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Lofoten Northern Norway

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Lofoten

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From Lofoten, Norway – Photo: Terje Rakke

Northern Norway, a mere 2000km/1300mi away from the North Pole, is where the warm Golf Stream meets the Arctic, where Norwegian fishermen and Sami reindeer herders live and where the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun are at home.

Towering peaks, blue fjords, endless plains, thousands of islands, lush forests, colorful fishing villages and vibrant towns and cities constitute the most scenic, varied and easily accessible region of the Arctic.

Lofoten Northern Norway

Let’s focus on the area of Lofoten a cozy islands in northern Norway.

The international tourist industry often refers to Lofoten as the most beautiful area in Europe. If you have never had the feeling of having to gasp for breath because of the sheer beauty of what you see, you are sure to do so in Lofoten. Here, the mountains rise straight up from the pure and unspoiled waters of the ocean.

Fishing villages nestle around coves and bays with their many traditional fishermen’s “rorbu” cabins built on piles over the sea. Nowadays, they are mostly let to tourists. You can cast your fishing line from the kitchen window of your “rorbu” and, if you’re lucky, have food on your table before you know it.

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From Reine, Lofoten – Traditional Fishermen’s “Rorbu” Cabins Photo: CH

Lofoten is the archipelago to the west in the ocean, north of the Arctic Circle. The Lofoten Islands consists of seven main islands with 24,000 inhabitants. Svolvær is the Administrative Centre of Lofoten. The principal islands are Austvågøy, Gimsøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy, Moskenesøy, Værøy and Røst. The southernmost part of Norway‘s largest island, Hinnøy, is also in Lofoten. Due to the warm Gulf Stream, Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude, such as Alaska and Greenland.

The coastal climate in Lofoten makes the winters mild and the summers relatively cool. January and February are the coldest months, with an average temperature of -1°C.  July and August are warmest with an average temperature of 12°C.  May and June are the driest months, with an average 40 millimeters of rainfall.

From approximately 27 May to 17 July you can experience the midnight sun in Lofoten. Whilst the polar nights last from approximately 6 December to 6 January.


When you are in Lofoten you can easily travel around by using the public buses.

Enjoy beautiful Reinefjorden by using the local passenger boat from Reine.

In the summer season you can enjoy Lofoten by boat between Ballstad and Nusfjord. Running along the traditional, coastal transportation routes, this boat shuttle service gives you access to a unique and scenic view of Lofoten. This is also a nice form of transport for those who do not wish to cycle through the Nappstraum tunnel (below sea level).

The small express passenger boat between Holandshamn and Svolvær is perfect in combination with cycling in Raftsundet. The boat has departures on Wednesdays only, from Holandshamn in the morning and from Svolvær in the afternoon. Outside the summer season the boat also calls Skrova. If you want to use this boat, you must make a reservation in advance.

In summer you also can visit Raftsundet and Trollfjorden by joining one of the scheduled boat trips from Svolvær.

South in Raftsundet you find the beautiful island of StoreMolla which is perfect for cycling and hiking. Take the car ferry between Digermulen and Finnvik.

North in Raftsundet you can take the car ferry between Hanøy and Kaljord. Or you can take the ferry between Fiskebøl and Melbu.

You can visit the island of Skrova by taking the express passenger boats between Svolvær and Bodø or Narvik, but also the car ferry between Svolvær and Skutvik.

You can visit the islands of Værøy and Røst by taking the car ferry from Moskenes or Bodø.

A trip to Lofoten area is an wonderful adventure. If you need help with your journey, you can reach the tourist information offices in Lofoten by telephone or e-mail. You can also visit them while you are there for some more tips. They know a great deal about Lofoten and may be able to give your holiday that little bit extra that will make you want to keep coming back. Please take a look to there brochure of “Lofoten 2012” or visit the Travel Information Guide of Lofoten.

Put on your list the possible choose of summer holidays, this year “Lofoten, Norway“. It is worth of it

 

Category: Norway

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