The Lofoten Islands is an archipelago of northern Norway, located above the Arctic Circle and a very special place: it’s under the influence of one of the largest temperature anomalies in the world, caused by the Gulf Stream. As a result, they enjoy much more warm weather than what corresponds to their location: about 9°C in May, 15°C in July and 11°C in September, with a maximum of 30°C.
It is a place of great natural beauty, with beautiful fjords, islands and mountains, which along with being a fairly unknown to most people, makes it a truly spectacular destination to enjoy nature. During the summer they have 24 hours of daylight, because the sun doesn’t hide completely, being an ideal place for outdoor activities.
The main way of living is fishing, something that you can notice moving around the islands and finding many charming fishing villages. It’s also a place with a strong connection with the Vikings and the archaeologists have found in here the largest Viking longhouse ever of 83m long.
Where to stay in Lofoten: you can find many “rorbuers”, old fishermen’s cabins that have been restored and modernized as a nice accommodation for travelers.
How to move around Lofoten: car rentals is a good option and there also some buses available but the frequency depends a lot on the season.
What to do in Lofoten: trekking, rock climbing, mountaineering, canoeing, fishing, scuba diving and similar activities. You can also watch the northern lights in winter.
Find more information at the official tourism page.
Credit: photos by Thomas Faivre-Duboz, Barbara R Jones, Antony Spencer, Nigel and Michael Haferkamp