A long drive into the past...






An extra outing during our staycation recently, was a drive into what felt like the back of beyond, to see a unique set of standing stones...

Istrehågan is an ancient burial site from the Iron Age, around 500 B.C. The stone graves themselves are dated from 400-600 A.D. Two of the structures are actually shaped in the form of a ship, with tall granite monolithic stones. The other configurations are in the shape of circles, of smaller stones.

Not much is known about the people who created this incredible burial site. And this is probably the most significant site of this kind in Norway. It was difficult to get there! And not much signage. Sadly, the place--so special in its history--was quite neglected. The stones almost disappearing for so much overgrown grass and invasive weeds.

It is a beautiful, mysterious place, tucked away among trees and woods. The past feels very close...



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  1. How positively beautiful! I love these old burial sites/stone circles. They give much food for thought. We found one up in Cumbria called Long Meg an her Daughters. We drove for what was ages to find it out in the middle of nowhere, but it was absolutely fascinating! It was one of my favourite things ever. Did I tell you that both Todd and I traced our family lines back to Ragnar Lothbrok? My line went back to his oldest son and Todd's to another son. Crazy! Love you! Hope you have a beautiful week! Can't wait to see what you get up to next! xoxo

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    1. Hi, Marie...so glad to see you here! We would love to see Long Meg & Daughters some day, as we just love anything with history. And amazing you can track your line back to a Viking hero--wow! ((Love & Hugs))

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  2. that's really special; yes, we are all quite close to the other, this is very so! sorry that not more people are fascinated by history. We love history very much too at our home! Thank you so much for telling us about this place and sharing the pictures!

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    1. It is a special place... I think we will have to go back sometimes. :)

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  3. perhaps it's even more lovely because it's not so well known. it mysterious charm intact.
    the pictures are simply beautiful. the clarity so pure. like I am almost there!
    but what struck me the most is that blue jacket.
    our temperatures have been in the triple digits here. even at a danger point of going out in the horrendous heat. there seems to be no end to it.
    and with no rain we are burning up.
    so your post was refreshing in that I can imagine the cool yet sunny bright day!
    thank you! xo♥

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    1. We've had some warm days this summer, but there has been the odd day with a cooler start to the day. Like when we went here. So it was good to have my fleece jacket. I was able to take it off later. ;) The heat back home there in many place is just incredible... I don't know electric keeps going for a/c, etc. the country over. We are blessed here to be able to make it through the summer with some fans.

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  4. This is your Stonehenge, isn't it? Beautiful, mysterious, fascinating. Mystical in its way, as many ancient burial sites are. As you might expect, I'd not heard of this -- I'm so very glad you shared it with us. Have you ever tried painting it?

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    1. Yes, you could say this our Stonehenge. Although, it is not believed that Istrehågan is a site beyond a burial ground--no evidence of rituals of any other kind, etc. But still, that element of mystery surrounds... We took a LOT of photos (this just a tiny sampling) and some could be fun material for sketching or watercolor!

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  5. Wow, I loved this one! You got some great photos of this area and your write up is so interesting. I can't imagine being in a burial ground that is so ancient. It is very fascinating. Thanks for sharing this adventure!
    Sending love and hugs your way! Blessings to you dear friend~

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  6. Standing stones always have fascinated me. I didn't know there were stone in Norway. How beautiful, but sad they are not better cared for. I love that first picture with the touch of the flowers/color.

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