Next morning, we woke up to an empty beach. A few people were awake and hanging out around the tents but most were still asleep. We packed up and set off. Today’s report will be a little boring. For some reason I don’t have many pictures and we did not do anything special except enjoying the scenery. Because of this i need to make a disclaimer. This post will contain pictures borrowed from google maps. We had one major task planned, we needed laundry done. After just a few minutes riding we pulled over to enjoy this viewpoint. Looking down toward the fjord we camped at. Most of the roads where like this. It did not take us long to reach Gryllefjord where a ferry would take us to Andøya. Arriving at Gryllefjord ferry slip we realised that we were not the only one up early. The waiting line for the ferry filled the parking lot and extended out on the street and out of the village. This was one of those times its good to be on a bike. I rode to the front of the line and after a short waiting time we boarded the ferry. Looking back at those that did not make it on the ferry. Andøya is Norways, Cape Canaveral. Here we have a scientific rocket base that use rockets to take measurements of the atmosphere. More then 1000 rockets have been launched from this base since 1962, and it is well known all over the world. Despite this in 1995 a rocket launched from this base was caught on radar by Russia and they miss interpreted it as a USA trident missile. This caused Russia to go into hight alert and President Boris Jeltsin was ready to push his button. Lucky he did not push it and they found out what it was. Russia was informed about the launch, so why this happened is a mystery. We did not see any rockets and we continued past the base. I was torn between taking the west, costal road or sticking to the main road, but I did not need to make this decision the weather did it for me. A wave of ocean fog rolled in and covered the west coast in thick fog. So main road it was. This was probably the most boring stretch of road on the whole trip. Picture from google maps of our lunch stop. No the most romantic places :) We rode thru Sortland and Stokmarknes, which is two smaller cities but did not stop. We only had stops for food and fuel. And a nap… until we reached Melbu, where we would take the ferry to Lofoten. Lofoten is one of Norway’s top tourist destinations. It is famous for small fishing villages, dried fish, and fishing. You might say anything related to fish. And whale. It is a popular starting point for whale watching. Lofoten consist of a series of island connected by bridges. The weather had improved and we enjoyed the changing view of sea islands and mountain peaks. I have failed to take pictures from this stretch so not much to share. We started searching for a campsite and preferably on with laundry opportunities. It was not easy. I sent off some messages on facebook searching for anyone with free space. Several came back negative, and some did not reply at all- (Funfact: one year later one of them replied that he had free space for a tent. A little too late) We pulled over at Hammerstad camping and the first thing we see outside the reception was a small dog humping Santa Clause. Not the real Santa Clause, but a small stuffed version. Sadly, no picture of this. Google maps again. The owner greeted us, and he had free space for us. He also had a helpful wife that offered to do our laundry. I mentioned to him that his dog seemed to like Santa and he said he sure do, it is very embarrassing sometimes. This campsite was interesting. Old fishing equipment and other machines was used as decorations. Different in a quirky way. We set up the tent and then got back on the bike to find some food. A few kilometres down the road we reached Svolvær. This is the main city in this area. We rode around the city for a little, then got our food and headed back to the tent for dinner. I don’t know why I took so few pictures from this part of the ride. Its not like me to not get pictures. Maybe I was overwhelmed by the beauty of Lofoten. Tomorrow we will see the rest of Lofoten and get back to mainland.