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Lysefjord (ii)

Lysefjord contains two natural features which are tourist attractions. One is the Kjerag Boulder, a 5 m3 rock left stuck between two pieces of mountain by retreating ice.

From the MV Black Watch it was not really apparent photographically:-

Kjerag Boulder, Lysefjord, Norway

Close-up. It’s that little dot between the two rocks in the middle of the photo:-

Kjerag Boulder, Lysefjord, close-up

People go and stand on this thing!:-

Kjerag Boulder

(By Scoundrelgeo – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

The other feature is known as Pulpit Rock becasue of its shape. The top is 604 metres above the fjord’s surface. You’ll note from the photo in the link that there are no railings around the top of this even though people go to visit – and stand on it. The Norwegian Government says, quite reasonably, that it cannot fence off every piece of nature in the country.

From distance:-

Pulpit Rock, Lysefjord, Norway from Distance

Closer view:-

Pulpit Rock, Lysefjord, Closer View

Showing pulpit shape:-

Pulpit Rock, Lysefjord

Lysefjord (i)

Thought I’d better post a few photos of a fjord.

The first one we visited was Lysefjord in Rogaland County, Norway.

Looking back towards fjord entrance:-

Lysefjord, Rogaland County, Norway

Looking up fjord:-

Lysefjord, other angle

Mountain and waterfall:-

Lysefjord, Mountain and Waterfall

The Norwegians exploit any green spaces they can find or create. Most of these houses are only accessible by boat and are used as summer residences:-

Houses by Lysefjord

Wandering Again

We only had one night home from Norway before setting off again; to Rochdale, our first visit there.

The friends we’re seeing there planned days out to Blackpool and Liverpool. I’ve been so busy I’ve not had time to catch up with my book reviewing – or anything else.

The last time I was in Liverpool was for an Eastercon, I’ve never visited Blackpool. I gave Eastercon a miss when it was there in 2004.


I’ve been away, with no internet access, for the last week. A trip to Norway. The scenery there is just fantastic. Stunning. I wasn’t planning on internet access but the mountains of the fiords would have blocked communications anyway. Those posts which appeared during the week had been scheduled ones.

As a result I’ve missed whatever happened during the week and my book reviews are way behind. I’ll catch up no doubt. In the meantime I have a couple more posts scheduled.

I spotted lots of birds in Norway; sparrows, wagtails, magpies – and gulls of course – but no Norwegian Blues.

At time of writing I’ve only been back a few hours but I’m pining for the fiords already.

Barony Mill, near Birsay, Orkney

This is the last working mill in Orkney but it isn’t commercially viable. It opens in the summer for tourists but does grind grain in winter – the local bere barley etc – for some local consumption and to keep the tradition going.

The young lad that showed us round (off to University later this year) said it was his grandmothe who was the last full-time miller there. Pictures of her at work were on the walls. Quite a thing back then for a woman to be in a job like that.

Barony Mill, near Birsay, Orkney

Old water wheels. They may get round to recommissioning these one day:-

Old mill wheels, Barony Mill

I took four videos. Click on each picture to get to its video.

Water Wheel:-

Barony Wheel Driving Wheel


Gearing, Barony Mill

Lower level workings:-

Barony Mill, Lower Level Workings

Upper level workings:-

Barony Mill Upper Level Workings

Evie War Memorial

Evie is a small village close to the Broch of Gurness in the north of mainland Orkney.

This simple pillar stands to the side of the A 966 road from Evie to Birsay.

War Memorial, Evie, Orkney

The inscription reads, “In memoriam. Died for King and Country in the Great War 1914-1919.”

Inscription, War Memorial, Evie, Orkney

The names on the memorial all date from 1917 and 1918:-

Names, War Memorial, Evie, Orkney

More Names, War Memorial, Evie, Orkney,

Ness Battery, Stromness

The main World War 2 defence artillery battery for the Sound of Hoy was the Ness Battery. A few buildings remain. They have that vaguely Deco style of a lot of World War 2 fortifications. We missed the guided tour so didn’t get the full access. We’d only gone out for an evening stroll.

Ness Battery, Stromness

Ness Battery, Stromness  2

Ness Battery, Stromness 3

Shore Battery. Atlantic/Pentland Firth beyond:-

Shore Battery, Ness Battery, Stromness

Graemsay and Hoy from Ness Battery:-

Graemsay and Hoy from Ness Battery

Birsay, Orkney

The parish and village of Birsay lies at the northwestern end of the mainland of Orkney.

Just off the mainland is the Brough of Birsay. Brough means island:-

Brough of Birsay, Orkney

A causeway allows access to the island at low tide. You can just see the causeway under the water’s surface to the middle left of the photo. The island has a Stevenson lighthouse on it.

Rocks and a standing stone at Birsay:-

Rocks at Birsay, Orkney

More rocks and a small bay at Birsay:-

Rocks and Bay at Birsay, Orkney

The remains of the Palace of a notoriously harsh Earl of Orkney are the main attraction in Birsay itself.

From road in:-

Earl's Palace, Birsay, Orkney, from Road in.

Reverse view:-

Earl's Palace, Birsay, Orkney

Interior 1:-

Earl's Palace, Birsay, Orkney Interior 1

Interior 2:-

Earl's Palace, Birsay, Orkney, Interior 2

Interior 3:-

Earl's Palace, Birsay, Orkney, Interior 3

We did wander round the graveyard of St Magnus Church, and took a walk down to the beach behind it.

Art Deco Lettering, Stromness

I didn’t spot much that could be described as Art Deco on mainland Orkney. The lettering on mosaic background on this shop in Stromness came closest:-

Deco Lettering, Shop, Stromness

Once a soda fountain and coffee salon the shop has now been repurposed to sell clothes:-

Art Deco Lettering, Stromness

Scapa Flow Scenes

Hoy and a boat on Scapa Flow:-

Hoy + Boat

Hoy from ferry across Scapa Flow. The island in the middleground, with the lighthouse, is Cava:-

Hoy from Ferry across Scapa Flow

A yacht on Scapa Flow, Hoy behind:-

Yacht + Hoy from Scapa Flow

Yacht and SS Hamnavoe from Scapa Flow. Island of Graemsay in middle ground:-

Yacht + SS Hamnavoe from Scapa Flow

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