Journal: Pages 33-34
shallow waters can be seen from the living room, which is supported by stilts
over water; I was lucky enough to get the one at the very end of the pier, at
the edge of the jagged shoreline. It was Kr 600 well spent.
24 May 2003, Saturday: Mortsund - Vikten - Nusfjord - ┼ (Lofoten)
clear skies, brilliant sunshine -- does it get any better than this?
Tangrand family -- husband ┼svar Tangrand, brother
┼se Tangrand and wife Berit Arctander, with their children -- built their
home and glass/ceramics studio (glasshytta) at Vikten, at the northern coast
of Flakstadn°ya island. ┼svar's monumental metal sculpture -- which, in a
commercial context, may as well serve as the logo of the Lofoten -- can be
seen at a picnic area/scenic overlook along the E10, King Olav's Highway, that
runs through the Lofoten and ends in ┼. I bought a mug from Berit.
Besides the huge commercial racks, private households also hang a handful of stockfish beneath the eaves. It's the local emblem of a proud yet waning lifestyle.
My culinary adventure began with the delicious "Lofoten plate" at Ramberg, serving samples of what's hung all over the islands as well as assorted grilled/cured seafood of at least six varieties (did I just eat whale meat?).