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Areas of Lofoten

Skomvaer_lighthouse_roestMost people who visit Lofoten and Vesteraalen will not stay in one place for the duration of their stay.

Lofoten is best seen by travelling through the area, either by car, on bike or on cruises like Hurtigruten.


There is an abundance of cute fishing villages, fishermen´s huts, campsites, beaches and stunning nature along the E10 road which runs all the way out to the most southern tip of Lofoten.


The route was recently named a national tourist route, a title reserved for only the most scenic stretches of road in Norway.

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The Lofoten Riviera

The coast from Svolvaer to Henningsvaer is sometimes also called the Lofoten riviera because of its lovely villages, beaches and warm climate.


It is the most popular stretch for tourists to visit, so be aware of traffic if you are on your bike.


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Most people visiting Lofoten will come to Svolvaer, and not unlikely it will be the first stop of your trip to the region.


The town of Svolvaer is made up of several small islands, connected by bridges. It is not the most picturesque of the Lofoten villages, but is where you will find the most infrastructure.


With over 4,000 inhabitants it is among the biggest settlements in Lofoten and thus have a lot to offer in terms of restaurants, activities, hotels, fishermen's huts and excursions.


From Svolvaer you can catch the Hurtigruten, go on a Trollfjord cruise or a whale safari, or go rock climbing to mention a few activities.


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The Svolvaer Goat

The famous Svolvaer goat is a prominent view from the town centre. The strange rock formation is popular with climbers, and many consider jumping between the two peaks the highlight of their visit to Lofoten.


Svinoya is a small collection of islands in Svolvaer all connected by little bridges and mounds.


It is the oldest part of Svolvaer and the buildings and fisheries are a museum in their own right.


Many old fishermen´s cottages and fisheries, mixed with small pathways, and a rocky seaside where you can throw your fishing line straight in.


Following the “riviera” south, further out in Lofoten you get to Kabelvaag.


This little village is actually the first known town formation in Northern Norway. It was founded under the name “Vaagan” in the early 12th century, but there´s evidence the settlement had been there much longer than that.


Commercial fishing started here around year 1000, when stockfish trade became a popular export to countries all over Europe.


Fishermen from the whole of Northern Norway came to Kabelvaag for the annual “Lofot Fishing”, hunting the King Cod.

During these winter months, the Lofoten Cathedral, built in 1898, had no problems filling its 1,200 seats.


Nowadays, Kabelvaag has become a haven for artists, with a popular school for film makers. It is well worth a visit.


Following the coast further south, passing gorgeous places like Kalle and Orsvaagvar on the way, you get to the village of Henningsvaer.


Henningsvaer is a group of small islands situated on the southern tip of Austvaagoy, by the foot of the mighty Vaagakallen mountain.


Although not as old as Kabelvaag, Henningsvaer´s location, with sea on three sides of the town, made it a popular hub for fishermen during the 1800s.


The fact that the village islands were only connected to the mainland by road in 1983, means that most of the old buildings and architecture has survived.


Henningsvaer also has a dried cod festival that takes place every year in October.


Further out in Lofoten

The next islands out from Austvaagoy is Gimsoy, Vestvaagoy, Flakstadoy, and then Moskenesoy.


The stretch from here to Moskenes is scenic, but is not as busy as the “Riviera”.


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If Viking history is your thing, make sure you stop at the Lofotr museum near Borg on Vestvaagoy.


Their reconstructed longhouse is the longest known and stretches a full 83 metres.


The area also have many archaeological finds from the Iron and Viking ages.


The municipality of Moskenes, with the cute villages of Reine, Hamnoy, Soervaagen, Tind and Å, is among the most scenic places in Norway.


At the very tip of Lofoten, between Lofotodden and the small island of Mosken, runs the feared tidal current the Moskstream – or locally only known as the Maelstrom.


It has been a much feared crossing for sailors throughout time and is in fact one of the strongest maelstroms in the world.


It features in the climax of Jules Verne´s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, as well as in Moby Dick, and Edgar Allan Poe´s A Descent into the Maelstrom.


In other words – not the best spot for that midnight sun skinny dip.


The small island of Roest is the final “dot” of the Lofoten archipelago where people live, about 62 miles off the mainland, and 25km from its nearest neighbours in Lofoten.


In fact, Roest municipality is a collection of 365 islands and skerries and has one of the biggest bird cliffs in the North Atlantic.


Roest is a popular stop for fishermen during the winter “Lofot Fishing”. The population of about 600 people doubles because of the many boats arriving here during these winter months.


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