Statens Kartverk-Norwegian Mapping Authority Posted by kari on Apr 20, 2011 in Culture
Founded in 1773, Statens Kartverk is the Norwegian Mapping Authority. NMA is a public agency of the Ministry of the Environment responsible for Research and Development, surveying and mapping both land and sea, and generating and producing both digital and printed information (including loads of really cool maps).
My dad and I traveled around Norway after I graduated from High School almost 10 years ago and visited many of our family members. My father´s mother´s family comes from a small place near Ålesund called Sæbø, which lies on the Hjørundford. This is an absolutely spectacular area that I hope to visit again sometime. In the meantime, I enjoy looking at the kart (map) of Hjørundfjord that my dad purchased and gave to me. It is an extremely detailed kart that shows høyde (elevation), and fjellnavn (mountain names). On these kart, you will find additional information with symbols indicating:
hytte og koie-cottage and cabin
gård og sæter-farm and chalet
turisthytte-tourist hut (including betjent-staffed lodge, selvbetjent-selfservice chalet, and ubetjent-unstaffed hut)
høyde på vann-lake elevation
dyrket mark-cultivated land
lysløype-illuminated ski track
riksgrense-international boundary, border
verneområde-nature conservation area
And if that´s not enough information for you, knowing what the following words mean will help you read these kart as well:
I could seriously sit and look at kart like these for hours, dreaming about climbing all of the fjell and wandering around the fjords.
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