Sometimes when we feel the world is closing in around us with work, family, friends and just, well, living, we need to go somewhere to recharge our batteries. Lofoten is the perfect place to escape to, where you can sit back and relax. Or, if your idea of relaxation is the exact opposite, you can partake in thrilling excursions with the temperate weather encouraging you to get outdoors no matter what time of year.
On a northbound Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage, travellers approach from Bodo, bringing them under the most dramatic view of the islands. The towering peaks of Lofotenveggen (Lofoten Wall) stretch 160km like the splintered maw of a giant sea monster. On closer inspection, the mountains are separated by fjords and channel but this feeling of otherworldly awe at the alluring nature, stays with visitors throughout their time on the archipelago.
All year round, try water sports in one of the many beautiful bays or fjords, such as on an RIB Safari or a kayaking adventure. A Highlights of Lofoten or Lofoten Islands excursion takes in the very best of the region, or admire the local wildlife on a Sea Eagle Safari.
From February to April every year, cod spawn off the coasts of the islands and winter night time fishing comes alive under the Northern Lights. Fishing (and tourism) sustain the communities, as evidenced in the many cod salting frames that dot the shores of each village.
For a real escape from reality, travellers can journey back in time in a visit to a traditional rorbuer (fishing hut) with freshly caught fish cooked over a log stove and Norwegian legends shared. The quality of Arctic light is such that artists have been attracted through the ages to the islands and there are many studios and galleries dotted amongst the rorbuer, including the house of the famous Gunnar Berg.