Photographer's Note

I realized I haven't posted a BW picture for ages, so here is one, this view of Kaupanger Bay was taken in the morning waiting for the ferry to Gudvangen which has just entered the bay, as you can see here.

Kaupanger Bay is a bay of Laerdalfjord, one of the main side fjords of the mighty Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway and second longest in the world. Kaupanger, now a sleepy town nestled in the heart of Norwegian fjord country, was a market town that king Sverre burned down in 1184 to punish the local inhabitants for disobeying him. This act triggered the battle at Fimreite later that summer, when Sverre Sigurdsson and his loyal supporters defeated the royal army. King Magnus Erlingson was killed along with some 2000 men, in a battle which became a dividing line in Norwegian history between the Viking Age and a new age.

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