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Travel Blogs from Svolvaer
We have left the Hurtigruten and are now in the Lofoten Islands. We arrived at the port of Svolvaer at about 9 pm yesterday. Our disembarkation was very straightforward. When we asked what the process involved we were told "you get off and take your luggage". There you go. Avis went to the car deck and drove the car off the ferry and I met her at the bottom of the gang plank with the luggage. Very easy. From Svolvaer ...
... realised they were so temperamental! This just means that my next trip will either be Greenland or Canada/Alaska. My hunt will continue! On a positive note, it means we get more daylight time. The sun attempting to rise over the mountains are making the most spectacular colours in the sky, and reflecting on the water. Actually early this ...
... Yep, those animals could easily eat me for breakfast.
Then I went for a walk around the town which was very quiet, practically dead, but I think that most people were indoors. It's an area known for fishing, particularly cod, hence the drying racks dotted around the coast. They also have salmon farms as wild ones are becoming impossible to find, unlike in Finland.
There was quite a large World War 2 museum near the docks ...
A statue of a fisherman's wife guards the approach to Svolvaer, the second stop on our "cruise", where the cyclists (and others) disembarked. After leaving Svolvaer en route to Stokmarknes, our ship went into the beautiful Trollfjord, a deep, narrow fjord, before continuing on to Stokmarknes, where we were happy to find our room in Hurtigruten Hus.
... 2am in the morning. God man, the hailstones were being pelted against the windows, there was a very loud clap of thunder and several flashes of lightning, with the water thrashing itself against the jetty outside. The worst of it only lasted for about 10 minutes. I was kind of hoping that it would go on for longer as I could see it right outside my window and would have been happy to sit and watch it for a while but It died down for the most part after 10 minutes.
Other places to stay in Svolvaer
Lamholmen, Svolvaer | 3 star hotelfrom $192
Torget, Svolvaer | Hotelfrom $246
Fiskergata 46, Svolvaer | 3 star hotelfrom $137
Austnesfjordgaten 12, Svolvaer | 3 star hotelfrom $148
Sjoegata 6, Svolvaer | 1 star hotelfrom $241