Return to Svolvær

Svolvær seems like a dream to me now.  We timed our trip to Norway to perfection.  It was always going to be sometime between mid-February and mid-March, to ensure there was still plenty of snow but a reasonable amount of light.  When I booked the flights, hotels and rail journeys, little did I know that there was another consideration, something I could never have imagined.  As I said in an earlier post, we arrived back in the UK on 7th March and Norway went into lock-down on the 14th.

Like everyone else, I guess, we are dreaming of where to go when the world returns to normal, whenever that might be.  Mostly I think of places I would like to go back to and, of course, Svolvær is at the top of the list.  Some of this is because every Saturday night at 21:00, I am reminded of how it looks.  By coincidence, BBC4 are showing the Nordic thriller Twin, filmed in and around Svolvær.  A slightly bizarre and hardly believable story, the compensation is the scenery, although I can’t help thinking they should have talked to me about the best time to film 🙂

All this inspired me to dig through some of my unused images from the trip and return on a virtual tour.  I have selected as a soundtrack one of the songs used in Twin – God Don’t Leave Me I’ll Freeze by the Norwegian band, Highasakite – full marks for the name!  Is it me or does it sound vaguely inspired by Sami folk music.

The view from Svinoybrua

The view from Lamholmen






  1. jelleybaby · April 22, 2020

    After reading this and your previous entry, makes us want to return, our last visit was for our 25 wedding anniversary, and was great, all the way to Nordkap then back through Finland and Sweden over 5 weeks. If we are lucky enough to go again when this is over it will just be us, and no children, andin the Motorhome this time not the caravan as we did before, and with the exception of the Channel Tunnel we will drive all the way to Nordkap, and try and see what we missed the last time. Let us hope all this is soon over, and we will be fit enough to make the trip.

    • northumbrianlight · April 23, 2020

      Pleased to have inspired – I look forward to the WordPress and Blip posts when you return, as I am sure you will.

  2. restlessjo · April 22, 2020

    The images are surreal in their beauty, Robin. I don’t have wanderlust. I simply want my family and my life back. 🤗💕

    • northumbrianlight · April 23, 2020

      Thanks Jo – sorry to hear of your predicament, it will end eventually. My tribe are spread to the four winds – Edinburgh, Skipton and Brighton – so life is much the same as it ever was.

  3. sustainabilitea · April 22, 2020

    Looks beautiful and cold, Robin. So glad you made it before the lockdown. It was the same with us for our move to Arizona. We got it in just in time. 🙂 I’m looking forward to the day when I can get out and about and explore again, as travel is something I do love.

    Stay well.


    • northumbrianlight · April 23, 2020

      Stay well too, Janet. We must keep eating the roast broccoli, it must be doing us the world of good 😀

      • sustainabilitea · April 23, 2020

        🙂 Had roasted asparagus last night. Yum!

  4. J.D. Riso · April 22, 2020

    What an incredible place. No wonder you dream of returning. Many of us are daydreaming of possible future voyages. I just hope I’ll be able to do my Peru trip before the end of the year, if only to not lose out on a lot of money…

    • northumbrianlight · April 23, 2020

      Really hope you can make it to Peru, Julie – I look forward to the posts. All the best, Robin

  5. Aviationtrails · April 24, 2020

    It looks so beautiful and every inch that I imagine Norway to be. I’ve always wanted to go there, but like many things, never got around to arranging it. Let’s hope when this is all over I can fulfil that.

    • northumbrianlight · April 24, 2020

      Can’t recommend it highly enough – I have done the Arctic coast by sea on the Hurtigruten ferry, by car and now by train – my next ambition is to get to Nordkapp by motorcycle.

      • Aviationtrails · April 24, 2020

        That sounds fantastic. Good luck with it, I’m sure it will live up to all expectations.

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