1Summer visitors

Photo: Ole Hansen Løken Domkirkeodden – digitalmuseum.no HHB-09482 – public domain.

Visiting the milkmaid and her goats at the seasonal summer pasture farm. The location is Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway – and the photo is taken around 1900.

2Fishing off the coast

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00520 – cc by.

Norwegian fishermen – harvesting the ocean close to the coast. Hand-coloured photo from the beginning of the 1900s.

3Milking the goat

Photo: Unknown Norsk Folkemuseum – digitaltmuseum.no NF.06669-004 – public domain.

A young girl is milking a goat while her friend is watching. Notice the wooden container the girl on the right carries on her back. Maybe made for transporting milk? The photo is from around 1900 – and the location is Odda, Hordaland, Norway.

4My home is my castle

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00050 – cc-by.

The location is the Åkernes mountain farm, Stranda, Geiranger, Møre og Romsdal, Norway. The photo is hand-coloured and taken in 1937.

5Utilising nature’s very own insulation

Photo: Johan Oskar Andreas Grasmo – digitaltmuseum.no FBib.82011-008 – Public domain.

A man outside his turf covered cottage – with his dog and his goats. Taken in Syltevik, Båtsfjord, Finnmark, Norway – around 1910.

6A bride arriving on horseback

Photo: Erling Syringen Glomdalsmuseet – digitaltmuseum.no ES.01310 – Public domain.

This beautiful photo is titled «Glomdalsbrud» – bride of Glomdal – and belongs to the collection of the wonderful open-air Glomdal museum in Elverum, Hedmark, Norway.

7Roll out the barrel

Photo: Adolf Skjegstad – digitaltmuseum.no ASK-01748 – public domain.

Unloading wooden barrels. It is great to see the craftsmanship of the barrel maker – the cooper. The location is Stange, Hedmark, Norway.

8A wedding in 1897

Photo: Martin Finborud – digitaltmuseum.no 0412-09740 – public domain.

From the wedding of Thea Louise and Halvor Herbrandsen Amb in 1897. The location is Øvre Sund farm, Helgøya, Ringsaker, Hedmark. Norway.

9Feeding the chickens

Photo: Marie Rustad – digitaltmuseum.no OB.Z05481 – cc by-sa.

Two Norwegian girls are feeding the chickens. The wagon is used for the transportation of water. The building in the background is a stabbur – a typical Norwegian storehouse for food – lifted from the ground. The location is Løkenes farm, Asker, Akershus, Norway – and the year is 1890.

10The joys of childhood

Photo: Leif Ørnelund – digitaltmuseum.no OB.Ø51/1264 – cc by-sa.

On the old Norwegian farm, the children were never far away from their parents – or the domestic animals. No adventure was more exciting than to sit on the horse’s back. The location is believed to be Brandbu, Oppland, Norway – and the photo was taken in 1948.

11Making tar

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00089 – cc by.

A man is making tar by burning resin-rich pine wood. The tar was used to preserve the wood in boats and buildings – and to preserve rope and fishing nets. Hand-coloured photo – taken in Målselv, Troms, Norway in 1928.

12Collecting fodder

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00564 – cc by.

Two women collecting seaweed to be used as fodder for the domestic animals. The location is Lista, Farsund, Agder, Norway. Hand-coloured photo – taken in 1912.

13A Sunday visit?

Photo: Ole Hansen Løken – digitaltmuseum.no HHB-01745 – public domain.

A group of people visiting a milkmaid and one of her cows at summer pasture – around 1900. A Sunday visit maybe? The location is Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway. – When looking at these people’s faces, the photo looks so recent.

14Beware the ice

Photo: Unknown – digitaltmuseum.no NVE_Iskontorets_negativruller00007 – cc by-sa.

Two men are crossing the ice with an ice pick and a boat for safety. Every year, people go through the ice and perish. Our recommendation is never to venture out onto an icy lake, pond or river – unless you are with someone knowledgeable and local. The location is Lake Totak in Vinje, Telemark, Norway.

15Improved transportation opened up new possibilities

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00294 – cc by.

Steamboats like this one – on Lovatnet, Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway – opened up new possibilities for the people living in isolated places. People and goods could be transported in a way that had not been possible before.

16Summer pasture

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00615 – CC BY.

A young Norwegian milkmaid – seterbudeie – milking the cow somewhere in the Norwegian mountains. From the milk, she would make both cheese and butter.

17Ready for the journey. Hand-coloured photo, taken in Krokan, Tinn, Telemark

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00155 – CC BY.


18Norwegian ladies skiing

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00549 – CC BY.

Norwegian ladies skiing in 1902. Note how they in earlier times used one simple ski pole only.

19King Olav V

Photo: Leif Ørnelund – digitaltmuseum.no OB.Ø59_1527b – CC BY-SA.

King Olav V of Norway (1903-1991) inspecting the cows. Ekeberg, Oslo in 1959.

20Ploughing the field in 1920

Photo: unknown – digitaltmuseum.no MINØ.024330 – Public domain.

Johan N. Rundtom, Sivert Eide and two Norwegian Dole horses ploughing. Grimsby, Folldal, Hedmark in 1920.

21Haymaking in Geiranger

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00170 – CC BY.

Haymaking in Geiranger, Stranda, Møre og Romsdal in 1929.

22Feeding the horse

Photo: unknown – digitaltmuseum.no OB.FS0285 – CC BY-SA.

Two young boys feeding a Norwegian Dole horse in 1950.

23Daily life at Rustøen – Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane.

Photo: unknown – kulturminnebilder.ra.no T308_01_0005 – Public domain.