We all got a good night’s sleep, up a bit later than usual. After a good breakfast of fried eggs and fish cakes, we left the bua about 11:00. No problem, though, since it was raining and cool.
Our first stop was the Lofotr Viking Museum, in Borge. It’s really come a long way since the first time I was there in 1985 and it’s quite impressive. We took in the short show, went through the exhibits, which you can now get the sound for through an iPhone, and then went into the long house. There was a tour group enjoying the traditional Viking lunch, while the museum’s actors went through their show. I’ve done that a couple of times and it’s good fun. When the show started, Merle and I were sitting on the Earl’s throne trying on the Viking helmets, so we were able to watch the show a bit as well. After we left, Keith and Barbara did the same.
We all had a sandwich lunch from the little cafeteria there. While Merle, Barbara and Keith walked down to the fjord to the replica Viking ship, I waited inside the main building. As luck would have it, I got a Face Time call from Bonnie, so the wait was time well spent.
Barbara and Keith took in the 1/2 hour Viking ship experience, which meant they had to row the boat, while Merle stayed on shore and took photos of the boat. They also tried the archery and the ax throwing.
From there we headed to Vikten to visit the ‘Glasshytta’, the glassblower’s shop. We stopped along the way to get a few shots in one particularly scenic spot. While there, another car with 2 people stopped as well. It turned out to be a couple from Ladysmith, BC, on Vancouver Island.
Anders, the owner of Glasshytta, does beautiful work, so I always enjoy taking my tour guests there. I’ve been in there several times over the past few years, so he recognizes me now. Besides looking over his work and watching a couple of his workers blow some glass, the photo ops on the beach are spectacular. We ended up staying there much later than I thought we would, so didn’t leave until 7:00, which got us back to the cabin about 7:45.
We had made a stop earlier at one of the grocery stores, in Leknes, where I had picked up dinner for tonight….lupskaus. This is a traditional Lofoten stew made with pork or beef, potatoes and carrots, but I added some garlic powder, pepper and 2 leftover kjøttkaker and brown sauce from last night’s dinner. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.
We had talked about going out after dinner, but it was pushing 10:00 by the time we finished eating and cleaning up, so we decided to call it a day. It was spitting rain a bit anyway, and after going to bed, it really poured down. The weather forecast for tomorrow is partly sunny all day.
I forgot to mention something really important in yesterday’s blog: we saw a moose in a field right beside the road just outside Stamsund. It was a young one and as soon as we stopped, it took off. That’s the first time I’ve seen a moose here in the 16 times I’ve been to Norway.