Brighter days ahead


Here, on the southwest coast of Norway, the cold days of winter are relatively short. The sun struggles from about the end of October until the middle of January to make any kind of significant appearance. There are some hours of daylight as it lingers on the horizon, but it’s never able to reach its full potential. It will however, make up for its shortcomings by working overtime during the summer months. That doesn’t necessarily mean the weather will be nice. As always we still have the cold Northern wind and lots of rain clouds to deal with.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe a beach girl such as myself ended up here (it must have been love).

I was suppose to be in school yesterday, studying Norwegian (one can never be too fluent) but for some reason my class was cancelled, or rather postponed. It was a beautiful but cold day, the temperature was -4 degrees Celsius, that’s about 20 degrees Fahrenheit. I decided to join some friends who were going over to the mainland for a walk along the old railway track. The trail takes you from the little town of Egersund to an even smaller place called Hellvik. There are a lot of twists and turns through the mountains and along the shore.

In some places we could see the island where we live, across the ‘fjord’.

Can you see the small group of white houses in the center of the picture? One of them is mine.

Can you see the small group of white houses in the top center of the picture? One of them is mine.

We also walked through an old train tunnel, where giant icicles hung like daggers above our heads.


There was a sign posted outside which read, Enter at your own risk. 


You can hardly take fifty steps in Norway without walking uphill, which can be absolutely exhausting, but at least you don’t have to worry about freezing. We walked for quite some time before taking a break between the rocks, in the sun. I could barely feel the sun on my face, but it was there, trying, and that’s good enough for me. It seems brighter days now lie ahead.


About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on January 22, 2013, in all things Norsk, Photos and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.

  1. Norge är ett vackert land!
    Hälsningar från Sverige

  2. What a wonderful pathway…reminds me a lot of Canada. I agree you can never be too fluent. Norwegian must be a very interesting language.

  3. Beautiful views. Norway is on my travel list but it should be in the summer time. Cold and I don’t get along well :).

    • I’m not a big fan of being cold either, which is bizarre when you think I’ve been living here for twenty years now. The thing is; you can’t always count on it being warm here in the summer either… But it is indeed beautiful.

  4. A lovely walk, Maggie! What a beautiful little perch your house was built on. What a view!

  5. You live is such a a beautiful and idyllic place, Maggie! 😉

  6. Yes, it must be love, Maggie. I’m a sunshine girl too. But it IS very beautiful. That opening shot is stunning, and so lovely to see where you live. But those icicles- ferocious!

  7. Beautiful walk! Given your history, did you enter the train tunnel? 😉

  8. Lovely photos… and I wanted to know about whether you entered the tunnel too!

  9. I love the view to your house, Maggie. I can only dream of living somewhere like that, and I think I will do that tonight. We live on a State Route, and over 2,000 semi trucks pass by our house daily. … Your pictures are beautiful. What a wonderful walk with your friends!

  10. For some reason your icy shots look far more attractive that the snowbound city that I’m living in!

  11. That looks beautiful! And it reminds me of how much I miss winter in this Caribbean climate.

  12. It is So beautiful where you live!

  13. Fabulous post – I loved it all! Great pictures and you’re right, doesn’t it feel wonderful having the sun sneak its way back into our lives? 🙂 I was in the city centre of Glasgow today and there was this fantastic winter sun just adding this gorgeous yellowy orange light across the sky. Love it! 🙂

    Love the icicles/enter at own risk! 🙂

  14. what a wonderful entry!! you’ve really captured the essense of norway, through both your words and very special images!! some would not appreciate the beauty of this amazing place you call home!!

  15. I love the top photo especially, but altogether such a beautiful place. I am so glad that you live amidst such grandeur, Maggie. ~ Lily

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