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Lofoten Islands, Norway

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Lofoten is known for excellent fishing and nature attractions, and small villages off the beaten track. The beauty of this place is simply staggering. The Lofoten islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long, surf-swept beaches. With its majestic landscape and wonderful light, Lofoten is a popular and world-renowned destination among photographers. Winter in Lofoten is the season of Arctic colours. The dance of the Northern Lights is a magical sight. There are many Northern Lights activities in Lofoten, and even the backdrop is spectacular. 

The population is about 24,500 and the midnight sun is above the horizon from May 26 to July 17, and in winter the sun does not rise from December 9 to January 4. Lofoten have for more than 1,000 years been the center of great cod fisheries, especially in winter, when the cod migrates south from the Barents Sea and gathers in Lofoten to spawn. More information here and here.

Sakrisøy - Reine

Situated 3.5 km from the picturesque Reine fishing village you find these beautiful waterfront fishermen’s cottages.

Uttakleiv beach

Uttakleiv is the most photographed beach on Lofoten. The scenic rocky shoreline on the left side of the beach provides near limitless photographic possibilities, while the sandy middle section allows for even more areas to explore.

Rorbu at Reine

Fishing has been, and still is, to a degree, the reason why people have lived here and the region is known for its many small fishing villages. Here, you can stay in a Rorbu - an old fishermen’s cabins.

Sakrisøy - Reine

Amazing sunrise at Sakrisøy, Reine. My favourite area in Lofoten!

Lofoten

Sakrisøy - Reine

Situated 3.5 km from the picturesque Reine fishing village you find these beautiful waterfront fishermen’s cottages.

Sakrisøy - Reine

Sakrisøy - Reine

Sakrisøy - Reine

Sakrisøy - Reine

My favourite place in Lofoten!

Sakrisøy - Reine

Sakrisøy - Reine

Uttakleiv beach

Uttakleiv is the most photographed beach on Lofoten. The scenic rocky shoreline on the left side of the beach provides near limitless photographic possibilities, while the sandy middle section allows for even more areas to explore.

Uttakleiv beach

Uttakleiv beach

Reine

This tiny and incredibly picturesque fishing village is one of best places to stay as you explore the Lofoten Islands.

Reine

With red and white fishermen’s huts dotting the shoreline and surrounding peaks of granite shooting out of the Reinefjorden, the village has earned a reputation as “the most beautiful place in the world.”

Amazing sunrise at Reine

Reine

Reine

Reine and Kjerkfjorden

Reine and Kjerkfjorden

Midnight sun in Kjerkfjorden.

Reine

Rorbu at Reine

Fishing has been, and still is, to a degree, the reason why people have lived here and the region is known for its many small fishing villages. Here, you can stay in a Rorbu - an old fishermen’s cabins.

Hammarskaftet - Reine

Reine

Reine

Reine

Fish drying in Reine

Reine

View from Reinebringen

One of Lofoten’s most iconic view, Reine from summit of Reinebringen. This view, combined with a relatively short hike and easy access from Reine means that Reinebringen is one of the most popular hikes on Lofoten.

View from Reinebringen

One of Lofoten’s most iconic view, Kjerkfjorden from summit of Reinebringen

View from Reinebringen

One of Lofoten’s most iconic view, Reine from summit of Reinebringen.

View from Reinebringen

One of Lofoten’s most iconic view, Reine from summit of Reinebringen.

Hamnøy - Reine

Hamnøy - Reine

Nusfjord

Nusfjord is one of the oldest and best-preserved fishing villages with long Lofoten fishery traditions. Once, Nusfjord was the most important fishing village in Lofoten.

Nusfjord

Surroundings Nusfjord is located in scenic surroundings encircled by steep mountains (Lofoten Wall) rising from the fjord arm Nusfjord. In Nusfjord, one can experience the contrast between calmness and tranquillity by idyllic fishing grounds, and the big sea with dramatics and charm.

Nusfjord

When you walk around the fishing village, you will find a listed power station, sawmill, different hammered boathouses, a large and evocative cod liver oil factory and a store that is a living museum.

Nusfjord - the store

Nusfjord - the store

On the way to Nusfjord

Near Nusfjord

Skagsanden beach - Flakstad

Skagsanden beach - Flakstad

Skagsanden is one of Lofoten’s most photographed beaches, especially as a location for northern lights in winter. Located along the E10 a few kilometers east from Ramberg, this flat, sandy beach often provides scenic reflections of the surrounding mountain terrain.

Stortinden - Flakstadpollen

Stortinden 866m

Flakstadpollen

Haukeland beach

Haukland is one of Lofoten’s most famous beaches. The white sand and crystal blue waters make Haukland a popular summer destination among tourists.

Haukeland beach

In winter, this beach can have a sublime beauty, and makes for one of the best sunrise or sunset locations on Lofoten.

Henningsvær

On Norway’s Lofoten Islands thirty minutes east of Svolvær is the picturesque fishing village of Henningsvær.

Henningsvær

Comprised of a number of islets spread among the waters of Vestfjord, Henningsvær has the most well-preserved architecture of the traditional Norwegian villages.

Henningsvær

Henningsvær is a wonderful place to visit. Henningsvær’s dramatic setting is on par with Reine, with colorful buildings lining the harbor and the steep mountains of Austvågøya as a backdrop.

Henningsvær

Henningsvær

Svolvær

The port town of Svolvær is as busy as it gets on Lofoten. Although the setting is beautiful with a backdrop of high mountains.

Svolvær

Stamsund

Stamsund is a fishing village in the municipality of Vestvågøy and a popular tourist destination, with the traditional fishermen's cabins, called rorbuer.

Stockfish in Lofoten

Stockfish is fish, especially cod, dried by sun and wind on wooden racks on the foreshore called flakes. The drying of food is the world's oldest known preservation method. Towards the end of April, an area of 400,000 m2 of Lofoten is covered in stockfish.

Straumsnes

Borg - The Viking

The Viking Era saw the emergence of several large chieftain seats. Tofts from a Viking chieftain seat have been found at Borg, containing the largest Viking banquet hall ever found in any country.

Borg - The Viking

Lofoten Chathedral

Vågan Church, also known as Lofoten Cathedral was built in 1898 and can accommodate up to 1.200 people.

Skrova

This island jewel of the Vestfjord offers the best views of “Lofotveggen”, the “wall” of mountains that runs through the Lofoten Islands. With its population of around 230 (2005), Skrova has been a centre for fisheries and whaling for many decades.

 

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