On Friday morning 10 May we called our car rental guy to bring the car to Svolvær because we just missed the bus to the suburb where he lived. He was completely crazy, turning into a parking lot right in front of a truck, and he had some crazy remarks. But the car was not expensive (less than half the price of other agencies), and although it was pretty small, old and out of fuel, it took us where we wanted to go. And the rental was pretty hassle-free, everyone could drive, we didn’t even need to show our passport or driver’s license. First we drove to Henningsvær, a small fishing village (like all places in Lofoten), and we stopped at a little sandy beach. We also tried to find a recovered viking ship in Borg, but the museum was closed and we couldn’t find the ship 🙁 Since it was already evening, we did some shopping, and drove to a large sandy beach, where we BBQ’d. BBQ on a white beach north of the Arctic Circle, I guess that is one of the more unusual holiday experiences 🙂
Since all the places on Lofoten are in fact fisherman’s villages, there are a lot of fisherman’s huts, or “rorbu” in Norwegian. These are completely of wood, near (sometimes over) the water, built on poles, and equiped with living room/kitchen, bathroom and sleeping rooms. So we checked into one in Ã… (the last letter of the Norwegian alphabet, it is also the place where the road literally ends, unless you want to drive off a cliff). Every evening we cooked together and played a boardgame: the Colonists of Catan, which is highly popular among students in The Netherlands at the moment.