Now Norway (Part One)

Crossing the mountains and border in to Norway meant back to the sea.  Fishing, ferries and fjords.

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There were plenty of cod to be caught, filleted and fried for tea.

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In fact we had cod for tea four times in one week.

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A short trip on a ferry is about 25 pounds but probably saves twice that in fuel and tolls.  It is also a quick way to check up on the filthy state of your roof.

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A lonely spot to park up for the night even if another motorhomer parks right behind you.

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Of course by now it was not getting dark at night and midnight landscape photography becomes possible.

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Although daytime colours were more vivid.

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If the water had a ribbon of orange around it that meant it was free to fish in.  (Tidal seawater with seaweed.)  so we made the most of it.

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From most of the fjords it was impossible to see open sea.

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Although some bits were unmistakably sea!

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You are not going to get this boat up a creek although they sail hundreds of miles up fjords.

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Cod is king here.  Even if much of it is now to attract the tourists. 

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Or maybe repel tourists I don’t know. 

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What with the ugly mugs on display and the smell of cod heads and skins drying to make stockfish soup there is a lot to endure up here.

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The fishing infrastructure is still here in the Lofoten Islands but much of it has been converted to tourist attractions.

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It still makes very attractive picture postcard type images.

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And it is enjoyed by the tourists of course.

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Driving up here is a pleasure.  Not only is the scenery beautiful, the roads are designed to please the eye as well. 

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Sorry.  This white tailed eagle being mobbed by a crow just snuck in here.

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This would be a snug, weathertight cottage if they had nailed just one more plank on to the side.

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Same bridge, different angles.

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The weather wasn’t brilliant on our journey from Sweden to the end of the road on the Lofoten Islands but the sun peeped out for a couple of days so that I could bag a few landscapes.

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The rain suited some of the local inhabitants. This Curlew must have been nesting nearby to allow me to approach close enough for the picture.

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Just pulled off the road to take a couple of photos.

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Another of those sweeping bridges.

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We did manage to spot an Arctic Hare but of course in his summer colours.

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And Boy! he was in a hurry not to be photographed.

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A remote community like the Lofoten Islands needs an air ambulance.  We watched this one land and pick up a householder then fly off.

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The Norwegians certainly know how to build bridges but a second string to their fiddle is tunneling.  as well as having the longest road tunnel in the world they have a host of others taking shortcuts under mountains and even under fjords.

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Part of the cod industry but the lorry load of dried cod heads and skin now stands on the quayside just for the photographers.

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A grim reminder of one of the other Lofoten Island industries, a whaling harpoon which was just lying about.

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The “Cod Head Choir” rehearsing for their hit single: “I ain’t Got No Body”.

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And a last glimpse of the Lofoten Islands.

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