Lofoten Islands - Norway
Don’t forget to pack your camera, as you embark into one of Norway’s most visually spectacular locations. Norway is famed for its fjords and mountains, and the Lofoten Islands are home to some of the country’s most epic examples of these two natural features. Postcard-worthy fishing villages adorn the coastlines, in the shadow of colossal mountains that tower over the picturesque bays. The E10 road is a designated Travel Tourist Route and allows visitors to travel the entire length of the archipelago of islands. This is the best way to take in the glorious scenery, including sheltered beach bays and the iconic wooden drying racks in every village which fishing communities have used to dry the cod which has long fuelled the islands. Visit the Viking Museum to discover the islands intriguing Viking past, and take to the seas to see the incredible sight of whales surfacing in the striking bays.
Where is it?
Lofoten is located on the north coast of Norway, in the traditional fishing county of Nordland. It lies just inside the Arctic Circle.
What is it?
Lofoten is an Archipelago of Islands, and is renowned for its combination of mountainous scenery, bays and beaches.
Best time to visit?
Summer is definitely the best time to visit with June, July and August giving the best chance of good weather, providing long, seemingly endless days.
The Islands are home to a multitude of attractive beaches, but Utakleiv is arguably the most beautiful. It was once voted as the number one most romantic beach in Europe by The Times.