Ripples in ocean

To Lofoten by sea

Our journey to the Lofoten Islands was one of the highlights from our trip to Norway. We flew from Oslo to Bodø, then took a bus from the airport to the centre and walked to the Hurtigruten ferry terminal. This was our ride to Svolvær! MS Richard With.

Hurtigruten ship

With our suitcases stashed in the luggage room, we had a quick look around the ship before wrapping up and heading out on deck. I joked that it felt like we were on the cruise ship episode of Columbo, Troubled Waters. Partly due to the decor and also because I’m a Columbo nerd.

The total journey took six hours and we spent most of that time outside, occasionally popping indoors to thaw our hands and feet. We could have watched mountains glide by in the warm but it wouldn’t have been the same. Nothing like the bite of Arctic wind to make you feel alive!

Rocky shore

Lighthouse on shore

Snow covered mountains

Snow capped peaks were visible in every direction, seagulls swooped by and sun danced on the waves. We saw blue skies, dark clouds, snow falling in the distance and sunset all in the space of a few hours.

Ripples in ocean

I’ve only included a few photos here because we also made a short video of our epic journey…

Our ship arrived in Solvær at 9pm. People were standing on the shore watching us pull in and snow was falling. Fourteen hours of travel left us feeling pretty exhausted so we shuffled along snow covered paths to our wooden house and flopped into bed unfashionably early. I’ve wanted to visit the Lofoten Islands for a long time and it felt good to finally be there!

9 comments on “To Lofoten by sea

  1. Hurtigruten has been on my wishlist for a long time – it looks like you had a fabulous trip!

    • Gemma Evans

      It was a great experience! I would definitely travel this way again if we visit Lofoten in the future. It’s much more relaxing than flying 🙂

  2. Gemma this looks amazing! What a cool way to travel there, and love that you spent as much time outside as you could! Love the video as well!

    • Gemma Evans

      Ah thank you! It was worth the cold fingers and toes and my wind burnt face kept me warm that night…

  3. Such gorgeous landscape and photos!

  4. WOW! Soo jealous right now!

  5. Amazing journey! Well done on the timing of the music to when you went in to warm your hands!

    • Gemma Evans

      Thanks so much — you noticing that small detail has put a smile on my face!

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