Sunset and the Water Spirit

Nightlife, Romantic, Travel Tips, What's New — By Anne-Sophie Redisch on June 24, 2010 at 10:00 pm

For this sunset photo, we’ve left Oslo and headed west to the river city Drammen. After days and days of rain, the sun finally peeked through the clouds at about 11 pm, just long enough to set, accompanied by a bright rainbow – seen here just as it disappears:

A Drammen landmark is the foot bridge Ypsilon and the River Harp, a sound sculpture reflecting variations in waterflow and bridge oscillations.

At least, that’s the scientific explanation. A much more romantic version is the River Harp playing to appease Nøkken, a shape-shifting water spirit in Norwegian folklore. To women, Nøkken appears as a beautiful young man with a violin, enchanting them with sweet music, drawing them ever closer until they fall in and drown.

Here’s the River Harp playing for Nøkken:


Tags: Drammen, Norway, Oslo, River Harp, Scandinavia, sunset, Ypsilon


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