If you come to Norway for the sake of nature, Lofoten should definitely be on the list. The archipelago, which protrudes like a kind of tongue out into the sea on the Nordland coast is spectacularly beautiful. So beautiful that Lofoten has actually been nominated the world’s best archipelago in several major tourism awards, including National Geographic and Condé Nast.
And here you get almost all of Norway in a nutshell: distinctive, unspoilt nature with majestic mountains and peaks, which meet endless seas and expansive beaches. All combined with an idyllic atmosphere and a genuine, local fishing village atmosphere.
You will also find one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches in Lofoten, according to Lonely Planet. In 2021, they put Hauklandstranda at the top of their list. If, on the other hand, you think the temperature of the water is a little low, you can combine a dip from the pier outside Thon Hotel Svolvær with a visit to the new sauna in the same location.
When hunger strikes, you can taste a genuine local cultural treasure – dried fish – which has over 1,000 years of history in the area. Dried fish from Lofoten has also been given the same status by the EU (PGI) as balsamic vinegar from Modena and gouda cheese from the Netherlands.
Lofoten is also perfect for the activity enthusiasts – whether you prefer hiking, kayaking, fishing, surfing, climbing or riding in a RIB boat. In other words, everything you need for a summer holiday full of fun!
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If you google pictures of Lofoten, the view from Reinebringen is guaranteed to come up – this is the most iconic and photographed view of all of Lofoten! To reach the top at 448 m above sea level, you can follow a beautiful sherpa stairway up the mountain, the hike takes about 1–2 hours in total.
TIP! If you check in at Thon Hotel Svolvær, you can try your hand at Lofoten fishing and join us on an authentic fishing boat on the Lofoten Sea. After the trip, the fish is hoisted ashore to the hotel’s own “fish farm” before the hotel’s chefs prepare the catch for dinner.