A few snippets from Svolvær. As with my other my other snippets, they are a collection of photos that don’t really belong in a particular post but hold nice memories. I’ve been sitting on these for a while because I didn’t finish sorting through them until Summer (yikes), so I waited for Winter to arrive before sharing.
We found these tyre Minions in a stockfish yard. Completely unexpected find.
Our mountain adventures were abandoned due to avalanches — someone had died the day before and the risk of more was still high. We just followed some of the lower trails in the end, which is where I photographed these ice skates. We met an elderly Norwegian man who said he had visited London many times to see Spurs play and the cabin he lived in was built as a hiding place in WW2.
This bowl of goodness is called bacalao — also known as clipfish casserole. Clipfish is fresh cod that has been salted and hung to dry on frames. We must have worked up an appetite on our walk that day because we ordered hot chocolate, main meals, a side of chips to share and puddings! All eaten from the comfort of armchairs overlooking snow covered mountains.
This photo was taken on the evening we stumbled upon a random jut of land with a perfect view of the sunset.
The friendliest (and fluffiest) cat in Svolvær. It schmoozled my legs and hands to get more attention every time I backed away, then followed us all the way up the road.
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A few weeks ago, I opened a fortune cookie mentioning hidden talents… which I've now realised might be making friends with random animals! This is the third cat I befriended in Norway. It was purring like a chainsaw (you can hear it at the end) and pawing the snow 😍 #catsofinstagram
By this point, we had been wearing ice grippers for three out of the four weeks we spent in Norway. The first week without them was hilarious but they made getting around so much easier. The one time I took them off, I fell over on the ice and lost my backpack light. Fail.
Norway photos have been framed and hung on our office wall as a reminder of the amazing sights we’ve seen. I miss proper Winter weather though — I didn’t once wish for warmer days while we were there. Fingers crossed we get some snow in the UK this year or I’ll have to go back to Noway 🙂 Good job I still have my ice grippers.