Northern Landscape

There is something about the Northern Norwegian Landscape that really captivates me. The dramatic combined with the wind swept gives me the urge to write. My family have a cabin up North and my father is from the area where most of my inspiration comes from.

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This is the bay where my family name comes from. Translated it is the Little Bay. I love this place and it is where I spend most of my summers when I’m not working on some project.

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The dramatic views I get from this place is great. It takes me back to the age of Norse Men or even to a world of fantasy. Why no fantasy movies are made here, is beyond me. Or more specifically it might have something to do with cost.

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The mountains have been shaped by many thousands of years of ice, but they stand tall and proud. This particular peak is part of a legend about a troll or an ogre who wanted to slide down the mountainside.

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He slide down the mountain and into the water, but he had gathered so much speed that he could not stop. On the other side of the fjord there is only steep mountains so he grabbed onto the cliff face.

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He left these imprints before he sank to the bottom of the sea. Isn’t it amazing how naturally formed mountains and rocks inspire so much of our storytelling? I was told this story when I was just a little kid and I really thought that that troll had done this.

This is why I love this area of my home country and every time I get back to Oslo from Nesna, which is the place’s name, I am filled with the urge to write and write a lot.

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The landscape gives me ideas of heroes fighting dragons in the mountains or evil warlocks plotting to destroy the land.

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Or elves roaming through ancient forests looking for the only thing that can save the land from a tainted being.

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Because who can sleep with a view like this?

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5 comments

  1. Yes, a beautiful area, nicely described and shown with your words and photos.

    I was in Tromso in 2007, and found that very beautiful too; especially looking back at the cliffs of Senja from the sea.

    I am also inspired to write and take photos by wonderful nature.

    1. The place those pictures have been taken can be reached by Hurtigruten, and it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. But the entire area all the way up to Nordkapp, is filled with those kinds of landscapes. 🙂

      1. Thanks, yes, I think there are beautiful landscapes all over Norway; it looked that from my Oslo-Tromso flight, and what I’ve seen on the ground and at sea. Cheers.

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