There is no denying the fact that the Lofoten Islands are on many travellers’ bucket list. The Islands allure with idyllic fishermen’s villages, picturesque landscapes, and tall mountains. However, how to decide what to see on a short trip to this beautiful destination? Here is a list of the seven places you must see when travelling to the Lofoten Islands:
Reine is a small fishing village in the south of the island chain, and it is most likely the best known to most people. The village itself is located on multiple small islands and connected by arched bridges. It is easily reached by the E10, the highway that runs from the north of the island chain all the way to the south, which goes right through. Here is the perfect opportunity to stop for a hotdog or some ice cream, take pictures or just enjoy the atmosphere before heading further south.
Reine’s local mountain is famous for its incredible view over Reine and the neighbouring islands. The ascent is not recommended by local guides anymore but experienced hikers with a couple of hours at their hands should dare the climbing. One gets rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime view and a chance to shoot pictures you’d usually only find in calendars.
Å I Lofoten and local bakery
Å I Lofoten is a small fishing village at the southern tip of the Lofoten Islands chain. Here end the roads that lead south and after it comes only vast plains, mountains, and the ocean. However, as unremarkable the small village may seem at first, it is worth spending some time there. May it be to dine at the restaurant right at the docks or to visit the several museums where you can learn about the fishing in Norway or the famous Stockfish; the village has a lot more to offer than the picturesque fishing huts and beautiful landscape. While you are there, you also have to try one of the famous cinnamon buns that are sold in the local bakery.
Heading back north on the E10 you will come across two bridges that connect the Moskenesøya island with the neighbouring island of Flakstadøya. These bridges are worth a short detour and a great chance to take some memorable pictures.
Not even five minutes further north the E10 leads right past one of the most beautiful beaches on the Lofoten Islands. It is perfect for a short break from all the driving, and the Lofoten Adventure Company offers fun activities for the whole family.
Haukland is one of the most famous beaches in all of Norway. Turquoise water and white sand surrounded by tall mountains and green plains. Not even 10km away from Leknes; it is easy to get to and a perfect spot to shoot remarkable pictures or go for a quick swim – if you do not mind the cold water temperature.
One could say that this small fishing village is the tourist trap of the Lofoten Islands. Almost every tour group takes a detour to the famous Rorbuer, the traditional fishermen’s huts, and the equally famous small corner shop. Later is an experience for itself with the displayed goods that were sold here at the beginning of the 20th century.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” And those seven places are only a few of the reasons you should put the Lofoten Islands right on top of your travel list!
As Susan Sontag put it so nicely