Our Beautiful World

Day 09

Waking up at the Hauklandbeach was not the worst thing we could do.
Not that we normally like company, but everybody else was sleeping....
And the beach: just beautiful.
And so off for a new day of adventures.......

There is nothing like flowers - especially when you can have them by the thousands....

Coming up next: traces of our forefathers again....

At first sight it looks like they have stranded with their very large boat upside down.
But no - this was one of the largest homes of the Vikings for almost 1.000 years ago.

BORG was one of the 10-15 chieftains'
seats from Iron Age North Norway,
but Borg is the only one where the
building itself has been found.
Archaeological investigations in the
years 1983-1989 uncovered unusually
rich finds, including remains of a house
as long as 83 metres - the largest known
from the Viking world. The chieftain's
seat was established c. 500 A.D. and
abandoned around 950.
One of the chieftains at Borg was
probably Olaf Tvennumbruni, who
reestablished himself in Iceland,
perhaps because of conflict with other

The chieftain's house has now been
reconstructed as part of «Lofotr -
The Viking Museum at Borg» - a large
complex that offers an exciting encounter with the Viking world.

The living quarters are 20 metres long
with a central hearth. They may have
been subdivided into smaller rooms.
Among the finds here were a couple of
glass beads and a brooch pin. Some of
this room, the western part, has been
left for future excavation.

It was undoubtedly here that most of
the household lived and carried on their
various domestic arts and crafts.
Personal goods and common household
equipment were stored in chests and
on shelves, or hung on the walls.
There were benches along the walls -
for sitting on by day and sleeping on
by night.

The chieftain's hall was furnished with
benches along the walls. Along the
middle of the floor ran the open
hearth, where the food was prepared.
Most of the time, this room also
contained people working with crafts
and day-to-day activities.
Here were the high seats of the
chieftain and his lady, elevated over
the benches.

The High Seat was the symbolic
centre of all social life, politics and
religion. In both royal hall and
ordinary farmhouse, all power and
order flowed from the high seat,
where the ruling couple governed the
feast and held court.

The gold-leaf amulets show a tryst
between a man and a woman.
Such amulets are found only at certain
places in Scandinavia, in chieftains'
seats and other power centres.
They were ritually buried under the
post foundations during the erection
of the high seat, from where the ruling
couple held court. In all, five have
been discovered here.

Drying different herbs for use during the long winter.

Aye Aye Captain! A bit more starboard!

The Vikings built far better ships than their
predecessors, and navigated with great
precision, making journeys easier.
They crossed the Atlantic to Iceland,
Greenland and Vinland. Eastwards they
sailed the Russian rivers to the Caspian
Sea and via the Black Sea to
Constantinople (Byzantium).

This drawing shows an old viking-bridge, built about 1150 BC.
It was 90 m long, and is at present the only known bridge from that age here in Norway.

A fine piece of engineering.
All made of wood and stones. The pillars were thus filled by stones to stand the ice and storms.
On top of the bridge the vikings laid planks, and when one of their narrow ships had to pass,
they just lifted the planks in the center off.

This also made the lagoon inside the bridge a fine shelty harbour for their ships.

Next stop: Henningsvær

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

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.

more about Henningsvær here: http://www.henningsvaer.com/pages/engindex.html
(Not valid as per Sept .2010)

and as we told you in the introduction part,
we had to celebrate our wedding-anniversay here that day....

....before we took the day off at this beautiful place just East of Svolvær..

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