6edcee206ca590a1b7eeda6d88b37dd4In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

by Albert Camus from “The Stranger”

Lofoten, NorwayLofoten is known for excellent fishing and nature attractions, small villages off the beaten track and whale safaris. You can explore by foot, go rafting, visit the Lofotr Viking Museum, taste stockfish and be amazed by the midnight sun.

trip10_spekk_jstNature Safaris /Every autumn the herring and killer whales swim up the Tysfjord and Vestfjord to spend the winter. 

Lofoten-Northern-Lights-Photography-WorkshopThe Northern Lights /Lofoten is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights. 

Viking Museum /At Borg, archaeologists have discovered the largest house ever found from this era. 

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In Literature /Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “A Descent into the Maelström” tells the story of a man who survived his ship being drawn into and swallowed by Moskstraumen. Johan Bojer’s novel “The Last of the Vikings” (1922) tells the story of the Lofoten cod fishermen.

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Maybe from as early as when you’re five or six, there’s been a whisper going at the back of your head, saying: “One day, maybe not so long from now, you’ll get to know how it feels.” So you’re waiting, even if you don’t quite know it, waiting for the moment when you realise that you really are different to them; that there are people out there, like Madame, who don’t hate you or wish you any harm, but who nevertheless shudder at the very thought of you – of how you were brought into this world and why – and who dread the idea of your hand brushing against theirs. The first time you glimpse yourself through the eyes of a person like that, it’s a cold moment. It’s like walking past a mirror you’ve walked past every day of your life, and suddenly it shows you something else, something troubling and strange.

by Kazuo Ishiguro