The Lofoten islands are an archipelago in northern Norway, located between 68°N and 69°N of latitude, 170 km north of the Arctic circle. Although these islands are located very far to the north, the winter temperatures are relatively mild. This is due to the Gulf Stream which brings warm water from the Gulf of Mexico to the northeast Atlantic.
The islands are characterised by a rugged and steep coast, with steep rock walls raising from the sea, white sand beaches and picturesque fishermen villages. The Lofoten islands are a major tourist hotspot in the north of Norway.
The islands have been settled since prehistoric times (earliest human settlements date back to 11000 years). Over the past 1000 years the islands have been a centre for cod fishery. The oldest, still existing village is Kabelvaag, which was founded as Vågan in the early 12th century.
How to get to the Lofoten islands
There are four airports on the Lofoten islands (Røst, Værøy, Leknes or Svolvær). The islands can be reached by car or ferry.
Accommodation
There are several, mostly pricey, accomodation options, all bookable via the international booking portals.
01 Storvatnet valley 02 Storvatnet valley 03 Storvatnet valley
04 Flakstadpollen and Flakstadtinden
05 Flakstadpollen and Flakstadtinden 06 Flakstadtinden mountain
07 Road to Nusfjord 08 Stjerntinden mountain 09 Stjerntinden mountain
10 Waterfall 11 Kollfjellet mountain 12 Kollfjellet mountain 13 Kollfjellet mountain
14 Stjerntinden and Storvatnet lake 15 Nusfjord 16 Nusfjord 17 Nusfjord
18 Nusfjord 19 Houses in Nusfjord 20 Rorbu unit in Nusfjord
21 Nusfjord 22 Rorbu fishing huts in Nusfjord
23 Nusfjord harbour 24 Rorbu fishing huts in Nusfjord
25 Houses in Nusfjord 26 Houses in Nusfjord 27 Rorbuer in Nusfjord
28 Rorbu fishing huts in Nusfjord 29 Boat house in Nusfjord 30 Rorbu fishing huts in Nusfjord
32 Boat house in Nusfjord 32 Nusfjord bay 33 Flakstad cemetery
34 Lofoten beach camp 35 Ramberg beach 36 Ramberg white sand beach
37 Ramberg white sand beach 38 Ramberg beach 39 Ramberg beach
40 Ramberg beach 41 Ramberg beach 42 Ramberg beach 43 Ramberg beach
44 Houses in Ramberg 45 Ramberg beach 46 Ramberg beach 47 Ramberg beach
48 Ramberg beach 49 Ramberg white sand beach 01 Fredvang harbour
02 Boats in Fredvang harbour 03 Fredvang harbour 04 Akkarviktinden mountain
05 Reine 06 Reine
07 Reine bay 08 Rorbu huts in Reine
09 Reine bay 10 Olstinden mountain
11 Fish drying rack in Reine 12 Tapperiet cafe in Reine 13 Rorbu huts in Reine
14 Rorbu huts in Reine 15 Reine bay
16 Reine bay
17 Rorbu huts in Reine 18 Sports shop in Reine 19 Reine harbour
20 Reine harbour 21 Reine harbour 22 Reine 23 Å i Lofoten
24 Å i Lofoten 25 Rorbu guesthouse in Å harbour 26 Yellow flowers 27 Trees in Å village
28 Seagull nests on roof 29 Å i Lofoten harbour area 30 Å i Lofoten pier 31 Å i Lofoten pier
32 Å i Lofoten harbour area 33 Å i Lofoten harbour area 34 Å i Lofoten pier 35 Å i Lofoten harbour area
36 Å i Lofoten 37 Stockfish museum in Å i Lofoten 38 Rorbu huts in Å i Lofoten 39 Moskenes harbour parking area 40 Moskenes church
41 Moskenes-Bodo ferry 42 Moskenes-Bodo ferry 43 Moskenes 44 Moskenes harbour
45 Moskenes ferry terminal 46 Eastern coast 47 Eastern coast 01 Purple fireweed flowers on northern coast
02 Valbukta bay 03 Sloverfjorden 04 Slover fjord
05 Sloverfjorden 06 Sloverfjorden tunnel 07 Sloverfjorden tunnel 08 Mountains around Sloverfjorden
09 Sloverfjorden 10 Mountains around Sloverfjorden 11 Sloverfjorden
12 Austnes fjord
13 Austnes fjord 14 Rulten mountain 15 Rema supermarket in Svolvaer
16 Svolvaer 01 Kongsjordpollen bay 02 Brustranda camping huts near Valberg
03 Kongsjordpollen bay 04 Lofoten Viking museum in Borg 05 Forest trail
06 Viking ship replica 07 Lofoten Viking museum in Borg 08 Lofoten Viking museum in Borg 09 Lofoten Viking museum in Borg
10 Horses 11 Road to Eggum 12 Jellvollstinden mountain
13 Ytterpollen bay 14 Eggum
15 Middagsheia hill in Eggum 16 Middagsheia hill in Eggum 17 Middagsheia hill in Eggum
18 Unstad bay and beach 19 Unstad bay
20 Kleivheia promontory 21 Unstad beach
22 Unstad beach 23 Haukland beach 24 Haukland white sand beach
25 Haukland beach 26 Haukland beach 27 Haukland beach
28 Haukland white sand beach
29 Haukland white sand beach 01 Ferry upper deck 02 Ferry bridge and control tower
03 Norwegian flag 04 Passenger room with seats 05 Ferry upper deck 06 Sunset 07 Landegode island
08 Landegode island
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