At the outskirts of Reykjavik you will find a very beautiful Open-Air Museum with old houses that were taken here and added to a farm building that stood here. The museum showcases the rural and city architecture of Iceland with an old city square, a farm complex and a fishing village. In the farm complex you will find the fourth turf church that I could visit during my visit to Iceland. As it is a museum, I could enter the church, and take some pictures to show you how a turf church looks like. Just remember that this turf church is a reconstruction of an old turf church that stood in the north of Iceland. As a local friend of mine explains in her interesting blog about turf houses on Guide to Iceland, timber is very rare in Iceland due to missing trees therefore it was reused from old buildings when they got abundant. Actually much timer that was used in Iceland originates from floating wood collected from the coasts. But that is another story. So if you are in Reykjavik I recommend you to check out the Árbæjarsafn Open Air Museum for the turf church.
So this is the last part for now about the Open-Air museum Maihaugen. The area featured here is the first part that you see apart of the exhibition “We Won The Land”. In the area a part consists of traditional scandinavian wooden houses, while the other part has different readymade houses from Norways latest past, placed here as they had to make place for a local airport. Many houses are furnished and especially the newer houses are strange as they could stand like that nowadays in any Norwegian town and you can walk in the yard looking through the windows or enter.
The Town area also hosts the Norwegian Postal Museum, which is featured in a seperate blog entry. Also you can have a snack here, I took some waffles here. Don’t forget to check the train at the trainstation. It contains a part of the postal museum.
So enjoy the photos, remember that even all the newly looking buildings are part of the exhibition!
Maihaugen is not just an Open-Air Museum, but it also hosts the Norwegian Postal Museum, which is integrated into the area of the city (a part of Maihaugen). This “museum in the museum” showcases you in detail the history of the Norwegian Postal Services. In a northern country with such a harsh climate and such diverse and demanding geography the provisioning of post was not an easy task in the past. You learn how post was delivered with horses, ships, trains and vehicles. A lot of information screens explain you the set up scenes. I enjoyed my trip through the history of Norways postal services. Find a link to the official page of the Norwegian Postal Museum at the end of the blog!
Here some impressions…
This is the building that houses the postal museum. The train station is not far and there is a place closeby where you can get some waffles…
I really liked the car 🙂
I guess it was in the 70ties. The lady works in a real post office…
… many of them were closed and integrated into supermarkets. A tendency that went through my home country aswell.
Before that happend modern post offices looked like that…
… with computers!
Post and the UN corps.
In the past horses were the way of transportation.
Writing a letter with real paper and a real pen… no mobilephone app!!!
The guy sorts the post in a ship of the Hurtigruten. It was set up to transport post along the Norwegian coast and increased the speed of transport drastically and also the reachability to remote coastal areas. A big step for Norway!
As many people left Europe during the emmigration wave (also many from Scandinavia) sending letters over the Atlantic is a subject in the museum.
Here I want to give you some impressions from the rural part of the Open-Air museum Maihaugen. Please refer to my general blog post about Maihaugen for some words about this very beautiful museum.
As you can see from the photos there are many houses which you can enter to learn more about the past of Norway. In some buildings staff can answer you questions and also show you traditional work like weaving… enjoy!
Welcome to the Stave Church in the Open-Air Museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Norway. I want to show you this beautiful architecture as a part of this very nice museum.
The origin of this Stave Church that originally stood in Garmo dates back to the 12th century. It was set up in the museum in 1921 after taken down from its original place in 1880. Almost the entire interior is collected from various other churches.
Stave Churches are nowadays very connected to Norway and an important medieval architecture. In the past they were not only limited to the area of Norway. Fur further information I linked you some sources at the end of the blog.
Grewing up close to an Open-Air Museum called ‘Hessenpark’ north of Frankfurt/Main in Germany, I became fond of this type of museum early in my life. Whenever I travel and find one, I try to visit it. Many I have seen already like the Greenfield Village, which is part of the Henry Ford museum in Detroit, the Pielinen Museum in eastern Finland and many larger and smaller more which all are very nice. But there is one in Lillehammer, which stayed in my mind as slightly the best even though they are often really hard to compare with the themes they want to cover. The museum showcases such a wide range of objects, is huge and feels complete. This is the Open-Air Museum Maihaugen. You will find old farm buildings, a stave church but also very modern buildings which were placed here after being in the way for an airport. It feels very strange to walk in the garden of modern houses as it feels people still live there. A postmuseum is also included in the area and a huge exhibition which guides you through the full history of Norway. I will add few blog entries of the different parts of the museum. I am sure you will like this cosy museum.
Here a collection of photos from Maihaugen…
The shopping street leading to the train startion and postmuseum
This is the modern part of the museum. The brown building in the back is a futuristic building with hightec built inside. You can not enter this building as it is for research as I understood.
Inside the postmuseum you can travel through time of postal services.
In the agricultural part you have fields and farm buildings.
Fishing houses along a lake are also part of the museum
And buildings which house different old professions, so you can learn about the tradition of weaving for example. There are people demonstrating it and also tell you about the history of the buildings.
Into many of the buildings you can enter to see the interior, so take a lot of time. I think a full day is well suitable if you keep it slow.
A traditional stave church, special for Norway.
I conclude my intro to Maihaugen with a scene of the Norway exhibition.
More about Maihaugen coming soon, for the time being click on the emblem to get to Maihaugens webpage…
Fort Eketorp is a historic site on Öland that was ‘born’ in the iron age and went through different stages in its history. Not only the three stages in the far past (Eketorp I from 300-400 A.C., Eketorp II from 400-650 A.C. and Eketorp III from 1170-1240 A.C.) are interesting but also the very lastest. After excavations between 1964 and 1973 the fort has been completely rebuilt on the ancient foundations and a living museum was established which gives the perfect insight into the life in such an ancient fort. I really enjoyed to visit the place.
For further information about Eketorp you can have a look at the webpage of VisitÖland and of the museum itself. I have linked these pages and you can access them by clicking on the emblems at the end of this post.
Here some impressions of the Fort Eketorp…