Norway is a Scandinavian country that is located north of the main European continent in the Scandinavian peninsula. It is know for skiing, hiking, fishing, and vikings.

Wildlife of Norway

Dyrelivet i Norge

Norway is home to many species of flora and fauna not found here in the United States because it is much closer to the Arctic Circle and about 4,463 miles away.

The Arctic Fox is mainly found in the northernmost points of Norway, they are well adapted to their habitat, using their fur to blend in with the snow. The mostly eat lemmings.

This is a Lemming, and yes, it is as small as it looks, they typically grow to be between 1 to 4 oz and 3 to 6 in. They are known for committing mass suicide, though this isn't entirely true, when the lemming population becomes too great, Lemmings will migrate, and due to the ability to swim, some may elect to cross a body of water to find a new home. If the body of water is too big for the rodent, it drowns. So it's not really suicide, rather it'd be like if a human tried to jump a hole, only to find it was a cliff and then fall to their death.

"Momma, what's that monkey doing?"

Polar Bears are an endangered species. They are mainly found in Svalbard, and they eat mostly seals, and they are entertaining. Also they are for some reason the only kind of bear where I wouldn't turn and run if I saw one.

Meet the Puffins, the are tiny birds that are recognizable by their colorful beak. They are coastal birds that occasionally with nest in rocks. They eat almost exclusively fish.

Reindeer are an odd case. Both males and females grow antlers, and they have "deer" in their name because the word deer originally meant any wild animal, but the are still in the same classification as deer, their tribe (subset of family) is the same as things like the South Andean deer,

and about 13 different types of brocket. What's a brocket? I don't know, so I looked it up.

A Grey Brocket
Wikipedia list of Brockets.

Look it's a white-tailed sea eagle. These actually go by many names, but that's just the one I picked. If you think that it looks a bit like a bald eagle, it is a close cousin of our national bird.

Meet Lynx lynx, or the Eurasian Lynx. This beast is one of the most unique species of big cat in the world. To be more specific to Norway, this is a Northern Lynx, but that is a subspecies so no one really cares.

Norway is a cold country, given it's location, which is just below the Arctic Circle. It has the Norwegian Mountain Range in it, as well as many fjords and valleys in between. It's on the Scandinavian Peninsula with Sweden and Finland.

What is a Fjord?

Hva er en fjord?

A fjord is "a long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs, as in Norway and Iceland, typically formed by submergence of a glaciated valley." In other words, this:

That is Oslofjord, named so because it is near the capital of Norway, which is Oslo.

That is just a little bit of Oslo, and you might be thinking that it doesn't look too cold, it is. Those pictures just don't have any snow in them.

Norwegian Food

norsk mat

This is a Krumkake, or as my family calls it, a stroll. They are a think cookie that is rolled up and can be filled with whipped cream or anything else, though my family doesn't fill them because they are good even without. To make a stroll, you make the batter, but I'm not telling how that is done, it's a Norwegian secret, and then you pour it on a griddle, these griddles typically have designs on them, and this is the tricky part, because you have to pull them off the griddle, and while they are still hot, roll them up. You can use a spoon for this, but we don't bother because you don't have too long before it cools and you can't do anything without reducing it to crumbs.

This is Rosette, another Norwegian treat I've had the pleasure to try. The designs you see typically come from a special iron used to cook them, with the iron being heated in oil, then dipped into the batter, it is then set back in the oil to create a crisp shell. The iron is then immediately removed and the rosette is separated from the iron. They can then be decorated with sugar or frosting, though, again my family doesn't do this.

These are Fattigmann, or "Poor Man's Pastry", named so for one of two reasons, either the ingredients costed so much when this was first made it left you poor, or it was the only pastry a poor man could make. These are basically fried pastries, that simple. I don't recall having Fattigmann, but it does look very familiar and it's entirely possible that I heard a different name, because there are a lot. Klenät, klena, klejne, kleina, kleyna, and finally fattigmann are all acceptable names for this, so yeah.

Finally we have Lutefisk. Because of Norway's location and vikings, fish is a big part of the food. Lutefisk is usually part of a julbord which is a special kind of smörgåsbord served during Christmas. Lutefisk is made of aged stockfish, which is just a white fish that has been air-dried, and lye. Lye is a liquid form of a metal hydroxide like sodium hydroxide. It is gelatinous in texture, so I probably wouldn't eat this. Also it's name literally mean "lye fish".

Why so much dessert?

Traditionally in Norway dessert is a rare thing to have. It's usually reserved for special occasions such as Christmas, so getting to have say fattigmann was a nice surprise for kids. My grandma and I do hold to this a bit, but it's more so because some of the ingredients are difficult to get a hold of, and when we can, it's still pretty expensive given how little you're actually buying.


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