We dragged ourselves out of bed so we wouldn't miss the tasty breakfast. We planned to head to Lofoten around 11 or 12. Lofoten is an archipelago off the coast of Nordland county, starting about 400 kilometers south of Tromsø. The previous evening we had met a family from Lofoten in the jacuzzi and they told us that the lines for the ferry were very long and that we would do well in taking the ferry in the evening to avoid several hours in line, so we were in no real hurry.
We took off shortly after 11 and headed south. The first half or so of the drive was inland and a little boring, although we broke it up with a couple of stops, including a big waterfall (with lots of salmon) and the Polar Zoo, which apparently is the world's northernmost zoo. (It became a running joke that everything was the world's northernmost something!) However, we did not enter, it was quite pricey plus there was a sign saying "We are sorry but the moose is dead." Apparently a lot of German tourists were very sad!
Further south the road was more interesting and we started seeing more ocean and mountains. We looked for a place to eat and after looking at one place that seemed to serve nothing but junk food we found a place shortly before Sortland, overlooking a large bridge, where the food really did taste homemade. We had meatballs and stew, tasty and traditional!
We reached Melbu, where the ferry departs for the first of the Lofoten islands, at 7:15pm, right as one ferry left. We were a little bit shocked to find the waiting parking area packed with cars that had not been able to fit on that ferry! The next ferry was at 8:45 and we were almost nervous we'd miss that one, but we were OK. The ferry ride was short and pretty and we made it to our hotel right before their closing time at 10pm. We stayed at Svinøya Rorbuer in Svolvær, they rent out both the little cabins (rorbu is a small cabin that fishermen used to use) and five hotel rooms. It was all very nice and clean, and the bathroom was great. We walked around Svolvær for a bit before heading to bed.