National Geographic has voted Lofoten as one of the most appealing destinations in the world. A visit here is a unique natural experience.
You should consider a detour to the Lofoten Islands, an arctic island group, if you go to Northern Norway. The Lofoten Islands north of Bødo present an imposing wall of rugged peaks rising from the sea. Here you get unforgettable nature experiences. The main town, Svolvær, is a fishing and trading centre and has been this since the 17th century. Svolvær is the gateway to Lofoten, and here you find many hotels and restaurants.
The main islands, Austvågøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy and Moskenesøy are separated from the mainland by Vestfjorden. Moskenesøya is the most photographed, perhaps because of the fishing village Reine.
On the tip of Lofoten, you can experience the island of Røst and many other islands, islets and reefs. These are the home to the most significant number of nesting birds in Norway. Close by, you will find "Skomvær" lighthouse, the final post overlooking the Atlantic
Bridges, tunnels and roads connect the islands. Is a good idea to have a car to go here, but there are also good bus lines that connect the islands to the mainland. Lofoten has a milder climate due to the warm Gulf Stream.
The northern lights season is from September to mid-April, and you see the midnight sun you can experience between late May and mid-July. In this period, Lofoten is where the sun never sinks below the horizon.
You can book local tours which give you insights and unique experiences.
Lofoten has many different activities to offer. In the summer, biking and riding are popular with the midnight sun. In winter skiing and northern lights, tours are good options. The biggest attraction is the Lofotr Viking museum near the centre of Vestvågøy. The locals offer different activities all year round, depending on the season.
You can go hiking, skiing, scuba diving, ocean rafting or fishing. Local tour operators offer sea safaris, show shoeing trips, fishing trips and many more tours.
Whale-watching is one of the highlights of any trip to Norway, and at the right time of year, you’ve got a 95 per cent chance of seeing one of the magnificent creatures if you go on a whale safari. Especially Lofoten is a great place to spot whales.
From the end of May to September, Orcas and Porpoises can be seen around the coast and inlets of the Lofoten islands.
Andenes on the island of Andøya is well-known for its whale safaris. These trips explore the waters of the Vesterålen islands and offer a high probability of seeing whales in the wild.
The nature element will captivate you if you go to the Island of Moskenes. Go on a boat trip through Moskstrømmen, characterised as one of the fiercest and most dangerous maelstroms in the world, and bring you to the "outside" of Lofoten.
You can also visit Nusfjord - the incredibly lively fishing village. Here you can discover the intertwining building area evolved at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. Here archaeologists have uncovered evidence of the earliest "industrial fishing" in the Nordland region. Diggings have revealed settlements from the fifth century.
In Henningsvær, the fishing village`s history goes a long way back regarded the fishing activities on Lofoten. Beautiful place with the mountain at its back and otherwise surrounded by the sea Henningsvær earlier was a natural spot for starting fishing tours. Unlike many other fishing villages, the population of Henningsvær has remained stable in recent years, and there are still over 500 people living there.
The islands of Henningsvær were not connected to the rest of Lofoten by bridges until 1981, a fact that probably helped save the community from the contemporary style of architecture that otherwise left its mark on just about all other Norwegian towns and villages in the 1960s and 70s.
See also: Whales in Norway
See also: Visit Vestålen
Another beautiful place to visit if you are going to Lofoten in the summer is Eggum and Unstad. Here the houses are grouped like in the Middle Ages, and they are beautifully situated at the foot of the tall mountains. In Eggum, you will find the beautiful pebbled beach favourite spot for experiencing the midnight sun in the summer.
Lofoten is full of activity offers and the right combination to discover the islands. In the summer, biking and riding are popular with the midnight sun. In winter skiing and northern lights, tours are good options.
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