The Scandinavian Route to the North Cape: Historic Places

There are many ways to travel to the North Cape.  Some adventurous souls choose to walk (Tonje Helene Blomseth), others choose skis (Henrik and Håkon), others – kayaks (Magnus and Lars), or even hitting golf ball the length of Norway in a campaign against cancer (Gunnstein Fretheim).

There are many more that choose a more traditional mode of transportation, such as cars, motorcycles, busses or R.V.’s.  On our recent family vacation we travelled south, through Finland and Sweden, and northbound we drove through Norway, exploring the beautiful coastline.

If you’re planning a Scandinavian sight-seeing tour, you’re in for a treat.  There are so many things to discover and I encourage you to take time to research and plan your trip.  It will be time well spent.

We had the pleasure of staying at the charming Skultuna Brukshotell in Sweden.  It was built in 1900, and it’s neighbor is a brass factory that’s been in operation since the 1600’s.  There are also quaint shops, a spa, gallery and an enormous park with lovely walking paths.

I couldn’t help but go crazy with my camera in a setting with buildings from the 1600’s, 1900’s and viking stones from 1,000 AD.  A photographer’s paradise!  Hope you enjoy them!

These viking stones were erected by a man named Gunnald around 1,000 AD.  The first, in honor of his son when he travelled to England.  The second, when his son-in-law and daughter left on their journey.  Both stones sent a good-bye wish:  “May God protect them on their journeys.”  Makes me wonder the fates of these two traveling vikings.

15 thoughts on “The Scandinavian Route to the North Cape: Historic Places

  1. Thanks for the informations behind the viking stones and the scenic photographs of the hotel and its surroundings. I like to be on the road, too and discover all the nice places. Especially travel Rv 17 via the coast line is awesome! Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

  2. Ooh runestones! I love reading them 🙂 I hope you don’t mind me sharing this, it’s got a bit long.

    Runestones are more usually assumed to be memorials to the dead, ie the journey to the afterlife, than when they might have set off ie to England. You mixed up the order – the second is the one to his son, Gerfast, who was apparently a good dreng, which was a social rank. I can’t read the word at the bottom right, but then it does go on to say ‘to England’, presumably. Runic spelling has its idiosyncracies, so this word would transliterate eklan* with the ending being a little worn. It is common for the n to be left out before g/k (which were the same rune at this date) The spelling of good dreng is worth mentioning here too, ‘trekuthan’ (th is one rune, thorn). This illustrates the losing n before g/k again in the word dreng (t and d were the same rune too) and also their fun habit of efficiently reusing letters – drengood = dreng good! Kuth being the Old Norse for good with -an the grammatical ending. It ends with God help his soul, definitely implying he was dead and also making it clear this is a Christian monument. They have been related to inheritance, so Gunnald could be declaring himself his son’s heir possibly of the farm where the stone would have stood.

    The other one is much harder to read, being more damaged, so I can’t make out very many words. I do see the word which looks like stepson, which I assume is the son in law. He also seems to have had the status of a good dreng. I also see the word ‘help’ at the end so I assume it would also have been the formula ‘God help his/their soul/s’. The first word, the person who put up the stone, does seem to start the same way as on the other stone, which must be why they interpret it as being the same man, presumably also claiming the inheritance through his daughter, although the inheritance structure legally might have been less straightforward in this case.

    That was fun thanks 🙂

    1. Thank you! How wonderful to have such a lovely and detailed explanation. You should have been the one who wrote the sign that accompanied the stones. Glad you enjoyed reading them. Very fun!

    1. Thank you for taking time to look at some of my photos. Glad your door was posted on the Legion of Door Whores and I was made aware of your photography. Lovely shots.

  3. Skultuna looks like an interesting place to me. I guess you can feel the history when you are walking around there. And, oh yes, touring in Scandinavia is really exciting! We (my husband and I) have travelled a lot around in our camper in Norway and Sweden and a bit of Finland. The windscreen of our camper was a continually changing picture which surprised us again and again. Especially Norway is our favourite country where almost every view causes a lot of “oh’s” and “ah’s” or made us almost speechless by seeing so much overwhelming nature.
    One year we did have the opportunity to make our wish come true to travel around for a longer time in Scandinavia. It resulted in a tour of four months. It became a very memorable journey with a lot of special and emotional moments. Some places we have visited where quite desolate and it’s amazing what silence can do with you at certain moments. During that tour we visited also Magerøya and the North Cape plateau, after we’ve been there ten years ago. This visit became a unfforgettable reunion with the island.
    Yes, it was certainly an unforgettable journey too. And I like to say to everyone who is thinking about travelling to Norway: If you have the opportunity, just do it! Because it’s so very worth wile! And if you’re there, don’t forget to visit Magerøya…

    Oops! I’m afraid I am a little bit too enthusiastic about everything, which means my comment is much too long now, but nevertheless, greetings from a Norway fanatic!


    1. Elly, I’m sure you’d love walking around Skultuna. It’s a lovely place and I it was fun to walk through the forest and try to envision what it must have been like back in 1000 AD. So much history!

  4. I’m a sucker for symmetrical and visually captivating photographs. So the pictures of the “walkway to the barn door” and “branches, grey roof, 3 windows” totally fit that bill. Great composition Erica!

    Great to see your studio/shop is coming along nicely!

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