As we travelled north from Trondheim we enjoyed the winter sun and the wide open seascapes. The Norwegian coast is protected by hundreds of small islands, some of them large enough to have summer cottages on them. These, we were told are only occupied for a few summer months but the lighting and heating (electric) is often left on through the winter – electricity (due to an abundance of HEP) is relatively inexpensive apparently!
Scenes like the one below are commonplace. Of the 850 or so photographs I took a huge proportion look a lot like this one. I like this one because of the ripples on the sea as well as the story the cottages seem to tell. We were told that traditionally the red ones are for the fishing and are nearer the water, the white one is the house and often a yellow one is a barn. This probably doesn’t apply so much today – but it’s great for a photographer to have these iconic red buildings all over the place!
Later on – before we had our first encounter with the Northern Lights – we passed through a narrow straits and saw this bridge, one of many along the coast, which all seem to have been built to a similar design and tall enough to let the Hurtigruten ships pass underneath.