Written by Lisa Michele Burns of The Wandering Lens
Norway’s majestic Lofoten Islands are one pure marvel you want to have in your bucket checklist. Rising up from the ocean, the islands are like a coastal mountain vary with peaks towering over 1000m excessive providing spectacular views for these keen to climb to the highest.
Probably the greatest methods to discover the Lofoten Islands is on a street journey, that means you may cease the automotive everytime you see someplace scenic which is greater than possible round each nook. If Google maps is telling you it’ll take 30minutes to get from A to B, belief me, it should take extra like three hours when you consider picture stops!
Having visited in March throughout some very heavy winter snow storms, I created a information to The Finest Images Areas within the Lofoten Islands. Under I’m going to share some tips about when to go to, tips on how to rent a automotive and what are some should see places to go to in your street journey.
When to go to the Lofoten Islands?
With dramatic surroundings and landscapes, the islands are lovely year-round nevertheless totally different seasons supply diversified colors, challenges and dangers in Northern Norway.
Winter brings with it the magic of the northern lights and snow-covered mountains which is what lots of people journey to see. As soon as the skies are darkish sufficient at evening you’ll have an opportunity of witnessing aurora dancing above the seashores and fjords in an unbelievable show of pure magnificence. Guests can anticipate to come across the northern lights when the skies are clear anytime from September by means of till March.
The draw back of winter is the wild climate and after I say wild, I imply wild, can’t go outdoors form of climate. With winds roaring in from the Arctic Sea and snow storms rolling by means of frequently all through the winter months, it may be a tough factor to time your go to good for a spot within the climate. That stated, these storms carry with them loopy scenes that in my view add to the rugged attraction of the Lofoten Islands.
Summer time alternatively is thought for it’s calm, clear days the place standard actions embrace kayaking, browsing and mountaineering. The midnight solar means you’re handled to 24hours of daylight all through June and July, providing you with loads of time to get outdoor and discover the various mountaineering trails on supply.
The off seasons of Autumn and Spring supply just a little little bit of every part. You may anticipate some snow sprinkled on the mountain peaks, storms sweeping by means of the fjords and clear sunny days. It’s extra of a combined bag from March to Might and September to November however can even end in cheaper lodging and flights.
I’ll be internet hosting a pictures and journey running a blog tour within the month of October this yr so might be hoping for some sprinkles of snow, dancing aurora and sunshine for reflection pictures!
What to See
Virtually all the must-see places within the Lofoten Islands are pure ones. There’s so many seashores, coves, fjords and mountains to discover that I extremely counsel you merely drive and see what you discover alongside the way in which.
To get you began although, listed here are a few of my suggestions for the locations you may’t miss in your journey.
I’ll begin with essentially the most iconic scene within the islands, that of the pink rorbuers (fishing huts) seen from the Hamnoy Bridge. As quickly as you begin driving over the bridge you’ll see the scene seem earlier than your eyes, it’s actually onerous to overlook!
You’ll want to spend a while right here at totally different occasions of the day, specifically dawn or sundown when the cabins are lit superbly by the nice and cozy gentle and also you’ll hopefully have some colors within the sky above Festhelltinden Mountain.
This little fishing village is a complete delight and someplace you want to go to. It’s positioned in a slim fjord with brightly colored pink and yellow buildings making up what’s a really photogenic village.
The drive to Nusfjord is definitely worth the journey in itself with the street weaving beneath large rocky mountains previous lakes and there’s loads of spots to cease alongside the way in which.
Throughout winter the small street out is usually a little difficult if there’s snow and ice overlaying the street so you should definitely verify the street situations and drive slowly!
Should you’re heading to Lofoten for the coastal surroundings, Rambergstranda Seashore is perfection. Searching over the bay of Jusnesvika, the seashore presents a lovely location to have a picnic and stare on the spectacular shoreline on show.
In winter it may be utterly froze so what seems like sand, might the truth is be sand beneath a sheet of slippery ice. I examined it out, slipped and fell on it for you. You’re welcome!
Hold a watch out for a ruby pink fishing hut that sits on the shores of the seashore, it makes for an important picture alternative.
You’ll little doubt move Torsfjorden when driving across the islands and it’s nicely value spending a little bit of time to see it from all angles.
Torsfjorden is kind of a big physique of water that’s virtually utterly surrounded by land, excellent news is that you could drive practically all the method round it. When on the E10 (the principle route across the islands) close to Ramberg, you’ll see a sequence of bridges that cross a large fjord. Right here you’ll discover mountains reflecting within the calm, shallow fjord and boats passing beneath the bridges.
These up for a hike to some of the scenic factors, Ryten Peak or Kvalvika Seashore, should move over the bridges and previous Torsfjorden!
After seeing various villages with pink rorbuers on the shoreline, it should come as a welcome shock to see the yellow huts of Sakrisoy.
Brilliant and daring, they’re a lovely distinction to the encircling sea and there’s additionally loads of fish drying racks for these eager to take a more in-depth have a look at this Norwegian custom.
Automobile rent within the Lofoten Islands
Each good street journey must get off on the best foot with plan of motion to rent a automotive.
When travelling to the Lofoten Islands you may have two predominant decisions for arriving. Airplane or ferry, and your resolution will consequence wherein location you find yourself beginning your street journey.Arriving by airplane means you’ll land in Leknes or Svolvær, each towards the north of hottest places. Leknes is positioned on Vestvågøy Island and is the nearer of the 2 for accessing iconic places corresponding to Hamnoy and Reine.
Upon arrival you may decide to rent a automotive at both airport with large identify rental firms like Avis, Hertz and Europcar out there to make use of. You’ll want to verify the contracts for the inclusion of limitless miles, that method you may discover each inch of the islands with out worrying about going over the restrict.
Arriving by ferry will present two benefits, cheaper automotive rental and an important place to start your journey. You may rent a automotive in Bodo then leap on a ferry together with your automotive and arrive in Sørvågen. Situated solely 10 minutes from essentially the most photographed location within the Lofoten Islands, Sørvågen is the right place to start out your street journey and if the ferry arrival occasions are just a little odd (generally they depart at 4am, or arrive at midnight) it means you’ll be tremendous near lodging while you arrive or depart.
One of many main advantages of arriving by ferry is that you simply’ll get to witness the view of seeing the Lofoten Islands from the ocean, a really unbelievable sight! It might have one fairly main drawback although, when you’re vulnerable to seasickness (like me, yuck!), the ocean can get fairly tough and really feel just a little such as you’re in a tumble dryer floating in the course of nowhere. Sorry for the fact verify, I needed to say it, if something don’t neglect your seasick tablets!
Go to Torghatten web site for ferry timetables and route info.
The place to remain
Having a base throughout your street journey is a good way to make sure you’ve acquired someplace to sit back if the climate isn’t taking part in in your favour. Surprisingly, plenty of the attractive places are inside a 60minute drive of each other making it very easy to plan day excursions then return to the identical residence base.
Should you’re somebody who likes to see the identical place change in diversified gentle and climate situations, basing your self at Eliassen Rorbuer in Hamnoy could possibly be a profitable transfer. Right here you’re in essentially the most photogenic a part of the Lofoten Islands and don’t even have to depart your cabin as a result of the views are proper out your window!
In any other case, if browsing and hikes are extra your factor, you may base your self at Unstad Arctic Surf, recognized for wetsuit sporting adrenaline junkies who hit the swells whether or not it’s 20 or -2 levels. There’s an important feeling of group in Unstad with the native café and hostel providing such a cool vibe, even the bathroom is gnarly and embellished with browsing posters as music blares by means of audio system.
For a 3rd choice, you may try Hattvika Lodge in Ballstad. This place is the definition of reasonably priced luxurious and is a sequence of renovated fishing huts positioned proper on the waterfront. From the residences you may watch fishing trawlers come and go from the ocean, set out for a kayak journey or the proprietor Kristian will even take you on a hike for unbelievable views overlooking the islands.
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