Friday, 13 August 2010

The beautiful Lofoten

A short trip during Easter on Hurtigrute's 1964-vintage coastal passenger and cargo motor ship, Lofoten, built by Akers Mekaniske Verksted in Oslo for the Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskap A/S of Stokmarknes and in constant service on Norway's scenic West coast ever since. The Lofoten is an absolute delight and full of charming 1960s period details. Indeed, she's probably the best surviving example of the once numerous small coastal passenger ships in service throughout Norway, Denmark and Sweden until the advent of ro-ro ferries. Today, the Hurtigrute is the last bastion of this type of operation.

Approaching Molde, southbound

The former smoking saloon (now non-smoking)

The aft saloon
The observation saloon

The hallways - with teak panelling everywhere

The dining saloon

1960s Utzon lamps and other period fixtures and fittings

A delightful cabin

Full forover!

Deck scenes 


 The Lofoten's sturdy old hull

More deck scenes - the lighting was spectacular and constantly changing

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