The Lofoten Islands
Welcome to the final leg of our Norway trip to the Lofoten Islands. Located within the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands offer dramatic scenery which is sure not to disappoint. During the winter months, this is a top destination to view the northern lights and from May - July a great place to witness the midnight sun. We spent 4 days total in the Lofoten Islands which offered us enough time to explore much of the diverse landscape and spend some much needed downtime in our Rorbuer.
What's a Rorbuer you ask? Well, it's a traditional Norwegian style house which is typically used by fishermen. We ended up staying in the town of Hamnøy at the very popular Eliassen Rorbuer, which turned out to be surprisingly affordable, super comfortable and offered great amenities such as a fantastic restaurant and rentals (bikes and boats) on site. Plus it came with an incredible view and is a favorite spot for killer whales to swim around. Our cabin was the fourth cabin in as seen in the picture below.
During our first day in Lofoten we decided to hike out to Kvalvika, which could be best described as an arctic beach surrounded by mountains. Interestingly, the Lofoten Islands have some of the best surf spots in the country and due to the warm Gulf Stream the Islands tend to have a much milder climate in comparison to other parts of the world located at the same latitude.
Another highlight of our time in the Lofoten Islands included our day trip to Eggum. Upon reaching the Lofoten Islands we quickly found out that in order to fully enjoy our time we would need a car. We ended up renting from Rent a Car Moskenes, which was surprisingly cheap. During our trip to Eggum we stopped by a goat cheese farm as pictured below and even made friends with some Norwegian children while visiting the rest stop which looked like an amphitheater (Norway rest stops are true works of art.)
For our last hike of the trip, me and Adam decided to part ways with our friends who set out on a day of bike riding around the town of Reine and returned to the Kvalvika beach area to hike up Ryten Mountain. This, along with the popular Reinebringen hike, is known as the best hike for epic arctic sunsets. On the day we went it was a little cloudy which offered a dramatic aspect to our hiking experience as you can see pictured below. In order to find information on all the best hikes located throughout the Lofoten Islands I would suggest checking out 68north. This is where I found some of my favorite activities during our time in Lofoten, so a big thanks to the creator of the site.
After our time in Lofoten we flew back to Oslo in order to make our departure back to the states. All in all, our time in Norway was one of my favorite memories to date and certainly a trip of a lifetime. As I have written these posts I have been inspired immensely to return sometime in the near future, as even with two weeks, we were only able to scrape the surface of all that Norway has to offer. Coming soon, as mentioned in an earlier post, I plan to release my Norway itinerary which is sure to include lots of information on things to do and options for accommodations and transportation in order to make your time in Norway as special as possible. Stay tuned!