Sortland, Stokmarknes, Svolvaer
1.26.15 - 1.26.15 35 °F
As we continue our voyage south towards the Arctic Circle and Bergen our mid-day stop was at Sortland for the standard 30 minute stop for cargo and ferry passengers.
We then headed to Stokmarknes, the home of the Hurtigruten (Hurtig Ruten or Quick Route) Museum. The line was founded as a mail carrier and has expanded to full ferry and passenger service as the years went by. The hallmark of the Museum is the Circa 1912 vessel Finnmarken, which has been brought ashore and made into part of the museum.
Our final stop of the day was at Stolvaer - the center of the cod fishing industry both in the past and currently. We visited the restored portion of the late 1800's fishing village and listened to a story of the cod fishing war of the Trollfjord. It was a truly dark and stormy night. Even though the temperature was in the high 30's we were greeted with rain, hail, lightning, thunder and significant wind.