Flekkefjord is a small town marking the transition between the southern coastline of Norway, Sørlandet, and the western part of Vestlandet.
During the era of the sailing ships Flekkefjord offered a good and safe port for visiting ships from the Netherlands in the early 18th century. The export of paving stone was important. Later timber and fisheries became dominant industries, along with tanning. By the end of the Age of Sail Flekkefjord dwindled into oblivion as did so many white painted Norwegian coastal towns.
And that is why they are so fascinating to visit today.
Grand Hotel Flekkefjord
The octagonal Flekkefjord Church
I started out making a mini-series of short videos from the western coast of Norway – the fjord country – on my YouTube channel. The videos are a combination of textual narrative, video clips, animated photos and music from Norway. Here is the YouTube playlist. I then decided to include the videos and selected photos as entries on my blog, along with short descriptions. Some of the articles have been developing over time and now include much more.