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Discover the incredible islands of Lofoten – world famous for its wild and breathtaking nature. But it is the people, food and the art and culture that make people want to stay longer – and longer.
The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabirds, long, surf-swept beaches and small, interesting fishing villages.
“The beauty of this place is simply staggering.”
Lofoten has achieved the certification Sustainable Destination. Although this does not mean that the destination is sustainable, it does mean that it has made a commitment to work systematically to reduce the negative effects of tourism, while strengthening its positive ripple effects.
If you are seeking unforgettable nature experiences, Lofoten will definitely not let you down. Due to the area’s diverse landscape, you can go hiking, skiing, fishing, ocean rafting, riding or scuba diving. Lofoten is also one of the world’s northernmost sites for surfing.
Lofoten has a strong connection to the Viking Age, and at Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg you can explore how the Vikings used to live in a reconstruction of the largest Viking longhouse ever found from this era. The building is 83 meters long.
Due to the warm Gulf Stream, Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude. Between late May and mid July you can experience the midnight sun, whilst the northern lights can be viewed from September to mid April.
Fishing has been, and still is, the reason why people have lived here, and the region is known for its many small fishing villages. Stay in a Rorbu – an old fishermen’s cabin – and try eating skrei, the Arctic cod, and stockfish, dried cod.
The rapidly changing weather and magnificent light conditions have inspired artists and drawn them to this area for several decades, which is evident in the many art galleries and photo exhibitions.
Find more inspiration on Lofoten’s official website.
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The certification Sustainable Destination is a label given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impacts of tourism. In addition to providing visitors with enjoyable experiences, the destination must strive to minimise its impact on local nature, culture and the environment, and support the local community and economy. The municipality and the travel industry shall cooperate closely to assure that the destination is a great place in which to live as well as visit.
Due to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude, such as Alaska and Greenland.
The coastal climate in Lofoten makes the winters mild and the summers relatively cool.
January and February are the coldest months, with an average temperature of -1°C. July and August are warmest with an average temperature of 12°C.
May and June are the driest months, with an average 40 milimetre of rainfall. October is the wettest month. Strong winds can occur in late autumn and winter.
Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no.
Find more information about northern lights in the Lofoten Islands.
Please be considerate of your surroundings by following these simple guidelines. This way, you can be sure that your visit doesn’t diminish other people’s experience.
Read the complete Lofoten code of conduct.
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Cruise the coast from Bergen to Lofoten and experience nature on land, too. This 11-day tour includes a drive in Lofoten and a chance to explore Tromsø. 3 nights in a Rorbu, 3 nights on a coastal voyage, transfers, RIB boating, and much more. | 50 Degrees North
Visit Gimsøya, Torvdalshalsen, Haukland, Eggum, Unstad, Henningsvær, the Lofoten Cathedral, Napp, Nusfjord, Flakstad Beach, Hamnøy, Reine, Sakrisøya, and more. Accommodation not included. | Book Nordics
8-day self-guided tour from Svolvær to Reine. Includes accommodation, meals, luggage transfer, a boat transfer, and more. A cycling vacation in Lofoten is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! | Discover Norway
Slow travel means personal awareness: tuning into your own feelings, redefining and setting new goals, feeling peace, clearing brain fog, invigorating the mind and establishing what matters. | Up Norway.
Cross the Arctic Circle and experience Norway’s best-kept secret - without the hassle of driving on Lofoten's narrow roads yourself. Experience the midnight sun, charming villages, and incredible nature.
An exclusive culinary week in unique seaside and farm accommodation in the magical Lofoten archipelago. Local chefs guide you through a Nordic food extravaganza. Catch fresh seafood and pick salad for dinner in small organic gardens. | 50 Degrees North
4-day tour with Aurora Chase Guided tour, RIB boat tour, and accommodation in a traditional fisherman's cabin. | 50 Degrees North
A classic Lofoten adventure with a modern twist, experience Lofoten’s majestic Trollfjord and its white-tailed eagles in silence and comfort on board a panoramic & hybrid-electric boat | Brim Explorer
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