The Lofoten Islands are a paradise in Northern Norway! I visited on a Hurtigruten cruise from Tromsø and did a road trip that led me from Svolvær to Henningsvær, Unstad Beach, the Viking Museum, and many more stunning places. But see for yourself:
Northern Norway stretches over almost 113,000 square kilometres, so it’s no surprise that you might feel a little lost trying to decide where to visit and trying to create an itinerary for your trip! Fortunately for you, I’ve had the chance to travel quite extensively between Norway’s northernmost village and Saltfjellet - the mountain range that sits right on the Arctic Circle - during the 3 years I’ve lived in Northern Norway myself. In this article, I’ll thus present you with 3 different itineraries for a trip to Northern Norway (in summer or winter!) lasting from 4 to 7 to 10 days.
Not long ago, the Norwegian airline Wideroe announced a new direct connection from Tromsø and Oslo to the Lofoten Islands, starting in spring 2017. This is good news not only for tourists but also for those like me who live up north. You see, Northern Norway is an incredibly big area. The region consists of three counties: Nordland, Troms and Finnmark.
The Lofoten Islands are truly the most fascinating place in Norway and although I do realize that the whole country is beautiful as hell, this archipelago in the Arctic is pretty much Norway in a nutshell. It's got everything! Fjords, mountains, farmland and even beaches that attract surfers from all over the world. Can you believe that?
Unstad is situated at the Norwegian Sea and apparently at a good spot for high waves and strong winds. On our visit, there were several surfers in the sea and if I could surf, I would have probably joined them - it was just such a gorgeous day!
Henningsvær is a small village off the island of Austvågøy in the Lofoten Islands with a population of only about 450 people. Henningsvær itself is situated on many smaller islands which makes it an interesting destination for tourists as the islands are all connected by little bridges, reminding many people of Venice.
The good thing about exploring the Lofoten Islands by car is that there's basically only one main route that you can follow from one end to the archipelago to the other. Also, there are little parking bays everywhere as the streets can be quite narrow sometimes which is so great if you want to stop and take a picture.
When I was looking for hotels for our trip to Lofoten, Lofoten Suite Hotel was the first one that caught my eye. I definitely have a soft spot for boutique hotels which might originates from having lived in overpriced and tiny student dorms since moving to Norway...
Now I've always had this naive idea in mind that young little trolls would go out during the day because they're curious to see humans and wanted to get to know how humans live their lives. I thought trolls would be small and cute - kinda like the ones in Frozen. Turns out though that Norwegian trolls are nothing like that.
We stayed in Svolvær and rented a car with Avis to be able to see more of the archipelago. We could have stayed in town to go on a sea eagle safari or visit the ice bar but both options are incredibly expensive and we figured we would get way more for our money by renting a car - wise decision!