Day 6 – Board Hurtigruten > Lofoten (Svolvaer Terminal) > Havern Holiday Home (AirBnB)
Day 5 was the start of another exciting journey venturing the Norway shoreline, Norwegian Sea and its majestic fjords via the Hurtigruten cruise. The cruise that we boarded, MS Kong Harald was last refurbished in 2016, with length of 122 meters. This ship also allows carriage of vehicles but not campervans, minivans and trailers. Size of the ship is not considered the huge type, but also with enough corners and sections for us to explore. Mainly would be panorama lounge, sun deck, hot tubs, restaurants and bars.
Our departing port terminal would be Tromso, and the cruise will stops at 5 different ports to pick up as well as to drop off passengers, so there will be normally 15-30minutes time for the onboard guest to go down for quick walk or explore the nearby area. In between our cruise stopped by Finnsnes, Harstad, Risoyhamn, Sortland, Stokmarknes and finally arrived our destination Svolvaer. We took an overnight ride, but basically spent less than 24 hours on board.
Most of the time we enjoyed hot drinks and relaxed at the observation deck with beautiful view. The cruise was not overly crowded as it was low season and overnight sail time. So we took the chance to enjoyed the facilities and the food served by the cruise. We were hoping to see northern while cruising, but the weather was quite cloudy, nevertheless the scenery still make the cruise ride worthwhile
Most of the stops were having snow fall hence we did not choose to go down explore the port towns. Only when it came to Stokmarknes and the weather was kind, we went down to check out the town and stock up some snack bites. Later we found out that this is a meaningful town as its literally the “born place” of Hurtigruten cruise company. The Hurtigruten Museum also found its natural location in Stokmarknes, the very city where founder of Hurtigruten, Richard With, lived and worked. The museum was within sight when the cruise engaged the port. However it is not operation hours during our arrival, thus we just managed to snap photo from the outside.
Once we arrived at the Svolvaer cruise terminal, our car rental company is waiting at the port. Once we collected our car, we headed straight to our first AirBnb stay in Lofoten island which is located at the beach side, “House by the sea by Ingvill”. It was a wonderful place, but perhaps lack of sufficient heating system. Other than that, the house is well equipped and clean.
Signing off day 6.