Tour of Lofoten Islands and Northern Norway (March 2009)

Tour of Northern Norway: Nordland and Lofoten with travel tips and photos by Sofia and Norman Hammer.

On March 20, 2009, our monthly meeting included this fascinating show of photographs of some northern parts of Norway taken by our experienced travelers, Sofia and Norman Hammer.

Pictures are from their 2002 trip to the Lofoten Islands , Vesteralen and Nordland with sights along coastal highway RV-17.

Comments were made about the numerous museums, attractions, special restaurants, hotels and fishermen’s houses along the route. In addition, web sites, tourist information and other helpful travel hints were provided.

The Hammers have made numerous trips to Nordland since the mid-1960s. Their first visit to the Lofoten Islands was in 1993, and they vowed to return and spend more time.

In 1995, they developed their plans, but had to abort the visit due to poor weather. Instead they changed course and proceeded into northern Sweden and Finland. Finally they were successful in their timing in 2002, and enjoyed clear skies, sunshine and bright days the entire trip.

We saw the results via their excellent photographs on the new big 8-foot screen purchased by the lodge in February.

About Norm and Sofia Hammer

Sofia Leversen Hammer was born in Stavanger, Norway, the daughter of Sigurd and Sigrun Leversen.

She was educated in Stavanger as a nurse and then emigrated to USA in 1964, settling in Chicago with relatives on her father's side. She took a position as a nurse at Swedish Covenant Hospital until her marriage to Norman Hammer in 1965.Their children are Hans Christian of Arlington, Virginia, and Brit who resides in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Sofia joined Washington Lodge in 2002. She also is a member of The Norwegian Society of Washington D.C. where she serves on the editorial staff of its newsletter.

She enjoys sewing, embroidering and cooking.

Both she and Norman are dedicated travelers, and have visited Norway and many other European countries and South America. They also are devoted opera fans.   

Norman Hammer was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, the son of Schønning and Anna Hammervold.

Schønning emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1920's from his home on Frøya Island near Trondheim, changing his name to Hammer. Anna arrived in USA in the mid-1920's from her home in Halsa, Nordland, in northern Norway.

Norman grew up in Chicago, and earned a degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Cambridge, Mass, in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (ship design and ship building). He spent his entire employment career with the U.S. Maritime Administration in various locations, retiring in 1995.

In 2009 he began a term as president of the Norwegian Society, having served earlier as its vice president in charge of programs.

The Hammers reside in Rockville, Maryland .