Tuesday 16 April 2013

Following Historical Footprints

One hundred metres above Eidfjord is the Hæreid mountain plateau, where those interested gathered for an explanation of the largest collection of Viking graves in Western Norway. Enroute we crossed the Eid river and strolled the gentle incline to the lake it flows from, before climbing to the plateau through forest.

The stone church of 1309 is now Norway’s only remaining Church of St. James from the middle ages. According to folklore it was built by wealthy landowner Rike Ragna to atone for her sins.
As the first visitor ship of the year, Fram was treated to a farewell from the quay. 18 year old resident Lill-Ida Nesheim sang three Norweigan songs that beckon Spring.
As we are travelling on , the fresh green colours of Spring are just beginning to show themselves in the spots where the snow melted first. But it is easy to see how artists are inspired by the palette of winter. Scandinavian Art and Outdoor Life were two of the lecture subjects today, before the Captain welcomed guests onto the bridge. After dinner, the Fram Fashion Show closed the day.