Første dager i 2020

The first day of 2020, I decided to spend walking along the harbour. From my favourite Vækerøparken I walked near the fjord to Lysaker. I discovered there not only places with beautiful views of the fjord, but also interesting shops with well-designed lamps and furniture.


3rd January 2020, I saw a beautiful fiery sunrise over Oslo. Warm light broke through could blue clouds. It was wonderful to see another picturesque sunrise.

Nyttårsaften i Oslo

Last day of 2019, I spent in the wonderful Oslo. In the morning of New Year’s Eve, I was waked up by a gorgeous, warm sunrise. Colours of the sky were beautifully reflected in the calm waters of Oslofjorden.

Later, I decided to go to the one of my favourite museums – Viking Ship Museum. I saw once again finds from Oseberg and Gokstad mounds. It was wonderful to see and admire all these elaborate artefacts and majestic ships for the last time in 2019 (the year in which I saw them for the first time ever).

Artefacts from the Gokstad grave


Artefacts from the Oseberg grave


This special evening, I spent in a very nice Scandinavian atmosphere. I enjoyed also wonderful views to Oslo. Just before midnight sky above appeared numerous colourful fireworks. It was my first time when I had the possibility to photograph this pyrotechnic.

My personal review of 2019

2019

2019 was a fruitful and nice year of my life. It was also full of wonderful surprises and fantastic journeys. I published my first article ever, I got to know fantastic people and I started my PhD project at the Museum of the Cultural History, University of Oslo. I visited nice and captivating places in Austria, Czech Republic, Norway and Poland.  

In April, I visited for the first time ever Norway and beautiful Bergen. Aim of my visit was to examine and photograph bird bones and numerous fascinating artefacts which were discovered in Viking Age graves. Beyond my work in the University Museum of Bergen, I also visited several parts of Bergen, I ascended Fløyen and saw a charming stave church in Fantoft.

In June, my article entitled “Asche und Knochen. Vogelüberreste in wikingerzeitlichen Gräbern auf den Nordfriesischen Inseln und in Dänemark” was published. It includes my new analyses of Viking Age graves with bird remains which were discovered in the North Frisian Islands and in Denmark.

In August, I visited a small city Mikulov in the Czech Republic. In this month, I also visited several beautiful cities in Austria. I had the possibility to nice and charming places and museums in Bärnbach, Graz (Archäologiemuseum), Mixnitz, Stallhofen, Voitsberg and Wien (Kunsthistorisches Museum; Vienna Central Cemetery).

In this month, I also had the possibility to kayak a little bit in Hutki and Krasnobród in Poland.

On the very beginning of October, I started my big archaeological adventure in Oslo. I began my PhD project entitled “On Wings to the Otherworld: Bird Remains in Viking Age Graves from Scandinavia and the British Isles”. Its aim is to analyse bird bones which were discovered in various Viking Age cremation and inhumation graves.

In October, I also saw beautiful architecture of Oslo, Bygdøy in autumnal scenery, wonderful Museum of Cultural History and Viking Ship Museum, and charming Norsk Folkemuseum. I also observed several species of birds, which were gathered in Frognerkilen.

By the end of October and at the very beginning of November, I had the possibility to observe beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I also saw for the first time ever Oslo covered by snow. In November, I also visited a nice archaeological site and Midgard vikingsenter in Borre.

By the end of this month, I also discovered beautifully located Vækerøparken. It is one of my favourite places in Oslo.

Moreover, I also officially presented my research blog Viking Age Birds dedicated to my PhD project.

In December, I visited again Norsk Folkemuseum. This time it was in the winter scenery. I saw also captivating finds in the Viking Ship Museum. Furthermore, I observed several interesting species of birds (my observations will be published on my eBird and iNaturalist soon). I also spent my first ever Jul in Oslo. It was wonderful to experience Jul atmosphere and to learn more about traditions connected to this part of the year in Norway.

I would like to thank you very much for fantastic and unforgettable meetings, captivating discussions and adventures in 2019!

I would like also especially warmly thank Museum of the Cultural History, University of Oslo for accepting my PhD project. Tusen takk! It the pleasure and the honour to conduct my research in wonderful Oslo!

I wish you good health, unforgettable adventures, beautiful photos, numerous successes in the upcoming year 2020! Godt Nyttår!

Jul i Oslo

In this year, I decided to spend my Jul in Oslo. I really would like to see and experience how this special time is celebrated in Norway and what traditions are connected to this time of year.

I started my Jul with a long walk. In the early morning of 25th December 2019, I walked Karl Johans gate and photographed different beautiful Jul decorations. By this street it a huge Juletre decorated with warm lights. Moreover, nearly all the trees, which are on this street, were covered with lights. It was very, very atmospheric quiet and empty there. It was possible to hear sounds and crocks made by different species of birds which waked up at this time.  

Later, I walk to Aker Brygge – modern and well-designed part of Oslo. This neighbourhood is also beautifully decorated with lights and Juletre.

During my walk, I also observed a wonderful and warm sunrise above Oslofjord.

From Aker Brygge it is visible the industrial part of the harbour of Oslo. During above-mentioned sunrise, some machines locate by cargo marina looked like some creations from a different world. They remind me AT-AT walker from Star Wars films.

Later, I went to other parts of Aker Brygge. I saw, inter alia interesting artificial tree with shining, colourful leaves.

Later, I walk along the harbour and I enjoyed the beautiful day of Jule in Oslo.

Jul, 26.12.2019

On the next day, I saw I beautiful sunrise above Oslo. It was wonderful to observe these beautiful colours on the sky.

Later, I visited flock of water birds gathered in Frognerkilen.

Fugler i Oslo

On 22nd December 2019, I decided to go for a long walk on Bygdøy. During my walk, I saw parts of this peninsula in which I never was before. I walked to the place where are museums dedicated to sea, expeditions and modern ships. Near Norsk Maritimt Museum, I observed several species of birds, including European herring gull (Larus argentatus).


24th December 2019, I walk to the harbour of Frognerkilen to observe various species of waterfowl. I saw there a huge flock of mute swans (Cygnus olor) and mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). Among these birds, were also two specimens of greylag goose (Anser anser).

In the Viking Ship Museum

On 8th December 2019, after my visit to Norsk Folkemuseum, I decided to visit one of my favourite museums in Oslo – Viking Ship Museum. The main aim of my visit there was to find several fascinating finds connected with my PhD project which were presented at the exhibition. I also photographed some beautiful finds from Oseberg and Gokstad graves.

Artefacts discovered in Oseberg grave

Artefacts discovered in Gokstad grave

In one of the showcases dedicated to finds from Gokstad, close to the elaborated mounds of harness, are exhibited some inconspicuous small finds. They have an irregular shapes, iridescent layers and dark brown edges. They look like some fragments of the wooden objects.

However, they have nothing to do with plants at all. These objects are remains of feathers of the peacocks buried in this complex grave. In the near future, on my research blog “Viking Age Birds” will be published post specially dedicated to these remains. Stay tuned!

Snowy Day

On Sunday morning (8.12.2019), I saw was snowing. I observed Oslo in beautiful winter scenery through my window. Therefore, I decided to go to a nice Norsk Folkemuseum. I would like there not only to photograph charming snow-covered architecture but also to see the Christmas market, which took place in the Museum.

I walked near to the harbour to Bygdøy. During my walk, I admired the calm and beautiful Oslo covered by snow.

I started my visit to the museum from the favourite part with nice wooden houses from Hedmark. Later, I walk among other farms. In several of the houses, were re-enactors, wearing costumes from different time periods and different regions of Norway, who presenting meals and customs during julaften (Christmas Eve). For me, the most interesting, was the presentation of this unusual evening as it was celebrated in 1883 in Valdres. In the humble house was a small Christmas tree, a long table on which was bread, bowls and butter with cock figurine. In the shelf, in another part of the room, were two simple chandeliers. Between them was a small julekake (Christmas cake) decorated with tinny chickens, hen and cock. By the table sat a nice lady wearing a long and warm dress. She told me numerous fascinating facts concerning customs and superstitions. She also explained, why they are chickens on a cake and butter. According to her, they were symbols of fertility then. It was very nice to listen to those stores about the past.

Later, I also saw Gol stave church covered by a thin layer of snow.

After my visit to Norsk Folkemuseum, I decided to see, for the third time, the wonderful Viking Ship Museum. Aim of my visit to this place was to find some fascinating finds presented at the exhibition. See what I find in the post “In the Viking Ship Museum”.

By the end of the day, I had the possibility to observe a beautiful sunset in Vækerøparken.

Kalde dager

On 30th November 2019, during my afternoon walk, I observed a beautiful sunset. It was a warm contrast to cold, icebound streets and harbours.

Cold December day (1.12.2019), I was waked by a bloody and fiery sunrise. It spreads above Oslo and hills.

Later, I decided to go for a walk. During it, I discovered a wonderful park – Vækerøparken. It is in the part of Ullern, close to the harbour. In this place are wonderful rock, paths and a beautiful view to Oslofjord. During my walk, I saw the fiord surrounded by mist. In the calm water were reflected blue and yellow clouds and solitary boat. It was a very calm view; a perfect depiction of the silence.

See also my photos of sunrises and sunsets in Oslo in the post “Soloppgangene og solnedgangene“.

Svaner

On 29th November 2019, I had the possibility to observe several species of water birds. Close to Bygdøy peninsula in Frognerkilen were gathered mute swans (Cygnus olor), mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), gulls and greylag goose (Anser anser). I also observed three common goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula) who kept out of a big flock.

Photos of the birds, which I took in October in Oslo, are in the gallery “First Days in Oslo“. Check also my observations on my eBird and iNaturalist profiles.

I Borre

On 19th November 2019, after successful Seksjonsseminar in Åsgårdstrand (18-19.11.2019), we visited beautifully located Midgard vikingsenter in Borre. This small but interesting museum is devoted to the well-known site in Borre (which is several meters to the east from this building). During numerous archaeological excavations on this site were discovered richly equipped graves and remains of longhouses. In the graves, located under huge mounds, were found artefacts (e.g. mounts of the horse bridle, a mount of harness, jewellery) covered with elaborated ornaments (e.g. gripping beasts, chains, knots). This style of decoration was named after this complex site.

Close to the museum building is reconstructed small stronghold. Behind stockade, is beautifully decorated longhouse and several small buildings.