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Norway: Gudbrandsgård, Sudndalen
A historical farmyard, that is named Halvorsgard on Google Maps, but at the entrance the name Gudbrandsgård is written.

This photo belongs to the album: Sudndalen
and to the blogpost Sudndalen:

#Sudndalen   #Buskerud   #Hallingdal   #traditionalfarm   #historicalfarm   #Gudbrandsgård  
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Farming in Norway, in the fifties....

#Norway   #Norge   #farming   #småbruk   #Hurdal  #Akershus
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Rare Portraits of the Norwegian Roald Amundsen. The First Person to Reach the South Pole
Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen (16 July 1872 – c. 18 June 1928) was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. 
He led the Antarctic expedition (1910-12) to become the first men to reach the South Pole in December 1911. In 1926, he was the first expedition leader to be recognized without dispute as having reached the North Pole. He is also known as the first to traverse the Northwest Passage (1903–06).
Amundsen disappeared in June 1928 while taking part in a rescue mission when his plane crashed into the Arctic ocean. Amundsen, Douglas Mawson, Robert Falcon Scott, and Ernest Shackleton were key expedition leaders during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

To learn more about Amundsen, be sure to check out his Wikipedia page:

There’s also a great bio on Amundsen on

In the attached link you will find some rare portraits of the polar explorer. Most are from the National Library of Norway which has an extensive collection of images on Flickr Commons:

#RoaldAmundsen   #NationalLibraryOfNorway   #History   #Norway   #NorthPole   #SouthPole   #Expedition   #Antarctica   #Photos  
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Dale of Norway
Dale is a small city, in Norway. Dale is also the place where the Art of Industrial Knitting was started by Peder Jebsen. 
Some years ago I visited this place, and the shop that was on that moment still connected with the factory. It has been closed in the meantime.

I fell literally in love with all the absolute perfect beauty of a huge collection woolen sweaters, in all kinds of colors and patterns, for men, women and children. 

On this website you can find all about the history of the factory, of the brand "Dale":

Here you can find a page that fits maybe better with your country, or language:

Video with a sweaters-show:

#Norway   #Dale   #DaleOfNorway   #sweaters   #wool  
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History: 4 September 1945, Spitsbergen, Operation Haudegen
Today, September 4, 2015, exactly seventy years ago, the last German soldiers surrendered to the Allies, in Spitsbergen, Svalbard. Nearly four months after the end of World War II in Europe also for the last eleven (forgotten) pawns of the Third Reich, the war was over.

The Dutch TV broadcaster NOS has published a long article with many interesting details. All is in Dutch, but can be translated into your own language via

More websites for this historical fact:
History of Spitsbergen:
Book: War North of 80: The Last German Arctic Weather Station of World War II

#OperationHaudegen   #Wehrmacht   #WWII   #Spitsbergen   #4September1945   #Svalbard   #Surrender   #Haudegen   #NOS  
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The Rock art of Alta (Helleristningene i Alta) are located in and around the municipality of Alta in the county of Finnmark in northern Norway. Since the first carvings were discovered in 1973, more than 6000 carvings have been found on several sites around Alta. The largest locality, at Jiepmaluokta about 5 kilometres from Alta, contains thousands of individual carvings and has been turned into an open-air museum. The site, along with the sites Storsteinen, Kåfjord, Amtmannsnes and Transfarelv, was placed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites on 3 December 1985. It is Norway's only prehistoric World Heritage Site.

#Norway   #History   #Alta   #RockArt  
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Rjukan, and the heroes of Telemark (Norway's history)
"The heroes of Telemark" were some utterly brave young Norwegians, with a unique and highly important task (the Norwegian heavy water sabotage) in WWII. Rjukan's (hydroelectric) power plant (a museum now) has a very interesting story to tell, and Rjukan, and its surroundings, are the scenery of a war film (The Heroes of Telemark) from 1965 with ao Kirk Douglas.

Excellent website  
Hitler's sunken secret

In this post-map photos of Rjukan, Gaustatoppen (the mountain that covers the city for 6 months a year with shadow, and where the huge mirrors on the other side have been built for: to reflect sunlight from up downward, into the direction of a square in the center of the lovely city; photos of the power plant (Vemork).

Very interesting documentary about the heroes of Telemark, and the full film of 1965:

You will get a unique impression of Hardangervidda in winter.

#Rjukan   #Telemark   #TheHeroesOfTelemark   #KirkDouglas   #Movie1965   #BBCDocumentary   #Norway   #Hardangervidda   #PowerPlant   #HydroelectricPlant   #NorwegianResistanceCoup   #Vemork   #NorwegianHeavyWaterSabotage     #Museum   #RayMears   
Rjukan, Telemark, Norway
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Videos with interesting old films about Norway....

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Old film about the history of Rjukan, Telemark

Rjukan is a town and the administrative centre of Tinn municipality in Telemark, Norway. It is situated in Vestfjorddalen, between Møsvatn and Tinnsjå, and got its name after Rjukanfossen ("The Smoking Waterfall") west of the town. The Tinn municipality council granted township status for Rjukan in 1996. The town has 3,386 inhabitants (Jan. 2007).

In 1934 Norsk Hydro built what was at the time the world's largest power plant at Vemork in Rjukan, and with it a hydrogen plant. A by-product of hydrogen production via water electrolysis was heavy water. It was the later Nobel prize winner Odd Hassel who told Norsk Hydro that they were in fact producing heavy water. The Norsk Hydro was run by the Germans during World War II, and later sabotaged multiple times by the Norwegian resistance movement and the allied forces.

Today, the power plant at Vemork has been made into the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum where the history of Rjukan and a history of Industrial labour is displayed, in addition to history of the war and the sabotage connected to it.

#Rjukan   #Telemark   #Norway  
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