Svolvær Rorbuer.

Traditional Norwegian Rorbuer Cabins at Svolvær Harbor.In 1120, King Øystein decided that rorbuer would be built for traveling fishermen to stay in. The name "rorbu" comes from the Norwegian word "ro" which translates to rowing, which was what the traveling fishermen did. The second word is "bu" which can mean either a small house/place to live or a storage place. Basically, a "Rorbu" is a house the fishermen lived in while fishing on the Lofoten Islands.