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Summer Landscapes- Asker & Bærum

We do complain a lot about the weather here in Norway, but I suspect people  do that everywhere. But fact is, there’s nowhere else I rather be in the summer when the temperature rises up to a bearable level and the sun graces us with a few rays. All those long freezing winter months make me appreciate the fragile beauty of the sub-arctic summer. Here’s some landscape shots that I’ve taken in my local area during the last few weeks.

Near Jong Gård (farm) in Bærum
Near Jong Gård (farm) in Bærum
Isielva (Isi river), Bærum
Isielva (Isi river), Bærum

In the area around Asker church there has been found 10 different locations with iron age (500 BC – 800 AD) burial mounds. There is a myth about a treasure being buried in one of these. It has been told that when a priest started excavations in order to find it (sometime in the 1830’s) a strange light phenomenon was seen over the church. The excavation was stopped and the dead were left in peace.

Iron age burial mounds, Asker
Iron age burial mounds, Asker
Iron age burial mounds, Asker
Iron age burial mounds, Asker

In the Norwegian summer it never gets really dark during the night. Further up north in the country the sun even stays up over the horizon all night. I was there some years ago and I remember going out for a picnic at  2 am in the night. A strange experience I can tell you.

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View from my kitchen window at midnight

Semsvannet is a lake in Asker that is popular because of its natural beauty and the rich cultural history of the area around it. The landscape is protected. It has been found 420 different plant species around the lake.

Semsvannet, Asker
Semsvannet, Asker
By Semsvannet , Asker
By Semsvannet , Asker

Finally a view from Kolsåstoppen (Mount Kolsås) where Elsie and I hiked up yesterday. This shot has been taken from the same mountain that can be seen in the night picture from my kitchen window.

Western Bærum seen from Mount Kolsås
Western Bærum seen from Mount Kolsås