Svolvær – Lofoten

Svolvær is the main town in Lofoten, and Northern Atlantic Cod fisheries, particularly during winter months, have remained one of the most important economical foundations for the town. Just west of Svolvær is Vågar – mentioned in the book Heimskringla, and might have been established as early as the year 800 AD.

We arrived rather late, and thunder was in the air the whole evening. This also made for an interesting walk in beautiful light and no winds.

The little town has about 5000 inhabitants, and many people were strolling the streets in the soft evening. The special light made all colours stand out – no need for enhancing anything. Natural beauty only.

The old – and new – little houses are called rorbuer. Rorbu is a traditional type of seasonal house used by fishermen. The buildings are built on land, but with the one end on poles in the water, allowing easy access to vessels. Today they are mostly used for tourist renting.

After sorting by quality, most of the stockfish is exported to Italy, Croatia and Nigeria.  In Norway and Iceland, the stockfish is mostly used as a snack and for lutefisk production. In Italy, the fish (called stoccafisso) is soaked and used in various courses, and is viewed as a delicacy. The man working where we parked the car, told us that in Nigeria it has become the national dish!

When the clouds occasionally lifted, or there opened a rift in the skies, we could capture some very picturesque views.

Unfortunately, after this lovely walk, we had to say goodbye to Svolvær – still bathing in that special light that attracts many artists and galleries – and us – to Lofoten.

 

 

 

 

WPC: Ascend

From Krista at WordPress-

Ascend

There are many interpretations possible – as many as there are people in the world – that is the idea with this weekly challenge, and that is why I like it!

WPC: Elemental and Travel theme: Numerals

Where do we find it all? In London of course!

WPC: Elemental 

Travel theme: Numerals

My Illusory, Illusive Week…

Strange things this week…It all started out so well…but these are my memories …

…in my ordinary Blekinge again. Don’t we all have crazy dreams sometimes…?

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Architecture and Giant Amazons

Den Blå Planet (The Blue Planet) opened in 2013 in Kastrup, a suburb of Copenhagen. It resembles a whirlpool when seen from above, and was designed by Danish architects  It covers a total of 12,000 m2 (130,000 sq ft), including the 10,000 m2 (110,000 sq ft) building and 2,000 m2 (22,000 sq ft) outdoors.

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The Blue Planet contains about 7,000,000 litres (1,500,000 imp gal; 1,800,000 US gal) of water divided into 53 exhibits. In the first year of existence, the aquarium received approximately 1.3 million visitors – twice as many as expected.

Den Blå Planet 387_copyJust as the architecture is special and artistic, so are the giant freshwater fish from the Amazon. Look at those metal scales…and the intricate patterns on its head. Arowanas.

Surely  man can never compete  with nature in architecture.

 

Colours From – The Blue Planet

Last week I went to The Blue Planet in Denmark, with Viveka, my blogging friend at myguiltypleasures. We go to Copenhagen at least once a year, and this time we wanted to try the new Aquarium – opened 2013 and the biggest in Europe.

A rather cold day…with only the occational drop of sunshine.

Inside – all BLUE…

…and more BLUE

A meeting place…for nature lovers, lovers of this Big Blue World.

 

We also met other mesmerizing creatures…

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…like little mermaids, and their friends

– the Seadragons…

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A fascinating experience. To be continued…

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Thursday Thoughts about Den Blå Planet, Denmark

Living in a bubble…Usually I am happy to live in My Own Bubble, my little world where I can shut out all the wars and disasters in this world and focus on the good things in life.

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Sometimes I am happy that others live in their bubble and I can watch them, enjoy their beauty…from a safe distance.

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Bubbles are useful, aren’t they?