My scanner seems, for now, to be working again, so I've decided to postpone the 2014 Plan post so I can, at last, share these! We are turning back to Norway, where I was this time last month.
There is something so profoundly calming about the northern Norway coastal landscape in winter. It is the opposite, in my mind, at least, of Icelandic landscape, which teems and pulses with energy.
The café in Ersfjordbotn was the one warm and open place we found during our stay in that small fishing village near Tromsø. We walked through the snow to this cozy place every day and ate things we should not have. They were delicious ;D.
Lanterns and candles are used everywhere and all day in Norway, in a valiant effort to illuminate the dark December days. I loved this cozy café corner, with its candlesticks, lantern, strings of lights.
The Oslo Opera House is rightfully noted for its stunning architecture. An equally stunning sculpture, all crystalline and icy-looking, seems to float in the fjord behind the Opera House.
And here is one last look at the rugged mountains and valleys of northern Norway, drawn quick, quick, quick as our ship made its stately progression ever northward.
Next up: the Plan! It's still January, it's definitely still 2014. All is well!