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Lofoten – the Cluster of Islands Norway

Lofoten – the Cluster of Islands Norway



The northern part of Norway consists of a group of islands called as Lofoten. There are many different islands in Lofoten, some of them are Hinnoya in the southwestern part, Austvagoy stretches the southern part, Gimsoy, Vestvagoy, Flakstadoy, Moskenesoya, Vaeroy, Rost and many other small islands. Vestvagoy is also a municipality in the northern part of Norway. However, Vaeroy is a tiny piece of island around six hours from Mosokenes by ferry and from Bodo by ferry through Mosokenes. All the islands have their own traditions and part of the scenic beauty.

There are various town located in the Lofoten island. Some of them are Reine, Stamsund, Svolvaer, Lekenes and Henningsvaer. The last one Henningsvaer is small village near Svolvaer with beautiful scenery arrived by a small bus ride or a long heart throbbing walk. Another village Kabelvaag is a small fishing village of Lofoten with small shops and great food.


Some of the other destinations of the place are Moskstraumen and Trollfjord. Moskstraumen is known by the name Maelstrom and is famous for the very dominant tidal current which forms twice a day between Meskenesoy and Vaeroy. Usually it is found and featured in a much exaggerated ways; Edgar Allan Poe’s Deascent in Maelstorm can be taken as example. Om the other hand, Trollfjord is also a tourist’s attraction on its southbound passage of the Hurtigate. The location is banned in spring for navigation because of the heavy fall of rock and sand dust. The point is so slender that the Hurtigate boats have to move to a three point with the exception of the new ones.


The climate of the Lofoten islands is comparatively milder due to the flow of the Gulf Stream, however in summers the usual temperature of the location will toggle around 23C. Still the place is little drastic with climate change. It can be too cold in summers and it is recommended to wear a sweater if the sun is not shinning. On the other hand, the winter is cold but bearable. One of the main features of the place for becoming tourists attraction is it was a very vital fishing center on its earlier days. It is especially for the cod community in the Norwegian also called as Skrei, which get influenced by the loaded food fetched by the Gulf Streams.

The sunlight varies significantly over the climate change. It is 24 hr daylight from the early May to August to just a light blue light which lasts for a maximum of three hours around the months of December and January. During the months of March and September, there are a moderate day light hours of half day and half night.

How to reach?

The Lofoten islands are easily reached by car. The highway E10 links A at the southwestern part of Moskenesoy to Hanoy in the Northeast of Austvagoy Island from side to side a chain of bridges. Even though the archipelago looks tiny on the map of the Lofoten, the full crossing stretches about 180 km all along the windy road of E10 with the common speed limit of Norweign. The state of the road don’t expect a speed limit more then 50kph. In the southwestern trip near Reine, the passage becomes very tender so it is recommended to drive slowly. The petrol pumps are available only in the wider parts of the town so make it sure to fill the tanks while going for a long drive. It is also recommended to reach to the place by bus because a discount of 50% on the bus fee is given to students. Some of the other modes of transport are by boat or bicycle.


The Lofoten Islands has its main tourist’s attraction in the majestic scenery of the archepelogy. The shore is dominated by high mountains which have cuts of fjords and fair sandy beaches. Besides these, the fishing tradition of the place can be shown in each part of all the villages. Some of the prime examples are Nusfjord and beautiful A, various fishermen cabins are built on the sea shore over the stilts where it is possible for one to stay also. During summers, the midnight sun looks delight red and in Lekness, it is above the horizon from the month of May to July. The scenery can be best photographed from the western beaches for example the shore of the Islands of Vestvagoy, Eggum and Utakleiv.


The beaches of Lofoten are also pretty famous for their unique scenery. The beach of the Vestvagoy Island, Utakleiv is ranked as the most romantic beach in Europe by one of the newspaper of British, The Times, and its neighboring beach Hauklandsstranden is ranked as the best beach in Norway by the Norwegian Newspaper Dagbladet. Some of the things which must be done while visiting the Lofoten are Whale Safari, mountain hiking, Whale Safari, mountain climbing, fishing, diving and at the last sleeping in one of the red cabins of fishermen called rorbu. Lofoten is one of the major fishing areas so most of the local eatery items are fetched from the sea. If you are one of the fish lovers then you will love eating fried stockfish called as cod.



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