Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Some summer holiday shots from Norway # Part 11.

Henningsvær in Lofoten is situated at the foot of Mount Vågakaillen, and consists of a group of isles and islets spread out at random in the blue waters of the Vestfjord.

With the mountain at its back and otherwise surrounded by the sea, Henningsvær was a natural hub of activity during the Lofoten Winter Fishery, and in the 1800’s, the island community prospered, and Henningsvær became one of the most prominent fishing villages in Lofoten.
Unlike many other fishing villages, the population of Henningsvær has remained stable in recent years, and there are still over 500 people living there.
The islands were not connected to the rest of Lofoten by bridges until 1981, a fact that probably helped save the community from the contemporary style of architecture with its preference for concrete blocks, that otherwise left its mark on just about all other Norwegian towns and villages in the 60’s and 70’s.
Such a combination of an active, vibrant environment and well-preserved architecture, makes Henningsvær something quite unique.






























9 comments:

Ivar Ivrig said...

Kan ikke si annet enn at du har vært heldig med været i ferien din :-)
Atter en gang en flott opplevelse å se dine bilder.

ArneA said...

Jeg må vel si at flottere sommer kan de vel ikke ha hatt der nordpå.
NÅ vil jeg ha et VÆRbilde som viser hvordan de i virkeligheten har det der oppe

evlahos said...

your last sentence can describe very well this place. excellent photography too

pts said...

it's vibrant! great photos!

Ida said...

Du vekker reiselysten med dine FANTASTISKE bilder! :)

kjpweb said...

The quality of your images along with the large size makes it joy to come by and see what you're doing!
Cheers, Klaus

fishing guy said...

John: What a beautiful view of a town frozen in history. You surely have taken some great shots on your vacation.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

itis so surprising that the houses can be kept looking so freshly painted when they are right by the sea, soaking up so much salt and sea mist

John said...
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