Land's End, Norway







A highlight of our staycation was going down to a place called Tjøme, also commomly known as "Land's End" ("Verdens Ende" in Norwegian). It's a pretty coastal area with lots of small rocky islands looking out over the sea. It's a very popular day trip destination, especially during the summer months. The building shown in the top picture is an old lighthouse, the basket hanging from the long rod filled with burning wood to guide the ships safely through the rocky inlets.

As many as 70 percent of the population was once upon a time employed in the fishing trade/industry. The statue of the fisherman's wife and children pays homage to the many women left behind while their husbands were out on the sea, gazing out at a sometimes stormy ocean, wondering whether the husband would return safely home. Some sadly never did...

We took a picnic lunch for the day (as well as getting big soft ice creams there!), and found a good spot basking in the sunshine looking out over the sparkling sea...


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  1. what a beautiful spot! thanks for showing us! I did not know of lighthouses like this one, but how important they were and are!

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    1. This style of lighthouse is pretty unique, and from what I understand, there are not many, or not many left. We're lucky this one--and this beautiful place!--is but an hour's drive away. :)

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  2. This is pretty darned beautiful -- but I'll bet winters there are no one's idea of fun. They must make 'em tough up there! But boy, those summer views are really spectacular. I'll have to see if the guy who wrote my Scandinavia book talked about that. Your photos are terrific.

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    1. They be hardy folk up here, Jeanie! And they had to be. Seasons can be rough. And once upon a time--and even still, to a certain extent--coastal living and work at sea was a gamble. It's hard not to think about the folk that came before when visiting a place like this. So much God-made beauty. But so much else too...

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  3. beautiful and desolate looking at the same time to me.
    and the statue of the strong mother with the baby and little one...
    and the wind blowing her skirt while she watches for him to come home.
    what a reminder of how hard life was for them!
    he was following that tiny light in the darkness of a storm.
    a whole other life.
    thank you for sharing this!

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    1. That mother & children had me in tears, as I knew what it was about as soon as I saw it, with them faceing out to sea... Nearby the sculpture is a plaque with story behind the making of it and some local history of families times past who had to rely on both the sea and farming to ends meat, and what a gamble both could be. This place is just sooo beautiful.

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  4. Beautiful place to visit and gorgeous photos you've taken!

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    1. Thanks, Juana! This place is very special... and it's a fun spot for a picnic. It's all rocks, so have to be sure to bring a couple blankets to sit on! ;)

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  5. These were some great photos of your staycation adventure. I find the scenery so unique. I liked the story of the lighthouse and how it uniquely lighted the way for the boats. The statue tells the story of the waiting of the wives and children for the fishermen to come home. Thanks for sharing your fun and very interesting places that you have visited.
    I liked the idea of a picnic lunch and ice cream.
    Blessings and hugs for you sweet friend!

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    1. The ice cream was the "icing on the cake" of our fun day out, as we ate it just before we headed home. ;) In so many ways it was the perfect summer day... we could have just stayed out on "our" rock all day... :)

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  6. What gorgeousness to fill your eyes and lungs and hearts :-) Beautiful.

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  7. So beautiful! What a lovely place to visit and picnic too.

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  8. Gorgeous Tracy. We have a Land's End here in the UK also, down in Cornwall. I love your photos and the idea of you and TJ having a lovely picnic there. Back home a lot of the houses have widow's walkways on top, which is where the fishing captains wives would look out to sea to watch for their husband's return. God bless! xoxo

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