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The Princess Stone

Prinsessesteinen i Riksheimdalen, Sykkylven, Norge / Norway


This black stone with the magnificent red band, I rate as the most beautiful stone I have ever stumbled across. The stone is close to and can easily be seen from the trail from Trandal to Sykkylven, almost at the top of the Riksheimdalen valley. The valley, with five of its lakes, is seen in the background.


Note the stone in front to the left. I removed this stone and a few others smaller ones that partly covered the red band, hence the pattern is much more visible now.


Pinsessesteinen, "Princess Stone" - why that name? It is a name I have suggested. originally I thought of naming it "Dronningsteinen", or the "Queen stone". The reason is that the Norwegian Queen, Dronning Sonja, at least once made the trip over this pass, so I have referred to this trail as "The queen trail". However, the name "Dronningsteinen" is connected to Norse literature, the story of the two first people on the earth, Ask and Emla, hence the name was "taken". But the Queen was the Norwegian Crown Princess when passing the stone, hence "Prinsessesteinen" was found appropriate. Futhermore, the red band looks like long red hair that even a fairytale princess could be proud of.


August 20th (2009) this photo was published in the local newspaper "Sykkylvbladet", and they used the name "Prinsessesteinen". Hence I can hope for more interest in this stone, and even that the name settles. The place is not easy to reach, which makes it well protected, and it may encourage some to discover a place where they have not been before.

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Taken on August 16, 2009