For much of this week, Norway’s crown princely couple have been touring the country’s southern region of Telemark. They visited several towns and had an interesting journey along the way.
Thursday saw them in Fyresdal, where the couple were greeted by crowds of children waving Norwegian flags. At one point, one of the children, a 9 year old named Kristoffer Eikelia Jensen boldly asked Crown Prince Haakon: “Is not it boring to be a prince?”
To which Haakon replied, “Sometimes it is boring and sometimes fun, so it is safe for everyone now.”
Afterwards, the prince and princess went to Steinmann mountain, where they saw their names imprinted in the mountain alongside Haakon’s parents, King Harald and Queen Sonja. Those names were hammered into the mountain 33 years ago, when Telemark was last visited by the King and Queen.
Later in the day, the royal pair moved onto the coastal town of Kragero, the final stage of their visit. The two arrived by boat, and were once again greeted by crowds.
Kragero is known for its summer homes for Norwegians. It’s most famous son was the painter Edvard Munch, who made the famous The Scream painting. Munch once called Kragero “a pearl of a coastal town”, and sure enough Haakon and Mette-Marit got a good look of their country’s southern scenic landscape.