Henningsvaer at night (by Kristian Westgard)
“Evening in Henningsvær is beautiful - especially when the weather is calm and the sun is letting its golden rays of light shine down in low angles on the mountains.
The weather isn’t always this beautiful in Henningsvær, its location north of the polar circle and far out in the North Atlantic ocean, without shelter, makes the place exposed to harsh weather.
The place is the centre of the famous “Lofotfiske” (Lofot-fishing). It starts in march and gathers a whole lot of fishermen and their boats with only one goal: To catch as much Atlantic cod as they are alowed to. Then the harbour in the picture is filled up with boats and people.”
Nils Petter Molvaer with Sidsel Endresen - Only These Things Count
Using authentic techniques and tools, a team in Norway has built a seaworthy replica of the 9th century Viking ship, the Oseberg. In 1904, the well-preserved, beautifully decorated ship was found in a burial mound in the Slagen Valley outside Tønsberg, Norway, along with the remains of two women, sleds, tapestries and wagons. The replica took $2 million to build today, so to have such a magnificent funeral in such an expensive ship, the women had to be important—the elder of the two is guessed to been a queen or a seeress. Two previous attempts at building a replica have failed, but this time, the project pre-planning was meticulous, involving laser and computer scannings of the increasingly-fragile original ship, which is on display in a museum in Bygdøy. The building took place in public view in Tønsberg’s harbour. The builders were volunteers from a variety of crafts—boat builders, carpenters, smiths, and textile workers were all involved, and they all used tradictional methods and tools from archaeological reconstruction. The ship is 21.5 m long, propelled by 15 pairs of oars and a square sail of about 80 metres square, and it was launched last week—and found seaworthy.