Norway's grassy roofs


22 Responses to “Norway's grassy roofs”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Come to Western Washington State or BC, most roofs here are covered in moss as well as other greenery.

    • seachange says:

      I live in Seattle. Some roofs do have moss on them but with a few exceptions, it’s hardly intentional, nothing like what’s in these pictures.

  2. dagfooyo says:

    Ja nettopp photoshopped. JEG kanne fortelle av det pixels.

  3. murrayhenson says:

    My wife and I just returned from our third holiday in Norway in the last five years – it is one of our favourite places on Earth to visit.

    Not only are there many sod/earthen roofs but there are also roofs that are composed of large squares (not blocks) of what looks like shale.

    The same sort of stones as seen here: (a photo from the most recent journey) but as a roof, rather than the walls.

    It really is a beautiful country. I would encourage anyone to visit but the people:land ratio is fine as-is.

  4. starfish and coffee says:

    I remember being sent up to the roof of our mountaincabin as a kid to uproot the tree shoots. You want stuff to grow on your roof for all the reasons mentioned in a million eco-blogs, but trees are bad news as the roots can fuck up your ceiling. I.e. the house in the picture is owned by someone who has given up on it or is actively hoping for it to collapse so that they can get a new building permit.

  5. Anonymous says:

    As a resident of Norway, I can say that it’s not completely uncommon to have grass on your roof, especially on cabins etc. The cabins on picures three and five are typical “for rent” cabins.

    The roofs are made to accomodate this, and some even allow sheep to eat of the roofs.

  6. Cochituate says:

    Well, the search for a Christmas tree will be a short one this year.

  7. Anonymous says:

    my girlfriend photographed that very same house on our holiday in Norway a few months ago, from a slighty different position:

  8. naty2101 says:

    i think that it is very interesting to learn about other country’s traditions and background and seeing how other people keep them around after so many years.
    it is very nice to see that some countries keep their traditions alive and its strange how all these things just grow no the roof of a house but it dose seem a little dangerous for the people who live inside these houses the trees look like they could just fall through the roof.
    some day i would like to go see one of these houses in person in a photo its one thing but to see something like this with your own eyes must be really cool.
    it would be nice if other countries kept there traditions alive maybe there would be more tourism.

    • djn says:

      The trees are … nonstandard. A house in use would limit the vegetation to lighter smaller plants, but that one seems to be abandoned.

  9. C White says:

    @ #8: Nice photo, it shows the setting a little better.

    The house with the trees looks un-lived in, or as if they aren’t taking care of the house.

    Other ones look to be in pretty good shape. Cool series.

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  11. gretagretchen says:

    Reminds me of visiting Al Johnson’s in Sister Bay, WI. They had goats grazing on the roof.

  12. dr says:

    Some of these photos look like they might have been taken at the fabulous Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo, where they have collected buildings from throughout Norway’s history.

    • hungryjoe says:

      My wife took me there a few years ago. Just the coolest thing ever. As is the Fram museum. Soon I will take my kids there. Just amazing stuff.

      • crufty says:

        I’m not saying that the Fram museum isn’t cool, but on the way there, you may have missed something even more impressive. Located on Bygdøy (like the Fram museum) is the Vikingship museum housing the Oseberg and Gokstad viking longboats – both of them in absolutely amazing condition and well worth a trip to Oslo in their own rights if you are into that kind of thing.

        Just saying in case you might wanted to stop there on the way with the kids and expand on the history line of a nautical theme – and it’s even on the same bus line! :-)

  13. Donald Petersen says:

    I could live there pretty happily, long as the roof don’t leak or collapse. I’m wondering, based on the evident sag, how many more heavy snowfalls those poor joists can take.

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