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Oslo Culture Clash – Weekly Travel Photo

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Posted on / by Alex Berger

Oslo Fjord - Norway

Today’s feature highlights an interesting cross-section of history. Snapped in the Oslo Fjord, it is of a small fisherman’s church (or shrine, I’m not sure which) *Scratch that, I’ve been told it is a converted lighthouse that is now a restaurant – see the comments for more!* situated on a tiny piece of rock.   I took the photograph as our ferry passed it, steaming within a few meters of it and apparently quite confident that the rock didn’t reflect a submerged outcropping. I can only hope the model-sized church reflected a prayer and general tribute, and not a memorial to another vessel that wasn’t so careful, well informed, or lucky.

The ferry (more like a small cruise ship) was out of Copenhagen and proudly flying the old Danish colors.  Something that no doubt annoys the Norwegians as much as accomplishes any regulatory requirements that may go with it.

If you find yourself on a boat navigating the Oslo Fjord in Norway, make sure to keep an eye open for this great little landmark.  I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and it oozed its own special charm.

Would you like to see previous Friday Photos? View past travel pictures here. This photo was taken on a Canon T3i (600D) Camera.

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.

5 Comments

  • Geir
    March 29, 2013

    Two things: The “church” is in fact an old lighthouse. What is below the surface is very well documented. So no danger there. Secondly, the I don’t think the sight of the Danish flag is annoying for any Norwegian

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    • Alex Berger
      March 30, 2013

      A lighthouse? That makes sense, though it’s definitely a pretty ornate lighthouse! Thanks for the info!

      Mainly I was just poking fun at the historical relationship in jest and some of the fun rivalry i’ve seen between funs – but aye, likely not to upset anyone =)

      Thanks for the comment and reading!

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      • Geir
        March 30, 2013

        Well, we were under Danish rule for 400 years, so it is easy to assume that there is still bad feelings towards the Danes. But like the Americans’ grudge against he British have watered down over the centuries, so have the Norwegians against Denmark. 🙂

        The lighthouse is not operational any longer, maybe the moder orange contraption on the side there is, but it is a today nice restaurant http://www.dynafyr.no/en/

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        • Alex Berger
          March 30, 2013

          haha, yeah. Similar to our constant playful herassment of the Brits and Canadians.

          Thanks for the link. Sounds like a great place for a meal!

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  • Escape Hunter
    September 8, 2014

    Norway is one of those “must visit” expensive places that I am yearning to visit… one day!
    Requires 2 weeks at least…
    Alesund, Bergen, Hammerfest, Nordkap, Oslo, the Lofoten Islands are just some of the places I’d target…

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