The Lofoten Island – love at first sight

Haman Group has a fishermen’s cabin (Rorbu) of our own. IMG_0267

The reason for this is that Lofoten probably is one of the absolute highlights in Scandinavia. The nature is spectacular, the people are friendly and the combination of nature, sea and mountains raging into the sea is unique.
Add the best fish you ever eaten and the midnight sun to this and you understand that Lofoten is something you should not miss.

Carl Wilkinson from Finacial Times wrote this article: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/c79255c0-59b2-11e1-8d36-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1o2H00Zhw

There are many ways to come to Lofoten. Either you fly in to Leknes, Svolvaer or Evenes or you can go to Bodö (you come by car, train, airplane or bus) and take the ferry to Moskenes. I always go to Body and take the ferry since it brings me direct to the most beautiful part of Lofoten.

When I arrived in Bodö the sun was shining and the street cafés were full of people. Imagine Bodö is 150 km north of the polar circle and at the moment you find the best weather up here in all northern Europe.

In Bodö I have my “vehicle” in the basement of the Rica Hotel. It is not the car – it is the old bike.
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It works perfectly for me and makes me mobile during my stay. If I need a car, you can always rent a car at the harbor of Moskenes.

This year the ferry company invested in new ferries and they are both more comfortable, faster and I also have a feeling they are more stable in hard weather.
The ferry crosses Vestfjord and if you are lucky you might see whale. I was lucky 3 days ago and even saw orca’s playing, jumping and “waving with their tails” just outside Moskenes harbor.
http://www.lofotposten.no/lokale_nyheter/article6697445.ece
It is magnificent to see these big animals jump and swim like acrobats.
This is a small film when the ferry arrives in Moskenes, Lofoten

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The ferry arrived  at 20.30 in the evening but it is the time of the midnight sun so it never gets dark. I jumped on my bike and after 10 minutes I could not resist to stop at Maren Anna and have a glas of wine on their terrace.

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At Maren Anna you find local good food and sometimes they also have dance and music. It is a very popular place for the locals.

Now I can look forward to some beautiful and relaxing days. Perhaps I will take my bike and go to Skarisöy and get some fresh shrimps.

Hurtigruten – the original coastal voyage

My colleagues know that I am a better person in the afternoon, ie. I am not quite as nice in the mornings. Therefore they booked breakfast for me on board Hurtigruten in the morning! Thank you!
I started my trip in Harstad at 8.30 and had a lovely breakfast while we left for the Vesteraalen Islands. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurtigruten.
Unfortunately, the weather was grey and foggy so I did not make any pictures.
We arrived in Stokmarknes and in the harbor you find the Hurtigruten Museum. It is a museum free of charge for Hurtigruten travelers. Here it is possible to go on board on one of the old Hurtigruten ships and to learn about the importance of the Hurtigrute for the people living in the remote norwegian coast.
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At 18.00 we arrived in Svolvaer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svolv%C3%A6r , the capital of Lofotenhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lofoten . Immediately I took the bus down to the southern part of Lofoten. The more south you come, the smaller and more winding the roads get. The more south you come, the more stunning the nature is and you have a feeling you are “in” the nature.
In Tind, 500 meters from Å (Å is the small village where the road ends), Haman Group has a small rorbu-cabin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rorbu For me, Tind is the paradise on Earth!!!
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