I was so very fortunate to have booked the 6 hour sightseeing bus trip through Arctic Buss on a day that there were no other bookings, so was picked up from my hotel in a beautiful black Mercedes.
My driver (sorry I can’t remember his name) was a fountain of knowledge and gave me loads of historic and new information about the Lofoten Islands.
As there was only me on this tour, my guide was able to show me perhaps a little more than expected and whenever I wanted to stop and take photos he happily obliged.
The scenery is nothing short of spectacular and in autumn, the colours so very vivid. I got to see the start and end of rainbows, experience both sunshine and rain, cute little fishing villages and bigger towns with a lot of history. The Lofotr Viking museum was filled with artefacts, stories of the local chieftain and the chieftain long house was incredible.
I would highly recommend using Arctic Buss as these guys really know their stuff and go to all lengths to ensure that you get to see as much as possible and are highly knowledgeable on the Lofoten Islands.
My stay at Anker Brygge, without a doubt, was my favourite in Norway. I stayed in one of the rorbuers right on the water which provided not only great views and subtle maritime sounds, but the accommodation was warm and cosy.
Equip with a mini kitchenette, I was able to cook for myself and have that all important morning coffee. The bed was warm and comfortable and lounge area, spacious and relaxing. The staff in reception were extremely helpful. Breakfast was served in the adjacent pub (more on that later) and was a hearty delicious meal in itself. Thanks to Phon for the chats and her hospitality. It was a pleasure to meet you.
Anker Brygge – Pub
The friendliest, most generous, and knowledgeable staff if ever there was! I spent 2 nights as a bar fly, hearing stories, learning about the Lofoten Islands and Norway and participating in numerous conversations with the locals and the bar manager Yohnas. He went above and beyond the call of good service, advising me on food options (his mother’s own recipe was a delight), allowing me to sample dried fish and other local
delicacies and most importantly trying out a few shots of Akvavit! Yohnas is a credit to the pub and the owners should be very proud of the lengths he goes to to ensure customers are relaxed and happy! I was fortunate enough to witness the northern lights right from outside the pub which was a huge treat, gazing up into the sky, belly full of local food and beer! How perfect.
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