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A person skiing down a mountain in fresh snow. Sea below and more mountain ranges around.
A small fishing boat in front of a small villages on an island. Mountains behind.
A person in red jacket sitting on a white beach looking over the sea and islands in Lofoten
Cod hanging to dry in the midnight sun in Lofoten
Scenery with sea, village and steep mountains caped with snow.

10 reasons to why you should visit Lofoten

It is not without reason Lofoten is called one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos. Here you get 10 reasons that will inspire you should visit this spectacular Northern-Norwegian region now.

A person sitting on a sandy beach by azure water looking towards mountaineous islands.

1. White, sandy beaches

Who does not love beautiful beaches? Believe it or not, Norway got plenty of white, sandy beaches along the long coast line. Many of these are nestled between steep mountains and the azure-coloured sea in Lofoten.

A boat going out from a village with small wooden houses. Birds circling above.

2. Charming fishing villages

Travelling around the islands you will come across plenty of charming villages with colourful houses. Fishing boats docked to the quays are a clear sign to what the main industry is here.

A fishing village by a fjord in Lofoten, rugged mountains in the horizon.

3. Majestic mountains

The islands are covered in steep, rugged mountains rising up to 1.100 metres from the sea. View them from below or go hiking. There are several easier, but spectacular, shorter hikes that are suitable for most people. For example, Reinebringen (448 masl) by the village Reine.

A person in drysuit carrying a surf board towards the sea on a beach in Lofoten.

4. Activities for all tastes

Fishing adventures at sea, white-tailed eagle safaris by rib boat and sea kayaking tours are all examples of popular activities in Lofoten. The choices are many and we are convinced you will find your favourite. Into surfing? This is actually one of the northern-most surf locations in the world – and you do not have to be an expert to try.

Down hill skier in fresh powder snow on a mountain side with views to sea and rugged mountains in Lofoten.

5. Skiing: Summit to sea

Are you a keen skier looking for a ski destination out of the ordinary? You have found it. The steep mountains are made for off-piste adventures with incredible views. Mind, there are no short cuts and you have to walk up.

Green waves of northern lights in the sky above a fishing village in Lofoten.

6. Aurora Borealis

Hunting for the northern lights is one of the main reasons to visit Northern-Norway in winter, and Lofoten is no exception. Get ready to experience this spectacular natural phenomenon where colourful waves dancing on the dark sky above you.

A rack with five stockfish lit up by yellow midnight sun.

7. Food experiences

Wooden racks filled with stockfish is a characteristic sight in Lofoten. This is a traditional way of preserving cod, where it hangs to dry in the harsh weather. Stockfish has been one of the main export items from Norway since medieval times. Taste it on home ground, or try fresh seafood at its best in winter.

Red cabins lining the sea with a seagull flying above. Mountains behind.

8. Cosy fisherman's cabins

Another characteristic sight are the small, often red fisherman’s cabins lining the shore. Fishermen stayed in these cabins, called rorbu in Norwegian, when they came to Lofoten for the fishing season. Why not book one for your holiday?

A lonely yellow house with snowy field in front, sea behind and blue sky above.

9. Tranquillity

Lofoten’s landscape is rugged and the climate harsh, but it also gives a feeling of serenity to it. With isolated houses and villages, the long beaches, natural food, and views to the North Sea, a visit here is an escape from busy daily lives.

Views of a small town and stockfish racks in Lofoten. Mountains in the background and sky coloured in yellow, pink and blue.

10. Hospitable local culture

There is something special about the temperament of the people living in Northern-Norway. Maybe they have adapted to the rough climate and dark winters with hospitality and humour. Make sure to stop and talk to people you meet.