Island Life on Svanøy

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I found the island of Svanøy so peaceful that I had to share some more photos from our trip there. The house we were staying in was really nice but there was also lots of beautiful vernacular architecture and rustic hytter (cabins) to explore around the island. In the old churchyard there was even some viking archeology to be had. Oh and these sheep!

I have been fascinated by island communities for a long time now. I recently found a childhood drawing of my dream home. It was on Rathlin island of course! While we were staying on Svanøy it was great to see how friendly and close the community was. A new log splitter arrived off the ferry and half the island came by to have a look and offer their help in assembling it!

Waving goodbye to people at the slipway as we left the island was a really nice moment and I am very grateful to the hospitality of the family we stayed with. If I am ever back I would love to go swimming and maybe catch a fish or 2 to cook on the beach.

Norwegian islands – I love you!

Exploring Svanøy

A couple of months back we travelled to the west coast of Norway to visit my girlfriend’s family who live there on the island of Svanøy. We arrived in the evening after a long but incredibly beautiful drive down the fjords and across onto the evening ferry. It was getting dark so we made plans to explore the island on foot the next morning.

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What an amazing walk it was! I had many “I am in Middle Earth right now!” moments and the wildlife and flora around the island was really exciting to explore. However, seeing 6 white tailed eagles definitely topped the day! They were all flying around together, ready for the mating season and were only about 15m away from us. Unfortunately my wildlife photography skills failed me at this point so I took a nice picture of Ragnhild looking at them instead.

Island life was very peaceful and children seemed free to fish, play and have adventures where they liked. I think the calm weather we had helped this feeling of peace, but apparently the island is much more sheltered than the more outlying islands anyway, allowing many more trees and plants to grow. Speaking of trees, here is one of those Tolkien moments!

Don’t even get me started on rock formations on the island. Needless to say there was lots of scrambling and wee bit of cheeky bouldering to be had on the last day we stayed there!

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The trip has definitely solidified my love of island life but ultimately I just feel incredibly privileged to have been given the opportunity to see those sea eagles. I have dreamt about maybe seeing one in the Hebrides for a while now but to see so many at once is a moment I won’t forget!