow shifting I guess.
beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and did I say beautiful. Gads, I wish I was there!
It really is Cate – I recommend it winter or summer but they are two entirely different experiences.
Oh Robin, I’m breathless.
Many thanks Jean – you need to keep out of that cold sea water 😀
Thanks. Lovely capture of colours and light. We’re in Sweden experiencing something of the same. Regards and enjoy your summer. Regards Thom.
Thanks Thom, have a great holiday. We are now back in Sweden – Abisko.