I can’t imagine living in a place where I was denied access to the land …
Ancient traces provide evidence of the freedom to roam in many European countries, suggesting such a freedom was once a common norm. Today, the right to roam has survived in perhaps its purest form in Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Everyone in Norway enjoys the right of access to and passage through uncultivated land in the countryside. This originally traditional right has been set out in legislation since 1957. It is based on respect for the countryside, and all visitors are expected to show consideration for farmers and landowners, other users and the environment.
There is this picturesque cemetery right by the ocean not far from my house at Ogna, it’s called Varhaug Old Cemetery and dates back to the 13th century. It’s a magical place, enchanted. The large sky defines the landscape, it can make it mild and sunny (like in my pictures today), but it never stays the same for very long. And more often than not its all rather dark and heavy, windy; rough – you should really see this place in hailstorms and thunderclouds!
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