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Norwegian cruise - day 11(continuation)

Photos and text © Michel Lebel and Co

The " day 11 " end will thus be dedicated to the said excursion of " The Atlantic Road " which will drive us, by bus, from Kristiansund to Molde after a trip, in the Norwegian countryside, a little more than 4 hours and 30 minutes...

The excursion begins with a city tour of Kristiansund, then we join, via a tunnel under the sea, the city of Bremsnes. Some photos on the road of the church of Kvernes:

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Below : breeding of salmons
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Visit of the church in "standing timber" of Kvernes built at the beginning of the 13th sècle.

Since the beginning of our trip we state us churches in "standing timber"... Our curiosity is going to be filled, finally, by visiting the church of Kvernes.




But before watering you in photos it is what a "stave church"???

  • " A stavkirke or stavkyrkje (in Norwegian) is a typical wooden medieval church of Norway. Although the archaeologists were able to prove that churches of this type had existed in all the Northern Europe. We call them in French "stave churches". Those of Norvége are completely built wooden of fir-tree (Pinus sylvestris), a tree hurt in the long naked trunk.

    The words stavkirke or stavkyrkje are formed by the words "stav or pickets" and "church" (kirke or kyrkje), because of the big pickets pushed in the ground and supporting the structure of the building. Afterward, we made rest these pickets (or posts) on a threshold of big stones to free itself from problems of humidity of the ground.

    Most of the Norwegian stave churches were destroyed during the XIXth century. Some archaeological elements seem to indicate that stavkirkes was built, of préférenc, on the old sacred sites of the Scandinavian populations, so marking a continuity between the former heathen faiths and the Christianity, introduced in Norway at about the year 1000.

At the architectural level, most of the stavkirkes realize a very original combination between the most classic Christian symbols and the motives Vikings of the pre-Christian era, in particular the scenes of fights between monsters of the mythology Scandinavian, often represented on columns and facades.


There are two main types(chaps) of stave churches: with or without floor (typify A or B). Each of the categories being again divided according to the nature of them foundations, their plan, etc. Walls were regularly tarred to keep(preserve) the waterproofness of the wood. "

  • Without floor:



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  • With floor:
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Next to the "stave church" was built at the end of the XIXth century a quite white church contrasting with the red color of the medieval church...



More photos for the churches of Kvernes by clicking HERE

While continuing towards our point of retauration we continue to admire these landscapes which, within 48 hours will not be more than of wonderful memories...


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Stop in the inn " Bjarmars Favorittkro " where is served to us the local speciality: Bacalao with the fresh bread... The speciality of the inn is the "bacalao" which is a part of the tradition of the district of Nordmore.

The bacalao is prepared with the dried and salty cod which carries, locally, the name of klippfish, produces exported from the XVIIth century... These exchanges contributed to enrich the local gastronomy by mixing the culinary tastes of the Scandinavian countries and the Latin countries.

The recipe of the "bacalao" arrived in the region in the 1830s, it is based on tomatoes and hot peppers. In brief we appreciated...


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The Atlantic Road of a length of 8,2km was built with a succession of 8 bridges in the heart of a very picturesque environment. Building work began August 1st, 1983 and starting on July 7th, 1989.

This Road of the Atlantic Ocean is one of the tourist points the most visited within the framework of natural reserves more than 285000 visitors in 2004.

 The cost of the construction was financed by the payment of a right of toll, toll which is intéresting because it was given up from June 1st, 1999.

  • It wriggles as awe-inspiring spectres between 17 islands which connect Vevang with the island of Averoy with spectacular Storseisundet Bridge.

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On this succession of bridges :

  • Vegangstraunen Bridge: length of 119m, maxi height of 10m,
  • Hulvagen Bridges (succession of 3 bridges): length of 293m, maxi height of 4m
  • Storseisundet Bridge: length of 293m, maxi height of 23m,
  • Geitoysundet Bridge: length of 52m, maxi height of 6m,
  • Blind Lauvoysund Bridge: length of 52m, maxi height of 3m,
  • Lille Lauvoysund Bridge: length of 115m, maxi height of 7m,

    We cross fishermen's hundreds because fjords are very rich in fishes...

    Finally, before taking back the boat, the last tour of the city of Molde baptized " the city of flowers " by the famous Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen.


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    It is our last evening on the boat and we decide to drink a last glass with 3 couples of friends whom we met at the beginning of the cruise... Small nice evening during which we exchanged our address and phone number.
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    The next stage: Alesund - > Bergen (term of our trip).

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