Today has been a relaxing day after yesterday’s driving tour of Oppland. After slumming around Lars and Marthe’s house all morning, we went to town and had lunch at Kolonihagen Restaurant. I took a little clip of the décor. There was this tiny park in Hamar where we saw a lot of the same things we’ve been seeing over and over again. If you look closely at the grass in the middle left of the photo below, you see a sculpture of ducks. There are sculptures everywhere.
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Besides the sculpture, there are flowers everywhere – many planted carefully, many growing wild. We have seen several people out gathering wildflowers by the way. Finally, I liked this shot because it shows the juxtaposition of the old and new architecture. This too is very common in the places we’ve visited so far.
Marthe, our host at the bed and breakfast, told us we should go to Helgøya . Helgøya Island is across Lake Mjøsa from Hamar and you can see from the island the city of Hamar. I’ve included a map for a little context. We drove north after lunch, around the top of the eastern arm of Lake Mjøsa, then down the peninsula to the single lane bridge that brought us to the island. The scenery on the drive in and the drive around the island showed a different character than the wild, mountainous feeling we got yesterday in Oppland. The farms had more expansive cultivated areas, and the buildings and pathways were a bit more formally groomed. The farmstead in the picture above has the feel we encountered throughout the day trip.
You get the sense of deep history, and a pride in the place and the work of decades and centuries working the land. Over and over again we have been totally awed by the combination of incredible natural beauty and industrious human effort. The coolness of the weather and the frequent rain haven’t diminished our enjoyment in this trip at all.
From the southern tip of the island we could see both arms of the lake, and we could almost see where it narrows into a river that flows to Oslo. And, as always, we continually saw the ubiquitous beautiful farms.
We went to a bazaar on the north end of island and saw some lovely tole painted handicrafts.
The only place with a concentration of homes, and the only marina we saw, are on the northern end of the island by the bridge.
There is a church on the island that is much like the church on the peninsula at the other end of the bridge. We noticed that, while many of the yachts look like the ones we see in Minnesota, there are some with unique design. This wooden one has two pointy ends – both the bow and stern seem to be designed like an old Viking ship.
On the way back in to town we snapped a picture of the Hamar Olympic venue where skating and hockey events took place. The design of the stadium is intended to resemble an inverted Viking ship.
Stay tuned for more highlights from our trip.