We had the entire day to ourselves!! No activities scheduled, we were two tramps jaywalking the streets of Svolvaer 😜
Still we had some plans for the day. The cathedral was the first thing on the list. Located on top of a small hill, it's visible from nearly everywhere in Svolvaer. We walked up the snow covered road, and got perhaps the most amazing view of the town!! Though the cathedral was closed, we had a lot of fun in the snow.
The issue with taking photos was that we needed to take our gloves off to click the photos and within a minute our hands would have frozen.
Then we asked the locals about places to visit nearby. An American girl living there suggested us to visit the aquarium in the nearby village- Kabelvåg. We took the next bus and reached there. Since we were having international roaming activated, using Google maps was relatively easy and cheap.
That was my biggest mistake of the day. We walked through the gorgeous village of Kabelvåg following Google maps. People were clearing the snow from their pavements and porches. We reached a point where there was supposed to be a road, but all we could see was a heap of snow. We were lost in the middle of a nearly deserted town!! 2mins later Google popped up a warning that said "road conditions may vary in real world due to weather"😤😤😤
I was literally having a panic attack. Svolvaer was only 6kms away, but there was no chance that we could walk back. The next bus was coming in another 2hrs.
So we went into this amazing cabin-kinda restaurant. They made this pizza which was lip smacking 😋 and to add to that the view outside left us awestruck!!
We had half of the pizza, packed the rest, took the next bus, and came back to the hotel for checkout. We were leaving for Tromso by cruise that night. So the hotel allowed us to keep our luggage in the luggage room till then.
In the evening it started getting bitterly cold. We had still not seen any Northern Lights- our main purpose of coming to northern Norway... Something my wife kept taunting me about every now and then.
There was this Ice Bar called Magic Ice Lofoten which we decided to visit. It was completely made of ice and snow. I was having a Jon Snow-kinda feeling while putting on the warm jacket they provide.
The entry fee is 400NOK for 2 which includes a complimentary drink and a warm jacket. I was kinda let down by the ice sculptures inside. It seemed more like a souvenir shop. We spent almost half an hour inside and as we stepped out, there was this feeling in my heart that I'll be leaving this heaven of a place in a couple of hours.
My feet won't walk back to the hotel. All of a sudden I started feeling that I didn't wanna leave Lofoten. I literally felt that I should have allotted 2more days to Lofoten. I was in love with the paradise around me... ❤️
Our driver had arrived by the time we reached the hotel. We were waiting for our Hurtigruten- the MS Richard With to arrive. Once the ship was there, we left for the quayside and by 10 o'clock, we were on the upper deck of our ship!!
Check out my next post for the updates on the following days in Tromso..