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21 Apr

Why You Should Visit Lofoten Islands in Summer 2019

 

Even though Lofoten is a beautiful place to visit throughout the year, some of the activities are season-related. During the summer it’s always magical and blissful. With fantastic hikes, unique mountain views, and stunning pristine beaches, Lofoten in summer is a great place for a Norwegian holiday, where you can unleash the wanderer in you. You’ll be amazed by its dramatic mountain peaks, lush meadows, serene seaside panoramas and a wide range of wildlife species. With so much natural beauty around you, it’s almost impossible not to have an amazing time in Lofoten Islands in Summer.

Let’s take a look at reasons why you should visit Lofoten Islands in Summer this year:

Kayak between the islands

kayaking things to do in Lofoten

The Lofoten Archipelago consists of several islands with shallow waters between them, which are perfect for kayaking. Go on a kayaking trip and paddle the waters of Lofoten, and get access to its unique natural attractions including the trollfjords. You’ll also have an opportunity to get a close look at a variety of wildlife species.

Beautiful mountain views

Lofoten has breathtaking scenery, thanks to its scenic mountains and stunning fjords. Even if you are not hiking the mountains, just look at them can be life-changing. No matter where you turn, you are going to find mountains studded with greenery. The warmth that emanates from the scene is immense.

Stunning Sunrise

The sun rises in the Lofoten Islands pretty early. We are sure you can give up some sleep to witness the dreamlike scene as the orange-colored sun slowly rises over the island.


RELATED: The Best Time to Visit Lofoten Islands


Midnight Sun

Having mentioned that summer is the best time to visit the islands of Lofoten, you would have the opportunity to witness the midnight sun. You can wake up in the middle of the night and you’ll find the sun shining brilliantly.

Glamping on the beach

Experience the outdoors in comfort and style!

The white beaches of the Lofoten Islands are something worth camping on. Plus, the group of islands has this interesting concept of “every man’s right” that allows you to camp freely. However, you must seek permission and once you leave – make sure you leave no traces behind. One of the most beautiful places to go camping is Skrova Island, which is dubbed “Lofoten’s Little Hawaii”. You can spend the night in one of the cozy glamping tents, which are Lavvu tepees on a pristine beach and experience the outdoors in comfort and style. If you’re interested, you can book a 3-day Beach Glamping adventure or a 2-day Beach Glamping Adventure in Skrova Island now.

Fjord & Wildlife Cruise

Island Cruise, things to do in Lofoten

Lofoten is home to numerous and huge Fjords as well as stunning coastal landscapes. If you would like to see the fjords, you can take a sightseeing cruise to explore the rich landscapes of Lofoten, and discover beautiful wildlife species along the way.


RELATED: Adventurous Things to Do in Lofoten Islands


Hiking

Hiking in Lofoten’s little Hawaii

The hiking trails in Lofoten are so gorgeous that you can wouldn’t want to miss it for the world. If you do, know you are missing on some pretty spectacular scenery. There are hikes in Skrova Island for every level of hiker, from the beginner to the professional hiker. You can combine your hikes with a beach glamping trip or a Trollfjord and wildlife safari.

Fishing

 

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Lofoten is a beautiful place to experience the thrill of fishing, and you could indulge in it as well if it interests you. Get ready for a big catch! You’ll also gain an appreciation for fresh seafood after you indulge in Lofoten fishing.

Delicious Cuisine

As mentioned above, the locals in Lofoten are dependent on fishing – you are going to find a variety of seafood on the islands. They are fresh and so mouthwatering – you are definitely going to love the varieties.


RELATED: 50 Instagram Photos that Will Make You Fall in Love With Lofoten Islands


Sightseeing

Apart from beautiful natural attractions, the Lofoten Islands offer sightseeing opportunities. The islands are so deeply entrenched in nature that you are going to enjoy spending time here. Even if you don’t take special time out for sightseeing, you would still experience a fair share of it. You can go biking, it is a great way to discover the islands and can be quite an adventure. You could also go on a photo tour; Lofoten is a beautiful place, you’re definitely going to take enough photos for your #picturegoals.

Horse riding

Lofoten is a great place for a horseback riding adventure. With its diverse landscapes and chalk-white beaches, you’ll find a variety of options if you decide to go horse riding in Lofoten.

Surfing

surfing in Lofoten

The long sand beaches of Lofoten are perfect for surfing during summer. Great for both beginners and experienced surfers, the beaches offers beautiful waves with a chance to perfect your surf poses and bearings.

Lofotr Viking Museum

Journey through time and discover how the Vikings lived in Lofoten a thousand years back at Lofotr Viking Museum. Indulge in a wide range of viking activities during your visit such as firing a bow and arrow, rowing a viking ship, eat viking food and watch the blacksmith in his forge.

Golfing

Things to do in Lofoten - Golfing under the Midnight sun

Golfing in Lofoten is the icing on the cake! Visit Lofoten Links Golf Course, one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world for a unique golf and nature experience on the island. Imagine playing golf on a stunning landscape – just some minutes away from the beach, with the midnight sun as a backdrop? This is an unforgettable experience you will not forget in a hurry!

Sailing

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With a beautiful weather and sea, Lofoten Islands attract many sailors every year. The beauty of sailing around the extensive coastline of the islands is that you will experience a wide range of landscapes and several places to stop off. If you want to spend your sailing holiday in the Norway, Lofoten is an excellent choice. You’ll find amazing yacht support in the ports in the summer period. You could also go sailing on a “Nordlandsbåt” – a traditional Norwegian wooden boat, it’s such an amazing experience.

Yoga on the beach

Take some time to experience beach yoga in Lofoten while you’re on summer vacation. Surrounded by stunning landscapes, the beaches in Lofoten offers you an opportunity to exercise and practice while breathing in clean, healthy air.

If you’ve never been, you should consider spending your next holiday in Lofoten Islands. If you’re also looking to take your adventure to a new level? We’ve got a wide range of  activities you can indulge in. You can check out our summer activities for your next adventure in Lofoten.

Have you been to Lofoten Islands? We would love to hear about your experiences. You can share them with us in the comment below or via Twitter and Facebook.

 

26 Aug

50 Instagram Photos that Will Make You Fall in Love With Lofoten Islands

 

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.

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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.

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3/ Værøy

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.

5/ Ballstad

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.

7/ Reine

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.

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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.

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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.

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13/ Å

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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21/ Valberg Church

The beautiful Valberg Church located in the village of Valberg in the municipality of Vestvågøy in the Lofoten archipelago.

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22/ Sakrisøy

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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34/ Vikten

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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43/ Henningsvær

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.

44/ Stamsund

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Lofoten is one of the most famous and photographed destinations in Norway. The hashtag “Lofoten” and all related hastags on Instagram counts more than two million results. However, the archipelago features a wide range of islands, so if you are planning a trip to Lofoten, ensure you visit some of these amazing photography spots and indulge in a wide range of summer and winter activities.

Do you have a favourite instagrammer you follow for amazing photos of Lofoten Islands? Tag them on Instagram @Wildseasadventures

 

SEE ALSO: 

The Best Time to Visit Lofoten Islands
Adventurous Things to Do in Lofoten Islands
Top Reasons to Visit Lofoten Islands Now

19 Jun

The Best Time to Visit Lofoten Islands

 

Swathed across the mighty waters of Norwegian Sea, the Lofoten Archipelago has recently emerged as a major tourist attraction in Norway. Comprising of several islands on Norway’s northwest coast, the archipelago is renowned for its picturesque beauty, magnificent mountains, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and fjords, the northern lights and the midnight sun.

The islands are perfect for adventurers who are interested in a variety of adrenaline-pumping activities including surfing, hiking, kayaking, and Northern Lights chasing. Thus, if you are looking for some remarkable nature experiences, Lofoten is the best place to visit.

Best Time to Visit Lofoten Islands

The best time to visit Lofoten Islands

Ever wondered when is the best time to visit Lofoten? Well, the islands have something for everyone all through the year. However, there are definitely great times to visit based on several reasons, which are beyond whether the weather is bad or good. When deciding when to visit, you need to understand why you are visiting, and the things to do and see while there. Are you looking to go hiking or kayaking? Do you want to do beach glamping? Are you interested in seeing the northern lights or the Midnight Sun? Do you want to experience winter in the arctic or capture the snow-capped mountains? These are some of the factors that can influence your plan to visit Lofoten Islands.

Spring

Generally, spring occurs during the months of March, April, and May in Norway. During this period, the weather is warm across the country. You’ll see blossoming flowers and natural waterfalls everywhere as the snow melts away. However, you may not really experience spring in Lofoten until late May or early June. Sometimes, you may not experience it at all because, during these months, the sunny summer days have started.

Summer

Summer is a great time to visit Lofoten – from the month of June to August. During this period, the nights are short and the days are long. The weather is usually good and steady, and the temperatures are pleasant but somewhat lower than the rest of Norway. If you are interested in seeing the Midnight Sun, you can visit from the middle of May to July. In summer, you can indulge in a wide range of adventurous activities such as hiking, kayaking, biking, and fishing. You can visit the beach and watch the midnight sun brighten up your world. Just keep in mind that you won’t be sleeping much during this period due to the endless days.

Many tourists flock to the islands in summer, you will see the beaches overflown with people trying to relax and unwind. Hotels and other types of accommodation options are filled up during this period. In fact, if you are visiting in summer, you should book in advance or else you may not find a suitable place to stay at the last minute.

Winter

Generally, in Norway, you will experience long nights and short days during the winter months (from November to March). November and December are often the dark months of the year as the weather is not predictable or consistent. One moment it’s snowing and another moment it is raining. However, this is the best time to experience the polar night – the sun doesn’t rise at all. As the New Year begins, the winter conditions become reliable, although you may still experience some temperature variations in the first half of the month. But, if you really want to experience the winter season, you should visit in January.

Autumn

Autumn brings a wide range of unique and colourful moments to Lofoten Islands. You’ll discover beautiful scenery at every corner of the islands. The season begins in September and ends in early November. During this period, the days are shorter, the leaves on the trees turn red and yellow and start falling off, and the air is fresher. Mother Nature puts on a show as the mountain areas are ablaze with autumn colours. Adventurers can enjoy hiking during this season.

Best Time for Adventurous Activities

hiking the best time to visit Lofoten Islands

For first-ever trips to Lofoten Islands, plan it between the months of June and September. In these months, you will see the islands at its liveliest. As the weather keeps on changing too quickly, hikers are recommended to not go hiking in the winters. If tourists are planning solely towards hiking in Lofoten Islands, then it is suggested to go hiking after June. Most of the places in Northern Norway reveal blossoming and lush landscapes by the end of April but Lofoten is different. In short, the months after June are best suited for a visit to Lofoten Islands.

Months of July and August are suited best for tourism because of the great weather, endlessly long days with a great chance at kayaking, fishing, biking, and hiking. You can go chasing the Northern Lights in winter, orca whale spotting during the spring months, and enjoy biking in summer and autumn. While you are in Lofoten, you will keep losing track of time.

Keep a Check on Weather before Planning a Trip

If you are visiting in summer, you should keep in mind that the islands are swarmed with tourists. This is the high season and you may find it difficult to get an accommodation if you don’t book in advance. If you plan to indulge in outdoor activities, the summer months are perfect. All in all, summers are still the better time to explore Lofoten Islands. To predict the climate in Northern Norway is absolutely impossible and there are times when bad weather is a trend here.

In the Lofoten Islands, chances of bad weather are quite high in the month of November and it is advised not to visit the islands then. Experience the wilderness of the Islands and a majestic combination of sea and snow-covered mountains.

11 May

Adventurous Things to Do in Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands are one of the most scenic destinations in Norway lying 100 miles towards the north of the Arctic Circle. This picturesque wilderness offers a congregation of lofty mountains, pristine beaches, fjords and seabird colonies.

Due to its diverse landscape, it is an ideal destination for hiking, kayaking and wildlife safari. The islands experience a comparatively milder climate compared to its counterparts at the same latitude due to the warm currents from Gulf Stream.

Apart from being encapsulated from the awe-inspiring beauty of this region, there are a plethora of adventurous things to do in Lofoten Islands. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Beach Glamping

Beach glamping in Lofoten - things to do in Lofoten

Glamping on the beautiful beaches of Lofoten is an unforgettable experience. You’ll be hooked as you experience the outdoors in comfort and style. Spend an amazing time on a private beach area near Svolvaer, a slice of paradise where you’ll find the beautiful Lavvu tepees that will blow your mind. Apart from enjoying the luxury beach camping adventure under the midnight sun, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the island and the stunning fjords. You can also indulge in a wide range of spectacular activities such as island cruise, wildlife safari, kayaking, and hiking.

Island Cruise

Take a journey through the ultimate scenic route (the yellow line on the map) and discover the dramatic natural beauty of the Northern Norway. Capture the spirit and soul of your surrounding; lose yourself in the scenic fjords and let the spectacular landscapes take your breath away. Adventure awaits you at every angle!

Goat Farm Tour

Goat Farm Tour - Things to do in Lofoten

If you’re looking for authentic experiences to add to your Lofoten itinerary, a goat farm tour is one of them. As part of the cruise in Lofoten, you can take a tour of a goat farm located in Lødignen community. The tour is a cultural experience, where you will learn about the lifestyle of the locals. You’ll have an opportunity to visit a small museum featuring a variety of cultural artefacts from several generations on the farm. The goat farm is a hidden gem and is really off-the-beaten-path. Watch over 300 goats come home after grazing in the mountain and if you like, you can even milk a goat. The farm is a unique experience and it’s definitely worth a visit.

Golfing under Midnight Sun

Things to do in Lofoten - Golfing under the Midnight sun Photo Source: Visitbodo.com

The beauty of the Lofoten Islands during the winter season can be attributed to the origin of the Northern Lights. However, a more intriguing phenomenon during the summer season is the visibility of sun in the midnight. It hangs around for 24 hours a day in the sky. The Lofoten Links Golf Course has embraced the natural phenomenon offering golfing under the Midnight Sun. Lofoten Links keeps the golf course open all through the nights and days for the months of May to July. If you happen to visit Lofoten during the said months, this is surely an experience that you should not miss.


See Also: Top Reasons to Visit Lofoten Islands Now


Chasing Northern Lights

Northern Lights - visit Tromso

Lofoten’s renowned Northern Lights viewing attracts people from all over the world during its season. Northern Light is a magnificent natural phenomenon, which displays an extraordinary dance of green, pink, yellow, and blue lights glowing directly above in the Arctic. Lofoten Islands are some of the best places to chase Northern Lights in Norway. It is one of the most beautiful sights to see with its swirls of colours glistening across the sky at night. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience this magical natural display in Lofoten.

Prepare Cod Liver Oil

Many may not consider preparing Cod Liver Oil adventurous, but it is when combined with sea fishing and fishing boat trips. Norway is renowned for the production of Cod Liver Oil and you’ll find a factory producing the oil in Lofoten. You may choose visit a nearby cod liver oil factory in Lofoten unless the fishy aroma of the surrounding can potentially sicken your guts. Cod Liver Oil is known to be high in Omega-3 contents along with Vitamin D and A. You can make Cod Liver Oil and sample it with the finest Caviars or some crackers and crème fresh. The old cod-liver oil factory in Å is an amazing place to visit and learn about its health effects.


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Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking takes your water adventures to another level! Paddle a kayak through the Norwegian Sea to get up close and personal with Lofoten’s exclusive marine wildlife. If you are lucky you will meet interesting wildlife along the way as you slice through the waves such as the majestic sea eagles, whales and the sea birds. Indulge in a cruise adventure and kayak experience in Skrova Island, Lofoten’s little Hawaii.

Horseback Riding

Explore the ancient Viking settlement on horseback and discover the magnificent serenity and beauty Lofoten Islands have to offer. You can choose to saddle up by day or under the midnight sun at night and gallop through the beautiful beaches of Lofoten. Horseback riding is an enchanting adventure you wouldn’t want to miss during your visit to Lofoten Islands.

Guided Hiking

Hiking in Lofoten’s little Hawaii

Hiking in Lofoten Islands is an amazing way to connect with its spectacular landscapes including mountains. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced hiker, you can go hiking in Lofoten on your own or in a group with a guide with a lot of experience. Hiking is one of the great ways to see the uniqueness of the Norwegian wilderness and have a chance to see a variety of wildlife species.

In conclusion, visiting Lofoten may leave you in an absolute euphoric state. This is one place that offers you a wide range of things to do, each of which will surprise you pleasantly. Check out our popular winter and summer packages for an unforgettable Norwegian holiday.

30 Apr

Top Reasons to Visit Lofoten Islands Now

For decades, Lofoten Islands have been top destinations to visit, and it’s easy to see why. The most popular islands include Austvågøy, Flakstadøy, Vestvågøy, Værøy, Moskenesøy and Røst and they are mostly connected by a chain of bridges.

Featuring spectacular landscapes and natural wonders, vibrant culture and adventurous activities, Lofoten is nothing short of magical. Its wide range of attractions such as beaches, islands, national parks, and small villages, as well as the midnight sun and northern lights, play a major role in its charm. The islands have really come of age as many tourists and locals have realized its beauty and its various offerings.

Thus, if you’re looking for a Norwegian escape during your next holiday, set your sights on Lofoten Islands, Norway. Here are some solid reasons why Lofoten Islands should be your next holiday destination.

Magical Landscapes

There’s really something magical about the landscapes of Lofoten Islands. Their picture-perfect beauty and the dramatic contrasts add more charm to its magnificence. With spectacular mountains to climb, seas to kayak and fjords to coo over and killer whales to watch, Lofoten Islands is an ultimate destination. The unspoiled and natural beauty of the destination is overwhelming and its alluring charm will make you fall in love with it in no time.

Spectacular Sunrise and Sunset Scenes

The majestic mountainous landscapes make the sunrise and sunset scenes in Lofoten Islands truly spectacular. The golden hour in Lofoten can be best enjoyed from the top of a mountain or hill. From the plains, it goes down pretty quickly. During the summer solstice, Lofoten Islands get about 24 hours of sunlight, this is a natural phenomenon called Midnight Sun. Lofoten is a ‘land of the Midnight Sun’ with beautiful sights and experiences; you wouldn’t want to miss the experience. Even the winter solstice is amazingly beautiful as you watch the sun sneak across the horizon.

Traditional Fishing Villages

Traditional FIshing Villages Lofoten Islands Photo Source: Andrewswalks.co.uk

Lofoten Islands are full of traditional fishing villages, which are popular spots for fishermen. The scenic villages feature small clusters of vivid fishing cottages, which are dispersed against the impressive landscapes of the fjords. The two most charming fishing villages in Lofoten are Hamnoy and Reine. They are one of the most unique features of the islands. During summer, tourists visit the fishing cottages to fish and experience the midnight sun. However, the locals living on the islands indulge in fishing mostly all through the year. The fishing cottages are mostly painted in red and yellow colours and are spread across the coast of the islands.

Ideal Hiking Destination

Hiking in Lofoten’s little Hawaii

Lofoten in Norway is considered the ideal place for a hiker of any level in the world. Nearly everywhere on the islands is close to a trail. Most of the trails have far-reaching views of the sea and mountain spires and they range from beach walks to steep challenging treks. Some trails look sharp and aggressive from a distance but when you go near to them they don’t appear as intimidating as they seem. They are safe to climb even for the first time hikers. Lofoten has an unpredictable weather, thus it’s a good idea to study the weather forecast before embarking on any hiking trip. Make sure you wear warm clothes, good hiking shoes and have your maps with marked trails with you. If you need a guide, WildSeas Adventure has got you covered.

Picturesque Beaches

Lofoten Islands Beaches Photo Source: Ram Yoga on Flickr

With beautiful coastlines, it’s only natural that Lofoten Islands would be filled with glorious beaches. Featuring white sands and turquoise blue waters, the beaches are some of the best places to relax and unwind during your visit to Norway. With about 24 hours of daylight during summer as well as the warm weather, you will have enough time to spend on the beautiful beaches of the islands and its sandy shores while enjoying the spectacular views of the fjords. The beaches of Lofoten Islands are great places to go camping with friends, whale watching or even indulge in some fishing. Haukland, Unstad, Uttakleiv and Storsandnes are some of the most popular beaches in Lofoten and they are filled with tourists during summer holiday.

Boat Trip through Fjords

Some of you may not be aware of Fjords. They are lengthy narrow inlets of water which are surrounded by high cliffs on both sides. There are beautiful sights you can’t but see and experience during your visit to Norway. The waters around Lofoten Islands provide an unforgettable experience, which includes seeing the breathtaking power of an inlet fjord or spotting birds and marine mammals including whales. Boat trips are the best ways to see the charming beauty of the fjords in Lofoten Islands. You can marvel at the sight of whales playing and dancing in the sea – this is one of the signature Lofoten sights to experience.

Adventurous Activities

 

Lofoten is an ultimate destination for quintessential Norwegian adventures. The islands offer many things to see and do; in fact, you could spend the rest of your life on a holiday here. With a wide range of adventurous activities, you may never have the same experience twice. Get immersed in the natural wonders and pristine environs while experiencing the unique adventures they offer. Lofoten adventure activities include kayaking, beach glamping, hiking, wildlife viewing, island cruise, and many more. Lofoten Islands will take you beyond the ordinary and offer you exceptional moments you’ll always cherish for the rest of your life.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights - visit Tromso

Lofoten Islands are some of the best places to chase the northern lights in Norway. This mystical event is a must-not-miss during your holiday on the islands. Get a chance to see the spiralling pattern of Northern lights, as the green, blue and red lights dance across the skyline, with its wavering reflecting in the sea of the islands. The scene always looks magical, beyond anyone’s imagination. You can visit during the winter or summer season to experience this natural phenomenon.

Rich culture

Viking Museum, Lofoten Islands

The culture and traditions in Lofoten islands will surprise you more than anything. The islands have a vibrant culture and they feature several museums and art galleries where you can learn about their connection to the Viking age and discover the rich fishing heritage. You can also learn about the origins of settlements in Lofoten by visiting the Viking museum.

Charming Towns and Villages

Lofoten Islands villages and towns

Despite the rugged nature of islands, the charming towns and villages in Lofoten make it amazingly beautiful. They are gorgeous and unique, and they will make you feel right at home the moment you arrive. The towns and villages keep their appeal all through the year despite the weather. You just need to adjust to the unrestrained climate.

Friendly Locals

Lofoten islands belong to people who love adventure. People living in Lofoten islands are as lovely as the place itself. They call it home. You will love to spend time with them. Although most of the small towns and villages can be quiet, the locals are welcoming and friendly. They are well-known for their hospitality.

If you’ve never been, you should consider spending your next holiday in Lofoten Islands. Looking to take your adventure to a new level? We’ve got a wide range of  activities you can indulge in. You can check out our summer activities for your next adventure in Lofoten.

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