Explore the Best of Norway's Lofoten Islands!

Wonderguide by

Christy Woodrow

Explore the Best of Norway's Lofoten Islands!

Due to the dramatic scenery, the quaint fishing villages, and some of the friendliest locals you'll ever meet, The Lofoten Islands in Norway is one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world. These are my picks for the best experiences to have in the region!

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The Lofoten Islands are full of great activities to try. From hiking and surfing to cultural experiences, you'll have plenty of ways to fill your itinerary!

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Christy:If you're visiting The Lofoten Islands in the winter, then trying to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights is a must. If this activity is high on your list, then plan your stay from September through March and head out on a clear night.
Image - Kvalvika
Christy:One of my favorite views in the region, Kvalvika Beach is a must for photographers and beach bums alike! Getting to the beach is just a one-hour hike from Fredvang.
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Unstad Arctic Surf
Christy:Catching a wave at Unstad Beach in Vestvagoy is a must for any true surfer. Home to the most northern surfing school in the world, this beach is one of the most frequented in The Lofoten Islands and is your chance to surf surrounded by beautiful fjords jutting up all around you.
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Gallery Lofoten
Christy:Located in Henningsvaer, Galleri Lofotens Hus is both a museum and an art gallery. This is the perfect activity for when you're craving a bit of culture and are looking to get indoors for a bit.
Image - Ramberg
Christy:While still chillier than your average tropical paradise, Ramberg beach has relatively warmer-than-expected waters due to the Gulf Stream. Head here in summer to laze on the beach and, if conditions are good, brave a dip in the water!
Image - Måstadfjellet
Christy:If you're a hiking enthusiast in Vaeroy, then taking a trek up to Mastadfjellet is a must. The view from the summit is iconic so be sure to bring your camera!
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Public Parking Midnight Sun Viewpoint
Christy:If you head to Norway in the summer, then you'll be able to experience the midnight sun! While the sun is hard to miss, head to Ramberg to catch this surreal occurence in all its glory.
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These are some of the prettiest, most inviting villages I had the pleasure of visiting during my time in Lofoten.

Image - Reine
Christy:A quaint fishing village home to just 329 people, Reine is located on the island of Moskenesoya and is perfect for outdoorsy types. This is the place to come if you're into fishing, hiking, and for catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
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Christy:The oldest fishing village in The Lofoten Islands, Hamnoy is situated on the east side of Moskenesoya just 2 kilometers from Reine. If you can plan your trip to Hamnoy any time, then come during May when the town celebrates Elijazzen Jazz Festival!
Image - Henningsvær
Christy:Henningsvaer is one of the most picturesque places to go in The Lofoten Islands, and that's saying something. Set on a few islands off the coast of Austvagoya, Henningsvaer can be reached via a winding, narrow road that emerges from the mountains.
Image - Nusfjord
Christy:Nusfjord is a beautifully preserved fishing village that is full of amazing scenery and traditional Lofoten culture. If you plan your visit in the summer, then I recommend heading to the outdoor spa -- you won't regret it!
Image - Fredvang
Christy:A must-visit destination for photographers, Fredvang is home to two of the most iconic, and photogenic, bridges in the area. Not to mention, the landscape is dotted with sheep and the harbor is always buzzing with locals and visitors alike! Beware: Once you settle into its easy-going groove, Fredvang will be hard to leave.
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Værøy Municipality
Christy:With its colorful houses stacked up against some of the most dramatic scenery in the region, Vaeroy is sure to sweep you off your feet. While there, be sure to hike up to Mastadfjellet and experience turquoise Breivika beach.

Best Accomodation

Some amazing properties in The Lofoten Islands suited for every taste.

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Nusfjord Arctic Resort
Christy:Nusfjord Rorbuer was one of my favorite stays in all of The Lofoten Islands. Located in Nusfjord, the property features traditional Norweigan cottages with amazing views, tasteful decor, and a wood-fired hot tub.
Image - Reine Rorbuer - by Classic Norway Hotels
Reine Rorbuer - by Classic Norway Hotels
Christy:Located right in the village of Reine, Reine Rorbuer has the feel of a traditional fishing lodge, yet provides all the modern comforts. Newly renovated, the property offers traditional and international food options, wifi, and the best fjord views.
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Eliassen Rorbuer
Christy:Consisting of one and two-bedroom renovated cabins, Eliassen Rorbuer in Hamnoy offers wifi, private bathrooms, and kitchens. If you visit this property in the summer, then be sure to take advantage of the rowboats they have for guest use.
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Scandic Svolvær
Christy:A gorgeous luxury property, Scandic Svolvaer is located on the island of Lamholmen in Svolvaer. This waterfront hotel features beautiful rooms, free wifi, a restaurant, and meeting spaces. Bird watching from my balcony at this hotel was one of the most relaxing experiences I had in the region!

Delicious Eats

You've gotta eat here while visiting The Lofoten Islands!

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Anita's Sjømat
Christy:If you find yourself in Hamnoy, then drive across the bridge to Sakrisoy and stop for a fresh fish burger at Anita's!

Wonderguide map

  1. Kvalvika
  2. Unstad Arctic Surf
  3. Gallery Lofoten
  4. Ramberg
  5. Måstadfjellet
  6. Public Parking Midnight Sun Viewpoint
  7. Reine
  8. Hamnøy
  9. Henningsvær
  10. Nusfjord
  11. Fredvang
  12. Værøy Municipality
  13. Nusfjord Arctic Resort
  14. Reine Rorbuer - by Classic Norway Hotels
  15. Eliassen Rorbuer
  16. Scandic Svolvær
  17. Anita's Sjømat

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