In northern Norway you can find some small islands surrounded by fjords. These islands offer us a landscape of the greatest contrasts: the gray sky, and green meadows, and the red, green and blue houses. Cod is one of the specialties of this area, so if you like it I recommend you to visit these islands.
Reine has been a commercial port since 1793. It is located in the Lofoten Islands and was chosen by a well-known publication in Norway, the magazine Allers, as the prettiest village in the country. I think that Reine has lots of competition in this department because it is very difficult to choose just one. The villages in the Lofoten islands are my favorite from around the country, most small towns are very picturesque, situated by the sea and surrounded by spectacular mountains. Its inhabitants lived in earlier times or drying fishing for cod, now do mainly from tourism. The surroundings are absolutely beautiful, as it is located at the foot of the mountain called Reinebringen. Within the village, there are many excursions to go to the village and it is a hard ride which reach 400 meters of altitude, in which even in summer cold My recommendation is not to pass by Reine, admire it from the E10 as a whole and strolling through its famous fishing huts, known as rorbur. housing currently serving. DOn't just listen to what people say. Instead, see for yourself that Reine is the most beautiful village in all of Norway.
Getting on a whale watching boat at sea in Andenes, Norway, is a real experience. Well, at first I did not think so and I actually wanted to end the adventure without even seeing any whales. But when you are notified of the first sight of them it takes away all of the sudden dizziness and one can start enjoying this little adventure that I recommend to everyone. Yes, take a good camera. To do what is called the Whale Safari in the Port of Andenes go to www.Whalesafari.
Our trip to Scandinavia was a dream come true for us. The picture I have put here was taken in the Troll Fjord, (Trollfjord), inside the Arctic Circle in Norway, one of the most majestic fjords with walls several tens of meters high, through which we sailed for one morning, discovering unforgettable landscapes, fjords surrounded by mountains, wrapped in a mysterious fog and with fantastic legends, while enjoying on board the ship a seafood soup, whale meat, salmon and grilled vegetables. During the tour the guide explained how the fjords were formed, at the time of the glacial age ice excavated the valleys on the coast to below the level of the marine platform, when the ice retreated, the ocean water filled these excavated valleys and gave them their particular forms. The journey to the North Cape Airport in the northernmost point of Norway took about four hours from Madrid, and the whole experience was an excellent one.
Known by many as the Venice of the North for its architecture as it is comprised of a group of randomly arranged islands separated by canals, Henningsvær is one of the most charming towns in the Lofoten Islands and from the 19th century one of its most important fishing ports. ,Heningsvær has not changed in recent years, and has more than 500 inhabitants. Henningsvær islands were not connected by bridges to the rest of Lofoten until the year 1981, a fact that probably saved the community from the influence of modern architectural style, it did leave its mark on other Norwegian towns during the 60s and 70s. It is perfect to sit in any of the restaurants at the harbor's edge and enjoy the tranquility of this town while we taste the exquisite cuisine. A treat for all the senses.
These cabins were built initially as temporary accommodation for fishermen in the cod season. They are usually anchored near the sea on stilts. They originally had two rooms, one for work and one with bunk beds. Currently, they are of all sizes. Many new ones are being built. They have never been used by fishermen. There are no small "resorts". Due to the charm of the property asking prices to stay in a Rorbuer are exorbitant.
Very curious! Nothing spectacular, but it is worth going to see if you are around Bodo. Tourist information offers information on the hours which you can witness this curiosity as it only occurs during low tide. It is a fjord so narrow that when the tide is low, currents produce unevenness in both directions causing the formation of thousands of swirls. It is about a 30 km drive, cross a big bridge and from this bridge are the best views. Some eddies reach a height of ten meters across and five meters deep and with a speed of 40km.
In south-central Norway there are some ground sea inlets called fjords that are so extensive that sea water loses its characteristic saltiness to become sweet. This is a sample of what one can see from one of the boats that people normally used for transport. Spectacular! Next we see the tip of the only remaining glacier in that area (center half-southeast) as, little by little, we are losing them as a result of climate change. As they melt, they leave waterfalls which gain strength to move forward in their path and leave a bluish-green flash when the sun hits the surface, finally hiding underground in any corner and emerging. It is not until you see them that you will appreciate their size.
This town is located in the southernmost part of the Lofoten archipelago in Norway. It's actually a museum village on the island of Moskenesøya, with only 100 inhabitants, but whose traditional wooden buildings make up a beautiful historic background to take visitors back to the 19th century. This town is home to the first preparation plant, which you can still visit, of detestable cod liver oil that soured the childhood of many postwar Spanish children. At the end of the 19th century, the greasy liquid that floats to the top of the water after boiling cod was distributed to the world. Experts claimed it was the panacea for all illnesses, particularly against malnutrition, because of its richness in vitamin D. Today, the town's economy has been moving mainly towards tourism, because it's located in a very beautiful environment surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Many buildings have been used to create the local Museum of Norwegian Fishing Towns, which includes an ancient craft shop, boat sheds, antique bakery, warehouses and others. It was our first stop after taking the ferry from Bodø to the Lofoten islands, and the first contact with this beautiful archipelago that we still had a lot to discover.
The small town of Sigerfjord located in the center of the Lofoten-Vesterålen archipelago, offers a stunning landscape, a landscape that combines mountain and sea. It is situated in the coastal area between the mountains and the fjord Hadselfjorden, is an ideal place to stroll along the wide beach and the last stop before arriving at Sortland where we experienced our second accommodation in these islands. In Sigerfjord is peaceful and quiet, as in almost all locations in the archipelago. It offers accommodation to tourists who want to explore these islands as the location is ideal for sightseeing. In our case it was a stopover to see its magnificent scenery and stroll along the deserted beach. A sheer joy to the senses.
We were at around 340 km on the A-6 after leaving Tromsø and after stopping for lunch and a rest near Narvik, we headed towards Skarberget to the fjord of Tysfjorden to board a small ferry to take us to Bognes and from there to Bodo for overnight. The road there was very narrow, but well paved and had continuous curves. To make matters worse, a few kilometres before reaching the ferry embarkation we got stuck behind a caravan whose slowness was maddening. We were so desperate, we arrived late for the ferry by just three or four minutes, so we had to wait another hour and a half for the next one. This means that the twenty-five minutes we had calculated for the fjord cruise Tysfjorden would become nearly two hours, with the drawback that we get into Bodø in the middle of the night.
Between the start of February and later April, Lofoten cod arrive from the Barents Sea to lay eggs, so that's when the fishing season begins. This type of cod is called Skrei and it's born and raised in the cold waters of the Barents for five years and, when it reaches maturity, they migrate to the warmer waters of Lofoten. Fishing is strictly controlled, both in quantity and how to do it. To get the best quality, it's captured by a longline, which is dragged behind the boat.Once they catch the fish, they gut them and hang them in pairs in wooden racks to dry outdoors. Once past three months drying on the racks, they move to a dryer inside area where it will take another three months before they are able to distribute.
Under the waters surrounding the lovely, green and haunting Lofoten archipelago is a treasure that has attracted anglers from the most diverse corners of the world ... This "object of desire", "skrei" in the local language whose translation would mean "nomadic", and is more or less as delicious as the "winter cod" whose capture takes place only between January and April. Throughout the centuries, cod conservation techniques have evolved and modernized in order to "extend the life" of this delight so you can get it in the best conditions. In the Lofoten Islands, in the 21st century it is still used . They are "cathedrals" are but pyramidal structures constructed in horizontal wood slats which are hung, tied in pairs by the tail, fresh cod so the cold air and sun cure it for the winter. The pure air of Lofoten makes a product that has a deserved reputation and prestige internationally and if you tell it to the Italians who know this field as "stockfish" and consume it with relish. In the small village of Svolvaer you can see how the roofs of the huts of fishermen that run on both sides of the old wharf are used for drying cod. Delicious cured cod in the unique microclimate of the Lofoten!
Austnes Fjord is in the municipality of Nordland Vågan. It's easily accessible from the small towns of Liland or Laupstad and you can get to both by ferry, or from the E-10 motorway that runs on the west. Although it's not one of the most famous fjords, its unique beauty is stunning and it has prominent attractions like Sildpollnes Bay, just 16 km from the town of Svolvaer. If you are in these parts and you have time, don't hesitate to visit, either by car or by ferry and take a tour of this worthy fjord.
Before leaving on the boat that would offer some of us the opportunity to see whales in their natural environment and others the opportunity to thoroughly clean their bowels we went into the museum where its lively guide, after some stumbles, explained everything there was to know about whales and friendly species before we left to view them. Interesting, especially seeing them separated into parts and learning from this animal which had been unknown to us beforehand and eating a sandwich of what we'd just seen in Bergen (sorry, but I had to try whale meat).
The Lofoten Islands are an archipelago near the Arctic Circle. It is one of the corners of the world and that dazzle visitors with its exceptional beauty. It's a haven where we can dream about more than our mundane realities .... It is recomended to explore all the islands in thier entireity. They are linked by bridges and tunnels, and one can travel from North to South, or South to North, by bus, bicycle or motorhome. You'll be able to enjoy the unspoiled nature of the native vegetation, the aged wooden churches, the small fishing villages, the rich Norweigen gastronomy and if you're lucky,and you travel at the appropriate time, the spectacular midnight sun ... Our journey through the Lofoten Islands left us with a uniquely beautiful image of Rørvik, close to where we saw a small beach with white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters, surrounded by wildflowers and a small mountain range that emerged from the neighboring islands. That vision seemed to transport us for a moment to warmer latitudes. Though we were in the Arctic, it was not surprising to see the brave Norwegian-Guys and Dolls-swimming in the clear waters of Rørvik and - between June and July-lying peacefully on the transparent sand enjoying 24 continuous hours of sun .... A luxury .....