“I’m thankful for having seen such a beautiful place”

Meeting over a cup of coffee on Skrova comes highly recommended by the ones who have tried it – both guests and hosts. 

Photo: Anniken Enger

Photo: Anniken Enger

Kaffepause is – briefly summarized – a unique way of bringing locals and tourists together for a chat and a cup of coffee. 

For visitors arriving in Norway, we provide close encounters with the local community that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. For the residents, it’s a fun, exciting and easy way of inviting the world into their living room. 

But don’t take our word for it. Instead, check out some the reports from northerners and travelers who have experienced it first-hand. 

“We thought “bingo!””  

When German friends Roland Rödermund and Inga Nandzik visited Northern Norway with a group of friends, the duo suddenly found themselves as guests at one of the first coffee meetings on Skrova – totally spontaneous and unprepared. 

Kaffeepause was a coincidence for me and my friend. We were travelling beautiful Lofoten and took a fishing tour - and we were asked if we'd like to take part in it as a little surprise/testing thing. We are open and curious, so we thought “bingo!””, says Roland, who works as a journalist and travel blogger back home in Germany. 

As a director of innovation strategy at a company in Hamburg, Inga has interviewed many strangers for research purposes. The Skrova experience still stood out, she says.  

“It’s not new to me to enter houses of people I have never met and engage them in questions to learn about their lives. I was just very curious how this would turn out in a more private and personal way. Kaffepause came as a surprise to us. But a very good one.” 

Good vibrations at Skrova Lighthouse 

One of the Skrova locals registered as a coffee host is Frank Marstokk. 

The drummer, composer and chef run Skrova Lighthouse, thereby used to greet travelers gravitating away from the beaten track. Now, he invites visitors for a unique coffee experience by the sea.  

 “This is a brand new concept, and we’re ready for any challenge coming our way. Visiting us at the lighthouse for a chat and a cup of coffee is adventure tourism at its best. Maybe it takes a special interest to choose such a special experience? But we promise to take good care of the people visiting us”, Frank says. 

He regards Kaffepause as an extension of what life in Lofoten is really about. 

 “This project is the sort of tourism we’d really love to see more of. And it’s a brilliant way for our Skrova friends to present themselves in a dignified, direct and natural way.” 

Frank promises his future guests “a very special day on a very special place” – and a memory for life. 

When asked what’s in it for him, aside from the economical aspect, he answers swiftly:

“Good vibrations with people from other parts of the world.” 

A world of contrasts 

Back to Roland and Inga. They started their coffee date at the local store on Skrova, where the owner revealed that she had spent most of her life in the small community.  

“It might sound a bit weird, but I really felt she was like an indigenous person who managed to stay unaffected and away from so many modern developments and influences. At least regarding her mindset and own behavior”, says Inga Nandzik. 

After their session at the store, the German friends bumped into an Indian couple they’d met on the fishing boat earlier that day. In no time, they ended up at a second host – an Oslo lawyer who had recently moved to Lofoten with her two kids. 

“Though she did not go into specifics about the personal background, her move felt like an escape and liberation at the same time – from modern life that keeps us going and makes us think that all of its conveniences and frenzies are indispensable. But then again, returning to nature and to more calmness can also be a return to oneself”, Inga points out.

The magic of nature

Roland and Inga still look back at the meetings, nature and lifestyle of Northern Norway with great joy. 

“I learned how beautiful it can be to live on such a remote, but beautiful place! And how happy one can be to live close to nature, even though winters are tough and cold”, Roland says. 

Inga agrees:

“The nature appears almost magical. Suddenly, all stories about trolls and so on that I read as a child, seemed probable. So it was nice to see how nature-bound people were. That they still appreciated being able to skinny-dip in the cold sea with glowing algae around them – again, quite magical! 

Would they do it again? No doubt about it, Roland Rödermund reveals: 

“I would do it again anytime! And I recommend it – I found it a real treat, and I am thankful to have seen such a beautiful place”. 

Anniken Enger