Why the Lofoten Islands should be on your bucket list


Lofoten, Norway’s islands that include Austvagoy Flakstadoy Vestvagoy and Moskenesoy as well as many other smaller islands, has been a favorite travel destination for me since childhood. Lofoten is an archipelago located in the Norwegian Sea that I fell in love with. It’s known for its beautiful scenery, charming fishing villages, clean waters, Viking history and friendly people.

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These islands are ideal for photographers and adventure travelers, as they are not on the tourist trail.

  • Amazing Scenery

The Lofoten Islands have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. These islands are a sight to see with their fjords rising up into the sky, the turquoise waters and sheer expanse of the Nordic wilderness.

  • It’s easy to navigate

Lofoten can only be experienced by car. Fortunately, it is easy to find the roads leading to and around Lofoten Islands. Driving around Lofoten is a one-way trip on a highway. This makes it great for solo travelers.

  • Midnight Sun

The Lofoten Islands are located above the Arctic Circle so visitors to the area between May and July will be welcomed by the midnight sun. The midnight sun creates beautiful colors and is almost like a stunning sunrise or sunset in one.

  • Northern Lights

Summer is famous for its midnight sun. Winter in The Lofoten Islands offers a unique sight, the Northern Lights. Although September through March is the best time to see this phenomenon, good viewing requires clear skies.

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  • Amazing Sunsets and Sunrises

The Lofoten Islands, in addition to the Northern Lights (and midnight sun), offer spectacular light shows in the form sunrises and sunsets. Because Lofoten is located above the Arctic Circle the sunrise and sunset times can vary depending on the season. It is a wonderful sight to see the sun rise and set against the backdrop of mountains, fjords and the sea.

  • Traditional fishing villages

The Lofoten Islands are known for their colorful fishing villages. Cod is a major draw in this part of the world. These villages’ red-and-white huts are called rorbuers and can be rented as accommodation.

  • Fjords

Many fjords can be found in the Lofoten Islands. Some of them reach as high as 3300 feet. You can hire a boat or take a short cruise to see these fjords in person.

  • Stunning Hikes

There are many amazing hiking trails in the Lofoten Islands that can be adapted to any level of difficulty or expectation. This area offers stunning scenery for all levels of hiking, including backcountry jaunts and mountain treks.

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  • White Sand Beaches and Turquoise water

Do you picture Lofoten Islands with their pristine beaches and turquoise waters? These are the Lofoten Islands’ best attributes, and they should be because Northern Norway has them all.

  • Arctic Surfing

Although The Lofoten Islands might not be a destination that inspires dreams of surfing, it is an ideal spot for those who love to catch waves. You’ll find world-class waves off Lofoten’s beaches, especially near Unstad. Although it is not for the faint-hearted, riding waves with Lofoten’s breathtaking scenery behind you is an unforgettable experience.

  • Camping at no cost

The Lofoten Islands, like other parts of Norway are home to an idea called “allemannsretten”, which is “every mans right”. It basically means that dispersed camping is possible on almost all land areas uninhabited. You should always check that you have permission before you camp. Also, you should follow the leave-no trace rule when camping.

  • Friendly locals

Lofoten Islands is home to some the most friendly people you’ll ever meet. Lofoten’s people will welcome you to their country and show you their culture and way of life.

  • Layers

Layering is key to comfortable travel in Northern Norway. Layer up with fleece-lined leggings and thermal tops. Also bring some hiking socks.

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  • Winter Gear

You should pack appropriate clothing if you are visiting Norway in the Northern Lights season.

  • Rain Gear

Norway is a place where the weather can change in a matter of seconds. You should bring rain boots, waterproof hiking shoes, a waterproof jacket and a backpack cover.