Travelled: 63 kilometres by road from Løding to Bodø, then 102 kilometres by ferry to Moskenes in the Lofoten Islands.
Visited: Norsk Luftfartsmuseum Bodø, NOK120pp, then ferry to Moskenes NOK2028
Stayed: Museum carpark in Å, free. N67.87986, E12.97732
Whilst we had a nice view from the Hymer across the bay at Løding, it wasn’t a great night’s sleep. There is a factory and dockyard across the way and there was some banging and clanging during the night. We planned an early start today anyway so there was no chance for a sleep in.
We have the usual coffee and fruit, then make tracks for Bodø. A low-beam headlight on the Hymer has failed, so we make for an auto electrician who diagnoses a burnt out globe and replaces it. It is something I would normally do myself, but the low-beam globes are very difficult to reach, so I feel inclined to get someone to change them rather than dislocate my shoulder contorting myself to get the old globe out. I get him to replace the other low-beam globe as well and we’re back on the road. We see the flight museum (its hard to miss as you drive under it) as we head further into town.
We are told just be in ferry queue an hour or so before the 4 pm departure, that no boorking is required this time of year. So we head back out to the museum to kill a couple of hours. Having held my pilots license for many years I have a real affection for aircraft and Pam doesn’t seem to mind my enthusiasm.
Anyway I could babble on about the museum all day, the civil aviation side is also very interesting but you’d only get bored and not finish reading this blog. So we head back down to the port. There is a service port there, so we get the Hymer in order before joining the queue for the ferry.
The obvious solution to a long ferry journey is alcohol but its just too expensive. So I watch another episode of Game of Thrones whilst Pam reads her book. But after a couple of hours we get desperate and start talking to our fellow passengers. Pam is chatting away to a German lady doing a tour of Norway on her Motto Guzzi. Whilst I chat to a plumber about heat transfer units. So the time passes on.