Regardless of the time of year Lofoten provides a journey amid breathtaking natural surroundings. The landscape is both beautiful and stark. However there are sheltered, protected stretches that can provide some relief from the raw, exposed areas that show their harshness when the wind is blowing hard. The combination of the untamed ocean and stormy seas, jagged alpine mountains plunging into the water, tiny sheltered fishing villages and white beaches with crystal clear waters will never cease to enchant us. That’s also the reason why the road can be so busy in the high season. Then it’s good to know that you can seek out little, secluded corners and fine detours along the route. There are also many tourists who have discovered that winter can be just as beautiful as summer. The Arctic winter is the perfect time to see the northern lights, an overwhelming play of light and colour. You are guaranteed a unique experience with fewer people to share it with. No matter what time of year you decide to visit Lofoten, you will experience its distinctive qualities, and for many people Lofoten leaves lasting memories. If you are a fitness enthusiast who at worst can put up with a puff of wind or a shower, cycling is a good alternative to driving on Lofoten.

History


Lofoten is particularly well known for its cod fisheries. Between February and April, huge quantities of cod migrate to Lofoten to spawn. Throughout the centuries this has provided an economic basis for the local population. Stock fish from the Lofoten fisheries was the first export product of economic importance for Norway.

Experiences

There are innumerable options for trips and you can choose how great a challenge you want. There is a variety of options and most are close and easily accessible. Even in the town of Svolvær and the fishing village of Henningsvær you are in close contact with the ocean and nature. It almost goes without saying that you should try your hand at the Lofoten cod fishing, or perhaps a sea eagle safari, a stimulating boat trip in a RIB boat, or you can do your own thing in a kayak or go snorkelling in the Arctic waters. Choose whatever suits you best.

National Tourist Route Lofoten runs from Å to Raftsundet (Euroroute 10) with detours to Nusfjord (Road 807), Vikten (Road 811), Utakleiv (Road 825), Unstad (Road 992), Eggum (Road 994) and Henningsvær (Road 807). This is a total distance of 230 km. By travelling with the Hurtigruten coastal express, ferries and Euroroute 6 you can combine this stretch of road with other national tourist routes.

You can avoid using ferries here by driving on Euroroute 10. However in several places ferries offer an alternative route. To the south, ferries operate on the section from Bodø - Moskenes, Svolvær - Skutvik and Bognes - Lødingen. To the north a ferry will take you from Melbu to Fiskebøl.

There are restrictions on the length of buses on some of the side roads off Euroroute 10 and the maximum length is 12.4 metres.


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