March’s latter half brings the promise of longer days, and as the locals say, ‘the smell of money is in the air’… the money being the abundance of cod for catching. The very essence of Lofoten living is in its prime during cod-fishing season.
This 2019 review by Chris Madigan, who writes for the Telegraph, captures what he describes as the ‘amplified cosiness’ of a weekend at Holmen Lofoten. It’s a level of ‘cosy’ that you can only hope to achieve when nature is at its most unruly…
Mark Hix has been a part of the Holmen Lofoten family for some time now. As a close friend of Val’s, Mark came out to the Lofoten Islands to explore our natural larder and environment, and make the most of the famous fishing opportunities. He served this for our brunch one morning, which makes for an elegant way to start a lazy weekend, but it would be equally perfect as a starter for a feast.
At the tail end of 2019, while crisp autumn was turning to biting winter, we hosted writer Olivia Squire and photographer Johan Lolos of Suitcase Magazine at Holmen. Suitcase is a bible for special experiences, and leafed through by those who are passionate about travel, sustainability, and exploring the world… and certainly a source we look to on the rare occasion we feel the desire to leave our isle at the tip of the Arctic Circle for other scenery… though we’re always drawn back here before long.
To stand motionless in the surrounds of Holmen, whether in a boat, up a mountain or on the shoreline, to observe this wild larder and understand its inhabitants means the menus write themselves. Let me explain further…