The horse – in a landscape without proper roads
Through the millennia, this is how the Norwegians used the Norwegian Fjord horse to transport goods – through the roadless mountains and forests. The man in the photo is Nils Havrevoll – and it was taken in 1945. The location is Havrevoll, Suldal, Rogaland.
Photo: Marta Hoffmann – digitaltmuseum.no NF.02941-044 – cc by-sa.
Bringing in the hay
This magnificent photograph shows how horse and man worked together as a team to secure the winter feed for the domestic animals. The year is 1950, and the location is Linderud farm in Oslo, Norway.
The Norwegian Elkhound
John Blæsterdalen and his Norwegian Elkhound in front of the storehouse – stabburet. The location is Folldal, Hedmark, Norge – and the year is 1968.
Preparing the soil for a new growing season
A man and his Norwegian Dole horse are preparing the soil in early spring. The location is Volvat, Oslo, Norway – and the date is 17 May 1940. Norway has only recently been invaded by German forces. It is presumably the hill of Holmenkollen in the background.
The cow’s milk and its by-products were and are an essential ingredient in the Norwegian diet
On the old Norwegian farm, milking the cows and the goats was usually the women’s domain. However, the men also took their turn on occasion. Notice how clean and well-groomed the cow is. The photo is from around 1930.
Are we certain about the dog being man’s best friend?
This beautiful 1940s photo shows the close connection between two Norwegian Fjord horses and Alf Larsen – son of Sara and Lars A. Larsen. The location is one of the slate quarries in Friarfjord, Lebesby, Finnmark, Norway.
The bliss of Norwegian mountain pasture
A Norwegian Fjord horse and a young cow on summer pasture. The location is Jotunheimen and the year is 1968.
Historically, the Norwegians sent most of their livestock to the mountains or forests during the summer months. There, the animals fed on everything that Mother Nature had to offer. The first proper summer pasture animal-headcount took place in 1907. Here is an overview of the results:
- Summer dairy locations in use: 44 239
- Horses: 17 050
- Dairy cows: 186 987
- Bulls: 8 358
- Young cattle: 79 562
- Sheep: 367 805
- Goats: 142 319
- Pigs: 6 172
In 1907, the human population was 2.3 million – and 60% of the people lived in rural areas.