Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Norway - Hvaler (NO-16957)

This postcard comes from Norway, but these small and beautiful houses remind me of my trip to Bornholm (Denmark) :) Anyway, Hvaler is a popular place for Norwegian people to spend their summer holidays :)

Hvaler is a municipality that is a group of islands in the southwestern part of Østfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Skjærhalden, on the island of Kirkeøy. Hvaler was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838.

The county’s undisputed tourist paradise has to be the summer resort of Hvaler, whose year-round resident population of a fewer than souls scattered across four major islands swells to 30,000 in season. Hvaler’s main attraction is a vast formation of skerries scattered along the coastline from the southern Swedish border, almost 600 islands and islets altogether. In the midst of all this unspoilt natural beauty, the local council has taken the imaginative step of investing heavily in the electronic and communications infrastructure, so that visitors can keep in touch and on line.


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