Monday 3 August Lofoten Islands

Today, we woke to another overcast and cool day. After breakfast, we went on a full day tour of the Lofoten Islands. Norway’s Lofoten Islands are referred to as the Lofoten Wall, because quite literally, they are vertical rows of granite shooting up out of the Arctic Sea. The Lofoten archipelago is composed of seven main islands situated 100 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. There is 130 kilometres of scenic road with bridges to connect the five easterly islands. We disembarked in Svolvaer, boarded three buses each with our own guide – ours was Johan, who was a delightful young man with lots of local knowledge, a good sense of humour and who was cheerful.
Our first stop was at Henningsvaer, a traditional Norwegian fishing village situated at the foot of Mount Vagakaillen. We visited the Lofoten house gallery, containing North Norway’s biggest collection of pictorial art from around the turn of the century. After watching a great movie about Norway, we wandered around the gallery and then went for a walk around the village and had a cup of tea/coffee.
We stopped for a photo shoot at an unusual art piece, which is a mirror – when you stand in front of it you can see panoramic scenery of the mountains and the waterways.
We continued to the Viking Centre at Borg, where we were taken to a replica of a chieftain’s long house, which was 83 metres long. The long house was set up as it would have been in 950 and we were taken to the kitchen/eating area and the staff, dressed in Viking dress, served us a traditional soup that was cooked in a big pot over the fire in the centre of the long house. After lunch we explored the rest of the long house and the Museum, which had interesting exhibits of items found by archaeologists in the area. We also walked through the farmland with cows, sheep, horses and wild boar and at the top of a hill we had a wonderful panoramic view of the whole area.
As we continued our journey westward, the scenery became more dramatic and the mountains became steeper and the area was more barren with fewer trees.
We stopped at Sund and watched the Blacksmith making a decorative wrought iron cormorant and also a leaf. We had a wander around the village and when we re-boarded our bus, Johan gave us a quiz and the person who won would get a prize of the leaf – Richard was the only one to get the answer correct so we have the leaf!!
Before heading back to the ship, we stopped for another photo shoot at the village of Reine, known as one of the most beautiful Norwegian villages. The Village of Reine is only 0.33 square kilometres and has a population of 329.
When we reached the small fishing village of A (pronounced awe), we said goodbye to Johan and our driver and walked down to the jetty where the zodiacs from the ship were waiting to take us back to the Island Sky after a wonderful day, filled with stunning scenery.
We showered and dressed up for the Captain’s Welcome drinks and dinner – we had a really good night with lots of laughter and good food.

2 Responses to “Monday 3 August Lofoten Islands”

  1. Janet says:

    Love the little fishing villages and the fish drying racks.
    Mum, your jacket is really nice – when did you get that, I haven’t seen it. Where’s it from?

  2. sandy says:

    Yes the little villages are really lovely. I got it from Carindale before we went on hols. 🙂

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