Visit the Lofoten Islands
By any criteria, the Lofoten Islands are incredibly beautiful: a rugged Arctic landscape of soaring mountains and deep blue fjords, peppered with squawking sea birds, surf-swept beaches and colourful fishing huts.
The Lofoten’s surprisingly mild winters provide an untrammelled landscape of snow-dusted mountains, windswept seas and bracing beaches, all accompanied by regular displays of the Northern Lights. If the weather does take a turn for the worse, there’s always the superb Lofotr Viking Museum to retreat to, or one of the many restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a delicious meal, a glass of wine and the warmth of a crackling fire.
Spring signals the imminent return of the Midnight Sun, which casts its ever-present glow across the islands’ towering cliffs and secluded bays between May and July each year. It’s during these warmer months that fishing, hiking, rafting, kayaking, cycling, and even snorkelling and diving, are among the activities on offer. It’s also the best time to join a sea safari in search of local wildlife, including grey seals, sea eagles and killer whales.
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Special fly-cruise fares
This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.
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Free car hire
This seven-night tailor-made itinerary really captures the essence of the beautiful Lofoten Islands, mixing fjord and mountain scenery with picturesque villages, historical sites and traditional rorbu accommodation.
Winter in the Lofoten Islands provides a landscape of snow-covered mountains, icy fjords, beaches and colourful fishing villages. Northern Lights enthusiasts are rewarded with frequent and colourful displays during winter. Wildlife lovers will find whales and sea eagles on a range of boat trips.
There are a staggering 34 ports of call on this seven-day Hurtigruten cruise, travelling north up Norway's west coast from Bergen to Kirkenes, 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, some of which are rarely visited by other cruise ships.
Top places to stay in Lofoten Islands
A collection of 56 cabins in the harbour of Svolvaer, Lofoten's capital, this group of rorbu cabins are beautifully positioned on the waterfront and within easy walking distance of the town centre.
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