We were hiking in the forests above Eidfjord, which is at the end of a Norwegian fjord. Very beautiful, this is a land of mountains and idyllic farms and pastures. We were looking for the ancient Viking burial site. The graves are just a pile of rocks and are over 1000 years old. On one of the farms, we saw quite a few graves, some small, some very large. We stopped at one of the very large rock piles and I gazed for a moment.
Then there was a sudden chill in the air and the wind picked up. The air got all misty, a kind of mysterious fog, when a beautiful woman appeared over the grave, wearing nothing but a Viking princess headdress. She was looking right at me. Then suddenly… a whisper.
âL..E..O..N..A..R..D……. L..E..O..N..A..R..D…… L.E.O.N.A.R.Dâ
Then… âLen… Len… Len… wake up! Are you OK?â. And Chantal was poking me, and I jumped.
At first I thought that I saw a Viking princess witch, but after some research, I believe sheâs a âHuldraâ. A huldra is a seductive forest creature found in Scandinavian folklore and they can be dangerous. They belong to the Huldrefolk, and the males are called Huldrekall, which are quite troll-like ugly with very big noses. The feature image at the top of this page is a Huldrekall, and I canât help but wonder how they can get it on with the beautiful huldraâs!
This post is just the beginning of our exciting tour of Northern Europe. More coming soon.
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June 24, 2019 at 10:06 pm
Len, great photos.
You almost had me believing the Viking princess was real until she shouted Leonard Leonard Leonard. If it was real she would have been shouting Lenny Lenny Lenny. Great story, great dream!
June 24, 2019 at 11:28 pm
Len, you were there last year. Maybe she’s remembering you â€
June 24, 2019 at 10:54 pm
Len, Len, Len … are you OK?
You are too funny!
Love the Photos!
June 24, 2019 at 11:28 pm
June 24, 2019 at 11:19 pm
Terrific photos. And a interesting story. Eagerly waiting for the next batch
June 24, 2019 at 11:29 pm
Glad you enjoyed, John
June 25, 2019 at 12:39 am
Wow, love the story, hope I do not bump into a Huldrekrull! Great pictures like always Len.
June 25, 2019 at 1:59 am
Thanks Sandra. The one I saw was pretty cute!
June 25, 2019 at 11:52 am
And what was Chantal dreaming of? Especially loved the photo with the buildings reflected in the puddle.
June 25, 2019 at 12:39 pm
I donât think she saw (in my mind) what I saw
June 25, 2019 at 12:56 pm
These photos are some of my favourites. I like your choices in either brightening the colours or softening them to create a great mood. Your compositions are always good but some of these are quite spectacular! I really like the reflections in the puddles.
Keep them coming – itâs so enjoyable to look at your photos.
June 25, 2019 at 1:45 pm
Thanks so much Kathleen. I see you have a very good eye, and not only on the hill. Yes, I don’t really post-process too much, but usually add a little dodging and burning to create a mood. Of course, the image of Huldra was processed a little more.
June 25, 2019 at 2:29 pm
Glad to see you’re back shooting in colour. Your dreams are more colourful, too.
June 25, 2019 at 2:57 pm
June 27, 2019 at 1:56 pm
Hi Len! these pictures reminds me that wonderful cruise we had, visiting all these beautiful places we saw!….except for the big nose troll….with an unpronounciable name you told me… đ
July 2, 2019 at 4:14 pm
Great pictures Len!
Funny we were with you for this trip and i cannot remember ever being in StRavenger…
July 2, 2019 at 5:35 pm
Remember the white homes and the oil museum?