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Wanderlist Discover: Lofoten Islands, Norway

Wanderlist Discover: Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands is one of the most scenic regions of Norway, and offers some of the most impressive views of majestic alpine peaks and deep fjords. It comprises of a group of islands, scattered just beyond the rugged coast of Norway, separated from the mainland by the open Vestfjord. Over a million tourists visit Lofoten each year to view the snow covered mountain peaks that seem to abruptly rise up from the ocean. The islands are also home to some of the most oldest and picturesque fishing villages in the region. The islands are very popular for their charming fishermen’s cabins (rorbuer), which have been restored and converted into accommodation for tourists, who wish to experience the authentic lifestyle of the fishing community towards the end of the 19th century. Be assured that whether you choose to enjoy a kayak ride between the islands or spend your time fishing, your trip to the Lofoten archipelago will remain one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.


  • The Spectacle of the Northern Lights : Lofoten is situated just beneath the stunning oval of Aurora Borealis, the stunning display of light that encircles the geomagnetic poles and provides some of the best chances for seeing the northern lights.
  • The Lofotr Viking Musuem : Visit the Viking Museum, in the village of Borg. The museum is a reconstruction of the biggest Viking building excavated. This living museum is more of a Disneyland for Vikings…Meet the chieftain and his wife, enjoy the Viking food and mead, and learn about the history of the Vikings through all the role-play and story telling, that happens in the museum all year round.  You can even row the Viking boat, and indulge in some archery or ax-throwing contests, weather permitting.
  • Outdoor Activities : Adventure lovers can pick from several outdoor activities, offered by Lofoten Islands. Go caving, and discover stone age cave paintings. Enjoy the waves and go surfing. Kayaking, rock-climbing, hiking, or fishing for cod are just a few of the cool things you can do in Lofoten Islands.      

Best Time To Go: FEbruary to october

Choose any time other than the period from end of November to end of January, when the sun doesn’t rise, converting the region in a dark, gloomy winterland.

Where in the world:

Lofoten Islands is an archipelago located the north of the Arctic Circle, in Norway.

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Fun Fact: Unlike Iceland - which is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun - the midnight sun at Lofoten does not fall below the horizon for almost two months. It can be a surreal feeling, walking out at mid-night, into the daylight and finding the streets completely empty. For a truly serene experience, view the midnight sun from the western beaches, such as  Vestvågøy Island beaches of Utakleiv and Eggum. Utakleiv was also once ranked as the most romantic beach in Europe.

Useful Information:

  • Language : Norwegien
  • Currency : Norwegien Krone (1USD = 7.75 NOK)
  • How to Get Around : The E10 (King Olav V’s road) is the main road connecting the Lofoten archipelago from west to east. The local bus service is one of the best and most efficient ways to travel locally. However, moving around requires some planning, especially if you want to go anywhere off the E10, so check the timetables carefully.

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