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NorwayLofoten trip: Svolvær to Å

On 11 May 2002 from Å, Norway | comments closed

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.

NorwayLofoten trip: Trondheim to Svolvær

On 10 May 2002 from Svolvær, Norway | comments closed

On 8 May we took the train from Trondheim on Wednesday evening, and as usual I was completely overpacked. My new cool backpack of the university in Trondheim (NTNU) turned out to be a little bit smaller than expected, so I had to bring my Eastpak as well. Luckily my sleeping bag was really easy to attach to and detach from my new backpack, so that was quite convenient. We could sleep pretty well in the train, and arrived in Bodø¸ in the morning.

Thursday we walked a bit around town, but everything was closed for Ascension Day. So we decided to climb up a hill to have a nice view of the city. So we had a lunch with a view 🙂 Then we took the Hurtigruten coastal steamer to Svolvær on Lofoten. The Hurtigruten goes all the way from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes in the north of Norway, all the way along the coast with great views. It is the most scenic coastal trip in the world. In Svolvær we checked into a nice beach house to sleep.