Halsa, Norway: Caring for The Past is Preparing for The Future

I believe most of us are nostalgic. Good reminders of the past give inner peace, at least for me. I love to visit old quarters and thanks to a group of volunteers in Halsa, Norway I could also do it here. 

Luckily, many Norwegians still have a Viking spirit when it comes to helping the society become more livable. I experienced this in Halsa when I visited the old harbor, Otnes, once a vital center in the community. People and goods were transported by sea and all things of vital interest surrounded the ports.

First time I visited it rained a lot so I decided to return when the weather became sunny. The old buildings embraced me with their charm. They are enabled by volunteers and are now used as gathering premises for birthdays, weddings etc. There is also a café open on the summer weekends. The surroundings invite for reflection and I’m sure that this initiative makes people here better fit for the challenges of the future.

Returning to Otnes in sunny weather

Returning to Otnes in sunny weather

 

Thanks to volunteers, old boats and buildings are taken cared of

Thanks to volunteers, old boats and buildings are taken care of

 

An old coastal boat for goods

An old coastal boat for goods

 

Nice to have a cabin on long voyages

Nice to have a cabin on long voyages

 

In the old days, the sea was the main road

In the old days, the sea was the main road

 

A farm across the fjord

A farm across the fjord

 

Goods were lifted from the boats and stored in buildings like these

Goods were lifted from the boats and stored in buildings like these

 

The old grocery store is now a café

The old grocery store is now a café

 

Traditional cakes

Traditional cakes

 

The community also takes good care of refugees

The community also takes good care of refugees

 

Hildur, my husband’s former wife’s youngest sister, one of the many volunteers in Halsa. She is the Treasurer for the historical society that has restored and operate the old Otnes building

Hildur, my husband’s former wife’s youngest sister, one of the many volunteers in Halsa. She is the Treasurer for the historical society that has restored and operates the old Otnes buildings

 

Volunteerism is a vital tradition in the Norwegian society. A combination of enthusiasts, voluntary work, and goodwill from the authorities produce results. Without it, the cultural life in Norway would have only been an upper-class phenomenon, and cultural heritage would have been lost forever.

 

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