Vintage photos | the people | Norway

Here is a collection of some wonderful vintage photos, showing a handful of Norwegians and their lives.
Visiting the milkmaid and her goats at the seasonal summer pasture farm. The location is Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway - and the photo is taken around 1900. | Photo: Ole Hansen Løken Domkirkeodden - digitalmuseum.no HHB-09482 - public domain.
Photo: Ole Hansen Løken Domkirkeodden - digitalmuseum.no HHB-09482 - public domain.

1. Summer visitors

Visiting the milkmaid and her goats at the seasonal summer pasture farm. The location is Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway – and the photo is taken around 1900.

2. Fishing off the coast

Norwegian fishermen – harvesting the ocean close to the coast. Hand-coloured photo from the beginning of the 1900s.

Norwegian fishermen - harvesting the ocean close to the coast. Hand-coloured photo from the beginning of the 1900s. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00520 - cc by.

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00520 – cc by.

3. Milking the goat

A young girl is milking a goat while her friend is watching. Notice the wooden container the girl on the right carries on her back. Maybe made for transporting milk? The photo is from around 1900 – and the location is Odda, Hordaland, Norway.

A young girl is milking a goat while her friend is watching. Notice the wooden container the girl on the right carries on her back. Maybe made for transporting milk? The photo is from around 1900 - and the location is Odda, Hordaland, Norway. | Photo: Unknown Norsk Folkemuseum - digitaltmuseum.no NF.06669-004 - public domain.

A young girl is milking a goat while her friend is watching. Notice the wooden container the girl on the right carries on her back. Maybe made for transporting milk? The photo is from around 1900 – and the location is Odda, Hordaland, Norway. | Photo: Unknown Norsk Folkemuseum – digitaltmuseum.no NF.06669-004 – public domain.

4. My home is my castle

The location is the Åkernes mountain farm, Stranda, Geiranger, Møre og Romsdal, Norway. The photo is hand-coloured and taken in 1937.

The location is the Åkernes mountain farm, Stranda, Geiranger, Møre og Romsdal, Norway. The photo is hand-coloured and taken in 1937. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00050 - cc-by.

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00050 – cc-by.

5. Utilising nature’s very own insulation

A man outside his turf covered cottage – with his dog and his goats. Taken in Syltevik, Båtsfjord, Finnmark, Norway – around 1910.

Utilising nature's very own insulation: a man outside his turf covered cottage - with his dog and his goats. Taken in Syltevik, Båtsfjord, Finnmark, Norway - around 1910. | Photo: Johan Oskar Andreas Grasmo - digitaltmuseum.no FBib.82011-008 - Public domain.

Photo: Johan Oskar Andreas Grasmo – digitaltmuseum.no FBib.82011-008 – Public domain.

6. A bride arriving on horseback

This beautiful photo is titled «Glomdalsbrud» – bride of Glomdal – and belongs to the collection of the wonderful open-air Glomdal museum in Elverum, Hedmark, Norway.

This beautiful photo is titled «Glomdalsbrud» - bride of Glomdal - and belongs to the collection of the wonderful open-air Glomdal museum in Elverum, Hedmark, Norway. | Photo: Erling Syringen Glomdalsmuseet - digitaltmuseum.no ES.01310 - Public domain.

Photo: Erling Syringen Glomdalsmuseet – digitaltmuseum.no ES.01310 – Public domain.

7. Roll out the barrel

Unloading wooden barrels. It is great to see the craftsmanship of the barrel maker – the cooper. The location is Stange, Hedmark, Norway.

Unloading wooden barrels. It is great to see the craftsmanship of the barrel maker - the cooper. The location is Stange, Hedmark, Norway. | Photo: Adolf Skjegstad - digitaltmuseum.no ASK-01748 - public domain.

Photo: Adolf Skjegstad – digitaltmuseum.no ASK-01748 – public domain.

8. A wedding in 1897

From the wedding of Thea Louise and Halvor Herbrandsen Amb in 1897. The location is Øvre Sund farm, Helgøya, Ringsaker, Hedmark. Norway.

From the wedding of Thea Louise and Halvor Herbrandsen Amb in 1897. The location is Øvre Sund farm, Helgøya, Ringsaker, Hedmark. Norway. | Photo: Martin Finborud - digitaltmuseum.no 0412-09740 - public domain.

Photo: Martin Finborud – digitaltmuseum.no 0412-09740 – public domain.

9. Feeding the chickens

Two Norwegian girls are feeding the chickens. The wagon is used for the transportation of water. The building in the background is a stabbur – a typical Norwegian storehouse for food – lifted from the ground. The location is Løkenes farm, Asker, Akershus, Norway – and the year is 1890.

Two Norwegian girls are feeding the chickens. The wagon is used for the transportation of water. The building in the background is a stabbur - a typical Norwegian storehouse for food - lifted from the ground. The location is Løkenes farm, Asker, Akershus, Norway - and the year is 1890. | Photo: Marie Rustad - digitaltmuseum.no OB.Z05481 - cc by-sa.

Photo: Marie Rustad – digitaltmuseum.no OB.Z05481 – cc by-sa.

10. The joys of childhood

On the old Norwegian farm, the children were never far away from their parents – or the domestic animals. No adventure was more exciting than to sit on the horse’s back. The location is believed to be Brandbu, Oppland, Norway – and the photo was taken in 1948.

On the old Norwegian farm, the children were never far away from their parents - or the domestic animals. No adventure was more exciting than to sit on the horse's back. The location is believed to be Brandbu, Oppland, Norway - and the photo was taken in 1948. | Photo: Leif Ørnelund - digitaltmuseum.no OB.Ø51/1264 - cc by-sa.

Photo: Leif Ørnelund – digitaltmuseum.no OB.Ø51/1264 – cc by-sa.

11. Making tar

A man is making tar by burning resin-rich pine wood. The tar was used to preserve the wood in boats and buildings – and to preserve rope and fishing nets. Hand-coloured photo – taken in Målselv, Troms, Norway in 1928.

A man is making tar by burning resin-rich pine wood. The tar was used to preserve the wood in boats and buildings - and to preserve rope and fishing nets. Hand-coloured photo - taken in Målselv, Troms, Norway in 1928. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00089 - cc by.

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00089 – cc by.

12. Collecting fodder

Two women collecting seaweed to be used as fodder for the domestic animals. The location is Lista, Farsund, Agder, Norway. Hand-coloured photo – taken in 1912.

Two women collecting seaweed to be used as fooder for the domestic animals. The location is Lista, Farsund, Agder, Norway. Hand-coloured photo - taken in 1912. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00564 - cc by.

Two women collecting seaweed to be used as fodder for the domestic animals. The location is Lista, Farsund, Agder, Norway. Hand-coloured photo – taken in 1912. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00564 – cc by.

13. A Sunday visit?

A group of people visiting a milkmaid and one of her cows at summer pasture – around 1900. A Sunday visit maybe? The location is Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway. – When looking at these people’s faces, the photo looks so recent.

A group of people visiting a milkmaid and one of her cows at summer pasture - around 1900. A Sunday visit maybe. The location is Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway. | Photo: digitaltmuseum.no HHB-01745 - public domain.

Photo: Ole Hansen Løken – digitaltmuseum.no HHB-01745 – public domain.

14. Beware the ice

Two men are crossing the ice with an ice pick and a boat for safety. Every year, people go through the ice and perish. Our recommendation is never to venture out onto an icy lake, pond or river – unless you are with someone knowledgeable and local. The location is Lake Totak in Vinje, Telemark, Norway.

Two men are crossing the ice with an ice pick and a boat for safety. Every year, people go through the ice and perish. Our recommendation is never to venture out onto an icy lake, pond or river - unless you are with someone knowledgeable and local. The location is Lake Totak in Vinje, Telemark, Norway. | Photo: Unknown - digitaltmuseum.no NVE_Iskontorets_negativruller00007 - cc by-sa.

Photo: Unknown – digitaltmuseum.no NVE_Iskontorets_negativruller00007 – cc by-sa.

15. Improved transportation opened up new possibilities

Steamboats like this one – on Lovatnet, Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway – opened up new possibilities for the people living in isolated places. People and goods could be transported in a way that had not been possible before.

Steamboats like this one - on Lovatnet, Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway - opened up possibilities for the people living in isolated places. People and goods could be transported in a way that had not been possible before. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00294 - cc by. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00294 - cc by.

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00294 – cc by.

16. Summer pasture

A young Norwegian milkmaid – seterbudeie – milking the cow somewhere in the Norwegian mountains. From the milk, she would make both cheese and butter.

Summer pasture: a young Norwegian milkmaid - seterbudeie - milking the cow somewhere in the Norwegian mountains. From the milk, she would make both cheese and butter. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00615 - CC BY.

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00615 – CC BY.

17. Ready for the journey. Hand-coloured photo, taken in Krokan, Tinn, Telemark

Ready for the journey. Hand-coloured photo, taken in Krokan, Tinn, Telemark, Norway. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00155 - CC BY.

Ready for the journey. Hand-coloured photo, taken in Krokan, Tinn, Telemark, Norway. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00155 – CC BY.

18. Norwegian ladies skiing

Norwegian ladies skiing in 1902. Note how they in earlier times used one simple ski pole only.

Norwegian ladies skiing in 1902. Note how they in earlier times used one simple ski pole only. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00549 - CC BY.

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00549 – CC BY.

19. King Olav V

King Olav V of Norway (1903-1991) inspecting the cows. Ekeberg, Oslo in 1959.

King Olav V of Norway inspecting the cows. Ekeberg, Oslo in 1959. | Photo: Leif Ørnelund - digitaltmuseum.no OB.Ø59_1527b - CC BY-SA.

King Olav V of Norway inspecting the cows. Ekeberg, Oslo in 1959. | Photo: Leif Ørnelund – digitaltmuseum.no OB.Ø59_1527b – CC BY-SA.

20. Ploughing the field in 1920

Johan N. Rundtom, Sivert Eide and two Norwegian Dole horses ploughing. Grimsby, Folldal, Hedmark in 1920.

Johan N. Rundtom, Sivert Eide and two Norwegian Dole horses ploughing. Grimsby, Folldal, Hedmark in 1920. | Photo: unknown - digitaltmuseum.no MINØ.024330 - Public domain.

Photo: unknown – digitaltmuseum.no MINØ.024330 – Public domain.

21. Haymaking in Geiranger

Haymaking in Geiranger, Stranda, Møre og Romsdal in 1929.

Haymaking in Geiranger, Stranda, Møre og Romsdal in 1929. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00170 - CC BY.

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00170 – CC BY.

22. Feeding the horse

Two young boys feeding a Norwegian Dole horse in 1950.

Two young boys feeding a Norwegian Dole horse in 1950. | Photo: unknown - digitaltmuseum.no OB.FS0285 - CC BY-SA.

Photo: unknown – digitaltmuseum.no OB.FS0285 – CC BY-SA.

23. Daily life at Rustøen – Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane.

Rustøen, Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane. | Photo: unknown - kulturminnebilder.ra.no T308_01_0005 - Public domain.

Rustøen, Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane. | Photo: unknown – kulturminnebilder.ra.no T308_01_0005 – Public domain.

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