Silent Sunday….. Off to a very modern Church


The Arctic Cathedral, Tromso

It is an intriguing sight across the fjord nestling below a high mountain ridge.  A very dramatic building with a very distinctive architectural style… demands closer inspection.  So we crossed to Troms Island across the Tromso Bridge to take a look.

It is known as the Arctic Cathedral but its real name is Tromsdalen Church.


The Ultra Modern frontage with dominant Cross certainly packs a dramatic punch.  Built in 1965 it construction, I am told, is of Large Aluminium Sheets covered with Concrete and supported by steel girders to form this unique shape.  Glass panels link the main roof panel to make the interior light and combined with its height very spacious and airy.

I was also told that the design concept was for a visualization of the Froze Ice Packs of the Arctic, their sheer power and the strength they have.


The large mosaic Glass Window that dominates the interior makes a dramatic statement.  You could be fooled into thinking that this was part of the original design concept….. you would be wrong.

The Mosiac was added in 1972.  It is the work of Artist Victor Sparre..  Originally the window was plain glass.  Being so large, and most certainly in the mornings as it faces east, the light was overpowering, uncomfortable for the congregation looking towards the alter.  So this great piece of art was the solution.


Tromsdalen Church, or if you prefer, The Arctic Cathedral, makes a bold statement of modern Norwegian Architectural style.  A style very different from the long established Tromso Cathedral. Wood. instead of Aluminium and Concrete….but both buildings of memorable and unique style.


You can see more of Tromso Cathedral if you follow this link to an earlier Blog :-

Wherever you are this Sunday…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

3rd October

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Norwegian Memory……..


Two years ago we were at the end of a memorable trip to Northern Norway’s Fjords and Islands above the Arctic Circle.

Our last day was just as memorable as the previous fourteen.  Leknes, in the Lofoten Islands, was our last port of call.  It was a day of rain, dark clouds a rising wind but also plenty of dramatic blue skies and autumnal sunshine.

It was early evening as we sailed from Leknes, but before dark descended, Norway did its very best to give us a bright farewell…..  we were sad to leave, but I think it was encouraging us to return.  We may just to that.  🙂

If you are remembering today or making new memories….  do please

Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

2nd October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…. To Infinity and Beyond


Yesterday evening I caught a glimpse of stars in our night sky.  Magical twinkles from afar…. yes, infinity and beyond.  It was a rare event, over the past week heavy cloud cover had removed any opportunity to see Natures Free Show.

It also triggered a memory of September 2 years ago.  Our travels had taken us to Norway, itself a fabulous trip. It was though, the very special treat of experiencing a display of  the Northern Lights that left the biggest impression.

  Dancing, swirling, constantly moving coloured waves of light. The display lasted for over 2 hours, then just vanished. I reckon,  those who live in those parts of this world where the Aurora Borealis regularly occur, have difficulty trying to describe this phenomena of Nature…. I find it next to impossible to describe.

It is though an experience, an experience that I will never ever forget…. and so very very different from our views of the Milk Way.

I mentioned this was September 2 years ago.  A fun packed, exciting and wonderful trip with friends.  Our only thought to the future was ‘where too next’.  Little did we expect what lay ahead.  Covid, hardship for many and a World that seemed to close down.  For many the issues of the past two years are starting to recede and some form of normal is returning.  But not for all and the dangers are still with us.

All this makes for me, this special moment in Norway, those Northern Lights, all the more precious. It was a privilege and something to cherish in my personal memory bank.

It also serves as a reminder that nothing is ever permanent, life like the Northern Lights is for ever changing.  Some change we can control, but I guess the majority of change is out of our hands.

So perhaps it is even more important to….

Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

16th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday…. Another Favourite Place

Late Evening. Tromso

Location:–   Late evening in Tromso, Norway

(Tromso Cathedral)

Where ever you are today, at your favourite spot or just busy at work…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

11th August

(C) David Oakes 2021