Thursday, August 13, 2009

viking summer, part 6: stalheim

just a little outside of gudvangen there is this spectacular place: stalheimskleiva.
at the top of this extremely steep path there is a folk museum (above), and a big hotel. the hotel was first built as a prolongation (right word?) of a small inn. the inn was a stop on the royal mail road between bergen and oslo, and was in turn a prolongation of a farmhouse. the mail road was opened in 1647, the inn was built in 1750, and the first hotel was built in 1885. then it burned. 3 times. the photo below shows the third and, in my opinion, the most beautiful of the four hotels.
skiing activities during winter
biking was a popular sport in the 1800's. some time in 1889 these guys were out exercising. impressive. but the most impressive fact? well, look at them; they got there wearing suits.

9 comments:

jumbleberryjam said...

More amazing photos! And what a great shot of the healthy fellows in suits :-) Thanks so much for sharing all the beauty in your corner of the world!!

Cris Siqueira said...

wow
this is very very pretty!!
the road is perfect and the litle wood houses are so cute and gorgeous. it must be a great viking summer!!!

jaz said...

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Ida Nielsen said...

Simply stunning!! The picture of the men with their bikes cracks me up-I wonder if they biked all the way up there?

Francesca said...

That winding steep road could almost be the road up to my village, except that our road is only as wide as one vehicle and yet it's two ways! When I drive it up and have mountain bikers in front of me, and a clear view of their behinds, I often wish they'd also wear suits instead of tighter than tight lycra outfits:)!

Amy Bradstreet said...

These photos are fascinating as well as gorgeous. I'm so drawn to the landscape, but I know I'd have terrible vertigo if I ever went. So beautiful, regardless.

Elizabeth said...

wow--that looks so wonderful, so far away and magical

5 orange potatoes said...

You live in such an amazingly beautiful part of the world Therese! I'm catching up on posts and had to call my husband in to show him your photos!

Lisa :)

thelightfitz said...

It seems magical where you live! I just may have to move to Norway! Come visit my blog sometime...just starting out....

http://moretoliterature.blogspot.com/

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