The Lofoten Islands
The archipelago in Norway’s Nordland region called the Lofoten Islands might wel be situated in the Arctic Circle, but the area experiences one of the world’s largest elevated temperature variances for its latitude. The average temperate here is nothing compared to mainland Norway and you’ll enjoy the mild winters and warm summers. Resembling a single mountain range, the 4 main islands (Austvågøy, Vestvågøy, Moskenesøy and Flakstadøy) coupled with the small surrounding islets is a paradise of inlets and fjords, some towering up to 3,300 feet
Top Attractions of the Lofoten Islands
Svolvaer is Lofoten’s largest town and is located on the south coast of Austvågøy. The town is an important fishing port and one of the best places to start off your Lofoten tour. With many ferries and cruise ships traveling to and from the mainland, this is a vibrant town and the harbor with its fabulous cafes, bars and restaurants proves to be the biggest attraction of them all. But there are other things to explore in the town of Svolvaer like the Lofoten War Museum and the Svolvær Goat, which boasts some of the best views around for the hiker at heart.
This fjord is home to the towering snow-capped Higravtinder and the Trolltinder mountains that rise above the Trollfjordvatn, a mountain lake that stretches out 2 miles long and normally slumbers in a frozen state.
The small fishing village of Kabelvåg is located on the island of Austvågøy, and it’s one of the best places to get behind the traditional fisherman’s lifestyle of the islands. A good way to delve in to the rich history is by visiting the Lofoten Museum with its collection of Nordland-style boats and fisherman’s cabins. There’s also the Lofoten Aquarium which offers you a great peek into the local marine life from the islands. Don’t forget to check out the Vågan Church, Trondheim’s largest wooden church.
Å is located on Lofoten’s most western tip on the island of Moskenesøy, and it’s a village that boasts spectacular views and the very popular Norwegian Fishing Village Museum, the Lofoten Stockfish Museum and off course loads of delicious fish dishes to try out.
The Røst Islands is where you’ll find a massive colonies of seabirds, among the many are the roughly 3 million puffins. The islands are located 62 miles from the mainland and are accessible only by boat, and their remoteness is what allows many rare species like the greater and lesser storm petrels and fulmars to thrive in the islands’ high crags of Vedøy, Storfjell, Stavøy, and Nykan. A trip to the islands is definitely worth while seeing as the islands are home to one quarter of Norway’s seabirds, plus its where you’ll find the Skomvær Lighthouse, which is considered Lofoten’s final Atlantic outpost.
Lofotr Viking Museum
Located in the island of Vestvågøy in Bøstad you’ll find the Viking Museum in the reconstructed 272 feet long chieftain’s house that stood on the site during 500AD. This Viking adventure boasts a short film about the chieftain’s life and also boasts some interpretive tours of the house and the artifacts discovered during various archeological digs. A walk down to the lake offers a rewarding sight of the replica Viking vessel and an impressive Loong Ship.
Reine is a quaint fishing community that’s located on Moskenesøy, and it’s arguably one of Norway’s most beautiful villages. The spectacular fjord and mountain views here has served as an inspiration for artists and nature lovers alike over the years. The high grounds above Reine offers breathtaking views of the Moskenesstrømmen, a maelstrom that’s considered to be one of the strongest whirlpools in the world.