Your first impressions of the beautiful and dramatic nature in the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands will stay with you forever!
If your approach with Hurtigruten, you will be struck by a wall of islands peeking out of the ocean and you won’t believe that the ship can actually go through there. But as you get closer, you will realize that this wall actually consists of 80 small and large islands that stand tall towards the sky like a spiky sea dragon.
Lofoten and Vesterålen on the map look like an arm going out from the Norwegian Coast where you find Lofoten on the southern and Vesterålen on the northern side. The combination of tall mountains and small fishing villages is enchanting, making you think you travelled back in time. Explore tiny fishing villages with red wooden houses nestled along the ocean and fish hanging to dry on gigantic dry stands. Experience the characteristic nature of the Lofoten islands and see animals like whales, moose, sea eagles, king crabs.
The entire area with its many mountain tops is a hiker’s paradise and because of the many whales it is often referred to as the “Kingdom of the Whales”. Both in summer and winter you can experience beautiful nature, go on fishing trips for cod and don’t miss out on whale safaris! Fishing trips are just as popular in the winter as in summer and there is even a world championship is skrei fishing (winter cod fishing) just outside of Svolvær in Lofoten. The goal is to catch the biggest fish and thousands of Norwegian and international fishermen participate in this event.
Did you know that Hurtigruten makes several stops both on the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands and offers excursions ashore? This way you get to experience both the sea- and the countryside. And did you know that some of the most beautiful beaches are said to be in Lofoten and Vesterålen? The weather doesn't always invite for a swim, but surfers come from around the world to ride the arctic waves of these stunningly white Lofoten beaches.