Maihaugen – a Unique Experience

And so off to Maihaugen.

Maihaugen in Lillehammer is Norway’s largest open-air museum outside of Oslo.

Set in a beautiful park, there are more than 200 buildings from different eras reconstructed and restored to their original beauty.

What can I say?

This is my idea of heaven.

We wandered about for hours.

Everyone went their own way.

I just wanted to take photos in the briliant sunshine, blue sky and snow.

Although we couldn’t go into any of the buildings, we managed to look through the windows, and we could see so much.

This was Norway’s architectural history set out beautifully for us.

(A thing pulled by horses that turned the hay over in the fields) 

A plough.

This is where the horses went round and round pushing a grinding stone.

The original glass.

The torvtak (turf roof) roofs were everywhere.

The timbers were interpersed with lichen or moss for insulation and draught exclusion.

So many buildings

Daisy has had to go through my final blog photos and pare them down for me as I couldn’t.  I have so many photos of Maihaugen.  Possibly too many!

Maihaugen is a unique place.   No where else could you wander about like this.  The gates are opened at 16:00 for everyone to visit, free of charge.

There was no vandalism, graffiti or anything bad here.  Sadly, I  can’t imagine this anywhere in Britain.  Not even Shetland.

Maihaugen was used as a set for “The Last King”.  A superb Norwegian film about the Birkebeiners (a rebellious party in Norway, formed in 1174) carrying their infant king over the mountains from Lillehammer to Østerdalen in 1206.

Tomorrow, I promise, Shetland ponies.

6 thoughts on “Maihaugen – a Unique Experience

  1. Judy Carnegie

    Enjoying seeing all your photographs Frances .Everthing looks so clean & crisp,as you say NO graffiti. What a welcomed change from hot & humid Sydney! Judy

  2. Terri

    Soooo beautiful — just as I imagined it! Thank you (and Daisy!) for sharing such a special holiday. I love the way you captured the light. Looking forward to seeing the ponies, but this vicarious trip to Norway has been delightful! PS There must be Viking DNA in some Shetlanders, no?

  3. Gwen

    Wow another spectacular tour, this is great, and no grafitti wonderful indeed, and no vandalism. now that is wonderful in itself, at least the folks there take pride in their history wish the heck we could say the same here==== you would need a 24 hour security all the time —-oh well we have the museam

  4. Nancy

    There is a place like that here in Japan, in Hokkaido.
    They have gathered buildings from different eras and placed them all into a little “village”.
    You can actually go inside most of them as well!

    Some of those buildings have very interesting shapes!
    I would guess they must be hard to maintain, so they keep them closed to possibly preserve them longer?


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