June 7, 2013
leaving Traena, we set a course directly across the open waters
of Vestfjorden to the southern section of the Lofoten Islands. This
rugged island chain is well known for its cod fishing, beautiful
scenery, and isolated islands, some of which have large nesting
colonies of seabirds. We stopped at one of the islands in the southern
section called Vaeroya.
We cruised in zodiacs along the seabird nesting areas and were excited
to see rafts of Atlantic Puffins. The water was very choppy so it
was difficult to get clear photos (plus the birds were always moving!).
We also saw Kittiwakes nesting high on the cliffs.
the afternoon, our ship stopped at a very picturesque fishing village
called Reine. The small community was one of the historic cod fishing
locations. Drying racks were everywhere. In late winter cod come
into the area and fisherpeople catch them and drape them over the
racks to dry. Cod fishing is still a viable and important industry
in the area.
We were lucky to be in Reine in time to see them cutting down the
dried cod for shipment all over the world. Brazil is one of the
main importers of dried cod.
dinner, the captain maneuvered the ship into a beautiful short,
narrow fjord called Trollfjord. The crew served us mulled wine on
deck. Evidently this is a very popular fjord as there were several
local tourist boats partying in the fjord and watching in awe as
the captain turned the ship around in such a tight location.
To view more photos from the Lofoten Islands and Reine, please
go to Lofoten Photo Gallery.
To read about the next location visited, go to Tysfjord.
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