10 reasons to plan a trip to Lofoten
1. The Sea
The Lofoten islands are many small islands like pearls on a string far out at sea connecting the Barents Sea to the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf stream causes a milder climate than other places located north of the arctic circle. The inhabitants of Lofoten have for centuries harvested from what the ocean has to offer of fresh ingredients and the known winter fishery of cod in Lofoten has helped to build the wealth of this country.
2. The mountains
Among the oldest mountains in the world, you can find the chain of mountains in Lofoten that shoots up from the sea! When you reach Lofoten by boat you will see what we call the wall of Lofoten, which is the chain of magnificent mountains that gives you countless hikes with wonderful views.
3. The Fjords
Lofoten is islands and fjords! One of the fjords is the Trollfjord which is magical and beautifully located between the highest mountains in Lofoten. The mythical area can be reached by boats departing from Svolvær many times a day in the summertime. Further south you can enjoy Reinefjorden on the local route from Reine or you can explore it in a slower pace in a kayak.
4. The beaches
The Haukland beach have been nominated as the most beautiful beach many times not only in Norway but in all of Europe! There are countless of white sandy beaches in Lofoten you can explore. Most of them are easy to find but others are more hidden gems. We suggest you try to fine your own favourite!
5. The People
The locals in Lofoten are known as being open, honest and warm. The people, the fish and the nature are close connected and makes the locals feel a strong connection to this place and therefore makes Lofoten a good place to live. Maybe that is why tourists also feel so welcome when they visit us.
6. The Food
We are lucky to have wonderful, local food, which we can harvest right outside the door. The taste of Lofoten is fish, lamb, cheese and herbs which you can try at the restaurants of buy at one of the local farm shops. You will notice that this is the taste of pure, fresh and natural ingredients
7. The History
Home to the world’s largest cod fishery, Lofoten has helped to build Norway. Visit the interesting museums in Lofoten that tells the stories of for example the vikings- or the fishermen and learn about how they lived their lives here in different eras.
8. The art
Lofoten has always attracted artists from all over the world and has an abundant cultural life. It is easy to understand why so many artists have painted this beautiful landscape and found inspiration to make art here. You will find galleries and art halls with impressive content all over the islands.
9. The Activities
The Lofoten islands offer different activities for every season in the worlds best playground
Either you want to do a peaceful walk on the beach or try a more demanding hike on one of the summits, you will find a lot of options both in summer- and wintertime. If you like the sea life you can find both full speed adventures or quiet moments in different boats in beautiful surroundings. This and many more alternatives awaits you!
10. The Feeling
When many people arrive in Lofoten the shoulders drop. The reason might be the feeling of being close to the elements of air, earth and water. The feeling of fresh and clean air does something with your body and mind. It is the same as when you are on a boat trip, surfing the waves or relaxing on a white sandy beach and listen to the sea. We cannot explain it any better, you must experience it!
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