Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Kristiansand Domkirke church

The Kristiansand Cathedral has existed since the 1800's and the church as it is today, is the fourth version. The first version was a small wooden local church, second was a Cathedral in wood and third was a stone cathedral which burned down in 1880. This was eventually replaced with the current version.
The top of the spire of the church from the ground up is 70 metres high which is the same length of the church overall. 
The church gardens have flowers that are regularly attended to from roughly April until October.
The church was designed by German architect, Henrik Thrap-Meyer who also designed the Lillesand and Grimstad churches as well as Victoria terrasse in Oslo.

During World War 2, the top spire was blown up by a stray cannon round and it is rumoured that the original one is located in someone’s backyard here in Kristiansand.
The church is very solidly built, all of the windows frames and intact and nothing has bent or swayed over the years. The windows are actually due to be replaced and the new ones are ready to be put in. Today, the church has 230 steps from the bottom to the top of the spire. 
The church is actually built on sand, wet sand. So as long as the water table stays at it is, the church will have no problems. If it rises, then there will be water in the basement, but if it dries, then cracks and movement will start to appear. However, the same goes for most of Kristiansand, so the church is not alone.
The bells are all set on electric timers and the bells can be rung manually. There are 36 bells all of which are connected electronically to a computer and an organ.
I always felt intrigued by the size of the church, so one day I ventured in there and asked if I could take some pictures. I met the organ player Andrew Wilder who offered to take me to the top spire to overlook the city. Of course I could not refuse such an invitation.

As we walked up the 230 steps to the top, I could not help but wonder what it was like back in the 1800s. My guess, is that it was no different. The wood has been kept in perfect condition because it is regularly treated with copper sulphate to prevent rotting and fungus. You can smell it as you wander up the steps.

I am from Britain, but have lived in Norway since 1984. I am an organ player which brought me and my wife and two kids to Norway looking for an organ playing job. I have lived in Arendal and Tønsberg and eventually came to Kristiansand in 1996. I am a full time employed organ player and there is also another part time organ player here at the church.
A little less than two years ago, we replaced the old organ that was here. It was awful to play and actually put me in hospital a few times. I had two operations on each wrist and two artificial discs in my neck from having pounded this old beast of an organ which did not really give any musical results. We had no choice though, we had to use it.
I did not know it was the organ doing damage to my body until my physiotherapist told me I need to stop playing the organ because it was slowly killing me!

The local government then closed off the organ which was eventually replaced by a 12 million kroner organ which is a pleasure to play.
We have special half hour promenade concert for the visitors from the cruise ships.

Whenever there is a British ship that docks in Kristiansand, I ask them if they would like to sing a psalm, something like “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”. Some of the ships even have a choir on board who rehearse a song before they arrive here at the church.
We get visitors from all over the world – Spanish, Italians, French, Germans, Americans, Australians, it is wonderful to meet so many people from different cultures.

The Kristiansand church is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 1100 to 1400. 
Part of the interview was posted on the Humans of Kristiansand website. 

Adam Read
Visit Sørlandet

Monday, 20 April 2015

Family holiday at Farsund Resort

Hildegunn Teinum from Visit Southern Norway took a trip to Farsund with her family in the summer month of June. They were going to the American Festival in Vanse and stayed overnight at Farsund Resort.

Children enjoying themselves at the pier at Farsund Resort. Photo: Morten Teinum
They  stayed in one of the largest houses, with space for eight people. The house has enough space for two families. There are four bedrooms and two of them have a shared balcony. There is a large private bathroom for each bedroom, spacious beds and bright and airy apartments. The rooms have all equipment needed for cooking, and plenty of crockery, so you do not have to wash up after every meal. If you do not want to cook on your holiday, breakfast can be ordered from the restaurant the day before. Dinners can also be purchased at the restaurant or you can take a trip to the nearby towns of Lyngdal or Farsund.

Rent a boat and go fishing. Photo: Morten Teinum
Farsund Resort is a fairly new facility that is located at in Bjørnevåg between Lyngdal and Farsund. Visitors can rent a boat for a trip in archipelago or perhaps a little fishing? Close by you will find two small beaches and there are many delightful walks nearby. There is also a small hiking trail that runs right around the resort that is also suitable for children. 

Sound tempting? Here you can book your holiday at Farsund Resort.

The boats and dock at Farsund Resort. Photo Morten Teinum

The houses to rent at Farsund Resort. Photo: Morten Teinum

Enjoy a meal or drink outside Photo Morten Teinum

Qaint fishing hut at the Farsund Resort Photo Hildegunn Teinum

Easter at the Lista Lighthouse

Are you looking for fresh sea breezes, easter mood and puzzles?
Visit Lista lighthouse at Easter. Here there are activities for the family every day of the holidays.
Fun for the whole family at Lista lighthouse.
Photo: Hanne Feyling © Visit Southern Norway
Who will find the most eggs at Lista lighthouse?
Photo: Ann-Helen Erichsen
From Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday 1st following happens:

1. Eggjakt kl. 12-13
The Easter Bunny has hidden mass egg on site, and every day it becomes eggjakt where those who find most wins an Easter egg.

2. Draw Activity for all children, all day
Signs lighthouse, easter bunny, nature, or something you like to do at Easter. All drawings will be hung up in the info center, and all who participate receive prizes.

3. Nature Trail
Lista Bird Observatory stock trail for everyone on fyrområdet. Sharpen your brain cells and join. Answer sheets are available in the Info Center.

4. Easter Bunny comes
Rumors say that the Easter Bunny comes on Good Friday and Easter Monday 1st.

Coffee and overlaps servers in the Info Center.
Photo: Hanne Feyling © Visit Southern Norway
The information centre is open from 11:00 to 17:00 and serves coffee, soda and juices. The Lista lighthouse  gallery is also open. Else Marie Jakobsen images are exhibited.

Photo: Elisabeth © Visit Southern Norway