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LOFOTEN

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Bird's view of Henningsvær .
Photo: Christer Olsen Photo / Visitnorway.com
Bird's view of Henningsvær .
Photo: Christer Olsen Photo / Visitnorway.com

Play with your senses in some of the most stunning surroundings in the world.

Like here, in Henningsvær.

Bird's view of Henningsvær .
Photo: Christer Olsen Photo / Visitnorway.com
Bird's view of Henningsvær .
Photo: Christer Olsen Photo / Visitnorway.com

Play among the waves. They are all around.

Learn to surf at Unstad Arctic Surf (pictured) or Lofoten Beach Camp.

Or join a wildlife safari to watch other creatures play in the waves!

Unstad Arctic Surf .
Photo: Unstad Arctic Surf
Unstad Arctic Surf .
Photo: Unstad Arctic Surf

Play at the beaches ...

Find new ways to ride through the waves – at Hov Hestegård! You can even play golf here – all night long ...

Horseback riding at Hov Gård in Northern Norway .
Photo: Hov Gård
Riding at Hov Gård in Northern Norway .
Photo: Hov Gård

... because in Lofoten, you can have fun with your friends 24 hours a day, under the midnight sun ...

Kayaking in the midnight sun .
Photo: Northern Explorer / Visitnorway.com
Kayaking in the midnight sun .
Photo: Northern Explorer / Visitnorway.com

... or catch the northern lights from September to March.

Nordlys over Reine i Lofoten .
Photo: Alex Conu / Visitnorway.com
Nordlys over Reine i Lofoten .
Photo: Alex Conu / Visitnorway.com

Play with the wind ...

Climb the famous Svolværgeita — or try one of the many recommended hikes in the area.

A professional guide can share the best places and stories with you!

Don't forget that the view from the smoother coastal trails or wild valleys can be just as rewarding!

Climbing Svolværgeita in Lofoten .
Photo: Destination Lofoten AS
Climbing Svolværgeita in Lofoten .
Photo: Destination Lofoten AS

Maybe today is your lucky day?

You are in Lofoten — of course you have to go on a fishing trip! Who will end up catching today’s dinner?

Cod fishing in Lofoten .
Photo: Visitnorway.com
Cod fishing Lofoten .
Photo: Visit Lofoten

You will also find local fishermen alongside hipsters and art lovers in the idyllic fishing village of Henningsvær, where you can experience some early holiday vibes during the famous Førjulseventyret in November and December.

Here, you can also ...

Christmas holiday in Henningsvær .
Photo: Visit Lofoten / Visitnorway.com
Førjulseventyret i Henningsvær .
Photo: Visit Lofoten / Visitnorway.com

... play with your creative mind.

What brings works by some of the world’s most renowned artists, like Ai Weiwei, Olafur Eliasson and Yoko Ono to Lofoten ... ?

KaviarFactory, Lofoten’s unique venue for world class contemporary art!

Kaviar factory in Henningsvær .
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen
Kaviar factory in Henningsvær .
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen

Behold Lofoten’s vibrant art scene.

In almost every little village, you will find a gallery or an artisan, experimenting with the colors and shapes that Lofoten inspires. Like here in Glasshytta Vikten.

Glassblowing at Vikten .
Photo: Dan Mariner
Glassblowing at Vikten .
Photo: Dan Mariner

Play with time.

Get to know the first skilled craftsmen that settled in Lofoten.

Travel back in time at the Lofotr viking museum at Borg, where you also can try rowing a real viking ship.

The Vikings also started another unique local tradition, that is still done in very much the same way today, so you can ...

Viking ship, Lofotr Viking Museum .
Photo: Lofotr Viking Museum
Viking ship, Lofotr Viking Museum .
Photo: Lofotr Viking Museum

... play with your senses.

What is that scent? Well, it’s the smell of money! And yes, of stockfish.

Dried fish at Røst .
Photo: Røst Sjømat / Visitnorway.com
Dried fish at Røst .
Photo: Røst Sjømat / Visitnorway.com

Every year, between February and March, the migrating Atlantic cod, the skrei, comes to Lofoten to spawn.

This is the fish that built Norway, and that founded all the small, cosy fishing villages – like Å, Reine, Nusfjord, Ballstad, Stamsund and Kabelvåg. 

Ballstad village in Lofoten .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com
Ballstad village in Lofoten .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com

And it’s still able to play with your taste buds.

Try it grilled, baked, cooked, dry — or even as a pizza topping! And don’t forget to try Lofotlam, traditional Norwegian lamb meat from Lofoten, which now is protected with a European protected geographical indication (PGI).

Stockfish meal in Lofoten .
Photo: Hallvard Kolltveit
Stockfish meal in Lofoten .
Photo: Hallvard Kolltveit

A visit to a farm shop to taste award-winning cheeses, like Aalan Gård and Lofoten Gårdsysteri is also a must.

Aalan gård, farm cheese in Lofoten .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com
Aalan gård, farm cheese in Lofoten .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com

Another must is a stay in a rorbu, a fisherman’s cabin right by the sea. Enjoy a hot sauna – and maybe an even hotter moment with your loved one later on ...

Spa in Lofoten .
Photo: Visit Lofoten
Spa in Lofoten .
Photo: Visit Lofoten

... or play it cool.

Lofoten in the winter is a snowy paradise! You can try ski touring (always go with a local guide), or surf, go dog sledding or just stroll around in this otherworldly landscape.

Ski touring in Lofoten .
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen / Visitnorway.com
Ski touring in Lofoten .
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen / Visitnorway.com

In Svolvær, called "the smallest big city in the world", and the biggest town in Lofoten, you can play with more urban vibes.

Packed with great museums, restaurants and shops ...

Svolvær city in Lofoten .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com
Svolvær city in Lofoten .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com

... and the departing point for day cruises to the famous Trollfjord (pictured) and a lot of other activities.

Do you hear music playing? Remember to check if there is a festival going on somewhere nearby!

From Svolvær, you can also take the ferry to the "sunshine island" of Skrova.

Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival .
Photo: Hallvard Kolltveit / Visitnorway.com
Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival .
Photo: Hallvard Kolltveit / Visitnorway.com

Or play on an even more remote island.

For an adventure in truly pristine surroundings, take the ferry to the dramatic landscapes of Værøy (pictured) or the "opera island" of Røst.

Hiking Værøy Lofoten .
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen / Visitnorway.com
Hiking Værøy Lofoten .
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen / Visitnorway.com

Come and play!

Plan your trip to Lofoten.

Lofoten diving .
Photo: Hallvard Kolltveit
Lofoten diving .
Photo: Hallvard Kolltveit
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