Sortland Travel Blog

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I had lunch when we returned to the ferry. Then we arrived in Sortland, (4,600 populations), and is the main town of Vesteralen islands and the headquarters of the north Norwegian coast guard. I did not see much of the town. There was a bakery, bank, a big post office, and a big shopping mall. It was a 30min stop. However, it was a good walk.


If you're a native of Sortland, in Norway's Vesterålen region, you don't waste time writing nasty letters to the guidebook publishers--instead, you use 50,000 litres of paint to create "The Blue City" of the North.


Ellingsenbrygga old harbor harbour Sortland Norway Hirtigruten coastal steamer, Northern Cape The inspiration for The Blue City came from Bjørn Elvenes, whose concept led to the formation of a private steering committee in 1998. Elvenes, a local artist, had chosen blue as a symbol of Sortland's maritime and fishing heritage. His idea was to paint all 17 blocks of the inner city in various shades of blue, with judicious use of contrasting colors to create a distinct identity and three-dimensional presence for each building within an overall design motif.


The first buildings--mainly storehouses along the waterfront--were painted in summer of 1999, and the project has continued over several years
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