National Geographic has named Lofoten one of the most attractive destinations in the world. The view from this place is amazing.
If you go to northern Norway, you should consider taking a detour to the arctic group of islands Lofoten. The Lofoten Islands, north of Porto, present a spectacular wall of rugged peaks rising from the sea.
Here you will have an unforgettable and unique experience in contact with nature.
The main town here, Svolvaer, is a fishing and trading center and has been since the 17th century. Svolvaer is the gateway to Lofoten, where you can find many hotels and restaurants.
The main islands, Austvgy, Vestvgy, Flakstady, and Moskenesy, are separated from the mainland by Vestfjorden. Moskenesya is the most photographed, probably because of a fishing village called Reine here.
From the top of Lofoten, you can see Rost and many other islands, islets, and reefs. These are home to Norway's most important nesting birds.
You will find the "Skomvr" lighthouse as the last pillar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the islands are connected by bridges, tunnels, and roads. Driving here is a good idea, but there are also good bus lines connecting the island to the mainland.
Lofoten's climate is milder due to the warm Gulf Stream.
Lofoten has many different activities to choose from. Cycling and horseback riding are options for many people in the summer.
In winter you can ski and watch the Northern Lights. The biggest attraction here is the Lofotr Viking Museum near the center of Vestvgy. Locals offer visitors many different activities throughout the year depending on the season.
You can go hiking, skiing, diving, rafting, or fishing. Local tour operators offer sea tours, show tours, fishing tours, and many more different tours.
If you go to Moskenes, the natural scenery here will captivate you. A boat ride through Moskstrmmen is a thrilling experience, one of the most violent and dangerous maelstroms in the world.
You can also visit Nusfjord Fishing Village, an unforgettable and lively fishing village. Here you can discover the intertwined architectural areas that developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Here archaeologists have found the earliest evidence of "industrial fishing" in the Nordland region. Excavations have uncovered settlements from the fifth century.
At Henningsvr, the fishing village's history goes back to fishing on the island of Lofoten. A beautiful location here, backed by mountains and otherwise surrounded by the sea, Henningsvr was a natural location for fishing trips in the earliest days.
Unlike many other fishing villages, Henningsvr's population has remained stable in recent years, with more than 500 people still living there.
The island of Henningsvr was not connected to the rest of Lofoten by a bridge until 1981, which helped save the community from the contemporary architectural style that left its mark in the 1960s and almost every other Norwegian town and village.
If you're heading to Lofoten in the summer, another beautiful place here is Eggum and Unstad. The houses here are clustered like in medieval times, beautifully situated at the foot of the mountains.
At Eggum you will find beautiful pebble beaches the perfect place to experience the midnight sun in summer.
The Lofoten Islands are full of activities and programs to explore the island. Cycling and horseback riding in summer. In winter skiing and under the Northern Lights, a tour here is a good option.