Classic ‘Lofoten’ calls at Lofoten

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PHOTO FEATURE: As the Easter holidays settled in, there was no break for the “Hurtigruten” vessels that sail up and down the Norwegian coast. We spotted several calling at Svolvær in Lofoten over the weekend, including the classic old ‘MS Lofoten,’ which still plies the route between Bergen and Kirkenes and berthed once again in the scenic area that inspired her name.

  1. The harbour at Svolvær in Lofoten gets two calls every evening from vessels in the "Hurtigruten" coastal shipping line. Here's the oldest vessel in the fleet, which actually bears the name "Lofoten," sailing into port last Thursday.
  2. A statue of a fisherman's wife greets all vessels making their way into the harbour at Svolvær.
  3. Dusk was falling as the "MS Lofoten" berthed in Svolvær last Thursday. Launched in 1964, she's now the oldest and smallest of the Hurtigruten ships, and under maritime preservation orders.
  4. Hurtigruten's 'MS Lofoten' will be celebrating her 50th birthday next year and remains popular among passengers with a sense of nostalgia. She can carry 340 passengers and cargo, but no vehicles like Hurtigruten's more modern, cruise-like vessels can.
  5. Shortly after the southbound 'MS Lofoten' sailed further down Norway's coast, one of her much bigger and newer sister ships sailed in on her northbound journey. The Hurtigruten calls are an important part of daily life along the coast of Norway between Bergen and Kirkenes.
  6. Passengers sticking around in Svolvær could wake up the next day to brilliant sunshine and this classic view of the town that's one of Norway's most important fishing hubs.
  7. It was fairly quiet on the weekend heading into the annual Easter holidays in Norway, when even most of the hotels in Svolvær took a break themselves before the busy summer tourism season begins.
  8. Downtown Svolvær on an early spring day when the weather seemed to change every half-hour.
  9. The majestic mountains of Lofoten form an impressive backdrop to the residential accommodation along the waterfront, and a lone fishing boat.
  10. The water is clear even close to town, like here on Svinøya, one of Svolvær's many islands.
  11. Fishing cottages in a residential area of Svolvær, reflected in Lofoten's crystal clear waters.
  12. A classic Lofoten view, from the harbour in Svolvær.
  13. As dusk settled in again, lights came on in a light industrial area in Svolvær. The mountains all around rise sharply from the sea.
  14. The light changes all the time on Lofoten, in accordance with the weather and time of day.
  15. There's constant activity in the busy little port of Svolvær, day and night.
  16. We were busy, too, eager to share some of Lofoten's views and news with readers of this website. Look for more in the days and weeks ahead. In the background, another view of the venerable "MS Lofoten" berthed in Svolvær.

Hover your mouse over the photos to see caption information, and use the arrows to navigate a slide show from one of the most scenic places in Norway.

ALL PHOTOS: Morten Møst

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