Last week I spent two days in Kjerringøy, a village 30 km north of Bodø. I was there to attend my second “regionsamling”, a meeting between all the people working for the meteorological institute in Northern Norway (we have people in Bodø, Andøya, Bardufoss, Tromsø and Longyearbyen). Three years ago we went to Longyearbyen, which was fantastic – so I thought this one might be slightly boring in comparison. How wrong I was! We arrived on a wet and windy day, and I took this photo for our work’s instagram account – it’s the view from my room in one of the cabins at Kjerringøy Bryggehotell 🙂

View from our accommodation on Kjerringøy

We spent the afternoon discussing all kind of themes relevant to our jobs. One of the main themes was the future of our offices in Bodø and Andøya which is not looking too good (they will most likely be closed completely in a couple of years – very sad 🙁 ). Anyway, after that it was time for something lighter: a guided tour of Kjerringøy Handelssted, or trading post, within walking distance from the hotel. This is Norway’s best preserved trading post, a beautiful place! Unfortunately it had gotten too dark to get good photos…

Kjerringøy Handelssted - Norway's best preserved trading post Our guide :)

We had a nice dinner that evening, followed by an entertaining quiz (especially since I was on the winning team :D) and rather too much whiskey 😉

And here’s what we woke up to on Tuesday morning… this view just took my breath away 🙂 tired or not, I had to go and take some photos before breakfast!

The view at sunrise - breathtaking! What a difference with yesterday :) From the pier, with the hotel on the left and the trading post in the middle

It was hard to concentrate on the rest of the meeting while it was so beautiful outside. We were leaving after lunch, but luckily there was just about enough time for me to run back to the trading post to get some photos in better light 🙂 These yellow houses were just behind the hotel.

A row of yellow houses

And some panorama’s taken at the trading post – what a beautiful place! And what a glorious autumn day, I really didn’t want to leave 🙂

A quick visit to the trading post before it's time to head back Impressive jetty What a beautiful autumn day, I didn't want to leave!

But we had a plane to catch, so off we went. The trip by bus was beautiful, this is an area I’d love to come back to – lots of exciting mountains as well! Before going to the airport, we drove to the top of a hill to have a view over Bodø…

View over the city of Bodø Colleagues enjoying the view over Bodø

We also took a group photo here, so you can see half of my colleagues here. Half? Yes, due to (almost) all of us working shift these kind of meetings always have to be organised twice. The second group is there at the moment 🙂

Group photo, unfortunately we're all staring straight into the sun ;)

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