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Fisherman's shacks in Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway
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Fisherman's shacks in Lofoten, Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway

National Geographic recommends Lofoten

In November 2007, National Geographic Traveler rated the Lofoten islands of Northern Norway the third most appealing islands in the world.
Quote start Chilly, high-latitude islands form a 'masterpiece' of spectacular outcrops steeped in cherished tradition. Quote end
National Geographic Traveler (November 2007)

Lofoten is known for excellent fishing and nature attractions, and small villages off the beaten track. During summer, the sun never sets over white beaches with clear green water and sea teaming with fish. There are towering mountains with pointed peaks which reflect the red glow of the midnight sun.

Lofoten is also known for great scuba diving, small fishing villages that are still intact and running the same way as always, and an interesting Viking Museum.

National Geographic about Lofoten

"Chilly, high-latitude islands form a 'masterpiece' of spectacular outcrops steeped in cherished tradition. Many of the villagers rent out cosy rorbu, the historic fishermen's cabins". "There are several excellent museums and art galleries".

"As is true with most of Norway, the local authorities have been careful in making sure that tourism coexists with the traditional culture."

The principal islands

Lofoten is the archipelago to the west in the ocean, north of the Arctic Circle, at the 67th and 68th degree parallels. The seven principal islands of Lofoten are Austvågøy, Gimsøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy, Moskenesøy, Værøy and Røst.

Getting to Lofoten

There are daily flights into the airports in Lofoten. Travelling around Lofoten is most easily done by car, bike and ferries. Read more about getting to Lofoten.

 

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Last updated:  2012-12-19
Couple enjoying the view of Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway
Couple enjoying the view of Lofoten, Norway
Fisherman´s cabin in Å in Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Frithjof Fure/Innovation Norway
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Fisherman's shacks in Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway

National Geographic recommends Lofoten

In November 2007, National Geographic Traveler rated the Lofoten islands of Northern Norway the third most appealing islands in the world.

National Geographic recommends Lofoten

Source: Visitnorway

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Tourist information in Lofoten

There are several tourist information offices in Lofoten. Some of them are closed during winter.

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Lofoten consists of seven main islands with a total of 24,000 inhabitants.

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