Today is our last day on the Hurtigruten. We’ll be disembarking in the town of Bodo, picking up our rental car via foot, then re-embarking on the Hurtigruten with the rental car as it takes us from Bodo to Svolvaer. Our last buffet breakfast. I had my usual, yogurt with nuts, eggs, cheeses, and some veggies. I noticed some unusual cheeses, one was a brown goat cheese but it was crumbly and in a jar, and a cheese from Lofoten but it was liquidy like yogurt. I didn’t know how to eat them, so I didn’t try them. If it wouldn’t be so terribly rude, I would love to go around and look at every person’s plate to see what a Norwegian, Brit, Aussie, German, etc. eats for breakfast!
We went back to the cabin to pack and then to reception to check out. We were surprised to have a list of charges outside our cabin in the AM so I asked to see it at reception. There were some charges we didn’t recognize so we had to go the cafeteria to clarify and finally checked out. The staff can seem very matter-of-fact which might come across to Americans as brusque, but I’m trying to see it as that’s just the humble nature of Norwegians.
The ship got to Bodo late, at 12:15 instead of 12:00. While reviewing my emails to/from the rental car agency, I realized they had chosen 3:00 PM as the pick up time to coincide with the arrival of the Hurtigruten, but that it really was scheduled to arrive at 12:00. We had to have the car back on the ferry by 2:00 when it left Bodo, and I was freaking out that we weren’t going to make it. This part of the trip had been the most difficult to plan, and we knew if we missed the ferry, we would have an extremely long drive (6 hours) from Bodo to Svolvaer. Plus we had already paid to take the car on the ferry. We disembarked and it was a 10-15 min. walk to Bodo Avis. The only automatic car they had was NOT there, but Gunner made some calls and arranged to have it back by 1:30. It was in a shop getting its snow tires removed. We went to a cafe to wait, I had a latte for $5 and Marc had a pepsi for $4. Gunner managed to get the car back in time, and we were shocked that it was a Mercedes! Sweet!!
We drove the short distance back to the Hurtigruten. It was confusing where to park the car… Finally someone took the car and backed it onto the ferry. We got back on the MS Trollfjord under our new booking. We had lunch in the cafeteria, Marc had the chicken burger again and I was starving as it was after 2:00. I had the steak, roasted taters and veggies for a hefty 219 krone (about $30). The potatoes were soooo yummy! There was a hug pat of herb butter on my steak.
Lots of daytrippers boarded in Bodo so we set out to get some comfy seats for the rest of the day. People who have good seats tend to hog them/save them by putting jackets or books on them, I guess this is a universal quality! We moved twice before I was finally happily settled at a place near the bar/cafe with a table and a big wide comfy couch. We played quiddler, then decided we were too warm so we went to the Polar Baron deck 9 (outside). Marc had another Mack beer (Bokol) and I decided to take advantage of the workout room one last time. For sme reason, my ankles are the sorest they’ve been on the entire trip even though we did the least amount of walking yesterday. The daytrippers left a complete mess of the shower/sauna room with towels everywhere and the floors all wet. I guess slobbiness is a universal characteristic in some people too! 🙂
At 6:30 we went to the cafeteria for our last meal on the MS Trollfjord. There was a bowl of a meaty-potato-y stew in the window and I asked the chef what it was. He said it was the daily meat special and had no dairy. The chef in the cafeteria has been incredibly helpful at helping us identify dairy and butter in the dishes and had even gone out of his way to make things that Marc could eat. Marc ordered it and said it was delicious. I ordered a chicken/yogurt/foccacia/pineapple/potato thingy… It was like a salad and not what I was expecting, but still very tasty. The chef forgot my potatoes and I asked for them because they have been so darn good. After dinner, I told the chef how much we have enjoyed everything he has made for us and he said he was grateful to hear it. We were seriously impressed with the “cafeteria” food and were happy that it was a affordable option for us and that the quality of the food was so good.
On the approach to Lofoten, we saw the “Lofoten Wall,” it is truly stunning!
At 9:00 PM we disembarked the MS Trollfjord for the last time, me down the passenger deck and Marc down the car deck. It took about 10 min. for the cars to unload. Marc was really nervous about driving in a foreign country. We were confused by how to get to the Svinoyer Rorbuer because we thought a street sigh meant “do not enter,” but it didn’t really mean that. We took a road over a narrow bridge and arrived. There was a huge rack of drying cod right by our rorbuer—cool!! We checked in at the restaurant and arranged to have breakfast the next morning for $20 per person. Our cabin was the 2nd to the last one on the inlet and has a great view of a fjord. The furnishings are simple IKEA-style furniture. We were very happy with it, but if we had been given a rorbuer further inland without a view, we might not have been as happy. Marc bumped his head on the short door frame, poor thing! At 11:00 PM it was still light outside. We put on eye masks so we could sleep and set our alarms for 8:00 AM.
Svinoya Rorbuer Cabin 22 photos: