Lofoten Local Customs

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    Local architecture

    by SMILLA76 Updated Oct 17, 2005

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    I liked very much the local architecture with houses standing on poles as if in an acrobatic experiment... This choice was made, of course, for practical purposes.
    Much easier to reach one's boat right from your bedroom's window - if duty calls... :)

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    all about cod...

    by call_me_rhia Written Jan 25, 2004

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    the stockfish/cod museum

    Dou you know how much does a cod weigh when it's dry?
    Do you know where cod heads are sold and consumed?
    Do you know the recipe for the local speciality - fried cod tongues?
    You can learn all about cod at the Lofoten Stockfish Museum in the village of A. Even if you're not interested in fishing you'll find this little museum fascinating: the fishermen who will guide you through are really nice, knowledgeable and especially fun. They will show you how the fishing has evolved since the 800s - and tell you about their winter life - when the fishing takes place. Basically they talk you through daily traditional life... a peculiar form of traditional life.

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    rituals...

    by call_me_rhia Written Jan 15, 2004

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    drying cods

    It‘s a ritual 10000 years old… a miracle that repeats itself every winter. They leave the cold waters of the Barents Sea in millions to come to the Lofoten Islands more temperate shores to spawn. I‘m talking about the cods‘ migration, the reason why this remote group of islands located above the Arctic Circle saw the arrival of mankind. Fishermen from all over Norway come to fish here from December to April then, slowly, over the centuries they built first turf-roofed huts and eventually tiny red cabins called Rorbu where they could live comfortable during the fishing season. The word Rorbu, in fact, derives from the combination of 2 words: ror (rowing a fishing boat) and bu (to live or to stay). Cod, which you can see drying eerywhere, is the life-supporting machine of these islands

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    Midsummer bonfires

    by yooperprof Written Aug 22, 2003

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    Smoldering refuse

    A local tradition is the midsummer bonfire. These are held both in village centers and also in private yards and dock areas. It's not exactly marking "the longest day of the year": that concept really has no relevance in a place where the sun is continuously above the horizon from early June until mid-July.

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    Levitating boats

    by SMILLA76 Updated Sep 19, 2004

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    David Copperfield? No way. Just regular boat-hanging practice in Lofoten. Space management defying gravity! :)

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    the drying stockfish!

    by agalta Written Oct 23, 2003

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    and you'll say: how can it dry if it's hanging outside in the pouring rain?
    mysteries of the viking world...

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    Cod is in the Details

    by yooperprof Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    Cod almighty!

    Perhaps the smell of cod is thick in the air in early spring, when the fish are first put out, but by the middle of June, there's no noticeable odor. Honest!

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    In Cod We Trust

    by yooperprof Written Aug 15, 2003

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    Cod-piece

    This is what Lofoten is all about! Apparently, spring is the season when the fishracks are most full - but at the Fishing Village Museum there were still plenty of drying cod at Midsummer.

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