The Lofoten Archipelago is well-known for its many small fishing villages, deep fjords, magnificent mountains, stunning wildlife and beautiful beaches. We’ve scoured the #LofotenIslands and other related hashtags on Instagram for amazing photos that showcase the beauty of the islands.
Whether you’re enjoying one of our Wild Seas Adventures around Lofoten Islands, experiencing the nature attractions such as the midnight sun and the northern lights or exploring the spectacular landscapes of the archipelago, you’ll definitely discover that you are surrounded by awe-inspiring sights and some of the most beautiful sceneries in Norway.
Here are 50 Instagram photos that show off the beauty of Lofoten Islands, and you’ll definitely fall in love with them:
1/ Hamnøy, Nordland
The beautiful small fishing village of Hamnøy is definitely one of the most scenic places in the Lofoten Islands. It is located in the municipality of Moskenes in Nordland county.
2/ Kvalvika Beach
Located on the west coast of Moskenesøy in Lofoten, and surrounded by towering mountains, Kvalvika Beach is one of the most spectacular beaches in Norway. Mt Ryten is located to the right of the beach and you can hike up the mountain to enjoy a stunning view of the beach below.
The small island of Værøy is part of the Lofoten archipelago, featuring a flat farmland below the mountains and a mountainous ridge running through the centre, rising 450m above the sea. It is located about 20km from Røst and 15km from Moskenes.
4/ Skrova Island, Lofoten’s Little Hawaii
Skrova Island is a picturesque fishing village in Lofoten with about 200 inhabitants, located south of the capital of Svolvær. It’s a small community with beautiful beaches, nature trails, a restaurant and gallery, and features a wide range of fun activities.
Ballstad is a beautiful fishing village located on a small island off the southwestern tip of the island of Vestvågøya in Lofoten. It’s one of the largest fishing villages on the archipelago.
6/ Kayak Adventure in Skrova
Skrova Island is the perfect place to take your water exploration to a new level with kayak adventure in Lofoten.
Reine is a popular destination in Lofoten Island and it’s renowned for its beautiful scenery of majestic mountain peaks and the Arctic Ocean. The breathtaking fishing village is located on the island of Moskenesøya on the archipelago.
8/ Henningsvaer Stadium Soccer Field
This soccer field is one of the unique places you will see in the picturesque fishing village of Henningsvær and it is surrounded by the sea, fish drying racks, steep mountains and fishermen cabins. The football pitch was designed for amateur players.
9/ Skrova Lighthouse
The Skrova Lighthouse is considered an international cultural beacon, a coastal lighthouse located on the southwest of the island. Every 45 seconds, the light on top gives two white flashes. The light on top gives two white flashes every 45 seconds.
10/ Sunset at Uttakleiv beach in Vestvågøy
Uttakleiv is one of the most beautiful beaches and the most photographed beach in Lofoten. It features a stunning rocky shoreline on the left side providing amazing photographic possibilities. In summer, it’s a popular destination for camping under the midnight sun.
11/ Beach Glamping in Skrova Island
Beach glamping in Skrova Island offers authentic Norwegian comfort and style as you sleep in style on a on a cozy, full-sized bed in lavish Lavvu tepees along a beautiful white sandy beach. Enjoy an evening under the midnight sun with spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes.
12/ Hamnøy by night
This view is worth waking up in the middle of the night for! Enjoy incredible views of the Northern Lights, nature’s ultimate light show hovering above the small fishing village, the spectacular mountain ranges and landforms surrounding it.
Located towards the southern end of the Lofoten archipelago, Å is a fishing village on the island of Moskenesøy in the borough of Moskenes, and is the terminal point of the E10 road. The village has been owned by the Ellingsen family since 1842. It features several attractions including the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum and Lofoten Stockfish Museum. You can stop by for a day or two during your tour around the Lofoten Islands.
14/ Sunset at Unstad beach
Unstad Beach is well-known as the surfers paradise in Lofoten Islands; but it’s also an amazing place to end an intense day during your holiday. You can watch the sun as it sets into the sea straight out from the beach!
15/ Hiking in Lofoten
Lofoten has a wide selection of hiking trails and options for everyone. Hiking in Lofoten is one of the best ways to discover the uniqueness of the Norwegian wilderness, magnificent mountain ranges with panoramic views, amazing wildlife and experience the sound of nature.
16/ Lofoten Fjord Cruise with Wild Seas
Discover Lofoten’s magnificent scenery and abundant wildlife on a fjord cruise with Wild Seas! This is one of the best ways to experience the unique natural wonders of the islands. This could also be your chance for a photo of a lifetime.
17/ Skrova Photo exhibition tunnel
A beautiful outdoor photo exhibit in Skrova! The island is one of the unique places that exhibit photographs in a tunnel, which features historical photos of the islands.
18/ Lofoten Trollfjord
The Lofoten Trollfjord is really spectacular, it’s 2km long and has a narrow entrance with steep mountain between 600m and 1100m high. In addition to its beautiful scenery, you will have an opportunity to see amazing wildlife especially sea eagles hovering over the mountain peaks.
19/ Hattvika Lodge
Hattvika Lodge is one of the best places to stay in Lofoten Islands. Located on the shores of Ballstad, the beautiful lodge features a wide range of modern amenities including hot tub and sauna. The lodge’s location is perfect for skiing, fishing and snokelling.
20/ Outdoor Night Camping
Imagine spending the night in a cozy outdoor bed with an amazing skyline. Lofoten has great outdoors perfect for night camping with your friends and family. It’s an epic experience you wouldn’t want to miss when on any of the islands!
21/ Valberg Church
The beautiful Valberg Church located in the village of Valberg in the municipality of Vestvågøy in the Lofoten archipelago.
Sakrisøy may look like a mythical place but it’s a beautiful fishing village situated 3 km from Reine, in the borough of Moskenes in Lofoten Islands. During Winter season, Sakrisøy is such a pretty little place to be! You can indulge in genuine fishing activities while here.
23/ Seagulls in Skjelfjord, Nordland
Seagulls are wonderful creatures. You don’t see seagulls everywhere and when you do, you’ll be amazed. Skjelfjord is a great place to begin an unforgettable wildlife experience in Nordland. You’ll see a flock of “seagulls” dipping, flapping and wheeling over the water. It’s such an incredible experience you shouldn’t miss!
24/ Smørdalskammen Mountain
Smørdalskammen offers awe-inspiring views of the sea and the surrounding landscapes. A mountain bike trail in the Smørdalskammen Mountain is an experience you will not forget in a hurry. Just like these sheep, you’ll see the best view from the top of the mountain.
25/ Ryten, Flakstad
Ryten looks like one of those make-believe massive cliffs that rise directly from the sea. Hike to Ryten, above the beach at Kvalvika in Flakstad and discover the best of nature with a view of the sea and spectacular landscapes.
26/ Magical Views of Reinebringen
At 448m high, Reinebringen mountain is far from one of the highest peaks on the island of Moskenesøya. It’s one of the most popular hikes on the island and it’s on top of every hiker’s bucket list. Enjoy a summer filled with mountain climbing and discover a magical view over Lofoten.
27/ Hamnøy in Summer
Summer in the small fishing village of Hamnøy is a dream come true! The quaint village features a scenic setting with picturesque red fishing cabins (rorbuer), a beautiful harbour and dramatic landscapes.
28/ Djevelporten, Vågan
The fabulous view of Lofoten is undeniably enchanting from Djevelporten. From the top of Fløya, see everything beautiful in Vågan and its environs.
30/ Henningsvær Under The Midnight Sun
Under the flaming skies of the fishing village of Henningsvær, experience truly magical moments as you camp under the Midnight Sun in Norway.
31/ Nusfjord, Flakstad
The authentic fishing village of Nusfjord in northern Norway is hemmed in by towering rugged cliffs, featuring ox-blood-red wooden buildings, dramatic landscapes and a beautiful natural harbour. It’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in Lofoten.
32/ Lofoten Harbour, Leknes
The picturesque harbour of Leknes is one of the most visited harbours for luxury cruise ships in Norway. The natural surroundings are stunning with white sandy beaches, dramatic mountains, and green fields. There is much to do and see in Leknes if you are coming the first time.
33/ Oljetanken i Skrova
Imagine visiting Skrova and staying in an oil tank that has been transformed into a beautiful home! Such an amazing experience! The oil-tank-turned-home has three floors, featuring luxurious furnishings and a wide range of modern amenities. The tank is nestled on a hill overlooking some of the most fantastic views of Lofoten.
The beautiful village of Vikten is located between steep mountains in the middle of Lofoten. The village overlooks the Norwegian Sea featuring beautiful buildings including the quaint hamlet with Lofoten Design – Glassblower’s Cabin and Åse Tangrand’s ceramics workshop. The village is well-worth a visit!
35/ Surfing in Lofoten
One of the most popular beaches, Unstad beach in Vestvågøy is a popular surf destination with world-class waves on Lofoten Islands. Here, you’ll find a northern surf school, Unstad Arctic Surf, where you can learn from professional instructors on how to ride the waves in no time.
36/ Mortsund, Lofoten
Mortsund is a perfect fishing village located right in the heart of Lofoten, facing south on Vestvågøya. The village features rugged rocky seacoasts, magnificent landscapes and red rorbu fishing huts beautifully set amongst nature.
37/ Kayaking in Skrova
Spend a better part of your day paddling through breathtaking views the scenic island of Skrova, Lofoten’s little Hawaii. A Kayak excursion is a coveted activity that you may not want to miss in this beautiful island.
38/ Svolvær, Vågan
Located at the heart of Lofoten, the port town of Svolvær has a scenic setting with a backdrop of steep mountains, beautiful beaches, sheltered bays and a range of modern buildings. The town is a fishing hub with a wide range of exciting activities and events. It’s the best place to start your Lofoten trip.
39/ Fairytale Island of Sakrisøy
With an enchanting scenery, Sakrisøy conjures dreams of paradise. There are jagged mountain peaks with the sea below to mesmerize you, waterfront fishermen’s cottages to stay, and a traditional fishery culture to experience.
40/ Nusfjord Rorbuer
Nusfjord is one of the oldest and best-preserved fishing villages in Norway. With its time-honoured fishery traditions, it’s a perfect destination for a holiday on Lofoten Islands if you love fishing. You can stay in one of the traditional fishing huts (rorbuer) with spacious living areas and modern comfort.
41/ Moonight in Reine
Located on the island of Moskenesøya, Reine is a favourite destination on the Lofoten Islands. Moonlight in Reine is a beautiful sight to behold.
42/ Northern Lights in Lofoten
Northern Lights in Lofoten is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Discover the ethereal beauty of the aurora, and watch the flickering lights of the north reflect in the waters. Once you see them, you’ll be amazed at how this extraordinary phenomenon takes place.
The rich fishing culture of Henningsvær will attract you while its quietness and beauty bring you closer to nature. Henningsvær is a small village in the Lofoten archipelago in Norway.
With an amazing scenery, Stamsund is a vibrant fishing village located on the southern side of Vestvågøy on Lofoten. The village is the largest place for trawl fishing in Lofoten. You can explore the charming surroundings with a boat cruise, or go hiking on the surrounding mountains.
45/ Skrova Sunrise
One of Skrova’s most memorable experiences is seeing the sunrise from an amazing viewpoint in Lofoten. You can see the incredible views of the morning sun in its splendour and watch as the morning light spreads dramatically across the spectacular landscape and the sea.
46/ Yoga on the Beach
There is nothing as relaxing as practicing yoga on the beach while you hear the waves crashing on the shores and feel the sun warming your body. The pristine beach of Skrova Island is a perfect place for yoga while listening to the ocean.
47/ Winter Hiking in Kabelvåg
Located a little to the south-west of Svolvær, Kabelvåg is a favourite summer and winter hiking area in Lofoten. The fishing village has amazing hiking opportunities such as Glåmtinden, Tjeldbergtinden and Småtindan. They have good trails that will take you to peaks with incredibly beautiful views of Lofoten.
48/ Midnight Sun in Uttakleiv
Utakleiv is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Lofoten islands. During summer months, the beach becomes an amazing viewing platform to witness the most significant show of nature on earth – the Midnight Sun.
49/ Haukland Beach
If you’re spending time in Lofoten in summer, Haukland beach is the perfect spot to escape to when you need to relax and enjoy beautiful views. Even in winter, the beach is one of the best places to see the beautiful sunsets on Lofoten Islands.
50/ Røst Islands
If you are looking for a remote island getaway, Røst offers a truly unforgettable holiday on Lofoten. It’s an ideal choice for those who prefer seclusion and nature for their holiday. Røst is renowned for its puffins colonies, and home to about 500 people.
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