The Natural Beauty of the Lofoten Islands Norway

If you don’t mind the cold so much and you love checking out island paradises, the Lofoten Islands Norway just might be heaven on earth for you.

There are few places in Europe that could possibly rival the sheer magnificent beauty of this amazing archipelago. By this, I mean majestic mountains and peaks, deep fjords, colorful fishing villages, open sea and sheltered bays, squawking seabird colonies, fabulous arctic-fresh air and long, surf-swept beaches.

When describing the Lofoten Islands, Lonely Planet stated: “The beauty of this place is simply staggering”.

Here I want to share with you some of what I experienced and photographed on a recent trip I made with my fiancé, James.

 

Where are the Lofoten Islands Norway?

Lofoten Islands Norway location
Pinpointing the location of the Lofoten Island Norway. Image: Life in Norway.

Located within the Arctic Circle at the 68th and 69th parallels north, the Lofoten Islands are just off the coast of Northern Norway in the county of Nordland.

The total land area of the islands amounts to 1,227 square kilometres (474 square miles), and the local residents number around 24,500, making Lofoten one of the world’s northernmost populated regions.

While still cold, due to the warm Gulf Stream, Lofoten actually has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude. Between late May and mid-July (which is when we visited) you can experience the midnight sun here, whilst the northern lights can be viewed from September to mid-April.

 

Getting there

The Natural Beauty of the Lofoten Islands Norway
The Lofoten Islands are a true paradise within the arctic circle. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Although perhaps not the easiest destination to get to in the world, the Lofoten Islands Norway are still pretty accessible all year round. As of 2017, there were over 1 million annual visitors finding their way here as word of the beauty of this place continues to grow.

As you might imagine, there are many ferries carrying locals, holiday-makers, cargo and vehicles out from the mainland every day. You can also reach most of the islands by road. This is because all of the main islands in this archipelago are connected by a series of roads and bridges, making it possible to access this region from the mainland by car, motorhome, caravan or bus.

The closest mainland airports to the islands are at Bodø and Narvik. If arriving at Bodø you can take another flight to Lofoten, landing at Svolvær, Leknes or Røst. If coming from Narvik, you are able to take a bus that takes around 3 or so hours.

Once you get there, there is really not very much in the way of regular public transport, so my tip to get the most out of seeing these islands is to rent a car so you can get anywhere you want at any time.

 

Our Journey

We had reached the Arctic Circle within Norway by taking a road trip along the country’s west coast beginning in Bergen. Originally, we had planned to continue up to Narvik and head over to the archipelago from there.

However, when we reached the city of Bodø, friends that we had met there suggested we instead book ourselves and our car on one of the Hurtigruten ferries that travel directly to Lofoten. We could then drive through the islands to Narvik before heading south again later. Luckily, we were able to get tickets at short notice and so we drove up to the wharf, checked in and looked forward to a lovely cruise out to the islands.

 

Hurtigruten Ship NordNorge at Bodo
The Hurtigruten Cruise Ship Nodnorge moored at Bodo before departing to Lofoten Islands. Photo: James Visser.

 

View of Bodo surrounds from the ship
View of Bodo harbour surrounds from the ship before departure. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

We had heard that this particular passage could be very rough. Well, we must have been very lucky again as the cruise was so smooth and tranquil. Lasting around 4 hours, the cruise wasn’t a long one by any means but it was certainly relaxing and the views on board were just fabulous.

 

Norwegian Sea waters heading for the Lofoten Islands Norway
Looking toward the islands from the Norwegian Sea shows how rocky and steep they are, not to mention the snow-covered peaks. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Nicole Anderson heading to the Lofoten Islands Norway
Such a great view at the front lounge area overlooking our approach to the islands. Photo: James Visser.

 

The port of Stamsund, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Approaching the village of Stamsund where we would disembark. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Stamsund Harbour, Lofoten Islands, Norway.
Looking back out to Stamsund Harbour as we were docking. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Arriving at Lofoten

We docked at Stamsund, a traditional trawl fishing village at around 5.00 pm. After driving the car off the ship, we then had a leisurely look around before heading to Svolvær, where we had booked a hotel room. It was just as well the road getting there wasn’t that busy as both James and I were just in awe of the surrounding scenery as we made our way there.

Driving of the Hurtigruten Ship at Stamsund, Lofoten Islands Norway
Just about to drive off the ship at Stamsund being directed by one of the crew members. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Start of road trip from Stamsund Norway
Just around the corner from disembarking the ship, we can see a little cove beside the main road (E10) that connects all the main islands in the archipelago. In the background, you can see the mountainous terrain that you find across these islands. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Lofoten Islands drive Norway
We drove past so many lovely coves looking out to the rocky mountainous scenery in this cold but beautiful place. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Camping spot and cabins, Lofoten Islands Norway
Lovely camping spot with cabins overlooking the water. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Nature abounds in the Lofoten Islands Norway
At every turn, these islands showed us such gorgeous scenery. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Bridge at Lofoten Islands Norway
Crossing one of the bridges that connect the islands. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Svolvær in the Lofoten Islands
The city of Svolvær on the waterfront where we would be staying. Photo: James Visser.

 

Having enjoyed the drive from Stamsund to Svolvær and checked into our hotel, we were heading out for a bit of a walk and right outside our hotel we could see the Hurtigruten ship we had just cruised on, coming into the harbour where we were staying. You might think that it would have been better if we had stayed on board and disembarked then – but of course, if we had done that, we would not have enjoyed seeing the previous sights from within the islands by road.

 

MV Nordenorge, Hurtigruten, in Svolvær, Norway.
Hurtigruten’s MV Nordnorge coming into dock at Svolvær. Photo: James Visser.

 

Svolvær might be the largest city on Lofoten but it remains tiny by international standards with a population of less than 5,000. Nevertheless, it is such a lovely and clean place to stay with such friendly and engaging people.

 

Driving through the archipelago to the mainland

We drove through the E10 National Scenic Route that runs the length of the main islands of the archipelago, heading toward Narvik. On the way, everything we saw in relation to the environment was pristine, showing just how well Norwegians maintain the beauty of their natural surrounds. It is also worth mentioning the 10 points of the Lofoten Code of Conduct that is widely promoted and it obviously works well.

And so here again we were in for a feast for the eyes as Lofoten lived up to its reputation of being among the most naturally beautiful places in existence.

 

The Marina at Svolvær Norway
The Marina at Svolvær that we passed heading back toward the mainland. Photo: James Visser.

 

Clean and pristine Lofoten Islands Norway
These islands are so unspoilt and pristine and the air is just so clean. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Touring along the E10 in the Lofoten Islands.
Where you don’t see imposing rocky heights or clear waters, there is the lush green that is everywhere here. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Boat near the Lofoten Islands
So peaceful and tranquil a setting with wonderful views everywhere. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Activities

Quite apart from photography, fishing and exploring there are a number of other things to do while spending time in these islands. Especially during the summer when there is light all the time this gives visitors ample time to try a host of exciting activities, such as kayaking, hiking, midnight golf and—for adventurous types—even surfing!

 

Key places of Interest

Beautiful Lofoten Islands
Who would guess this was taken on an island in the arctic circle? Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Lofotodden National Park is Norway’s latest National Park and takes up an area of more than 100km in the western part of the archipelago and is definitely worth exploring.

Henningsvær is a village built on several tiny islands seemingly dropped into the water from the mighty Vågakallen mountain and is one of Lofoten’s best-known places. It is home to a couple of art galleries and stunning waterside views from pretty much every spot as well as home to one of the most picturesque football pitches in the world!

The approach by car to the island village of Reine is said to be nothing short of breathtaking and is well equipped for visitors. Overlooking the village, the Reinebringen mountain is a top destination for experienced hikers. Just five miles on from Reine is the end of the E10 highway and the village of Å, the last letter of the Norwegian alphabet. The small village serves a dual purpose as a fishing village museum.

Lofotr Viking Museum is built on what is believed to have been a site of great importance during the Viking era. The reconstructed longhouse atop a hill is the highlight, especially as archaeological digs indicated a chieftain’s home once stood there.

 

Heading on our way

There is no doubt that we would have liked to have stayed longer here and explored so much more. However, our itinerary to reach other places meant that we needed to keep moving to see so much more of this wonderful country. So, we headed off in our car to our next stop in Narvik before turning south again toward Bergen. It was a special time we will always remember and will look to come back in the future when in this region again.

Do you share the attraction for exploring these beautiful islands within the arctic circle? Please share any thoughts you might have on the Lofoten Islands Norway in the comments section below.

 

The Lofoten Islands in Norway. Once seen, never forgotten.
The Lofoten Islands in Norway. Once seen, never forgotten. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

This article is part of the Natural Beauty Travel Series authored by travel writer Nicole Anderson.
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116 thoughts on “The Natural Beauty of the Lofoten Islands Norway

  • September 5, 2020 at 9:32 am
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    those islands are pure perfection just like Norway is in general. I wish i will come and visit one day

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    • September 5, 2020 at 9:55 pm
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      Norway is certainly regarded by many to be one of the most beautiful countries Florin and I’m sure you would agree if you are also able to visit one day. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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  • September 5, 2020 at 5:25 am
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    Norway is such a beautiful country. I love your images, the scenery is just stunning. It must have been so convenient to be able to bring the car with you, my favorite way to explore a destination is by car. It gives you so much more freedom. Henningsvær would be a must for me, the idea of a village being built on tiny islands is so fascinating. I hope to be able to cruise to the area someday!

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    • September 5, 2020 at 9:54 pm
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      Cruises are certainly very popular in Norway Melissa, due to many beautiful places they are able to dock at all along the Norwegian coast. Taking a car on land though was such a great experience as we really managed to enjoy the best access to many spots that are famous for their sheer stunning scenery. I hope you will enjoy your future visit as much as we did.

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  • September 4, 2020 at 11:26 pm
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    Lofoten Islands sounds amazing and looks breathtakingly beautiful! Norway, the Arctic Circle are all on my list and hope to get there soon. Thank you so much for sharing your adventure – it has reminded me to look forward to travelling abroad.

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  • September 4, 2020 at 11:19 pm
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    The Lofoten Islands is truly a wonderful place to visit. Wow! Your pictures brought this natural beauty alive in my mind and it is a place I have my eyes set on to visit.

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    • September 5, 2020 at 9:48 pm
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      I truly throught the same way when I saw images of Lofoten prior to visiting Norway, Bolupe. This just had to be on our itinerary and I’m so happy we visited and that this post has given you similar feelings.

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  • September 4, 2020 at 1:36 pm
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    I haven’t had the chance to explore Norway, your photos are too beautiful. Honestly, before your post, I have heard much about these islands. But after reading it, I realised this is a must-visit place. The cruise looked truly amazing.

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  • September 4, 2020 at 1:27 am
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    I love how gorgeous these islands are. The pictures are so beautiful and Norway is such a gorgeous country anyway wow!

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  • September 3, 2020 at 7:44 pm
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    I have not been to Norway yet, but when I do I know Lofoten is so high on my list! People’s photos from that area are always so stunning and I just love the fjords along the coast 🙂

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    • September 4, 2020 at 9:34 pm
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      I’m sure you wouldn’t be disappointed Kelly, Norway is just so beautiful and the Lofoten Islands are really so special. The fjords of course are stunning and are probably what most people associate with natural beauty in Norway.

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  • September 3, 2020 at 5:02 pm
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    When we visited Tromso few years back, we wanted to combine it with Lofoten Islands. But then realised the many things that Lofoten had to experience, we decided to leave it aside and do it as a separate trip. Would love to go back to Norway, and explore Lofoten and Flam railway.

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    • September 4, 2020 at 9:32 pm
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      I can totally understand why you would want to make a separate trip to see Lofoten, Anuradha. It would definitely be worth another trip back. We also enjoyed taking a rail trip in Norway as well, the scenery is just so gorgeous.

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  • September 3, 2020 at 3:24 pm
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    I love Lofoten, and I would like to go back there. You had such an exciting trip. I traveled there for a week in a camper van, but I still have many places to see.
    Lofoten is one of the most beautiful places in Europe for me

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    • September 4, 2020 at 9:29 pm
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      I could agree more with your comments about Lofoten, Agnieszka! Word about this place is starting to get out and so many people are keen to see it first hand. A true gem in Europe.

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  • September 3, 2020 at 1:38 pm
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    Norway and the Lofoten Islands are at the top of my bucket list for sure! I have friends who live in Norway and Im always amazed by its beauty for sure! I love that you have added how to get there! so helpful! It looks so calming and your photos are proof of just how stunning the views are! I really hope I’m lucky enough to visit one day!

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    • September 4, 2020 at 9:27 pm
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      You are so lucky to have friends that live there Emma! It would be so good to visit them and see some of these fabulous sites at the same time. Hope you get the opportunity once we are all able to safely travel again.

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  • September 3, 2020 at 9:37 am
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    Norway looks amazing. Some beautiful scenery in that part of the world. Would love to visit one day. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  • August 28, 2020 at 8:44 pm
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    Norway is on my travel list once the pandemic is over, such breathtaking pictures!

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  • August 28, 2020 at 3:15 pm
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    Norway is certainly right up there when we look at all the European counties that we have visited. And our experience was so very memorable although we managed to visit only Oslo & Bergen. Lofoten Islands definitely is like paradise that we would love to visit. But this journey with you was so refreshing and it was like being there. Thank you for that.

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    • August 31, 2020 at 11:18 pm
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      You are so welcome Subhashish and I do hope you will return to Norway one day to further explore such fabulous locations outside of the cities. Thank you for reading and sharing your comment.

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  • August 28, 2020 at 11:32 am
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    Your photos (and many other posts) make me want to go explore Norway! I have never been, but the natural beauty in your photos draws me in, especially the water. There is something calming and refreshing about water, especially the ocean and that is always worth a visit for me.

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    • August 31, 2020 at 11:16 pm
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      I have always loved being near and around water as well, Erica. Norway has so much of this with their fjords, lakes, waterfalls and of course fronting the Norwegian Sea. A nature lovers paradise for sure!

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  • August 28, 2020 at 8:13 am
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    I have been OBSESSED with Norway for the past year. There are just so many breathtaking parks, lakes, fjords, etc. I really want to plan a slow travel trip to Norway so I can really take the time to enjoy it. Lofoten Islands is definitely on my list.

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    • August 31, 2020 at 11:13 pm
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      It sounds like you would totally have the greatest time LuLu, especially if you can travel there slowly. Taking your time will really allow you to explore so much at a leisurely pace to complete immerse yourself in this and other fabulous locations throughout Norway.

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  • August 27, 2020 at 3:19 pm
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    It looks so incredibly peaceful. My husband and I are in love with outdoor travel, spending our vacation time visiting locations where we can camp, hike, canoe or kayak. I will be honest, the Lofoten Islands were never on my list of places that we needed to visit before (I knew nothing about them) but it sounds like it would be a great destination for us to check out and explore when the weather is right.

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    • August 31, 2020 at 11:11 pm
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      If you love outdoor activities and don’t mind colder weather, the Lofoten Islands would sound to me to be a great choice for you and your husband, Britt. There is so much in the way of activities you can do there while exploring this beautiful part of the world. You might also prefer to choose a summer time visit like we did.

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  • August 27, 2020 at 1:41 pm
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    Lofoten Islands sound like an amazing place. Nature is really stunning. Breathtaking. I hope to visit Norway one day. I will sure put this on a list to visit too. Thanks for this lovely guide.

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  • August 27, 2020 at 11:57 am
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    Norway is one of the places I would love to visit. The Lofoten Islands in particular look so beautiful. Despite having friends who live there, I’ve never been. I should get my list together and step my feet in Norway.

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    • August 31, 2020 at 11:07 pm
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      Having friends there puts you at a great advantage, Joyce. I’m sure they would love to help you plan your trip to get the most out of your time there. It will be time you spend with them that you will never forget.

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  • August 27, 2020 at 11:52 am
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    I am obsessed with anything Scandinavian although I have never been there. But I have met many Swedes, Norwegians and Danes and I am yet to meet someone from there who I didn’t like. That is such a great pull for me. Not to mention the beautiful scenery like this that seems to be everywhere. I love your pictures. They are magnificent and I really hope that some day I will be able to explore Norway as well. That viking-era museum would totally do it for me!

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  • August 26, 2020 at 11:55 am
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    The first picture definitely brings out the paradise part of the Arctic Circle. Whether it was the cruise or your drive, every turn on the path reveals such gorgeous landscapes. I would be hanging out on a burst mode trying to capture it all. Would love to stop at the various villages and even the football field that you describe.

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    • August 27, 2020 at 12:27 am
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      It was honestly hard not to take a good photo there, Ami, and we are not professional photographers by any means! It’s just everywhere you look just is so scenic and unspoilt. I must admit I love that first photo as well. Thank you so much for sharing such lovely thoughts on your impressions.

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  • August 26, 2020 at 9:52 am
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    The city of Svolvær looks amazing. the mountain scenery looks so clean, fresh and unspoilt. Norway is a beautiful part of the world and well worth exploring x

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  • August 26, 2020 at 12:28 am
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    Such a beautiful place, and experience. I thought the cabins overlooking the water was so beautiful. You provided great photos, and I was able to feel like I was experiencing all of this with you. Thank you so much for sharing your experience there.

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    • August 27, 2020 at 12:22 am
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      My pleasure Stephanie. It makes my day to know that readers really enjoy some of the fabulous places like the Lofoten Islands that I am able to share here. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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  • August 25, 2020 at 9:00 pm
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    It looks so breathtaking, I’m definitely putting it on my list of places to visit once Covid is over. The serenity in all those pictures, wow.

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  • August 25, 2020 at 7:04 pm
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    What a scenic place. Lofoten looks dreamy with deep fjords, colorful fishing villages, open sea, sheltered bays, squawking seabird colonies but I am not surprised because Norway is like that. I lived in OSLO for a month and did explore some places in and around. Every place was gorgeous. Lofoten has a great location and with midnight sun as well as Northern lights, it become special. Would not miss going there next time. And the cruise trip sounds great.

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    • August 27, 2020 at 12:18 am
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      Thank you so much for sharing that lovely comment Manjulika. The more we got away from the city of Oslo (which by the way I think is a very nice city), the more we got to appreciate just how fabulous and beautiful the country of Norway is. So pleased that you are keen on visiting the Lofoten Islands next time.

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  • August 25, 2020 at 4:41 pm
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    Nicole, I have travelled a lot, but never been to Norway. It is on my bucket list. I knew very little about the Lofoten islands, but this place looks beautiful. You have convinced me to go there one day! Thank you for sharing this!

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  • August 25, 2020 at 3:16 pm
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    Wow looks absolutely stunning! I can’t wait to visit Norway someday. I have lots of ancestry from there and Sweden. Great pictures!!

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  • August 25, 2020 at 11:01 am
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    This place is amazingly beautiful, it is so calming and relaxing. To be honest, I want to be there too someday!

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  • August 25, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    What a truly fantastic place to visit! The views are outstanding and I must visit one day.

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  • August 24, 2020 at 3:16 pm
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    The Lofoten Islands look like a great way to experience the picturesque beauty of Norway without the crowds. I love the quaint fishing villages that you visited. I’m sure they had some killer seafood to feast on! I was in awe of all the rocky cliffs and peaks that you were to get so close to while exploring the archapeligo. Simply stunning! I definitely love the cold and would definitely face the cold Arctic temps to visit this beauty!

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    • August 27, 2020 at 12:09 am
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      I’m so pleased you also love this special place, Martha. It is truly a great asset for Norway and made even more attractive by the fact that it is not overcrowded and overrun by tourists. Yes, there are tourists around that were enjoying this as much as we were, but not at all like other places where it tends to impact on your experience. Totally agree that cold temps still make this so worthwhile.

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  • August 24, 2020 at 2:21 pm
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    I’ve been thinking about planning a trip to Norway for a while and the Lofoten Islands are definitely on my wishlist. We really like self-drive so I like the idea of using the Hurtigruten ferries to travel up to Lofoten. I’ve made a note of your sightseeing suggestions for when we go, especially the Viking museum.

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  • August 24, 2020 at 12:12 pm
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    The Lofoten Islands look like an amazing experience. Those cute little cabins on the shore of Svolvær are so charming. I would love to stay there and spend my time exploring the archipelago, hiking, and kayaking along the shore. The fact that it is a remote destination makes it even more enticing due to the preserved natural beauty of the place.

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    • August 27, 2020 at 12:02 am
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      I couldn’t agree more Cecilia. The cabins you refer to are not exactly part of Svolvær, but situated along the road between Svolvær and Stamsund (a couple of hours drive). It is such an idealic spot for anyone keen to get away and immerse themselves in this unspoilt nature.

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  • August 23, 2020 at 10:31 pm
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    The Lofoten Islands indeed looks like paradise. I’ve never been there but they look really beautiful.

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  • August 23, 2020 at 9:44 am
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    This place looks like an absolute dream. Thank you so much for this post. I hope to visit these beautiful islands someday.

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  • August 23, 2020 at 2:03 am
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    Arctic Circle…woah!! That is one picturesque town and I expected to see ice everywhere. This I can manage because I’m not fond of acute cold and ice at all. What an adventure!

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    • August 24, 2020 at 3:04 am
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      Well I must say that what you see here Kemi is during the height of summer. While still cold, it is quite different from winter when there is so much more in the way of snow and ice. Perhaps you will consider a summer trip as well to experience these beautiful islands.

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  • August 22, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    oh Norway is always so special and so pretty! I miss it badly. I wish I could have my vacation there now

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  • August 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm
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    I haven’t been to Lofoten Islands, Norway. It looks amazing! I hope I can do camping and trekking here after the pandemic. I’ll include it in my wish list for sure! Great photos!

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    • August 26, 2020 at 10:52 am
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      Lofoten Islands are stunning! The photos do have a cold vibe surrounding them but what a wonderful visual of Norway! I can only imagine kayaking through these waters surrounded by the mountains. How incredible that must be!

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      • August 26, 2020 at 11:54 pm
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        Although it was summer there, it was still definitely cold, Kaitlin. Many people actually do kayak in these waters but I would suspect that most of them are locals. Such beautiful, pristine waters there. Thank you for your lovely comment and sharing your thoughts.

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  • August 22, 2020 at 6:05 pm
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    The place looks absolutely beautiful. I love cold places. I really like your narrative when you explained how to get there. I’ll add it to my bucketlist!

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  • August 22, 2020 at 4:04 pm
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    We were certainly sorry we did not get as far north as the Lofoten Islands on our visit to the Norway fjords. We loved that the ferries let you experience so many great spots like this. A great way to get a bit of a cruise and see the sights from the water. We have to agree with how clean and pristine Norway was. Great when you want to experience all the outdoors had to offer. Although we did not try midnight golf! This will definitely be on our travel list when we plan a return trip.

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    • August 24, 2020 at 2:58 am
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      I’m sure you would find a return trip to Norway to be well worthwhile if you intend on including the Lofoten Islands, Linda. We were lucky that the Hurtigruten fleet of ships operate daily so we could enjoy cruising out there as well as driving once we had landed. These islands are just a magical part of the world.

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  • August 22, 2020 at 11:00 am
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    This does indeed look beautiful! I am not a fan of the cold, but I visited Alaska in January/February last year and it wasn’t as bad as I expected! Maybe I could handle Norway too. 🙂

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    • August 24, 2020 at 2:54 am
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      It might be a good idea for you to visit Norway in the summer, Marie. Not only is it still beautiful then but you could also enjoy the effects of the midnight sun, that allows you to get even more into your days, exploring so much natural beauty. I’m sure you would not just handle it, but love it as well.

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  • August 22, 2020 at 6:32 am
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    I’ve heard a lot about Norway and I haven’t traveled up that far in the world yet, but one day! Thanks for piquing my interest!

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  • August 22, 2020 at 4:14 am
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    I just love the views! Norway is such a beautiful country. So much greenery around. The places you’ve been to look so idyllic. How I wish I could visit someday!

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    • August 24, 2020 at 2:51 am
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      I hope you will add Norway to your list of ‘must see’ places, Kristine. It’s been lovely to see you comment on quite a few articles in this series and I really think you would love to go and see it all for yourself. In the meanwhile, I hope you will continue to read other articles yet to be published on this beautiful land.

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  • August 21, 2020 at 10:59 pm
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    holy cow. what a gorgeous place those islands are. i love all the photos you have shared. gorgeous. a cruise around the islands sounds like the best way to get around.

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    • August 24, 2020 at 2:48 am
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      We were lucky in that we enjoyed a cruise and then were able to drive off the ship to explore through the islands by road, Joy. It was so wonderful to be able to experience both the sea and land options.

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  • August 21, 2020 at 7:12 pm
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    What an adventure! Lofoten Islands is such a wonderful, scenic place and it is truly worth the visit.

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  • August 21, 2020 at 7:12 pm
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    Oh wow, it really does look like a stunning place to visit. Loving all the natural scenery, I do love to go to those sorts of places.

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    • August 22, 2020 at 8:35 am
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      The views are amazing and the mountains have just blown me away. I have a friend in Norway who I am yet to visit so hopefully soon when everything happening is over.

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      • August 24, 2020 at 2:38 am
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        Thanks so much Joan. It would be wonderful for you to be able to visit your friend and go and explore Lofoten Islands together. Hopefully the pandemic will soon be under control.

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  • August 21, 2020 at 6:50 pm
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    Wow, those views are AMAZING! I visited Oslo when I was younger but I never stepped out of the city. Clearly I was missing out!

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    • August 24, 2020 at 2:36 am
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      I would tend to agree there, Ronnie. When travelling I always do my best to get well away from the cities to really appreciate what a country has to offer. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • August 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm
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    I didn’t realize at first that there are so many hours of daylight in these islands depending on when you’re visiting. This really takes the stress out of planning the trip, because you essentially never have to worry about “running out of time” to do an outdoor activity. Midnight golf sounds like such a blast, and quite the unique experience! I’m not very good at regular golf, but I’d give this a try for sure!

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    • August 24, 2020 at 2:35 am
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      That is definitely a valid point Stephanie. It kind of gives you more value in your holiday during summer as it stays lighter all night. I must admit midnight golf intrigues me as well.

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  • August 21, 2020 at 4:51 pm
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    This trip sounds amazing! And what a beautiful place. Lofoten is now on my ‘places to travel’ wishlist! Thank you so much for sharing your trip there with us.

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  • August 21, 2020 at 2:15 pm
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    Although I’ve never been to Norway before, I would love to go someday! It looks like such a dreamy place to visit. My boyfriend went last fall (including to the Lofoten Islands) and was telling me about how incredible it was.

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  • August 21, 2020 at 12:37 pm
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    WOW, I’m ready to hop on a plane right now and go explore Norway. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures and explanation of your trip. That scenery is gorgeous!

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  • August 21, 2020 at 11:31 am
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    wow, this looks like such an incredible journey. A few years back I did the Norwegian fjords. Next time I visit again, ill have to go back to all these places I seemed to have missed.

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    • August 24, 2020 at 2:29 am
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      I hope this series on Norway will be of help to you there, Emily. In my view, it is definitely worth another trip. Whilst the fjords are very beautiful, there is also a lot more to see in this unspoilt country.

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  • August 21, 2020 at 10:52 am
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    Norway is an amazing country. I’ve seen photos and videos of its architecture before, but I had no idea it was so mountainous. I love the way you can practically be on a mountain and down by the ocean in a matter of minutes.

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    • August 24, 2020 at 2:27 am
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      That’s for sure, Ben. And in these islands, there is a total lack of any pollution and the air is so fresh (aside from the fact that it does get cold). Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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  • August 21, 2020 at 4:08 am
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    What a beautiful place it looks peaceful and I love the nature view. Norway is one of my dream places to visit someday. Awesome photos!

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  • August 21, 2020 at 1:45 am
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    I have never even gotten close to the arctic circle. I tend to travel mainly close to the Equator. But I would die to go and explore such a gorgeous side of Norway.

    But yeah you are right, it needs more time to be explored and truly enjoyed.

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