"I feel small doing this. Small on a big sea with almost thousand metres high mountains right next to me," says Spinx, with a somewhat nervous smile on his face.
Spinx is near the fishing village of Henningsvær, getting kayak lessons and instructions before heading out on the open sea. It doesn't take long before Spinx chooses the easiest way to do this: a double kayak with a more experienced person on board. If you have tried this before, or if you have a feel for it, you can get a single kayak and get to paddle more freely.
Kayaking is a popular activity in the Lofoten Islands, and there are many operators letting out kayaks and offering lessons and guided tours.
You get to paddle by houses where people still live, and by abandoned fishermen's cabins. And it's not unusual to spot sea eagles.
Fishing has been, and still is, to a degree, the reason why people have lived here. The Lofoten Islands are where fishermen came from all over Norway for the winter cod fishing. And many still do. Spinx meets up with a local fisherman out at sea, and is invited onboard the big fishing vessel. He is told stories about the Lofoten fisheries; what it meant, and what it means today. And then, finally, he gets to try fishing himself.
There is a big variety of operators offering different kinds of fishing tours in the Lofoten Islands.
The Lofoten Islands are known for the old fishermen's cabins ("rorbuer") that have been restored and turned into modern accommodation for travellers. Find a fishermen’s cabin, hotel or campsite in the Lofoten Islands.
Explore the Lofoten Islands on foot, go rafting in the Trollfjord and visit Lofotr Viking Museum. Taste stockfish and be amazed by the midnight sun. Find out what to do in the Lofoten Islands.
There are daily flights into the three airports in the Lofoten Islands. Travelling around the Lofoten Islands is most easily done by car, bike and ferries. Find means of transportation to and in the Lofoten Islands.
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