I know I promised to write about getting Internet in Norway and I will absolutely address that in at least one of next week’s posts, I swear. But, this week, my own Internet has been sparse because I have been enjoying scenic Lofoten’s “elevated temperature anomalies”. (Actually, it has been quite cool, a little chilly even – but in comparison to other places at this latitude (it’s within the arctic circle!), Lofoten tends to be warmer than expected). So today I’d like to take anther ‘study break’ to share with you a quick peek at Lofoten!
A peek at a Lofoten peak! Photo: Stand Hiestand
Lofoten, an archipelago (extensive group of islands) home to over 1,000 years of codfishing, offers a view of traditional Norwegian life surrounded by spectacular beauty. Its soaring mountains and bright, clear waters offer views that juxtapose the Arctic with the visually, but far from actually, tropical (the waters have the teal color of the Mediterranean, but with non of the warmth).
Near Fredvang. Photo: Stand Hiestand
Norway inspires new Vocabulary
Some of my recent expeditions have led me to attempt to coin some new words to describe Norway’s unique beauty. “Noriginal” (‘a Norwegian original’), “norgeous” (for specifically Norge (Norwegian) gorgeousness), “nor-rageous” (outrageousness exhibited by something Norwegian — usually something outrageously ‘norgeous’) are some of the new vocabulary I’ve come up with so far. Here’s a call to action – any other ideas for new English words describing a foreigner’s experience of Norway? “Nrink”, “nrank”, “nrunk” perhaps (for Norwegian drinking)? “Norlicious” for the specific deliciousness of waffles and brun ost? Comment below if you have ideas!
Bunes beach. One of Lofoten’s many awaiting adventures. Photo: Stand Hiestand
Below are some Lofoten examples of my new “norwords”:
Fisherman’s cabins, in Å. A look at a traditional (Noriginal) way of life. Photo: Stand Hiestand
The beauty of Lofoten’s towering mountains. Photo: Stand Hiestand
Lofoten sunset. Photo: Stand Hiestand
The color of that water! Freezing, and “nor-ageusly” beautiful! Photo: Stand Hiestand
If you’re composing your “Nucket list” (Norwegian bucket list of places to see while you study here) – note Lofoten now!
Update: Looks like I’m not the only one who believes in the power of norwords: