The scenery of the islands is spectacular, with dramatic peaks and cliffs that loom over sheltered bays and stretches of open water. Summer temperatures are surprisingly mild, averaging in the 50s and 60s, with long hours of daylight; the sun doesn’t really set from the end of May through mid-July.
All that daylight gives you plenty of time to explore these fascinating islands. There are tours that will take you to picturesque fishing villages flanked by white beaches and crystal-clear water. For example, Nusfjord is one of the best-preserved cod fishing villages in all of Norway – you’ll feel as if you stepped back into the late 1800s. If you’re ready for some exercise, there’s a popular cycling trail that passes through Nusfjord.
Henningsvaer is a larger fishing village spread out over several small islands – the Venice of the Arctic. The brightly painted tug boats bobbing in the harbor are a photographer’s dream. There are some fine galleries to browse in town, which is also a base for mountaineering and climbing adventures.
If you’re an experienced surfer – or want to learn how – visit the village of Unstad, the surfing capital of the Arctic (yes, surfing is a popular sport in the Lofoten Islands).
The waters around the islands also contain the recently discovered Røst Reef, believed to be the world’s largest deepwater coral reef. A day cruise will take you out among the area’s rich sea life, including sea eagles and cormorants, puffins and otters. You may even spot one of several species of whales that enjoy life within the Arctic Circle.
To learn how the Vikings lived, visit the Lofotr Viking Museum, located in a reconstructed long house on the island of Vestvagoya. This is the site of an archaeological excavation of an entire Viking village. After you browse the many artifacts in the museum, stroll the grounds and admire the surrounding views, just as Viking chieftains once did.
For more information about cruise lines and ships that visit the Lofoten Islands, often as part of a longer cruise of the scenic Norwegian coastline, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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