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Sohlbergplassen utsiktsplass in Rondane – N

February 19th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 273
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2014 - Volvo Concept XC Coupé at Sohlbergplassen utsiktsplass in Rondane Norway

2014 – Volvo Concept XC Coupé at Sohlbergplassen utsiktsplass in Rondane Norway

2017 – Sohlbergplassen utsiktsplass in Rondane, Norway (Google Streetview)

2017 – Sohlbergplassen utsiktsplass in Rondane, Norway (Google Streetview)

Sohlbergplassen, the viewing point at Atnsjøen lake, curves gently around slender pine trees. The platform frames the view towards the lake and the rounded peaks of the Rondane massif almost exactly as they appear in Harald Sohlberg’s famous painting “Winter’s Night in Rondane”.

National Tourist Route Rondane is a well preserved cultural landscape relating the history of human settlement in such barren areas since the Stone Age. In 1962 Rondane was the first national park to be established in Norway. As a result the mountain roads grew in importance not only for the summer mountain farms, agriculture and transport: they also opened up for a wonderful natural experience.

The area is perfect for families who love hiking, and offers easy terrain for children as well as activities that are easily accessible. Here you will find an abundance of tourist cabins and hiking paths that are well signposted without this detracting from the grandeur of the mountains. And the fact that you’re also in one of Norway’s most beautiful areas makes the experience quite unique.

2017 – View from Sohlbergplassen

National Tourist Route Rondane runs from Venabygdsfjellet to Folldal, and from Sollia Church to Enden, a total distance of 75 km (Road 27/219). It is open to traffic throughout the year. The stretch linking the tourist route and Euroroute 6 in Gudbrandsdalen (Frya) may be closed over Ringebufjellet for short periods in winter when the weather is bad.



More information at www.nasjonaleturistveger.no and www.visitnorway.no.

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Vargebakkane at Valdresflye – N

February 19th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 272
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2014 - Volvo Concept XC Coupé at Vargebakkane at Valdresflye in Norway

2014 – Volvo Concept XC Coupé at Vargebakkane at Valdresflye in Norway

2017 – Vargebakkane at Valdresflye in Norway (Google Streetview)

2017 – Vargebakkane at Valdresflye in Norway (Google Streetview)

Vargebakkane at Valdresflye is a place in the highland of Norway. National Tourist Route Valdresflye runs from Garli to Hindsæter, with a detour to Gjende, a total distance of 49 km (Road 51). This is an excellent alternative if you are heading north, or it can be included in a wide variety of round trips.

Parts of the route are closed during the winter between Garli and Maurvangen but the stretch between Hindsæter and Gjendesheim is open. Red flags in the map show where the road will be closed. The road is normally closed in December and reopens in April. Access to Gjendesheim is from Randen (Road 51) or Sjoa (Road 257).

Drivers must keep an eye open for domestic reindeer on this section of road. In the menu below you will find useful links that we hope will be helpful. For more tourist information, please contact local and regional tourist agents.

The road swoops and stretches out ahead in long sweeps of undulating terrain. It’s easy to let your thoughts soar to the heights of the mountains on the horizon. The natural surroundings are both alluring and within reach, and the road hugs the landscape as a secure mooring. The landscape can appear drowsy and friendly but the road is closed in the winter for good reasons. When winter tightens its icy clutch and remorseless winds sweep over the plateau, the huge snow masses make the task of keeping the road open too demanding. When everything is bathed in light in the summer there are no dark shadows. Regardless of where you stop you don’t need to go far before feeling you’re on an expedition. The open landscape needs little human intervention, and the rest areas and art works blend into the background and draw your attention to individual features. Valdresflye forms a composite picture rather than presenting hidden secrets. Serenity is the dominating quality in the experience of this vast landscape.

The construction of roads in the mountains helped to link the various regions of Norway. More people were able to experience the mountains and the roads were very useful for summer mountain farms. The majority of mountain roads in Norway have therefore been a key factor for the tourist industry ever since they were built, allowing us to explore the mountains easily and safely. Valdresflya is a good example of such a road.

You can make a stop almost anywhere and go for long or short hikes in the mountains. Rjupa and Vargbakkene are specially adapted stops but they are by no means the only places where you should have a break from driving. At summer mountain farms you have the opportunity to buy butter, sour cream and cheese produced in the traditional manner.

More information at www.thetourexpert.com and www.nasjonaleturistveger.no.

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Trollstigen Centre in Møre og Romsdal – N

February 19th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 271
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2014 - Volvo Concept XC Coupé at Trollstigen Senter  in Norway

2014 – Volvo Concept XC Coupé at Trollstigen Senter in Norway

2010 – Trollstigen Center (Google Streetview)

2016 – Trollstigen center in Norway

Trollstigen is a serpentine mountain road in Rauma Municipality, Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. On the top of the mountain road, a new information centre, the Trollstigen Centre has been opened.

It is part of Norwegian County Road 63 that connects the town of Åndalsnes in Rauma and the village of Valldal in Norddal Municipality. It is a popular tourist attraction due to its steep incline of 10% and eleven hairpin bends up a steep mountainside. During the top tourist season, about 2,500 vehicles pass daily. During the 2012 season, 161,421 vehicles traversed the route, compared to 155,230 vehicles during 2009.

2016 – Trollstigen center in Norway

The road is narrow with many sharp bends, and although several bends were widened during 2005 to 2012, vehicles over 12.4 metres long are prohibited from driving the road. During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, buses up to 13.1 metres were temporarily allowed as a trial. At the 700-metre plateau there is a car park and several viewing balconies overlooking the bends and the Stigfossen waterfall. Stigfossen falls 320 metres down the mountainside. The pass has an elevation of approximately 850 metres.

2016 – Trollstigen center in Norway

Trollstigen is closed during late autumn and winter. A normal operating season stretches from mid-May to October, but may sometimes be shorter or longer due to weather conditions.

Trollstigen was opened on 31 July 1936, by King Haakon VII after eight years of construction.

A major tourist facility including a museum was completed in 2012. Several viewing platforms have been constructed and older constructions improved upon. Trollstigen (along with County Road 63) was officially opened as a national tourist route by the Minister of Transport and Communications on 16 June 2012. Trollstigen itself (and the alpine summits to the west) lies within the Trollstigen landscape protection area, while the alpine area east of Trollstigen, notably Trolltindene range, is part of Reinheimen National Park.

In the summer of 2005, the road was repaired and about 16 million kr was spent on protection against rockfall, making the road safer to drive on.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.visitnorway.no.

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Under Cambie Street Bridge in Vancouver – CAN

February 18th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 270
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2017 – Volvo V90 Cross Country on parking ground near W 1st Ave with view on Cambie Street Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2017 – Under Cambie Street Bridge in Vancouver (Google Streetview)

Under and close to the Cambie Bridge in Vancouver, there is an old parking place where this photo has been taken. It is enclosed by 1st Ave & Crowe Street in Vancouver, BC.

2017 – Making of … at the parking under Cambie Street Bridge in Vancouver (Instagram @nickejohansson_ with photographer Staffan Lamm)

The Cambie Bridge is a six-lane symmetric, precast, varying-depth-post tension-box girder bridge spanning False Creek in Vancouver, British Columbia. The current bridge opened in 1985, but is the third bridge at the same location. Often referred to as the Cambie Street Bridge, it connects Cambie Street on the south shore of False Creek to both Nelson and Smithe Streets in the downtown peninsula. It is the easternmost of False Creek’s fixed crossings; the Burrard and Granville bridges are a little more than a kilometre to the west, and the new Canada Line SkyTrain tunnel is built just west of the Cambie Bridge.

The 1985 bridge is of a twin post-tensioned prestressed concrete type in a continuous span. The total structural length is 1,100 metres (3,600 ft); it carries 6 lanes of traffic and a 14-foot (4.3 m) pedestrian walkway. The colouring of the concrete was obtained through the addition of volcanic ash from Mount Lassen to the mix.[1]

Under the bridge’s south end is the Neighbourhood Energy Utility, a city-owned heat transfer station that provides heating and hot water to all new buildings in Southeast False Creek.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambie_Bridge.

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West Hastings St in Vancouver – CAN

February 18th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 269
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2017 – Volvo V90 Cross Country on the corner of Burrard St and West Hastings St in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

2017 – Corner from West Hastings St and Burrard St in Vancouver, Canada (Google Streetview)

Hastings Street is one of the most important east-west traffic corridors in the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, and used to be a part of the decommissioned Highway 7A. In the central business district of Downtown Vancouver it is known as West Hastings Street; at Carrall Street it becomes East Hastings Street and runs eastwards through East Vancouver and Burnaby.

Hastings St. is infamous for being the skid row area of Vancouver but in reality, Hastings St. itself runs nearly twelve kilometers through two cities and to the locals less than two kilometers is considered “skid row.”

Burrard Street is a major thoroughfare in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is the central street of Downtown Vancouver and the Financial District. The street is named for Burrard Inlet, located at its northern terminus, which in turn is named for Sir Harry Burrard-Neale. The street starts at Canada Place near the Burrard Inlet, then runs southwest through downtown Vancouver. It crosses False Creek via the Burrard Bridge. South of False Creek, on what used to be called Cedar Street before the completion of the bridge in 1932,[2] the street runs due south until the intersection with West 16th Avenue.

The intersection of Burrard Street and Georgia Street is considered to be the centrepoint of Downtown Vancouver, along with the more tourist-oriented and upscale shopping-spirited intersection of Burrard Street and Robson Street to the south. At and due northeast of the centre is the heart of the Financial District. Further down closer to Vancouver Harbour stands the historic Marine Building, an Art Deco masterpiece, opened in 1930, two years before the Art Deco pylons of the Burrard Bridge at the opposite end of the street. Finally at the Harbour lies Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The Financial District is a highrise office area of within the central business district of in Vancouver, British Columbia’s downtown peninsula. Located roughly along Burrard and Georgia Streets, the Financial District contains more than 60% of Greater Vancouver’s office space and is home to headquarters of forest products and mining companies, federal and non-governmental organizations (NGO) offices, Overseas missions and consulates, and headquarter and branch offices of national and international banks and financial services, accounting and law firms, and luxury hotels.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_District.

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Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver – CAN

February 18th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 268
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2017 – Volvo V90 Cross Country at Granville Street Bridge over False Creek in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2017 – Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver, Canada (Google Streetview)

The Granville Street Bridge is an eight lane bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia. It spans False Creek and is 27.4 metres above Granville Island. It is part of Highway 99.

The original bridge was completed in 1889. It was a 732-metre long low timber trestle. The navigation span, near the north end, was a trussed timber swing span, tied with wire ropes to a central wooden tower. In 1891 the bridge was widened on both sides for streetcar tracks, except where the tracks converged for the swing span. A new and second bridge was completed in 1909. It was a longer, medium-level steel bridge with a through truss swing span.
On February 4, 1954, the current third Granville Street Bridge opened. A million cars would cross over the bridge in its first month. The city of Vancouver funded the bridge itself as Mayor Frederick Hume said “no formal assistance given by any other government body.”

The eight-lane structure was constructed on the same alignment as the first bridge while steel plate girders salvaged from the second bridge made barges for constructing the foundations of the Oak Street Bridge.

The first “civilian” to drive over the 1954 bridge was the same woman who was first to drive over the second bridge in 1909. She had been widowed between the two openings, and so had a different name. Both times she was at the wheel of a brand-new Cadillac.

Recent improvements to the bridge include increasing its earthquake resistance, and installing higher curbs and median barriers.

More information at en.wikipedia.org, structurae.net and www.tourismvancouver.com.

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Homer Street in Vancouver – CAN

February 18th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 267
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2017 – Volvo V90 Cross Country on corner of Homer St and W Pender St in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2017 – Homer St and W Pender St in Vancouver, Canada (Google Streetview)

Homer street is a street in Vancouver and runs between the Fals Creek in the South West to the Waterfront in the North East in Central Vancouver.
This photo location is near the corner of Homer St and W Pender St.

This place is located between Yaletown and Gastown.

Yaletown was once the Western terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railway, but the area’s more recent reinvention dates back to 1986 when the waterfront along the north of False Creek was host to many of the venues when Vancouver hosted the World’s Fair. Since then that land, along with the warehouse district adjoining it have been transformed into one of the city’s chicest neighbourhoods, filled with residential loft spaces, sidewalk cafes, cool restaurants, unique shopping, and leafy parks. Sitting along the south side of the downtown Vancouver peninsula, Yaletown is bordered by Homer Street, Robson Street and False Creek.

Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton back in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit. Victorian architecture houses a thriving fashion scene, impeccably curated décor boutiques, one-of-a-kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in Vancouver. It’s a gathering place for stylish locals and an ideal neighbourhood to explore on foot. Gastown lies along the north of the downtown Vancouver peninsula, from Richards east to Main Street, and south to Hastings Street.

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in Canada. Located in in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, it is the most populous city in the province.

In the 2011 census, Vancouver was one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Vancouver is classed as a Beta global city. Vancouver was the most densely populated Canadian municipality in the 2011 census too, with over 250,000 residents, and the fourth most densely populated city in North America behind New York City, San Francisco, and Mexico City.

The city of Vancouver has taken a number of steps to become a sustainable city. Ninety-three percent of the electricity used in Vancouver is generated using sustainable resources such as hydroelectric power. The city is also actively working towards becoming a greener city. The City of Vancouver has crafted an action plan of goals it has set to meet by 2020, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, encouraging the growth of green jobs and businesses, requiring green construction, and reducing waste.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.tourismvancouver.com.

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The Dutch on Prince St in New York – USA

February 18th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 266
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2016 - Volvo S60 at The Dutch Restaurant on Prince St in New York

2016 – Volvo S60 at The Dutch Restaurant on Prince St in New York

2017 – The Dutch Restaurant on Prince St in New York – USA (Google Streetview)

The Dutch Restaurant is located on Prince Street, a street with many historic townhouses between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, New York.

The Dutch is an American Restaurant, Bar and Oyster Room inspired.

You may have a steak to follow, crusted perfectly and with a super-bass mineral tang. The Dutch is the song of the summer. It is exciting.

The restaurant is on the corner of Prince and Sullivan Streets in SoHo, a beautiful leafy corner that for years held the Cub Room, which, whatever it was at its start, ended as a B-list celebrity hangout. Now renovated, the restaurant has three main dining areas, all white brick and rubbed wood and high-gloss ceiling paint, with comfortable seats and good sconces and chandeliers throwing beautiful light: A-list in the extreme.

In the oak-lined oyster bar up front are men in good suits and better sneakers drinking clear-whiskey Manhattans and sucking down giant head-on, steamed Hawaiian shrimp. Across from them, in the airy, high-ceilinged and very loud bar area, sits a tall blonde in a backless black cocktail dress, swiping her iPad languidly. Behind her: about what you’d get if you handed out meal tickets at the TED conference or the Apple store a few blocks away.

It is beautiful up there in the bar with the wide windows open to Prince Street, and it is a fine place to eat in late afternoon or late morning or on a whim, a place to trade jabs, bites of caviar, forkfuls of elegant beets with smoked egg yolk to cut the sweet. But for dinner you should endeavor to be seated in back, along Sullivan Street, where the lights hang low in shades that might be pencil tops as rendered by Claes Oldenburg. It is darker in the back of the Dutch, the tables larger, and the sound level low enough that you can hear the hip-hop bounce beneath the roar.

What a scene. You may recognize people from television, from magazines, from Web sites and banks and funds and firms and other restaurants: the whole Gen X-Y food-crazy elite assembled to eat oysters and drink Cutty and absinthe and toast Andrew Carmellini, the restaurant’s chef and one of its owners.

The adress and entrance of The Dutch Restaurant is on 131 Sullivan Street, at the corner with Prince Street.

More information at www.thedutchnyc.com and www.nytimes.com.

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Flatiron Building on 5th Avenue in New York – USA

February 18th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 265
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2016 - Volvo S60 Inscription at 5th Avenue and Madison Square Park in New York

2016 – Volvo S60 Inscription at 5th Avenue and Madison Square Park in New York

2017 – Flatiron Building on 5th Avenue in New York – USA (Google Streetview)

The iconic Flatiron Building is located on the point where 5th Avenue meets Broadway and 23rd Street in New York.

The Flatiron Building, originally the Fuller Building, is a triangular 22-story steel-framed landmarked building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city at 20 floors high and one of only two skyscrapers north of 14th Street – the other being the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, one block east. The building sits on a triangular block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street grazing the triangle’s northern (uptown) peak. As with numerous other wedge-shaped buildings, the name “Flatiron” derives from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.

The building, which has been called “one of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers and a quintessential symbol of New York City”, anchors the south (downtown) end of Madison Square and the north (uptown) end of the Ladies’ Mile Historic District. The neighborhood around it is called the Flatiron District after its signature building, which has become an icon of New York City.

The Flatiron District is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, named after the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street, Broadway and Fifth Avenue. The Flatiron District encompasses within its boundaries the Ladies’ Mile Historic District and the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, a National Historic Site. The Flatiron District was also the birthplace of Silicon Alley, a metonym for New York’s high technology sector, which has since spread beyond the area.

As of the 2000s, many publishers have their offices in the district, as well as advertising agencies, and the number of computer- and Web-related start-up companies in the area caused it to be considered part of “Silicon Alley” or “Multimedia Gulch”, along with TriBeCa and SoHo.

A famous landmark is the sidewalk clock outside 200 Fifth Avenue. It was erected in 1909.

More information at en.wikipedia.org, www.aviewoncities.com and www.nyc-architecture.com.

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Skuespilhuset in Copenhagen – DK

February 16th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 264
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2016 Volvo S90 at the waterfront promenade on Nyhavn at Skuespilhuset (Royal Danish Playhouse) in Copenhagen with Krøyers Plads in the background.

2016 – Volvo S90 at Skuespilhuset in Copenhagen

2017 – Waterfront promenade on Nyhavn at Skuespilhuset (Royal Danish Playhouse) in Copenhagen (Google Streetview)

The Royal Danish Playhouse (Danish: Skuespilhuset) is a theatre building for the Royal Danish Theatre, situated on the harbour front in the Frederiksstaden neighbourhood of central Copenhagen, Denmark. It was created as a purpose-built venue for dramatic theatre, supplementing the theatre’s old venue from 1874 on Kongens Nytorv and the 2004 Copenhagen Opera House, which are used for ballet and opera.

The Royal Playhouse is designed by the Danish architectural practice Lundgaard & Tranberg and received a RIBA European Award in 2008 for its architecture as well as a Red dot design award for the design of the chairs.

Since the 1880s Copenhagen city started the discussion of building a new Royal Playhouse for the latest trend in acting, where focus was on the more natural and intimate drama speaking works as opposed to the popular recital theater of the time.

The theatre is designed by the Danish architectural practice Lundgaard & Tranberg. It is built in a long, slim, deep-brown brick that was specially developed for the project. The exterior is dominated by a continuous glass-encased top story with offices and back-stage facilities for the actors. Above the glass band is the dark copper-clad cube of the scene tower.

The glazed foyer facing the water runs along the entire length of the building . It affords panoramic views of the harbour and contains a restaurant and a cafë.

With about 40 per cent of the building projecting over the water, the waterfront promenade pivots around the playhouse, diverting pedestrians onto a raised 150 metre long walkway layered with rustic oak planks placed on Venetian-style crooked columns creating a floating feel.

More information at en.wikipedia.org, kglteater.dk, www.ltarkitekter.dk and www.dac.dk.

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