Vikten is my last stop here at the western part of Lofoten Islands. The houses of this small village have some wonderful beachfront view of the North Sea, although the shoreline is more of a rocky one. The forceful waves that day reminded me to stay away. While the cold harsh wind made it tough to wander around. Then I came across a sheep farm where the residents are seemingly enjoying the ‘breeze’ and snowfall. It is so funny that one of them was looking at me with such an intense stare.
The Lofoten Design cabin (Glasshytta Vikten) looks different from other buildings around here. It is where the famous Norwegian glassblower makes his handicrafts from recycled glass. But it is closed during off season so I did not have the chance to check it out.
The rocky shoreline carves by the unforgiving waves of the North Sea is both beautiful and scary at the same time. And adding on to the nice dramatic scene are beautiful mountains in the background. Perhaps the turn-offs would be those discarded junks and rubbish around the beach.
I set up my tripod in attempts to capture the waves while reminding myself to keep a distance. But when the snowfall turned to a downpour, the only audience that afternoon has to scurry back to the car.
And it is going to be a long drive towards Henningsvær. Bye Vikten!
Some great looking places while driving along E10.
Henningsvær, Venice of the North
It took me around two hours to drive from Vikten to Henningsvær. On hindsight, maybe it is better to spend my limited time around the western part of the island instead. But I really wanted to check out Venice of the North before returning the rented car. The picturesque fishing village is comprised of some smaller islands spread around its waters. That is something different from the other villages I have seen on Lofoten Islands, although I do find Henningsvær to be a little touristy than the others. Still, the unique setting makes the drive here worthwhile – if only I have more time to explore around.
I had a splendid lunch at the highly rated Fiskekrogen of Henningsvær. The restaurant has a great harbour view and the food is superbly fresh and tasty.
I grabbed some food at a convenience store for the drive back to Leknes Airport.
The sun was still up when I reached Leknes Airport at 8 pm to return the Toyota Auris. I have clocked a mileage of 2012 km in the past few days and hope to be back here again.
Lofoten Islands look even more amazing from the sky above and I was hoping for the flight to last longer. How I wish I have gotten a window seat for my Bodo to Lofoten flight earlier on.
And that is followed up by a brilliant sunset upon reaching Bodo Airport. Absolutely stunning!
STAY: Rica Hotel Bodo (Scandic Bodo)
I stayed for a night at Rica Hotel Bodo (Scandic Bodo) after arriving late. And my flight to Bergen will only depart the next morning. The single room is small and basic which was expected for its price point. I just needed a good night rest before my flight so I suppose the hotel meets my expectation.