I am writing this as we are on the ferry from Haugesund to Stavanger, Norway. This is the 4th ferry we have taken: one in the “Norway in a Nutshell” tour, one from Austrheim to Fedja Island, one from Bergen to Haugesund and the last from Haugesund to Stavanger. I’ve never been on a ferry where you drive your vehicle onto the boat and go across the water before this trip, and I find it interesting. You get out of your vehicle and go up to the passenger area. There is food you can purchase, including, in every ferry we rode, bacon wrapped hot dogs. When we were on the ferry with Eilert and Greta they brought drinks and cups. The broccoli salad we had a for lunch was amazingly similar to the ones we frequently buy in Cub and County Market grocery stores, and we’re trying to figure out if this recipe is an import from Norway to Minnesota or vice versa.
We have friends in Minnesota whose last name is Skie. As the bus brought us toward Stavanger, we wondered if their family might originally come from Skiei Norway we passed on the island of Karmøy near Haugesund. We, again, regretted not being able to go to Skudeneshaven on the island of Karmøy. Maybe the next time we are in Norway we can stop there. On the way to Stavanger, the bus went through a huge tunnel under the channel from Karmøy to the mainland again. We arrived at the Stavanger Sentrum bus station (which is right next to the train station), near Lake Breiavatnet and marked on the map as number 4.
|June 2015 Norway Trip|
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We rented our bikes from the main tourist center (number 3), ate amazing fish at Fiske Torget (number 2), and toured a cannery where Nelly Torgerson may have worked (number 1). We did not get out to Wessels Gate (number 5) where one account shows Nelly Torgerson lived during part of her youth. Our apartment was at number 6 in the inset – a 20-minute bike ride south of downtown Stavanger and less than a kilometer from the church.
Stavanger is a busy city with many things to do and see. We were able to figure out the bus right away, and after our morning trip from Haugesund, we went to our apartment and put our luggage away. This apartment was on the 16th floor and we had it to ourselves as Gloria, our host, was on vacation somewhere else. She had a friend let us in, give us a key and show us around. When we planned this trip to Norway I wanted to come to Stavanger and go to church here. My Grandma Nellie Torgerson Haggen joined the LDS Church in Stavanger.
The family group shown above shows Grant Haggen as the youngest of eight children born to Hans and Nelly in the 1920s and ’30s. Nelly’s whole family was baptized between 1910 and 1913. The Oldest daughter was the only one who wasn’t baptized at that time. Her mother Hannah Marthea Haaversdotter Torgerson was the Relief Society (LDS church women’s organization) President for 17 years. Hannah’s daughter Nelly Margaret Nokoline Torgerson, and Grandpa Haggen met in Stavanger when he served there as a missionary around 1920. They were married in Richfield, Utah on May 14, 1923.
We went back into town and went to the information center. We wanted to go to Pulpit Rock and had heard it was one of the best Fjord tours close to Stavanger. There wasn’t time to go so we asked about renting bikes somewhere and we also needed information about routes on the bike. The information center rented bikes for 24 hours. There were also electric bikes we could rent hourly by the train station. We went to the train station first and failed miserably to get them out of their holders. They are locked on racks. To access the bikes you register online. After they have your information including credit card info you take them off the racks. Unfortunately I was the only one to succeed at this. There were 3 other people beside Joe and I who tried but the network failed and left the bikes locked in place. We were charged almost $10 anyway. We decided to rent the ordinary bikes instead.
We went to Old Town. I like to look at old buildings and how others live. My grandmother worked in an aluminum factory. “We made large thin sheets of aluminum. A lady on the other side of the table who would put the aluminum in a press, which was a big machine and then push it through to me. We piled the sheets of aluminum on top of each other so it looked like a big book. We cut the uneven edges off. Once I cut my thumb” This Quote is from Grandma recorded by my Cousin Mona.
The aluminum factory apparently closed down because of the war (I assume it was WW I). I knew my grandmother had worked in a Sardine factory in Stavanger. We found the Sardine factory museum and took some pictures there. Then we just strolled through the town. I also knew that my grandma’s parents owned a bakery. We unfortunately didn’t find a bakery. The bakery was located between Upper Strangate and Lokkevien. Thanks to Sonja Kvia my dad’s cousin we have a book full of Torgersen information. This is where I am getting some of the quotes and street names.
You can see Old Town on the other side of the water in this picture that shows both new and old boats. In Old Town, many of the homes and businesses had little gardens to punctuate the cobbled streets and stucco houses with beautiful colors and shapes. After we went to Old Town we went to get reservations at a wonderful fish restaurant named Fiske Torget. They didn’t have room till 8:00 so we got our bikes and went back to our apartment to blog and rest. About 7:00 We rode back to Stavanger and had dinner. We had their special of Cod. It was very delicious. I got tired of many foods especially the hot dogs. All the fish places were new and different though, and I really enjoyed them. Pretty good for a girl who only ate fish sticks when we first got married. Because we were in Norway during the longest days, we were able to ride back to our apartment at 9:30 PM on our bikes with no problem.