From Puffins to Comorants… Bird Safari Continued

On April 14th, the day that one million puffins arrived up here in the North Cape, there were some other beautiful birds that had already claimed their posts on the rocky cliffs of Gjesvaerstappan – the comorants or “skarver”in Norwegian.  Here are a few shots taken on our fabulous bird safari of the comorants – a sea bird with exceptional fishingContinue reading “From Puffins to Comorants… Bird Safari Continued”

The day the Puffins Arrive! 500,000 pairs of them

Sometimes we are fortunate to be at the right place at the right time.  This past Sunday my family, along with around 90 other lucky souls, experienced an amazing phenomenon.  Each year, on April 14th, 500,000 pairs of puffins-lunderfugl, return to Gjesværstappan to lay their eggs.  That boggles my mind… twentyfour hours prior, a million birds wereContinue reading “The day the Puffins Arrive! 500,000 pairs of them”

Can you give me away to a Sami family?

“Mommy, I want to be a Sami,” was my six-year old daughter’s wish last week at the dinner table. “Honey, I’m sorry, but you can’t be. I’m American and Pappa’s Norwegian.” “Can you give me away then… to a Sami family?” “Umm, no. But you can learn the language and we can look for someContinue reading “Can you give me away to a Sami family?”

Rocks Rock

The island I live on is called Magerøya.  Directly translated, it means “skinny island” and if you visit, you’ll understand why.  Not much grows here.  But what we lack in the area of lush vegetation, we make up for in stones, rocks, pebbles and more rocks.  After living here almost two years, I’ve become quiteContinue reading “Rocks Rock”

Back to the Basics

When my husband and I were deciding where we should go for our family vacation, we had several ideas:  A warm country, like Spain, where we could get our vitamin D fix, or trip to the States or Southern Norway to visit family and friends.  However, when we assessed what our family really needed weContinue reading “Back to the Basics”

A Family Hike to Duksfjord

During this summer season at the gallery I’ve been asked by many tourists if I like living in the North Cape and why.  Well, here’s just one of the reasons – our treasured family hikes on the island of Magerøya.

Check out Those Reindeer Racks!

If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, then you know I’m a big fan of reindeer and I can teach you three ways to say reindeer poop as well as many other exciting reindeer facts. A couple of days ago we had some visitors in our yard and all I can say is “Check out thoseContinue reading “Check out Those Reindeer Racks!”

Saturday + Bare Ground = Family Hiking Day!

There’s a wonderful Norwegian expression:  “Ut på tur, aldri sur.”  It rhymes in Norwegian but sounds a bit clumsy directly translated – “Out on a hike, never grumpy.”  And it’s true in our family.  It may be an ugly scene as we try to get three small children dressed for the outing.  Honestly, putting threeContinue reading “Saturday + Bare Ground = Family Hiking Day!”

Shiny, Happy Friday!

The weather here in Honningsvåg today is fabulous.  And once again, I can’t stop going outside to take photos.  It’s gorgeous out there! And because I’m turning into an upside-down photo geek, here’s one more: