Both of my grandparents on my father's side are Norwegian-American. My grandmother's father immigrated to Minnesota from Norway. The relatives I met on this trip are cousins from my grandmother's family in Norway.
|Flying in to Bergen|
I flew to Bergen, Norway's second biggest city on the Southwest coast of Norway. From there I rented a car and drove 7 hours north to the island of Leinøy to see Anna Sofia and her family.
I didn't have time to see Bergen. I wish I did. From the air it reminded me of parts of Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, between Seattle and Vancouver. Lots of islands, trees, water, and mountains. Bergen is the wettest part of Norway. Perhaps that is why it looks and feels like Seattle.
On the way north, I had to take a ferry across the Sognefjord, Norway's largest fjord. I also had to drive through many tunnels. I noticed a couple of things.
|Overlooking the Nordfjorden in Stryne Kommune|
Second, there are no fast food restaurants. Perhaps it was because I was in rural Norway. But I drove over 1000km over the weekend, and didn't see one. Nor did I see a bar, or even a restaurant.
|Anna Sofie greeting me at their home|
|Dinner was waiting. Fish soup! It was yummy.|
|The view from Anna Sofie and Terje's house.|
|Terje in his workshop|
|Terje's fishing boat|
|Me... yea. It is cold.|
|This is the fish we caught that morning.|
|Fosnavåg on Bergsøy Island|
|Town of Kvalsund on the island of Nerlandsoya|
|Seriously. We had fresh trapped lobster for breakfast.|