Our trip to Osterøy last month reminded me of one of my first explorations on the island eight years ago, during the first time I visited Norway. Jan and I had driven to the village of Hosanger, situated along Osterfjorden on the northern shore of Osterøy.
We enjoyed the spring air and walked around the historic church. It was low tide and we made our way out to an area that is cut off when the tides are higher. I had my flute with me, and I shared a little “flute improv” — mixing a little flute music with the bird sounds, while introducing Jan to this silver tube that has been a part of my life since I was ten. It was the beginning of my understanding of the influence the Norwegian environment had on the music and compositions of Edvard Grieg and Ole Bull.
A little about the Hosanger church (kirke): There has been a church at Hosanger since the Middle Ages. The first time Hosanger Church is mentioned in historical records is in 1329. That church was most probably a stave church. That church was replaced at some unknown time by a timber-framed church. A report from 1686 described as “very run down” because of poor exterior maintenance, which suggests that the church, at that time was already relatively old. At Christmas 1795, lightning struck the church and it burned down. A new stone church was built on the same site the following year. That stone church was renovated and enlarged from 1863-1865 and again from 1962-1964.
I found several Creative Commons images of Hosanger, and the outside and inside of the church, to expand on those more personal photos up there.
The church and area:
Close-up photos of the interior:
Our visit was a beautiful time of exploring a tiny bit of Norway’s history while mixing it with a little modern music — and now, eight years later, finding the images of the inside of this church just adds to the experience. I’ve been in several Norwegian churches since moving here; all have similar pulpits, but I hadn’t seen anything like the baptismal angel before. And, the photo of the old baptismal font makes me eager to get back to explore and experience that history with my own eyes and camera. Such stories it could tell!
(Here is where this part of the world is located on the map.)