(Contination from part I) The reason for the wealth in fish on the Lofoten islands is a large migration movement, which takes place in the cold season when it gets too cold for the cod up north in the Barents sea. After being caught the fish dries up in a natural way on wooden racks, which can be seen everywhere on the island. In early spring, when it gets warmer and comfier for flies and worms, the fish is being collected and shipped. After the process the cod is called “stockfish” and due to its durability it was important as source of food especially in seafaring for many centuries. Nowadays tourism is the most important source of income on the islands, but cod fishing still plays a role and the stockfish is still popular in former seafaring countries like Spain and Portugal.
The Lofoten islands are situated far north at the arctic circle in Norway. Actually the name of the archipelago means foot of a lynx in norse and derives from the fractured geography of the islands, which looks somewhat like the limb of an animal. Historically the islands were known for cod fishing. Additionally to local fishermen thousands of men from the main land used to come to these islands in winter for a good catch. They lived in typical red fishermen houses close to the rough sea. (Continuation in part II)
Views on the sea shore at the capital of the Lofoten Islands.
Photographed in July 2019.
In a global view Svolvaer may be just a little town, but in regards to the Lofoten islands in Northern Norway Svolvaer with its 5.000 inhabitants is truly a metropolis. The people of the region come here for shopping and for administrative duties. Moreover it is a cute town with nice parks and many colourful houses. Some impressions from a walk in July 2019.
The beautiful country of Norway on photography. Shot in July 2019.
Norway is a country of immense wealth. Of course this is true concerning national income, but also and more importantly in regards to national resources. The most important one is simply .. water. The norse people lived for eons from the water, they were fisherman and used water to sail to foreign countries (sure also rob and make war here and there) and come back to the fjords safely. Today water energy is the main source of power in Norway and there is capacity for many more renewable power plants. The reason for this wealth in water lies in the geography of the country. During the last ice age the country was covered by ice with kilometres in thickness. 10.000 years ago the ice melted down in the ancient valleys beneath. The water began to fill these valleys and stream into the sea, such creating the fjords. Due to the tides being especially strong in these fjords there is immense energy in these bodies of water up until today.