Title ID 1450Collection ID275
Title[Trip to Norway]
DateJuly 1939; September 1951
CollectionH A Voss
KeywordsAnimals Boats Farming Harbours Holidays Lakes Landscape Leisure Time Activities Ships Sport Tourism
LocalAberdeen Haugesund Bergen Norheimsund Voss Stalheim Sogne Fjord Filefjell Vang Fagernes Oslo Helsingborg Gothenburg Holmenkollen Lysaker Granvin Odda Røldal Haukeliseter Morgedal
RegionalRogaland Hordaland Sogn og Fjordane Oppland Oslo county Skåne Västra Götaland Akershus Telemark
NationalNorway Europe
ProductionH A Voss
CameraH A Voss
FormatColour Silent
Duration30 min. 12 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film features journeys across Norway, and a short stay in Sweden. In 1949 Voss visits the Norheimsund settlement, the towns of Voss and Stalheim and the fjords of the area. From here he travels across the mountains to Oslo, where he stays with friends before moving on to Helsingborg and Gothenburg in Sweden. In 1951, Voss pays another visit to Oslo, as he does again in 1952, when he also travels to Granvin, Odda and across the mountains through the Telemark to Bø.


In July 1949 Voss travelled to Norway from Aberdeen on M.S. Vega, landing in Bergen. As they near their destination, he films the coastal town of Haugesund from the ship. Once arrived, Voss visits the Norheimsund settlement and films the views over Hardanger Fjord, before filming the mountains and fjords between the towns of Voss and Stalheim. Horses pull carts and bicycles travel down a street lined with wooden buildings, and local children pose for the camera. Farmers scythe crops on the riverbank in front of towering waterfalls streaming down the mountainside. Voss films houses overlooking a fjord, at the foot of mountains. A river snakes through a narrow valley between a group of mountains. At Sogne fjord, the world's largest, cars, goods vehicles and passengers are loaded onto a ferry for the crossing. On board the Stella Polaris, Voss films the crossing, as mountains loom overhead. At the village at the end of the crossing, Voss films the cars leaving. He then visits Maristuen, a famous hotel 2,700 feet high which could date its roots back to the early 1300s. Voss's wife feeds one of the herd of domestic reindeer the hotel kept. A trip along the mountain roads and a visit to nearby Vang and its fjord follows. Nearing Oslo, the travellers pass Slidre Fjord, and film the scenic landscape, before moving on to Fagernes, where wooden buildings line the street. In Oslo, Voss stays with the Pettersson family, who pose for the camera with their guests, before visiting Sweden. In Sweden, Voss stays with the Colbjörnsen family in Helsingborg, and visits Gothenburg, filming the botanical gardens and ships in the harbour.

The next part of the film was recorded on a later visit to Norway, in September 1951. Voss films Oslo from Holmenkollen, a hilly area popular with skiers in the outskirts of the capital. The view of the city stretches out to the Oslo fjord. Voss films the grounds of a hotel near the Olympic ski-jump, a local landmark built in 1939 and improved in preparation for the Winter Olympics which Norway was to hold in 1952. Some scenes record farmland on the outskirts of the city, before footage of Oslo fjord and the ships in the harbour. Voss visits the Pettersson family again, in woodland at Lysaker near a factory, probably the chemical factory in the town, which would account for Voss's business links with the area. The hosts pose for the camera in the grounds of the house, which overlook the river. Voss returns again to Norway in October 1952, and takes the train from Oslo to Granvin, filming the train in Oslo station. Following scenes of Granvin is footage of Odda on the Hardanger fjord. The town was important for Voss's business as it was here in 1927 that Erling Johnson invented the 'Odda process', for producing fertilisers with phosphate. Scenes of the fjord and the mountains that surround it is followed by a coach trip over the mountains, through the Telemark to Bø, passing through Røldal, Haukeliseter and Morgedal. Voss films mountain valleys and rivers on the journey, taking in some spectacular scenery on the way.