This is not a big photography day. I went out about 8:00, but didn’t go far, just to the tidal pool/marsh area of Skifjord and the cemetery for some sunrise shots.
I was back at the house by 9:30. I just took it easy for a while and then prepared to go to a cousin’s house in Fygle for ‘coffee’. Going for coffee here typically involves a variety of cakes, pastries, lefse, trollkrem (whip cream with freshly picked currants and lots of sugar….nothing sweet about that!). That took 2.5 hours!!
I relaxed at the house, processed some photos and did some laundry. I picked Hans up at 6:00 PM and we went into Leknes for dinner at the Restaurante Milano for some Italian food: pizza for me and spaghetti Alfredo for Hans. My treat for being an exceptional guide!
Even though I was back at the house about 9:30, I still didn’t shut the lights out until well after 1:00 AM.
The other day, a Facebook friend asked “is it true there are too many tourists in the area?”. I told her that, like most countries, tourist season is in the middle of summer. Norway attracts a lot of tourists, but I wouldn’t say there are too many. When I bring photo groups over, it’s before school gets out, so not bad. Now school is back in and I can tell you that I’ve hardly seen any tourists. In fact, I haven’t seen any in the places I’ve been so far. That morning, I was planning to go to a popular tourist town , so I promised to giver her a report. I didn’t get all of the way to Henningsvaer, but here’s what I saw: 1 bus, a few trucks, maybe 2 dozen cars, 5 photographers, 1 couple walking along a road, 3 people heading for a hike up a mountain and 1 couple pulled over at a viewpoint. The next day, when I was at Myrland later that day, I was there for 2 hours and didn’t see anyone. It made me think of one of Babe Ruth’s quotes: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
Sure, there are tourists here in the fall, but there sure aren’t too many of them and now I know more places to take photo tour groups to avoid them.