The Famous Red Cabin – Eliassen Rorbuer
You may already know that I am a great fan of Northern Norway and you may have seen the red cabin photo that I posted on instagram (@bizarrejourneys) many times. Not to upset you but I have a confession to make. That lonely small cabin – despite the fabulous looks – is not occupied by an interesting and solitude loving writer working on her/his magnificent latest piece but is part of Eliassen Rorbuer complex renting out cabins to Lofoten visitors.
The concept of “rorbuer”
“Rorbuer” actually means a fisherman’s hut in Norwegian. There are still numerous rorbuers on the islands being used in accordance with their original purpose but the use of these cabins for tourism is also very common. My favourite one among all of those rorbuer facilities is Eliassen Rorbuer where I got to stay twice. The accommodation prices at Eliassen Rorbuer are slightly cheaper (you can rent out a cabin to host 3-4 people per USD 120/night) than the rest and it is located on the most beautiful and picturesque region in Lofoten Islands – Hamnoy.
Restaurant near Eliassen Rorbuer: Krambua Restaurant
Eliassen is home to 34 cabins differing in size (2-6 people capacity). While some of the cabins have double beds, bunk beds are somehow more common – remember the fishermans hut part? Except for the basic two people cabins, most of the cabins have their own kitchenette right next to a very comfortable sitting/dining area. Having your own kitchen is a big plus in Norway as dining out is very expensive – minimum USD 25-30 per plate, not meal!. The cabins reflect the simple Scandinavian design approach which I really like. Wi-fi works perfectly (even when I last stayed there in February 2017 during a very stormy week). In case you have any questions or problems related to your cabin, someone will show up to help you within minutes with a smiley face. There is also a restaurant within the complex, Krambua Restaurant run by a Swedish chef and his Italian wife (there are very limited numbers of restaurants in Moskenes area) – if we can set aside the expensiveness for a moment, I highly recommend the fish stew of Krambua.
Finally, there is a bus stop right outside of Eliassen and this makes your life quite easy in Lofoten Islands if you are relying on public transportation like me. There is also a market which is about 35 minutes walking distance from Eliassen (beautiful views along the road) and not more than a 5 minutes on wheels. If it was not very apparent already – I should note that Eliassen is my favourite place in Lofoten and cannot recommend it highly enough for your trip to Lofoten.