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Lofoten is a magnificent archipelago in northern Norway , west of the mainland. The Norwegians truly love these islands, which are more and more visited by tourists from abroad. National Geographic considers Lofoten the third most attractive group of islands in the world.

About the Lofoten Archipelago

Lofoten is located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. However, the climate is moderate, as it is mostly influenced by the Gulf Stream. Thanks to the Lofoten location behind the Arctic Circle, visitors can watch the extraordinary midnight sun, occurring from the end of May till mid-July. The nothern lights are visible from September till April. Lofoten is most famous for beautiful untouched nature, steep cliffs falling into the sea, coastal plains, fjords, lakes, marshes, plateaus and valleys. The experience is enhanced by picturesque fishing villages. The highest peaks reach 1200 meters asl. A great touristic attraction in Lofoten is the Lofotr Viking Museum, which informs visitors about how Viking chiefs used to live. One chieftain house, 83 meters long, has been preserved till today and is open to public.

The Nature of Lofoten Archipelago

Tourists usually come here to discover the beautiful untouched landscape. The Lofoten archipelago is a habitat of rare fauna and flora. Many visitors choose this destination for fishing and for watching whales, orcas and rare species of birds.

Transport on Lofoten

It is possible to access Lofoten by different means of transport – plane – to the capital city Svolvaer or boat from the ports of Narvik and Bodø . Another option is the road fromNarvik .


Lofoten offers many kinds of accommodation – camps, hotels, suites, but the most popular is lodging in traditional fishing houses – rorbuers or sjøhus, which stand on poles at the coast.

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