Before we went to Norway I did a bit of research and then I emailed a tourist information office who forwarded me to someone at a museum…
….who scanned me a hand drawn map…
…which directed us to a train station called Hell….
…and a short walk through a moss covered forest…
…where we found stone age rock art.
The drawings are about 6500 years old. Water levels were higher at the time so these rock faces rose directly out of a fjord. The life-sized reindeer above could have been seen by people passing by them in the water.
The animals are depicted with geometric flair.
The vitality of this little guy is jumping right out from the rock!
I got extra excited about the chin hairs on the rock creatures.
(I might have shouted “CHIN CHIN HAIRS!”)
The most surprising thing about the rock art of Hell is how it’s just out there, unprotected. Norway is like all “We give our citizens universal health care and free college tuition and damn it, our people can see stone age rock art whenever they feel like it too.”
Except for you, Lena the Vile Rock Art Defacer. You should lose your Norwegian citizenship and be banished to Texas.