• mahabis stories // discovering larvik

 

Continuing our coverage of the origin stories of our colours, we move on to Larvik. One of our classic colours, Larvik Grey is named after a town and municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. The birthplace of explorer Thor Heyerdahl, and the first entry point of the vikings is edged with lighthouses. They perch on rock clusters resembling cartoon clouds and illuminate the water that is crucial to the town's heritage and survival.

 

 

The name itself was first recorded around the 1500s, used by Dutch sailors. Its rapid growth ensued until the opening of the port around 150 years later, and a naval base shortly after that. The Larvik coat of arms even features a silver mast with three sails, the area now maintains it's nautical link to Denmark here with ferries leaving every day and the draw of the maritime museum. These days it offers much more than that though, with coastal walks, shopping, sightseeing and a popular arena. Coming up soon is the annual Larvik GitarFestival - a rock festival which draws musicians to jam together in March. If you're too late for that, you could catch Handball tournaments this summer - very popular in the area and drawing worldwide competitors.



 

Other notable places within the municipality include the first town in Norway. It's named Kaupang and founded in Larvik in 800AD. Originally a hub and a busy crossroad of trade routes, its main draw now is tourism. Visiting the Viking Town is a rich historical experience, with opportunities to see a replica Viking house, and a model of olden day Kaupang. It's only open during the summer season but has activities for families and history buffs alike. Much of the city is still not excavated, despite having been under research since the 1800's, therefore remains a rich and reasonably untouched treasure trove.

 



Most popular to visit in the summer is Stavern. Adorably known as "The Dimple of Norway", it's actually the smallest town in Norway. Slightly south of the city of Larvik sits this truly idyllic town amongst coastline dotted with lighthouses. Famed for attracting artists, inspiring musicians and poets it's still known for art galleries and exhibitions. From here visit the Svenner archipelago and its picturesque red lighthouse (Svenner Fyr).





To the west of Larvik is Mølen Geological Park, a UNESCO heritage site and part of one of the largest natural monuments from the last Ice Age. This is where you'll catch a glimpse of 230 burial mounds from the Iron and Bronze ages to satiate any historical curiosity, or spy the true inspiration for our Larvik Grey - Norway's national rock type - Larvikite.

Why not check out our larvik light grey classic slipper with a larvik grey sole...

 mahabis stories // discovering larvik

 

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images // cem sagisman, arnstein ronning, mahlum, astrid westvang

 

 

mahabis stories // discovering larvik

 

Continuing our coverage of the origin stories of our colours, we move on to Larvik. One of our classic colours, Larvik Grey is named after a town and municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. The birthplace of explorer Thor Heyerdahl, and the first entry point of the vikings is edged with lighthouses. They perch on rock clusters resembling cartoon clouds and illuminate the water that is crucial to the town's heritage and survival.

 

 

The name itself was first recorded around the 1500s, used by Dutch sailors. Its rapid growth ensued until the opening of the port around 150 years later, and a naval base shortly after that. The Larvik coat of arms even features a silver mast with three sails, the area now maintains it's nautical link to Denmark here with ferries leaving every day and the draw of the maritime museum. These days it offers much more than that though, with coastal walks, shopping, sightseeing and a popular arena. Coming up soon is the annual Larvik GitarFestival - a rock festival which draws musicians to jam together in March. If you're too late for that, you could catch Handball tournaments this summer - very popular in the area and drawing worldwide competitors.



 

Other notable places within the municipality include the first town in Norway. It's named Kaupang and founded in Larvik in 800AD. Originally a hub and a busy crossroad of trade routes, its main draw now is tourism. Visiting the Viking Town is a rich historical experience, with opportunities to see a replica Viking house, and a model of olden day Kaupang. It's only open during the summer season but has activities for families and history buffs alike. Much of the city is still not excavated, despite having been under research since the 1800's, therefore remains a rich and reasonably untouched treasure trove.

 



Most popular to visit in the summer is Stavern. Adorably known as "The Dimple of Norway", it's actually the smallest town in Norway. Slightly south of the city of Larvik sits this truly idyllic town amongst coastline dotted with lighthouses. Famed for attracting artists, inspiring musicians and poets it's still known for art galleries and exhibitions. From here visit the Svenner archipelago and its picturesque red lighthouse (Svenner Fyr).





To the west of Larvik is Mølen Geological Park, a UNESCO heritage site and part of one of the largest natural monuments from the last Ice Age. This is where you'll catch a glimpse of 230 burial mounds from the Iron and Bronze ages to satiate any historical curiosity, or spy the true inspiration for our Larvik Grey - Norway's national rock type - Larvikite.

Why not check out our larvik light grey classic slipper with a larvik grey sole...

 mahabis stories // discovering larvik

 

If you enjoyed our post, why not share it with our ready to go tweet link.

 

images // cem sagisman, arnstein ronning, mahlum, astrid westvang

 

 

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