Tuesday, 22 March 2011

COVER AND LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARDS FROM NORWAY

 Norway Post issued on April 17, 2009 its famous year’s tourist stamps, depicting natural phenomena and engineering skills in a set of six stamps named “National Tourist Routes”. On the cover we can see the Pot Rock (Kannesteinen) on Vågsøy Island: a beautiful and unique natural rock formation located on the farm of Nord-Oppedal and definitely one of the major tourist attractions in this area. The other stamp shows Støtta Fjord near Meløy in Nordland.
 Lyngør is a village area on a group of small islands in the municipality of Tvedestrand in Aust-Agder County, off the southeast coast of Norway.  The village is accessible only by boat, has no cars, and is known for its scenic harbor and charming wooden houses. It is recognized as one of the best-preserved communities in Europe. Lyngør Lighthouse stands on a small islet at the entrance to Lyngørfjorden, about 8 km (5 mi) southwest of Risør.
 The lighthouse is an early example of concrete construction in Norway, and several of the original installations are preserved, including the original 3rd order Fresnel lens with its rotating mechanism. The 17 m (56 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower attached to the front of a 2-1/2 story keeper's house was first lit in the autumn of 1879. The lighthouse station includes an engine house, two oil houses, and a boathouse and was automated in 2004. The keeper’s house was completely refurbished and is available for vacation rental.
Thank you, Cathrine for your beautiful postcards and stamps.

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