Our arrival in the beautiful fishing village of Reine on the Lofoten Islands signalled the beginning of a wonderful day. Departing on coaches we waved goodbye to the ms Island Sky, which we would re-join later in the day in the port of Svolvær. We enjoyed a brief photo stop to take a photo of the picturesque village before heading towards the village of Vikten where we were enthralled in the art of glassblowing by resident artist Åsvar Tangrand who showed us his skills with a demonstration. The gift shop was adorned with his beautiful works of art… If only we had more room in our luggage!
We crossed the islands through tunnels, over bridges, past beautiful sandy beaches and the most amazing scenery with mountains and peaks, open seas and sheltered bays. As morning tea approached we arrived at the famous fishing village of Nusfjord, another delightful village and also a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. A delightful bakeri selling cinnamon scrolls satisfied our hunger until lunch.
Stories tell of boats being equipped for the journey to the Lofotens and the winter cod fishing season, where the fisherman travelled for days and even weeks in open row boats and sailing boats to take part in the abundant fishing. Our last stop was the Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg and here we were greeted by modern Vikings who have recreated a Viking village and a longhouse with typical handicrafts and food.
Lunch was cooking in a cauldron over a smoking fire, whilst tales of Viking life were regaled. A sumptuous bowl of lamb stew was served along with crusty bread, before time for browsing the obligatory souvenir shop.
As our day exploring the Lofoten Islands was nearing an end, we boarded our coach one last time, sat back, enjoyed the scenery en route to Svolvær and listened to our very informative and interesting guide, Craig, tell us one last fishy tale!