Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gaustatoppen, Norway

Ha! Another lovely, fantastic, breath-taking view from Norway sent from dear Sissel.

Gaustatoppen is the highest mountain in the county Telemark in Norway. The first element is Gausta, the name of the whole mountain, the last element is the finite form of topp m 'top, summit'.
The mountain is popular for downhill skiing in winter, and competitions have been held on its slopes. These competitions include the "Norseman triathlon", 'Norseman Xtreme Triathlon, billed as "the world's most brutal iron-distance triathlon. It starts in Eidfjord and finishes at the top of Gaustatoppen."

These Norwegian images simply have that kind of so-beautiful-that-it-hurts feeling.

And speaking of Norway, I must share or rather brag with something i bought myself yesterday at the book-fair in Belgrade.

First is this lovely Norway Insight Guide

It has plentiful of amazing pictures...and lots and lots of historic/cultural/traditional facts and figures, so it is not just like a what-you-should-see kind of guide, but goes much beyond that, and I simply couldnt resist it :P
Here is more info in case someone's interested

And the other thing which is sort of related here is a book called the True North, by Gavin Francis.

It's a book about this man's journey that starts in the Shetland Isles and then takes him to the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard and eventually Lapland. Francis reflects o how Arctic Europe i adapting to the challenges of the 21st century, including the threat of climate change, and provides sharply observed insights into the lives of the people he encounters along the way.

Here is a newspaper article regarding this book and also a small extract.
Ahhh, im soo happy i got these two that I honestly dont know which one to start with...or i may read them both simultaneously, I dont know...but I just cant wait to start :)

and on top all the beauty, here is a train stamp too! It was issued in 2009 in a set of 6 stamps representing tourism, with this one showing Bergensbanen...the other stamps are definitives, but i cant tell exactly when were they issued.

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