I visited Meløy in partnership with Northern Norway and Go to Helgeland
Okay, perhaps you don’t truly have to overlook Lofoten – in reality subsequent up on my itinerary after Meløy can be the Lofoten islands.
However, as you may know, Lofoten’s reputation has exploded in recent times, and it looks like the islands are getting increasingly crowded with vacationers annually. On the similar time, which means increasingly enjoyable actions and distinctive lodging choices have emerged, so I do assume the area continues to be very a lot value visiting.
Plus, whereas you will discover dramatic mountain landscapes in different elements of Norway, what makes Lofoten notably particular is its historical past as a fishing middle in Norway, which signifies that the islands are coated in these iconic pink fishing cabins which have develop into so well-known on Instagram.
No less than that’s what I all the time inform individuals once they ask if Lofoten continues to be value visiting even now with all of the vacationers. But when crowds aren’t your factor, there’s one other, a lot smaller, and a lot quieter fishing island you possibly can go to: Støtt. You’ll nonetheless be surrounded by beautiful Norwegian mountains, and you may even keep in an previous fishing wharf!
After saying goodbye to my buddies Catriona and Viv after our weekend on Senja and Dyrøy, I flew right down to Bodø to start every week of exploring alone. And first up on my itinerary was a small island that, to be trustworthy, up till a couple of months in the past I had by no means even heard of earlier than.
I took the categorical boat from Bodø to Støtt, which is a part of Meløy commune, and guys, that’s the primary wonderful thing about visiting Støtt: you don’t want a automotive!
I’m all for utilizing public transport when potential, which makes it all of the sadder that each time somebody asks me for recommendation about visiting Norway I just about all the time inform them to lease a automotive. It’s simply actually onerous to get round right here with out one!
However you gained’t want a automotive on Støtt, because it’s such a teeny tiny island you possibly can simply stroll round it. And the individuals at Støtt Brygge can organize actions and excursions for you so you’ll be able to nonetheless discover the Meløy space.
The categorical boat from Bodø solely takes one hour, so you can simply add an evening in Støtt to your Bodø/Lofoten itinerary. Although to be trustworthy when you’re at Støtt Brygge you’re going to want you have been staying there longer.
That’s the second wonderful thing about visiting Støtt: Støtt Brygge.
Once I arrived on Støtt I used to be met by Eva, who runs Støtt Brygge, the place I stayed for my two nights on the island.
And let me simply say, Eva is the good. Like I type of instantly began considering of her as an enormous sister and requested her all types of life recommendation hope that wasn’t awkward. Nevertheless it was her enthusiasm and love for Støtt that basically struck me.
She has household roots on Støtt courting again generations and after working in excessive powered positions in consultancy and finance in Oslo she returned to her household property on Støtt to rework the previous fishing and buying and selling publish into the gorgeous restaurant and lodging it’s at present.
Right here you’ll be able to keep in an genuine rorbu, or fisherman’s cabin, furnished with interval items. Staying right here actually felt like touring again in time and instantly gave me a way of life on the Norwegian coast. Plus it was simply so cosy!
You’ll be able to both keep in your personal little rorbu with a number of bedrooms, a toilet and front room, or the previous bakery constructing has been fitted with particular person rooms and even slightly condominium with a kitchen.
Lots of people additionally go to Støtt Brygge for its restaurant, which is within the island’s previous common retailer from 1878.
They concentrate on seafood made with regionally harvested components, they usually even make their very own stockfish and cured cod. If you wish to attempt Norwegian specialties like stockfish soup, whale tenderloin, and dried salted cod, that is the place! Significantly, dinner right here was the most effective meals I’ve had in Norway.
Above the restaurant is a convention room and museum, the place I discovered all about Meløy’s historical past. I truly knew embarrassingly little concerning the fishing business in Norway earlier than visiting, however right here I discovered a lot not nearly Meløy but in addition concerning the fishing routes round all of Norway.
Støtt was an essential buying and selling publish alongside the delivery route and it was so fascinating to listen to about life again then. Undoubtedly have a look right here for those who come to Støtt!
In case you go to Støtt within the winter, Støtt Brygge can organize a lot of totally different actions, together with kayaking, fishing, snowboarding, and even attempting to find the Northern Lights! They’ve a lavvu tent on the highest of a hillside the place you possibly can take heed to people tales and maintain heat whereas ready for the aurora to return out.
Eva stated that in the summertime Støtt Brygge turns into far more vigorous (so that you’ll in all probability need to ebook nicely prematurely) and you may go biking or kayaking across the space. Additionally they have plenty of excursions, like taking a RIB boat out to Norway’s well-known Svartisen glacier.
And whereas Støtt is gorgeous within the winter, it undoubtedly looks like the kind of place that might be so idyllic within the summertime, with its turquoise waters and fishing boats.
If you wish to see extra of the Meløy space, Støtt companions with Meløy Journey, which provides totally different excursions and actions within the space. I organized a hike at some point with them, which I feel truly didn’t find yourself being like their normal hikes however oh my goodness, what a day.
I made a bit video of my day exploring Meløy, in addition to Støtt Brygge, right here:
Eva drove me by boat over to the mainland the place I met up with Øyvind Gjersvik, who runs Meløy Journey. However it turned out that he was within the midst of a little bit of a disaster with development at one among his lodging properties so he requested if I wouldn’t thoughts happening a hike round Reipå together with his mom Gunnlaug as an alternative.
I actually want that Gunnlaug have been truly a information with Meløy Journey, as a result of we had one of the best day collectively and I might love so that you can have the identical expertise! Like, I’m positive Øyvind is nice as nicely, however my hike with Gunnlaug was in all probability probably the most authentically Norwegian “vacationer” expertise I’ve had in Norway. It jogged my memory precisely of hanging out with my grandmother in Norway once I was a bit woman.
Individuals typically tease me for being so passionate about Norwegian nature – like I’m that one that will get teary eyed on each single hike as a result of the sweetness simply feels so overwhelming. However I feel in Gunnlaug I met my match!
She goes on this stroll on a regular basis (in truth it looks like she goes on a hike most days #objectives), and each few hundred meters she’d cease to inform me a narrative from a earlier go to and I swear typically her eyes would tear up with emotion. Are we someway secretly associated??
We walked by means of the forest and alongside the coast to a picnic space the place Gunnlaug made a fireplace and we had a lunch of scorching cocoa and St Lucia lussekatter buns, because it occurred to be St. Lucia’s Day.
After which she pulled out her telephone to point out me some mittens she had simply completed knitting. The day earlier than she had wrapped them up and left them as a present in a wilderness hut on considered one of her hikes, with a word saying that whoever discovered them might hold them so long as they despatched her a photograph of themselves with the mittens – which they did! And I vowed to lastly discover ways to knit so I can do the identical factor subsequent Christmas.
Because it started to get darkish Gunnlaug requested if I needed to see her household’s cabin, so we took a bit of detour to take pleasure in some clementines in her cabin whereas watching the moose who was snacking outdoors the window – as a result of apparently life in Meløy is an precise fairy story.
We talked about faith and love and household and I keep in mind considering that I used to be so completely satisfied that Øyvind was having issues together with his constructing. Then once more, he’s Gunnlaug’s son, so likelihood is a hike with him can be equally particular.
On the finish of the day Gunnlaug drove me to Ørnes, the place I caught a ship again to Støtt. There have been just a few of us on the boat, and because the steward handed round espresso and cookies and everybody chatted I assumed again to my first day of labor on the grocery store in Rauland.
I used to be having lunch with Symre and she or he requested me how lengthy I needed to remain in Rauland. I advised her that I solely deliberate to be there for a number of months, as I used to be nonetheless deciding the place I needed to quiet down in Norway. And she or he checked out me and stated that that was a tough selection, however for what it was value, the one place she had been in Norway with the friendliest individuals was the Helgeland coast.
Sensible info for visiting Meløy
You’ll find the boat schedule for Bodø (Sentrumsterminalen båt) to Støtt hurtigbåtkai (Meløy) right here. You possibly can reserve your ticket from Bodø on-line if you’d like, after which whenever you arrive on the boat terminal go to the desk they usually’ll scan your ticket and offer you a boarding cross (or you possibly can merely purchase your ticket there). On the best way again to Bodø you purchase your ticket on board.
The categorical boat terminal in Bodø is downtown (subsequent to the Scandic Havet) and in strolling distance to each the airport and practice station. So you possibly can take a practice or fly to Bodø after which simply stroll to the terminal.
If you wish to see extra of the coast, you should purchase the Journey Cross Nordland for 990 NOK, which provides you entry to all the buses and categorical boats (not the ferries) in Nordland for one week, so you possibly can island hop as a lot as you need.
You’ll be able to e-book lodging at Støtt Brygge right here.
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