Country #11 Day 82-84, The Lofoten Islands, Norway – Escape to Paradise
Being in the Arctic Circle one could imagine the landscape to be barren and icy. But here far above the Southern most point on the arctic circle lies a paradise, The Lofoten Islands. Located in the Norwegian Sea, this rare outpost offers charming fishing villages, majestic mountains, deep fjords, seabird colonies and beaches of white sand.
If you are seeking unforgettable nature experiences, Lofoten is the place to be. With climate being milder than the surrounding Arctic region, but still cold, it offers numerous opportunities for hiking, skiing, fishing, surfing, ocean rafting or scuba diving. The dramatic landscape of snow capped mountains rising out of the sea, mid-night sun, Northern lights, small fishing villages, is a ny photographer’s holy land. The rapidly changing weather and varied light conditions apart from the stunning landscape is what drove us to visit Lofoten much like the artists of yore.
Of our 3days spent driving and admiring the North and South of Lofoten Island’s beauty, we saw sun, rain, overcast weather, rainbows and also white nights. Did you know that the sun doesn’t set in the Arctic Region and also Lofoten Islands in summers.
The preferred way to cover Lofoten should be with your own car or caravan. Their were 100s of caravans parked and camped in the prettiest of locations as we traversed the landscape. Any other way would hurt your pocket and probably not allow you to explore the far corners of the islands. Just for information and comparison, Norway is reputed to be the most expensive country in the world. At the supermarket 1egg can cost Rs. 30 and a loaf of bread Rs. 260.
For people who do visit here, we can guarantee that the huge hole in your pocket will simply not be enough to wipe the off the smile that Norway will put on your faces.
As we leave Lofoten with beaming faces, we have all told ourselves that we will visit again!!!