Svinøya Rorbuer

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2 Gunnar Bergs vei, Svolvaer, Norway
Svinøya Rorbuer - Cod drying
Svinøya Rorbuer - As it once was
Svinøya Rorbuer - Typical rorbu
Svinøya Rorbuer - The island site
Svinøya Rorbuer - Reception - a living museum

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davidx davidx
564 reviews
A touch of magic Apr 30, 2003
Rorbuer is the plural of rorbu. A rorbu was a sort of chalet used for fishermen (not a sexist term -they were men!) to live in during the season. Many so-called rorbuer in the Lofoten Islands of Norway were built for tourists but these were the genuine article - as witnessed by old photos in the Reception.

The rorbuer will take different numbers but the smallest accommodate 4 people. They are equipped to enable self-catering but there is also a restaurant that I shall review separately, the Børsen Spiseri. This is where you book in if the reception office is clased and breakfast can be bought (sufficient for lunch as well for most!)

The situation is delightful - go to the website - click on'contact us' and hover the mouse over the map, which will then change to give one that will suffice for finding the rorbuer.

There are racks all around for drying the cod - much for the bacalao in the restaurants of Spain and Portugal. The main history of the small island concerns whaling; there is a whale that visits frequently but sighting cannot be guaranteed.

As regards the price, nothing worth staying in here is other than expensive but the price is no higher than a god hotel and it's far more exciting.
Typical rorbu
The island site
Cod drying
As it once was
davidx says:
Fortunately not.
Posted on: Aug 11, 2010
alyssa_ob says:
Do the insides smell like fish?
Posted on: Aug 10, 2010
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