All Time Family Tradition in Norway: Fishing

Fishing has been the major traditional activity for Norwegians from yesterday to today. Despite dramatic changes in family structure and life, fishing has still a central place in Norwegian houselholds and daily life. 

We have collected pictures reflecting this tradition from the land of the “inborn fishers”, Norway.

  • A modern Norwegian family feels the proud of a fish catching with all family members | Photo:Göran Höglund

  • Drying rack with stock fish (cod) in row. Stockfish is unsalted fish, especially cod, dried by cold air and wind on wooden racks on the foreshore, called “hjell”. The drying of food is the world’s oldest known preservation method, and dried fish has a storage life of several years. The method is cheap and effective in suitable climates. Cod is one of the most important economic base of North-Norwegian fisheries.  | Photo: Aina S

  • When fishing season opens in mid spring, Norwegians of all ages flow to coastal areas. | Photo: Simen Idsøe Eidsvåg

  • There cannot be a happier father in Norway than one who can serve a freshly caught fish to his family.  | Photo: Jørgen Schyberg

  • Children in Norway are raised to appreciate fishery activities.  | Photo: Norsk Havbrukssenter

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