This is one of my favourite short walks along a section of the old King’s Road, or Post Road that runs along the coast. There are many such roads around Norway and until relatively recently, these were the main roads around the country.
I’m not actually on Kongeveien yet. The first thing that comes into view is the tiny church at Varhaug.
It hasn’t been cold for long. The river is still flowing, albeit with some ice around the stones.
It’s such a wonderfully clear day.
If you look at the two photos above, you can see the snow has melted on the south side of the stones and not the north, a reflection of the sun’s low winter path across the sky.
I saw a number of other people out enjoying the sunshine. Below is a typical grouping, two young women, two dogs, one pushchair. When the sun is shining, it’s time to be outside.
It can be difficult to photograph all the things I love to look at. I am always fascinated with the rugged outlines of the stone walls, so different from those in the UK. I also love the clean lines of the branches against that vast sky, but it can be difficult to capture.
The sea is almost completely smooth, so different from last week’s storms.
And now I’m heading back.
I stop on the bridge to admire ice that has formed around the stones in the river.
And then I’m back at the church and it’s time to go home.