Lofoten, Norway Travel Guide : Food, hotel, Cost, Weather & geography, History, language, culture, things to see and do and how to reach

You can find about travel advice such as public places & services, best restaurants, activities, sightseen and other key facts of the Lofoten, Norway.

Lofoten is an archipelago and a traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. Lofoten has distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands. Its largest town, Leknes, is approximately 169 km (105 mi) inside the Arctic Circle and approximately 2,420 km (1,500 mi) away from the North Pole, making Lofoten one of the world's northernmost populated regions. Though lying within the Arctic Circle, the archipelago experiences one of the world's largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude.

Foods in Lofoten :
(1) Continental 
(2) Barbecue
(3) Local dishes
(4) Drinks

Weather & geography in Lofoten :

Lofoten is located at the 68th and 69th parallels north of the Arctic Circle in North Norway. Lofoten encompasses the municipalities of Vågan, Vestvågøy, Flakstad, Moskenes, Værøy, and Røst. The principal islands, running from north to south are:

Southern tip of Hinnøya.
Southern 60% (approx.) of Austvågøy (526.7 square kilometres (203.4 square miles) in total 68°20′N 14°40′E)
Gimsøya (46.4 square kilometres (17.9 square miles) 68°18′N 14°11′E)
Vestvågøy (411.1 square kilometres (158.7 square miles) 68°10′N 13°45′E)
Flakstadøya (109.8 square kilometres (42.4 square miles) 68°5′N 13°20′E)
Moskenesøya (185.9 square kilometres (71.8 square miles) 67°55′N 13°0′E)

Further to the south are the small and isolated islands of Værøy (67°40′N 12°40′E) and Røst (67°37′N 12°7′E). The total land area amounts to 1,227 square kilometres (474 square miles), and the population totals 24,500. Many will argue that Hinnøya, the northern part of Austvågøy and several hundred smaller islands, skerries and rocks to the east of Austvågøy are also part of the Lofoten complex. Historically, the territorial definition of Lofoten has changed significantly. Between the mainland and the Lofoten archipelago lies the vast, open Vestfjorden, and to the north is Vesterålen. The principal towns in Lofoten are Leknes in Vestvågøy and Svolvær in Vågan. The main islands are joined to each other and the mainland by road bridges.

The Lofoten Islands are characterised by their mountains and peaks, sheltered inlets, stretches of seashore and large virgin areas. The highest mountain in Lofoten is Higravstinden (1,161 metres (3,809 feet)) in Austvågøy; the Møysalen National Park just northeast of Lofoten has mountains reaching 1,262 metres (4,140 feet). The famous Moskstraumen (Malstrøm) system of tidal eddies is located in western Lofoten, and is indeed the root of the term maelstrom.

Per day Cost in Lofoten :
You should plan to spend around kr462 ($53) per day on your vacation in Lofoten Islands, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, kr300 ($35) on meals for one day and kr92 ($11) on local transportation.

History of Lofoten :

There is evidence of human settlement extending back at least 11,000 years in Lofoten, and the earliest archaeological sites are only about 5,500 years old, at the transition from the early to late Stone Age." Iron Age agriculture, livestock, and significant human habitation can be traced back to c. 250 BC.

The town of Vågan (Norse Vágar) is the first known town formation in northern Norway. It existed in the early Viking Age, maybe earlier, and was located on the southern coast on eastern Lofoten, near today's village Kabelvåg in Vågan municipality. The Lofotr Viking Museum with the reconstructed 83-metre-long longhouse (the largest known) is located near Borg on Vestvågøy, which has many archeological finds from the Iron Age and Viking Age.

The islands have for more than 1,000 years been the centre of great cod fisheries, especially in winter, when the cod migrate south from the Barents Sea and gather in Lofoten to spawn. Bergen in southwestern Norway was for a long time the hub for further export of cod south to different parts of Europe, particularly so when trade was controlled by the Hanseatic League. In the lowland areas, particularly Vestvågøy, agriculture plays a significant role, as it has done since the Bronze Age.

Lofotr was originally the name of the island of Vestvågøy only. Later it became the name of the chain of islands. The chain of islands with its pointed peaks looks like a lynx foot from the mainland. In Norwegian, it is always a singular. Another name one might come across, is "Lofotveggen" or the Lofoten wall. The archipelago looks like a closed wall when seen from elevated points around Bodø or when arriving from the sea, some 100 kilometres (62 miles) long, and 800–1,000 metres (2,600–3,300 feet) high.

In March 1941 the islands were raided by British Commandos during Operation Claymore, and in a subsequent diversionary attack to support the Vaagso raid in December.

As of 2017, the islands attract one million tourists a year.

Language in Lofoten :

Culture of Lofoten :
Over the past 150 years, Lofoten has been portrayed by artists in a huge variety of genres and there are many art galleries and craft outlets in the area. Kaare Espolin Johnsen, one of Northern Norway's celebrated artists, chose to set up his gallery in Kabelvåg. Fish are still important in Lofoten to this day.

Place to visit in Lofoten :
(1) Svolvaer
(2) Lofotr Viking Museum
(3) Trollfjord
(4) Kabelvåg
(5) Å
(6) Røst Island
(7) Reine
(8) Rorbuer: Fishing Huts
(9) Glasshytta: The Glassblower at Vikten Leknes

Hotel in   Lofoten, Norway :
(1) Hotel in   Lofoten, Norway 

(2) Nusfjord Arctic Resort

(3) Anker Brygge

(4) Scandic Svolvær

(5)  Lofoten Rorbuhotell

How to reach in Lofoten :
Air travel is the best way to reach Lofoten. There aren't any direct flights to Bodø or non-stop flights to Leknes or Svolvær. The best option is to fly from Stavanger to Bodø, usually with stopovers either in Bergen, Oslo, or Trondheim, depending on air carrier and route. Travel time is typically around 3.5-5 hours.

Travel Guide for Lofoten : Food, Cost, Weather & geography, History, language, culture, things to see and do and how to reach. – Published by The Beyond News (Travelling).