Northern Norway is the geographical region of Norway, consisting of the three northernmost counties Nordland, Troms and Finnmark
And as we travel further north the myths and legends of ancient Scandanavia begin to resonate.
The viking culture was still strong up to year 1000 AD and was one of the last cultures to be ‘christianised’ so the buildings, art and stories are still very present from that turbulent time.
Rán’s Road is what the vikings called the waters of Northern Norway and in those days of large wooden ships traversing the turbulent North Atlantic Ocean there were many deaths at sea. Maybe to soften the grief of ones left behind they created Rán and a fate not worse than death…
Rán is the Norse goddess of the sea, who is wed to Ægir the sea god.
Some Icelandic sagas describe Ran as a mesmerizing beauty, with blue-green skin and long black seaweed for hair, living in a cave full of gold with her nine daughters.
She uses her net to capture both fish and men, and there is no Valhalla for the sailors she catches because for the Norse drowning is an ignoble death.
Instead, the hapless men remain at the bottom of her sea “bed” where Rán and her offspring “enjoy” them for all eternity.
DAY 3 The royal city of Trondheim ports visited today: Kristiansund, Trondheim and Rørvik
DAY 4 Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands ports visited today: Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Ørnes, Bodø, Stamsund and Svolvær
And we have seen the lights! Known as the ‘tricky lady’ because of her unpredictable appearances however, we were treated with her presence on our 3rd night aboard the good ship MS Lofoten.
Some journeys north are not graced with her display.
Last night was a subtle showing, just a taste of what may be to come.
We didn’t take photos… just took it all in and enjoyed sharing the special moment with each other and also with our fellow traveler Lazlo.
The Nidaros Cathedral, built in the period 1070 to 1300, is Norway’s largest Gothic religious ediface.
we were roused at dawn to see the marker as we crossed into the Arctic Circle
Nettie asks: is this what dawn looks like??