When I first saw my first photos of Norwegian rorbu I was fascinated. These little red houses on stilts over a rugged shoreline with granite peaks on the backdrop is very captivating. It wasn’t long until I developed the desire to visit the Lofoten Archipelago and see it all for myself. These red cabins are hotels or other accommodations catering to tourist in Lofoten. Historically, however, the word rorbuer was used to describe houses in the Lofoten Islands. It comes from the Norwegian word “ro” which is to row (your boat) and “bu” meaning storage or house. The rorbu was used as a seasonal house when fishermen came out to fish in the winter. What’s fascinating about these little red cabins is that they’ve been in use since the Viking era, circa 11th century. The rich bounty in the Lofoten Archipelago it saw a lot of fishing activity, and the…Continue Reading
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