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Nusfjord

We were a bit curious how it would be to get Antigua into the small harbour of Nusfjord in the strong winds that we had, but they just calmed down and it turned out to be fine. And so did the afternoon. The weather cleared up and it got really nice and pleasant. And then, Nusfjord is such a lovely place!

Nusfjord: Trockenfisch

Old friends in Nusfjord.

Probably the most famous of the traditional Lofoten fishing villages, Nusfjord is a beautiful setting of old buildings around a small, well-sheltered natural harbour. The old shop was open and very popular, and we went hiking over some rocky hills near the sea, enjoying the views over mountains, the coast and Vestfjord. An extremely enjoyable afternoon!

Nusfjord

The harbour of. And, actually, the whole rest of it.

Now we are sailing north (or east, rather) in the evening sun, heading for Kabelvåg.

Lofoten: Reine

Some hours sailing (without engine!) took us across Vestfjord to Moskenesøya, the southernmost island of the main chain of the Lofoten islands (there are some outliers, Værøy and Røst, far out in the sea). Most people enjoyed the passage, although it was the first day on the ship. Collateral damage related to the motion of the ship was not unheard of, but rather limited. Good to get some training! We will see some more open water later on this trip.

SV Antigua with Captain Mario

Leaving Bodø: Captain Mario gives steam.

SV Antigua under sail across Vestfjord

Sailing across Vestfjord to the Lofoten islands.

But for the moment we are in Reine, one of the southernmost fishing villages in Lofoten. Admittedly, the weather could have been better. But we are on Lofoten. And it is actually really beautiful as soon as some sun is breaking through the clouds!

Rainbow over Reine, Lofoten

Rainbow over Reine, Lofoten.

This year’s catch of cod is still hanging on the drying racks, soon it will be taken down for export.

Dry fish, Reine, Lofoten

Drying racks with cod in Reine, Lofoten.

Kittiwakes are everyday birds in the north. They are breeding in many places on steep cliffs. But a kittiwake on a nest on a tree in a garden? Never seen that before! 🙂

Kittiwake, Reine, Lofoten

Kittiwake on a nest on a tree! Quite unusual for these cliff-breeders.

There is always something to discover in these Lofoten fishing villages. Even in grey and wet weather, there are the colours of the wooden houses and the flowers. But it was indeed a good thing that the Café opened at 11 a.m., and almost everybody found the way there soon. No surprise!

Colours of flowers and houses, Reine, Lofoten

Colours of flowers and houses in Reine.

Now we are heading for Nusfjord and curious what the afternoon will bring there.

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