Storekorsnes and Oksfjord

The Norway of my imagination survives at its distant edges. It is an imagination fed by a too brief holiday in the early sixties when the sun perpetually shone, the snow-capped mountains reflected a clear bright light and the fjords were a deep dark blue. I found it again these last few days, at Storekorsnes and Oksfjord.

Both are situated at the end of long and winding roads and both survive not because of their tarmac connections but because of their proximity to the sea. Storekorsnes is a small fishing village and Oksfjord a thriving ferry port – it is the sea that feeds them.

Like many of the coastal towns and villages, the routes to them include long deep tunnels, some descending far enough to burrow beneath the seabed. The route to Oksfjord includes a particularly unpleasant 4km example – a single lane with irregular passing places, it is roughly hewn, dimly lit and damp throughout. It has more in common with Telford’s canal tunnels than anything designed for motorised transport. Emerging back into a bright Norwegian light is a welcome and remarkable contrast; from hell to heaven in the blink of an eye.

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25 comments

  1. Scott Marshall · July 24, 2015

    Excellent Norwegian taster – you get a fell for the envirionment coilou and shapes – so different from my own winter visit – look positively like summer.

    • northumbrianlight · July 25, 2015

      Many thanks – I recommend a return visit in the summer. We booked a fly/drive through Discover the World and so far everything has worked out very well.

  2. Sue · July 24, 2015

    What wonderful places by the sea!

    • northumbrianlight · July 25, 2015

      It is wonderful Sue – I am already plotting how we get back again 🙂

      • Sue · July 25, 2015

        😀

  3. Maureen · July 24, 2015

    I see what you mean about the clarity of the light and those wonderful blues – great photos – worth those nasty tunnels.

  4. Su Leslie · July 24, 2015

    Beautiful photos of a gorgeous-looking place. Hope you’re having a great holiday.

  5. colorpencil2014 · July 24, 2015

    Oh how lovely and beautiful…your photos are already fantastic and make me very happy. But I can see myself easily in one of those pretty houses, one the porch, tea and knitting: just perfect! Thank you, your blog felt like a little holliday! xo Johanna

  6. Graham Stephen · July 25, 2015

    Some lovely scenes there! I particularly like the orangey red colour they often paint their buildings.

    • northumbrianlight · July 25, 2015

      Totally agree about that colour, it is perfect for the setting – a sort of red lead colour – Norwegian Red, not to be mistaken for the Norwegian Blue 😀

      • Graham Stephen · July 26, 2015

        The latter being reserved for ex-sheds…

  7. restlessjo · July 25, 2015

    I’m glad you didn’t take me into that tunnel with you, Robin! Idyllic shots, especially that hut on the pier and the ‘teapot’ lighthouse 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · July 25, 2015

      Pam closes her eyes 🙂 A perfect habitat for trolls which I guess is maybe why the Norwegians have a compulsive tunnel building habit.

  8. LaVagabonde · July 25, 2015

    Sublime photos, Robin. The scenery is well worth the descent into those frightening tunnels.

    • northumbrianlight · July 25, 2015

      Many thanks Julie – there are a surprising number of tunnels and they are building lots more. Saves on the snow shifting I guess.

  9. Cate Franklyn · July 25, 2015

    beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and did I say beautiful. Gads, I wish I was there!

    • northumbrianlight · July 25, 2015

      It really is Cate – I recommend it winter or summer but they are two entirely different experiences.

  10. socialbridge · July 25, 2015

    Oh Robin, I’m breathless.

  11. Thom Hickey · July 27, 2015

    Thanks. Lovely capture of colours and light. We’re in Sweden experiencing something of the same. Regards and enjoy your summer. Regards Thom.

    • northumbrianlight · July 27, 2015

      Thanks Thom, have a great holiday. We are now back in Sweden – Abisko.

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