Discovering the Lofoten Islands of Norway

Lofoten Islands may be one of the most remote places in Norway, but there is no denying its sheer beauty and magnificence. Situated in the Arctic Circle, this enigmatic archipelago boasts jagged peaks rising from the cold water, bird colonies, rugged coast, traditional fishing villages and artists galleries. It lies in the Nordland region of Norway and is separated from the mainland the beautiful Vestfjord, which is one of the main sites to visit and explore in the region.

This particular fjordland’s unique location allows it to have warm summers and mild winters, quite different from places found in the northern region of the world. Along with several small islands, Lofoten has four major islands, which are Flakstadøy, Moskenesøy, Vestvågøy and Austvågøy. These islands are characterized not only by fjords but also by inlets, alpine mountains with snow-capped peaks and rock walls that can rise up more than 3000 feet. Tourism is an important aspect of the archipelago’s economy.

There is no better way to get to Lofoten by ferry from the main land. Aside from practical reasons, the ferry ride is also a tourist attraction in itself. From the ferry, the islands and fjords unveil themselves slowly in the distance, and this viewing experience is breathtaking. Visiting here during summer ensures you have longer days to bask under the sun and enjoy outdoor activities. It is also the period of vibrant festivals.

Hiking lush hills and empty roads and kayaking around uninhabited tiny islands are just some of the things that will make you fall in love with Lofoten. But wintertime also has a number of delightful surprises including tons of skiing opportunities in gorgeous snowclad terrain. And with proper planning and a little bit of luck during a mild winter day, you can cap off your trip in Lofoten by witnessing the simple awe-inspiring Northern Lights. Lectures and information about the auroral oval crossing in Lofoten are available at the Polarlightcenter in Laukvik.

Among other attractions, people from all over come here to see Lofoten’s bountiful wildlife including lovable marine animals. The migrating killer whales, in particular, is a popular attraction. If you venture into the island of Rost and other islets and reefs, you will find the largest number of nesting birds in Norway. These birds represent one quarter of the nation’s total seabird population.

Going for a nature safaris is a very common activity in the archipelago. Some safari companies offer a large passenger boat, while other use rubber dinghies to bring passengers closer to wildlife such as seals and sea eagles. Most safari trips make their way to the very scenic narrow fjord called Trollfjord. You can also opt for fishing, snorkeling and diving activities around the island waters, and this promises to be quite the memorable experience!

The fishing village of Nusfjord is one tourist site in Lofoten worth visiting. The village evolved at the end of the 19th century, and has survived through the 21st century without having to change its style and architecture. This makes this homogeneous settlement quite unique. If you drop by Henningsvær, you will find one of the most prominent fishing villages in the archipelago. Henningsvær, has prospered since the 1800s, and has not changed much over the centuries. It is home to the much-awaited the Lofoten Winter Fishery.

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