5 Sep 2012 – Happy First Bday Olai
Minimal internet access but really quite a peaceful life here where we have been exposed to all the elements, sun, rain, wind etc the past 4 days. Sat 1 Sep, met PP & KK at OSL airport to catch our SAS flight to Bodø (1hr+Nok 1,257 S$270), connecting with a commuter/Wideroe (20mins NOK715 S$155) arr Lekens/Vestvågøya 68°10′N 13°45′E / 68.167°N 13.75°E / 68.167; 13.75 and drove to Mortsund on the Lofoten Islands.
These islands have for more than 1,000yrs been the centre of great cod fisheries, especially in winter, when the cod migrates south from the Barents Sea and gathers in Lofoten to spawn. Now this area is also a big market for the salmon hatcheries exporting world-wide. 5 main islands with a pop of app 24,000 attracting 250,000 tourists annually!
Lofoten have long inspired travellers to their rocky shores. Picturesque fishing villages, pristine beaches and access to seas and mountains make it a popular destination. The ocean with its Gulf Stream brings milder climates and of course the abundance of cod. Staying in a traditional Rorbu/fisherman’s cabin overlooking the wild Atlantic coast is breathtaking and spectacular.
Sun: 4hrs of hiking at Eggum in the morning
Afternoon drive to Nusfjord
One evening, I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjordthe sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the cloudsas actual blood. The colour shrieked. This became The Scream – Edvard Munch