Narvik

Trip Start May 07, 2005
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Friday, September 9, 2005

We booked the overnight train from Trondheim to Bodö. Note -- the ö should really be an o with a slash through it but this keyboard doesn't have that letter and they are pronounced the same. I'm sure any Norwegian will forgive me and anyone who recognizes the letter ö will pronounce it correctly. Anyone who speaks English will try to pronounce it bohdoh anyway. The correct pronounciation is something like booduh.

Our initial plan was to stay in Bodö for the afternoon and then take the late bus to Narvik. Then we realized that the train stopped in some small town before Bodö and it would let us take the early bus to Narvik and save us about 2 hours of travelling. And so we got to Narvik with no problems. We expected to go crazy on the 6 hour bus ride but the scenery was fantastic. We read, napped, and had a puzzle book.

The directions to the hotel were strange. From the bus stop walk into the mall go to the fourth floor and exit our the rear. Walk across the bridge to the huge statue of a naked lady holding a baby and go up the steps. Take a left and walk 50 meters. We felt a bit funny walking though the mall with our packs but people didn't seem to notice. Later we realized that Narvik is a huge backpacker destination. I'm not sure why.

Our hotel had the best features of a cheap hotel and the best of a hostel. We had our own room with a shower and cable TV. We had breakfast included. We could do laundry for free and use the hostel kitchen to cook. They even had an internet computer for free use.

The big thing we did was buy a fishing pole. We didn't know anything and went into a sporting good shop. The salesman showed us what to buy and then gave us a discount. I'm not sure why he gave us the discount and it worried me. We tried to fish a little bit but didn't have much luck and we lost most of our lures.

The weather was mostly bad -- cold and drizzly but we were getting used to it. Narvik is north of the arctic circle which means it gets very cold in winter (when the sun stops shining). Even though is part of Norway is so far north it doesn't get too cold because the warm gulf stream keeps things nice and warm (relatively speaking).
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