Visiting the cod country

After seven weeks of sitting tight in our Oslo apartment we did five weeks of touring the north. Not a bad deal at all!

The northern Norwegian summer is about the cool breeze, the bright lights and the smell of seaweed. We have our own house on the island of Dønna, where we go every summer. This year we also opted for 10 days in and around the Lofoten archipelago, on normal summers packed with Americans in rented sedans and Dutch and Germans in camper caravans. This summer the Germans were few and far between. The Norwegians came instead, us included, but not in the same numbers. The end result was a bit more space on the local roads and a bit less money for the local travel operators, but as a whole Lofoten avoided the total corona disaster. We are not so surprised; the area is simply too good to be left standing empty!

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We took our car all the way from Oslo, driving the 1400 kilometers to Narvik before we headed west towards Leknes on the island of Vestvågøy where we had rented a house for a week. For DHH it was partly a nostalgia-trip, his family comes from this part of Norway and back thru the generations he has a number of grandfathers, great grandfathers, uncles and grand uncles and his father who all took part in the Lofoten winter fisheries. Every year from January to early April they were based in villages like Reine and Svolvær and Skrova, places that were all on our list of destinations.

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It was the cod that made this weather-beaten string of rocks one of the richest areas in Scandinavia. The work was hard and dangerous, but those who were tough enough to handle the labour and lucky enough to survive the storms could end up gathering great riches. The wealth is still there today. There are a bit fewer active fishermen, but in addition the tourists come in their thousands to stay in the houses where the fishermen used to live and to enjoy the harsh nature that the fishermen used to fight in order to survive.

The surfer's haven, the village of Unstad, Vestvågøy.
The surfer’s haven, the village of Unstad, Vestvågøy.

There is not so much to say about the Norwegian coastline that has not been said already, both by us and by many others. We rather leave you with a selection of our pictures from this year’s tour!

 

 

 

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