Continued from Part 4
Day 15 (Moskenes > BodÝ > Narvik)
We woke up at 6am and yet again had to pack our tent away before going to the ferry terminal. The ferry was late again (about half an hour) but the journey itself seemed quicker than before. There was a big swell but in the centre of the boat we didn't have to move too much and I felt fine.
On arrival at BodÝ I went to try to book our bus tickets; both the bus station and rail station ticket offices were closed. Things went from annoying to irritating when the cafť we had planned to have reindeer at emerged as being sans Rudolph. We bought some overpriced hot dogs for lunch and sat down to await the arrival of the bus.
6.19pm (On a bus):
8.47pm (Still on a bus)
9.54pm (On a ferry)
Day 16 (Narvik)
We headed for the campsite a mile north of the centre and were pleasantly surprised to find a TV room, good kitchen, showers and a flat place to pitch our tent.
We then headed back into town and went to the War Museum, which told the story of Narvik's involvement in WW2. This involved the town's total destruction by successive Allied and Nazi advances. Once we'd found the English guidebook the museum made a lot more sense.
After so many hour without a decent meal I felt as if I could eat a whale - so I did. We had been looking for a restaurant serving 'Hvalbiff' and finally found one, rather pricey (169kr) but well worth it. Whale was very tasty - something like beef or lamb.
It had been a long two days so we returned to the campsite early to get some well-needed rest.
Day 17 (Narvik)
As usual it was raining when we woke up. I wasn't too sure of the time (since I had lost my watch at the Moskenes campsite) but even if it was time to get up I was planning to stay put.
When the rain had slackened we headed into town, bought some food and changed £40 at the K-bank.
Richard and I went to the LKAB iron ore terminal where there was supposed to be a guided tour at 1300, but due to the weather we were put in a room and watched a video with a lot of scouts instead. The video was reasonably good, though unintentionally amusing when then narrator claimed the scenery of Northern Norway had been unchanged for thousands of years ... yes, until they stick a big iron ore port in the middle.
Afterwards I went shopping, getting a new watch (a 298kr rip-off), some more gas and some souvenirs. I also found a Norwegian 'grot shop' on the ground floor of the shopping centre where I bought some cheap biscuits.
[Andy's addition: We ate elk salami for lunch. Woooo]
We met up again at the library, so I read some newspapers and 'Where's Spot' in Norwegian; Andrew and Richard sent some emails.
We bought a big pizza for dinner and headed back for our second night in Narvik and our final one (for the time being) in Norway.
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"Whale was very tasty - something like beef or lamb."