Waterfall dancer

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Taken at Kjosfossen Waterfall on the train journey from Myrdal to Flåm, Norway.

We stopped for five minutes to admire and take photos of this beautiful waterfall when, suddenly, Norwegian folk music started, playing from somewhere, and this young woman just appeared and danced for us.

It was all a bit surreal !

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Thanks to Harald S., I now know the name of that lady: Huldra.

In Scandinavian folklore, the huldra (Norwegian, derived from a root meaning "covered" or "secret") is a seductive forest creature. Other names include the Swedish skogsrå or skogsfru (meaning "lady (ruler) of the forest") and Tallemaja (pine tree Mary). A male hulder is called a huldu, or in Norway a huldrekall. Her name suggests that she is originally the same being as the völva Huld and the German Holda.

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The beautiful Kjosfoss waterfall is one of the many stops on the Flåm Railway, which has been a major tourist attraction since 1940. The distance from the Flåm station, where the cruise liners dock up to the Myrdal station, is about 20 km (about 12 miles). The train winds its way along the narrow valley, climbing 864.8 metres (about 2800 feet) through 21 tunnels.

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  1. Philipp Berndt! [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

    Lovely, i just love this!

    :)

  2. Gienepien 58 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot!

  3. askjellr 58 months ago | reply

    Nominated

    I pick this photograph to be on the cover of National Geographic
    National Geographic: Are You Good Enough?

  4. Tony Carlos Br 58 months ago | reply

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  5. Domi Rolland  57 months ago | reply

    Vraiment magnifique

    Quelle force, et quelle Beauté

    J' Aime beaucoup

    Domi

  6. Harris Hui (in search of light) 56 months ago | reply

    Wonderful scene and wonderful moment!

  7. Ma - rie 56 months ago | reply

    Impérieuse, impétueuse, quelle force se dégage de ces magnifiques chutes !
    Cette photo me renvoie à la solitude et à la fragilité de l'être humain mais aussi à son courage et à sa volonté.
    Image très évocatrice.

  8. gipukan (rob gipman) 56 months ago | reply

    Good shot and preparation it seems. Want to try one to with my tokina and 450d.

  9. Jean Isard 55 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called FAVTOP200+ (Post1 Fave and Award 2) Don't forget fave, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  10. tiffa130 54 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called All about Dreamscapes, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  11. Mangini Adalberto & Laura - sorry busy - few time 53 months ago | reply

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  12. George Penders [deleted] 51 months ago | reply

    This takes my breath away!
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  13. melenama 46 months ago | reply

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  14. Universal Stopping Point 41 months ago | reply

    Well, I can certainly see why this if your favorite image.

    Good stuff. I faved.

    - Seen in the Getty Stream.

  15. JayMilesPhotography 41 months ago | reply

    Beautiful capture, spot and story. Thank-you for sharing it!

  16. JanDeDe 40 months ago | reply

    I've been there, was indeed a bit surreal ;)
    But incredible how you've made such a great shot out of it! Nice!

  17. lis north 38 months ago | reply

    How magical! Great shot!
    Stunning! ...and smile, smile smile!

  18. cafard cosmique 22 months ago | reply

    Très beau travail

  19. EilaKaarina. Visit my over 900 galleries, please! 3 months ago | reply

    Thank you for this fantastic picture to my gallery, Anik!
    Greetings from Finland

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