Happy 17’th of May, Norway!

17 mai english

Today is a fine day in the Kindom of Norway

Today is the day we celebrate our independence

Today is the day to dress in your finest, our national costumes

Today is the day for parades and songs

Today is the day we greet the kings and queens.

Today is the day we fill with family and friends

Today is the day for fun, good food and ice cream

Today is the DAY!

Happy birthday everyone!

A video, explaining it all.


Touring my neighbourhood – Utstein abbey!

A couple of weeks ago, some friends from US and Germany decided to come visit me for a few days.  My friends are really into being out and about, so I figured I should at least try to keep them occupied. So guess who turned into the occasional tourist guide… yepp, me 😉

We drove around the area, looking at all sorts of sights, as there are quite a few things to do here in my region (Rogaland county). It’s a great place to visit.

As we roamed around, I thought.. maybe I should write about what places we’ve/they’ve seen.

Which again spark the idea of doing a small series on – Touring my neighbourhood – just in case anyone else decides to put the Stavanger region on their travel map!

And I’m kicking it all off with Utstein Abbey.

Utstein kloster - May 2016 w

The first day we covered a couple of historic sites, one of them Utstein Abbey (Utstein Kloster)

Utstein Abbey, is Norway’s best (and only?) preserved medieval monastery. The abbey is located at Klosterøy in Rennesøy municipality. About 30-40 minutes drive away from Stavanger.

There are bundles of history related to Utstein. I won’t be telling you everything, because the internet does this much better than me. But a few details can’t hurt 🙂

Utstein is mentioned in the history records going back to the 9th century, as it was cited as one of the residences of King Harald Hairfair, after the battle of Hafrsfjord.

There are some indications that the history of Utstein is even older, as Klosterøy and neighboring, Fjøløy, is rich in trace from prehistoric time. There are about 170 burial mounds registered here, the finds give no clear impression of these graves being from the elite environment, so it’s believed that local kings have had control of Utstein before Harald Hairfairs time.

But, let’s get back to the Abbey itself!

Utstein Kloster - May 2016 - Main

Most of the Utstein monastery were built in the second half of 1200 (1260) in a Gothic style, but there are indications that there was a religious building here even before that, as the baptismal font in the Abbey is from the 1100’s and there are reminisce of Romanesque style in the eastern wing (which originally was a freestanding house) dating back to the 1100s.

The church is unique in its kind in Norway, with the tower located midway between the chorus and ships.

Utstein Kloster - May 2016 - Church

The abbey was dedicated to Saint Laurence and was established during the reign of King Magnus in the middle of 1200s. The abbey was dissolved in 1537 and later came into control of the Garmann (1786) and Schanke (1885) families in Stavanger.

Utstein Kloster - Feb 2010 - Green Door

Utstein Abbey today, is run as a museum, course and conference center and even a few concerts are hosted here (oh, yeah, and there are rumours that it has it’s own ghost to).

It’s a beautiful place to visit, have a small picnic or just meander around, as the area is great for walks!

Utstein Kloster - May 2016 - Whole

Utstein Kloster - May 2016 Boathouse w

Even in the winter, the grounds are beautiful!

Utstein Kloster - Feb 2010 - Winter wonderland


Love to check it out from above? Here you go. A short YouTube video just for you 🙂

You want more on Utstein Abbey? Hopefully these will do the trick.

Region Stavanger – official tourist website

Stavanger Museum

Spotting History

Happy Birthday Norway!

17 mai english

17 may, we celebrate Norway’s Constitution day.

It’s a day for celebration, parades and ice cream 🙂

People wear colourful Bunads Norway’s national costumes.

The parades starts early in the morning. In Oslo, Norway’s capital, the parades go by the castle and are being greeted by the royal family.

The kids starts with the children parade early in the morning.

The high school graduates do their own parade.

The Folk parade, is a parade that includes just about everyone. It’s typical, all sorts of clubs, sports, police, fire service, marching bands, veterans, theatre and we could go on…

All in all it’s a fun filled day, with family and friends.

A video in english, by Andrew that explains and shows this well.

Happy birthday everyone!


The streets of Stavanger – my home town!

Back in 2014 a group of people decided to make a video from my hometown, with the help of a drone.

Today I was reminded of this video through a “memory” on facebook, and I thought I would share this quick peak of Stavanger, with you.

The footage is taken early in the morning (sun is coming up) which is why the streets are really empty.

Here it is – the video of “Stavangergatene”!

Enjoy 🙂