My second destination in Norway was Lofoten, an archipelago located above the Arctic Circle. This area experiences one of the worlds largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude.During the summer months, the sun never dips below the horizon and you can enjoy the endless daylight, paired with a distinctive scenery of fjords and rugged peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands.
If you would like to visit this part of the world, make sure not to miss the following:
Yup, this is not a spelling mistake, this tiny village is located at the very tip of the southern Lofoten archipelago and is a true gem. The name "Å" comes from Old Norwegian and means "small river". Even though nowadays, the main income of Å is tourism, this village has a long history of fishing and is home of the Lofoten Stockfish Museum and NorwegianFishing Village Museum where you will get a better idea of the history of this part of the world.
TIPP: Make sure to visit Å's bakery for a traditional and handmade kanel bulla (traditional cinamon rolls).
Don´t bother going there too eary, especially during off-season, the bakery won´t open until approx. 10 am.
2. Rorbuer - the traditional fishermen´s hut
Rorbuer are traditional fishermen´s huts that were initially built to provide housing for the fishermen. Now, most of them have been converted into beautiful apartments and can be rented all over the Lofoten archipelago. Because of their seaside location, you will have the most stunning views and can enjoy a late-night cup of tea under the midnight sun.
Even though all of the Rorbuers are fantastic, my favourite are:
- Reine Rorbuer
3. Torrfisk - Dried Cod
Once you arrive in Lofoten, you will see cod drying all over the archipelago. This region is one of the last in the world, that still to this day have a healthy cod population. Even though the majority of cod is being exported, most restaurants and hotels offer local delicatessens, such as Fish Soup or traditional Stockfish with vegetables.
As I don´t eat fish, I had to rely on our group who compared fish soup throughout the archipelago and came to the conclusion that the best, traditional fish soup was served at Maren Anna, a small, seaside restaurant in Sorvagen.
4. Outdoor Adventures
HIKING: It would be a shame to visit this beautiful part of the world, without getting out of your car and exploring regions "off the beaten track". If you feel adventurous enough, go and venture out on your own but be aware that there are hardly any trail signs and most hiking in Norway is more or less bushwhacking!
If you prefer to go with a guide, check out Ryder Walker Alpine Adventures, "The Islands of Lofoten".
KAYAKS & BIKES: Reine Adventures will provide you with kayaks, bikes and everything else. The owners, Sandro and Marina, are outdoor enthusiasts and you won´t find a better outfitter or friendlier service in the area. Check their website for more details.
Up next: Yogis Travel: Iceland
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