Saturday, August 5th, 2017
I woke up to the squeaky noise of the fenders against the dock. It was a very windy day, and they made an almost moaning sound as the boat pressed against them. Coming back to the boat from the bathroom, I detected the wonderful, tantalizing smell of bacon, which meant that Fredrik was in the kitchen, preparing breakfast. Veronica and Kelly came back from the morning walk with the dogs, and we had the bacon together with scrambled eggs, sliced apples and a fragrant Ceylon tea. Our hosts are spoiling us with all the nice food!
Pedro’s resting after his morning walk
We decided to stay in the harbor today, rather than going out and battle the waves. Junkön is a nice place to hang out for the day, with some things to explore, and we also booked the sauna for later!
Veronica and I went for a walk to the art gallery on the island, which was also a souvenir shop. I found some nice presents for my parents, made by local artists. The boys were out walking the dogs and joined us there. We sat outside the gallery in the sun and talked to the locals for a while. Then we walked the dogs for a bit and went back to the harbor.
The art gallery / shop in the house to the right.
Veronica found a cute, simple little clay ocarina (lergök) that she bought as a gift.
Beautiful pottery for sale
Fredrik, Kelly and Pedro looking out on the harbor
This is where the sauna is!
Alvilda @ Junkön
Gästhamn = Guest harbor
Cuddle time with Pedro ♥
Back at the boat, we had a barbecue. Veronica fired up the grill and made some really tasty burgers.
Pretty avocados on a pretty plate
Healthy food coming up! Bun-less burgers 🙂
After yet another delicious meal, it was time for sauna! The guest harbor offers a nice, big, wood-fired sauna and it was just lovely to sit in there and soak up the heat and the steam. There was only one shower though, and it was in the next building. So we had to take turns going to the shower: Fredrik went first and then Kelly after. He came back and told me and Veronica that the shower was an absolutely horrible experience at the moment. Apparently people had gathered in the café/restaurant area (on the other side of the wall from the shower area) and were having a surströmming event. For all non-Swedes, surströmming is fermented fish that smell like a billion farts. And some people, particularly in the north, actually get together and eat it. The smell travels far and wide, and in this case, into the shower room…
Thankful for the warning, Veronica and I decided to stay away from the other building and the awful smell. Instead, we used the buckets of hot water in the sauna to wash with. And we finished the whole bathing experience by jumping (climbing) into the sea outside the sauna and taking a quick dip – which is what you’re kinda supposed to do when using the sauna. It’s something about the cold and the hot being good for you. And it was brrrr chilly but oh so refreshing! Unlike the guys, we felt clean and invigorated afterwards.
When we came back to the Alvilda, Fredrik had prepared drinks for us! “New fashioned”, which is their take on the Old Fashioned cocktail. Fredrik and Veronica don’t eat a lot of carbs, and their version of the classic drink substitutes freshly squeezed orange juice for the sugar. It was good! And a nice way to end a relaxing day, with some drinks and great conversation :).
Finally, a note on the name of the place, Junkön. Junkön does not mean The Junk Island. But it kinda does… (because “ön” means “the island”). So what does Junk in Swedish mean then? Well, in this case, it’s an old way of saying the name Johan in the Lule dialect. So, the island is named after an inhabitant by the name of Johan.