I Believe the Children Are Our Future

Looking out the window of my art studio each day, I watch fishermen anchor their boats at the pier while seagulls glide through the air and perch on the neighboring boat houses.  Gazing to the left of my office, I can see a statue, called “Vind” (Wind) which was erected in September of this year.Continue reading “I Believe the Children Are Our Future”

Who Knew the Greek God of Wind Resides in Honningsvåg?

In downtown Honningsvåg, between the lone round-a-bout and the Coastal Express (Hurtigruten) pier, you’ll find a large, abstract sculpture that resembles an anchor.  At least that’s what came to mind the first time I saw it. It was created by the Norwegian sculptor, Erling Saadtvedt (1923-2000) and erected in 1971 with the help of fundingContinue reading “Who Knew the Greek God of Wind Resides in Honningsvåg?”

A Room with a View

In October I started renting a building down by the harbor.  I’m following my dream of opening a gallery and gift shop and this is the view from my studio window taken at three in the afternoon.  I couldn’t ask for a better place to work and be inspired.  And stay tuned for more infoContinue reading “A Room with a View”

Six Giggling Gals Experience 71º North

A little over four years ago, I went with my son to his three-month check up.  It was a group meeting, where mothers and their children met with a pediatric nurse.  I never imagined that those six other moms would become good friends and that one day they would visit me up in the NorthContinue reading “Six Giggling Gals Experience 71º North”

Whispers from the Past: A Hike to Kjelvik

Once upon a time, a little town called Kjelvik had the largest population on the island of Magerøya.  In fact, the entire municipality was named after it.  Kids played on the shore, fishermen sailed out to sea, and I imagine that the inhabitants never expected that their everyday lives would be violently disrupted. But WorldContinue reading “Whispers from the Past: A Hike to Kjelvik”

Småsjæftan – A Hike You Don’t Want to Miss

One of my favorite places on the island of Magerøya is a secluded bay called Småkjæftan which means “little mouth”.  I think it’s because when I start descending the trail towards the shoreline the view is spectacular, as well as a bit mysterious.  Miles of open, rugged sea, a scattering of islands in the distanceContinue reading “Småsjæftan – A Hike You Don’t Want to Miss”

Trolls, Dolomites and a Little Fantasy

If you are traveling in the Finnmark region of Norway, and find yourself on the E6 Highway, between Lakselv and Olderfjord, there’s an attraction that you don’t want to miss – Trollholmsund.  Even if you don’t understand Norwegian, all you have to do is look at the first five letters of that word, and you’llContinue reading “Trolls, Dolomites and a Little Fantasy”

A trip to the top of Europe

If you stand on the edge of the Nordkapp (North Cape) Plateau and believe that you’re at the northernmost point of Europe, well, unfortunately your not.  Technically speaking, you’re exactly 1,457 meters or 4,780 feet or .905 miles short of your goal.  Turning your head slightly to the west, you’ll see where you really shouldContinue reading “A trip to the top of Europe”

Crossing Paths

On a typical summer day on the island of Magerøya, it’s a safe bet you’ll find tourists making their pilgrimage to the northernmost point of Europe:  Nordkapp (North Cape), Norway.  Massive cruise ships tower above Honningsåg’s docks and a train of busses waits to take passengers up to the Nordkapp plateau.  RV’s, cars and motorcyclesContinue reading “Crossing Paths”