Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Avaldsnes. Bukkoy, the Island. Viking royal manor island near St. Olaf's Church.

Bukkoy is an ancient Viking settlement site on a small island near St. Olaf's Church.  Bukkoy has been reconstructed as the royal farm community it had been for centuries.  On the way back, we chose the meandering, long way instead of the well-marked tourist footpath road, through the woods to the shore, and following the water all the way back.

Take time from the village itself to breathe in the woods to the shore, and along the beaches and veering back into the woods when the path disappears. You cannot get lost if you stay with the shore, because the island is small. The trick is to follow the coastline. Eventually you will get back to the larger road and eventually, St. Olaf's Church in the distance, as here. Do not break your ankle.

Finally, through the woods and across the little log-bridges and pathways, find a footbridge from this Bukkoy settlement island over to the mainland island where St. Olaf's holds court.  Yes, all are islands here.

The walkway-road from St. Olaf's to Bukkoy is paved, suitable for vehicles. Reassuring. It weaves through sheep grazing, and the necessary sheepcotes, or sheepfolds,  for shelter - animal and human.

All in Avaldsnes is not bucolic, however.  Industry and profit-making lurks.  Visnes, across the water, has long been a mining site, see

Loom in the other direction, and see quiet inlets, eddies, as though time did not pass. This is a water world at Avaldsnes.

More on Avaldsnes, for orienting. FN 1

Dan Widing on Bukkoy, Avaldsnes, Norway. Lighthouse.

FN 1
  • Avaldsnes is on Karmoy Island, part of an archipelago off southwest Norway, and the Karmoy municipality includes Avaldsnes and the little island down a walking path from St. Olaf's Church there. On that littler island, over a footbridge, is where Bukkoy Viking village has been reconstructed. To travel this area, as the rest of Norways coastal areas, is to see water, water, fjords, inlets, waterfalls, bogs, fogs, and appreciate the navigational and other skills needed to survive here. Avaldsnes:  named for King Augvald, of the sagas (perhaps some historical); and where the presence of Odin predated the contact that perhaps angered King Olaf Tryggvason -- see St. Olaf's Church post preceding -- who was in process of giving up the old gods and converting by force his compatriots to Christianity when a magician appeared and so on. See google book on Odin appearing also to Augvald at The Heimskringla, vol 1 p. 436 ff, translated from version of Snorri Sturluson, early skald taking down old tales.

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