This posting is a visit to the third of the Norwegian counties in our Borreson-Estenson heritage, the home to Gina’s father, Bertinus Estenson.
Nord-Trondelag is the fourth least populous county in Norway and a lower per capita income than much of the country. Agriculture, fishing and timber are important to its economy. Its largest river is the Namsen, one of the best salmon rivers in Europe. Its timber production is second only to Hedmark. And it is one of the few places in Norway with four species of deer: moose, roe deer, red deer, and reindeer.
Within Nord-Trondelag’s boundaries the famous Battle of Stiklestad took place in the Viking Age. It’s coat-of-arms (above) is based on events of that time. In the last half of the 19th century, the county lost nearly half its residents to immigration to America – including the Estenson family in 1875.
Bertinus Estenson was born in the Stjordal municipality of Nord-Trondelag in 1846 – and my Internet searches found it very interesting. Apparently it’s Norway’s fastest growing municipality due to its proximity to Trondheim and the presence of Statoil. It’s a regional transportation center with an airport and port facilities. And if you’re a birder, it’s a great area to see up to 260 recorded species.
If you’re a castle lover, Stjordal is the location of the residence of Norway’s last Catholic bishop, Steinvikholm Castle. And there’s Hegra Fortress, scene of a World War II battle. And if you want to tell someone where to go, there’s Hell – a village name actually meaning “luck.”
Stjordal’s coat-of-arms, a gold dragon on a red background, is based on a medieval seal. In summary, if you like historical places, Stjordal and Nord-Trondelag sound like good places to go.