A Year in the North Cape

It’s official.  We’ve lived one year in the North Cape of Norway… one year and two weeks to be exact.  We’ve experienced polar nights and the midnight sun.  Northern lights, reindeer munching shrubs in our yard, and gale force winds that scare the you-know-what out of me (Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wind).

I’ve used four hours to shovel my car out of the garage (Lessons in Patience), hiked to the top of Europe, and started the process of opening a gallery (Before, After and Before).  It’s been a rich year as my family and I have started experiencing North Cape. 

Here’s a little journey through 2011 in photos.  Hope they give you a glimpse of how beautiful it is a 71º North.

January skies
A child's dream (January 2011)
Nordvågen, February 2011
North Cape Plateau, February 2011
"No Parking" March 2011
Sunny and Snow (April 2011)
Melting snow (April 2011)
Walk on the beach (May 2011)
Spring's here - sea gull eggs (May 2011)
And the reindeer have arrived (May 2011)
Honningsvå Harbor, May 2011
Reindeer in the yard, June 2011
Blooming flowers (June 2011)
Almost summer, Sarnes June 2011
Småskjæftan, July 2011Gjesvær July 2011
Blueberry Picking in August 2011
View of Nordkapp from Knivskjellodden, August 2011
Nordkapp Plateau, September 2011
September Fishing 2011
October 2011
Boat reflections, October 2011
Polar nights begin, November 2011
Honningvåg Harbor, November 2011
Boat reflection, polar night, December 2011
Honningsvåg Kirke, Christmas 2011

Looking forward to an exciting year as we continue to Experience North Cape!

233 thoughts on “A Year in the North Cape

  1. I live in a completely different environment, in Cape Town, at the bottom of Africa. Your photos are truly beautiful, I would love to get up there one day to experience something so different from what I know. Here’s it really hot today, Table Mountain looks beautiful but there are wild fires burning in the wind. It rains a lot in our winters, but we never see snow – well, sometimes on the far away mountain ranges.

    1. I hope to travel to Cape Town one day. I agree it’s nice to see something completely different than what we are used to. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  2. what a beautiful place to live in. Yesterday my favourite radio programme host mentioned North Cape. she has just come back from a holiday there. SHe recommended it, but I was not sure till I saw these photos. I want to go there! Thanks for sharing

  3. the photos are really excellent.I guess I could have been more lucky to be in Norway, but I think I wont be able to withstand the winter there.

    1. Thank you and your welcome. I’m so grateful my kids can go out the front door and choose whether they will go down to the sea to pick shells and rocks or go up the mountain for a hiking or fishing trip. Living so close to such beautiful nature is a blessing for our entire family. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  4. i have friends in sweden. they say sweden and norway don’t like each other because of events during world war II. i can’t remember what you did, or what you didn’t do, or what they did or didn’t that you shoulda didn’t or did, but mighta couldn’ta done. did. didly. right? i know.

    1. I’m not sure all the reasons, but Norway was under Swedish rule from 1814-1905 as a result of the Treaty of Kiel. And as for during WWII, I’ve heard that German troops were allowed to go through Sweden and cross the border into Norway, and thus creating some tension between the two countries. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. It seems like you have had a wonderful year here in Norway! I hope you will like this year as well.
    I haven’t been to the north yet. But me and a friend is planning on to take a roadtrip this spring or summer. And now after seen your pictures I’m really looking forward to it.

    Virkelig flotte bilder 🙂 (A little norwegian for you)

    1. I’m looking forward to this year as well. Lots to experience and discover. I would recommend you and your friend coming in the summer. In July you can see the midnight sun and the weather tends to be a bit more stable. This past summer was amazing. God tur og kos dere!

  6. I don’t know how much Norweigan or Swedish you know, but I’ll give it a try anyway: Jättefina bilder! Ska bevaka din blogg. Hälsningar från Sverige! 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy what you find. I’m using a Canon 550. I like taking photos as a hobby and am really inspired by this beautiful area. I have a lot to learn in the area of photography, but couldn’t ask for a better “classroom”. 😉

  7. Świetna wyprawa! Super fotografie! Zazdroszczę widoków, które zapierają dech. Cudnie. Bardzo podoba mi się “Polar nights begin, November 2011” Super

  8. Autumn is amazing around your area… such beautiful pictures, by the way. I am originally from Scandinavia myself and I am used to the long harsh winters… but even I envy your amazing midnight sun….

    1. Yes, the midnight sun is wonderful and here we have it for 2 months. And although Autumn is short, the colors are spectacular. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    1. I take photos all the time. There are so many inspiring subjects, but I thought it would be nice to give a year in review via photos. Glad I did! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

  9. Snow isn’t new. Beautiful winter landscapes are not new. You have done both of theses well. But cold has a certain hue that you have captured. I have only seen it before with my naked eye. I think you did it with your spirit as much as your camera. Good job.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment. I guess it helps to have “fallen in love” with the place. Then hopefully one’s passion for their subject shines through. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Lovely group of shots you’ve got going on here!

    I’m rather curious though, why does that reindeer appear to be turquoise?

  11. Amazing pictures…definitely a great experience u had there! would want to try living off in somewhere like northern norway for sometime! i bet u learned alot just from daily routine there 🙂

    1. THank you.. and I get to continue the experience… I’ve lived in Norway for 9 years and the North Cape for 1 year, with no plans of moving. It’s incredible here!

  12. Even though its winter here now, the blazing heat of the hot North Texas sun in summer is not so far away that I cannot help but envy you. This place has its beauty too, but wow. Those are some awesome pictures, and I hope for your continued success.

  13. WOW! Thank you soooooooo much for sharing! Your pictures are breathtaking!

    Norway has always been a country of fascination, especially with all its greenery!

    I LOVE your reindeer photo with the mountains in the background:)

  14. What a great blog, and i discovered it just today. I Simply love Norway and the scandinavian countries, it must be great to live there… thanks a lot for the pics, I do miss the places! Happy new year!

    1. I really appreciate living in a place that is surrounded by such beautiful nature. Honestly, I think everyday I have a moment of being in awe. Hope you get the opportunity to visit Norway someday. Thank you for leaving a comment and hope you come back again.

    1. Thanks. We’ve been having fun and are looking forward to 2012 and all it has to bring. I’m going to check out your blog and find out more about West Cork. Thanks for stopping by.

  15. Such a wonderful and interesting blog. Pity that I haven’t noticed it earlier. Stunning pictures, and greatly written text. I started to read your earlier entries right away!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment and for following my blog. I just took a quick peek at your blog. Exciting with a cd release. Best of luck to you in your creative endeavors.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I did check out your blog and am following it now. Interesting to read that you come from a bilingual family, just like my children do now. Hopefully they will have a love for language, travel and experiencing other cultures. What kind of artwork do you do?

      1. Thanks for following my blog! I’m following yours too now! 😉
        Unfortunately, although I love art, I have sort of abandoned everything art-related (music, painting, drawing…) since starting university a few years ago. The only thing I’ve continued doing is to write but I never really have time to write much. I love reading and travelling, as you can see on my blog.

        Being “almost a barrister” (!), my life is pretty much taken over by everything law-related so I enjoy blogging to keep up with other interests.What nationalities do your children have? Being bilingual has always helped me a lot although, once two languages have been learnt, it requires some effort to keep up with two languages without forgetting one or the other!

  16. Wow, wish I had your creative flare with a camera, some amazing photos there. I’ve recently decided to move to another country (Germany) and have decided to write a blog about it. I think your blog will feed my insomnia as I’m now going to have a nosey around to see what I can expect. Best wishes!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment. That will be exciting to move to Germany and a great idea to start a blog about it. It’s always interesting to see a country through another’s eyes, especially a foreigner’s perspective. Best of luck to you!

  17. Being a native of Florida, USA, these pictures are stunning. I’ve lived in Germany while active duty in the Air Force and that was a year and a day of wonder.
    Seeing the fishing picture made me wonder what kind of fish might be caught. I use to fish on similar boats once.
    It also made me want to do some serious knitting during the “closed in” periods. I have discovered a love of hand knitting and especially wool socks, hats, scarves and sweaters in places of worthy weather.
    Being back home these days makes me long for the snow.
    I will be looking to see more of your spectactular pictures, thank you for posting
    them. Great idea too.

  18. Thank you for taking time to leave a comment. The fish that are hanging in the boat are cod. And as for knitting, I also go into a knitting frenzy in the fall. It’s a great time to sit, bundled up in the living room while the wind howls outside. I hope you stop by again. Enjoy your sun in Florida!

  19. Some brilliant pictures there, out of interest, what lens did you use for the majority? Looks like a 50mm?

    1. Thank you. My camera is a Canon 550D and the lens I used on most of the photos is a zoom lens 18-135mm. Taking photos is a hobby of mine and I have a lot to learn. My real job is as an artist – I’m opening a gallery in the next month or so. But I’m hoping to go deeper into photography in 2012 as well. Thanks for stopping by.

  20. I like the small flower holding frozen crystals of water in its center. What a brave, little, beautiful thing. All your photos speak of a life where the ordinary seems so beautiful. I say seem, because who knows, maybe reindeers in your backyard are a beautiful sight until they eat all your garden vegetables. What is it like to wake up and have those mountains, lake and sky crisp and alive all around you? I grew up in Mexico City and haven’t traveled much. Mostly I know concrete and ancient stones.


    1. I like the flower a lot as well. I think your remarks describe life here. The ordinary is beautiful. I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that I don’t have a “wow” moment when I look at my surroundings. I feel very blessed to live here. As for reindeer, I’m always thrilled when I see them, but the many of the people who have lived here all their lives think they are irritating. And of course, it isn’t fun when they eat your freshly planted flowers and poop in your yard ;-), I’m sure Mexico City is an adventure in itself with many stories to tell. I’m looking forward to reading your blog. Thank you for stopping by.

  21. I love places that are mostly untouched by humanity. The peace, the clarity, the beauty of it just brings us back to our primal states, before we knew how to speak a language, to communicate and how to manufacture products. Norway looks like a beautiful place, thank you for bringing it to my attention. I’ll be sure to go visit the country.

    Liked and Followed. Beautiful pictures and I’d love to see more.


  22. i hope all the friends that follow me visit here to see such wonderful photographs – you live in a very beautiful space.

    David in Maine USA

  23. Reblogged this on experiencenorthcape and commented:

    A walk down memory lane… we have lived in the North Cape for 3 years now. After our first year, I posted this blog and was thrilled when it was featured on WP. It gives you a glimpse of the North Cape from January to December. Enjoy

    1. Thank you. I just received a book from my husband that was written by and Iclandic author. The book is called “Heaven and Hell”.. will have to check on the name of the author. Have you heard of it? After I read it, I’ll let you know if I recommend it to someone who loves Iceland 🙂

  24. I discovered your weblog a few weeks ago and I really like it. I have a great love for Scandinavia and like to travel one day to the North Cape. It looks wonderful over there!

    1. Thank you for following the blog. I am glad you enjoy it. Are you from the Netherlands? We have many visitors from there. I hope you have the chance to visit someday. It is a beautiful part of the world.

      1. Yes, I’m from the Netherlands indeed.

        I have heard from al the Dutch people, who travel to the North Cape. It’s one of the place you should have seen once in your life by most of them. If they love the country or not. Most of the time, they go ove there to tell friend and family: ‘I was on the North Cape!’ But hey, everyone has his or her own motives to visit and that’s OK.

        And I hope so, too 🙂

  25. So glad you reblogged this. I’m in love with my part of Norway, but cannot WAIT to experience your part! For now, these images will have to be enough.

  26. The only way I am able to travel is via my computer so I love to see collections of beautiful photos like these by people who love where they live because they’re sure to show the good bits! Thank you so much for sharing. It is truly appreciated.

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