Are you planning a visit to the Lofoten Islands and are you looking for useful information about it?
You have found it!
I am Marat Stepanoff a full-time professional photographer.
Two years ago I created this online resource to help you find the information you need and inspire you on this journey.
Today it is one of the most popular sites about the Lofoten Islands with online traffic of several thousand people per month.
I also wrote a Travel Guide which you will find here.
And compiled Google map of the Lofoten Islands, which was viewed by more than 19,000 people only during 2019 (you read it in 2020, then more).
Explore it and follow the links for the complete information you need. You will not get lost here. And from any page, you can get into the section of the site that interests you.
Lofoten Islands | The Unbridled Beauty of the Arctic Archipelago
The Lofoten Islands are located in the severe waters of the Norwegian Sea beyond the Arctic Circle.
This is the edge of wild, wild nature, majestic mountains, deep fjords, noisy bird colonies and long sandy beaches.
If you are looking for unforgettable impressions of nature, Lofoten Islands will more than meet your expectations. Due to the varied landscape, mountain tours, skiing, rafting, and diving are also possible here.
It is also one of the best places in Norway for surfing and one of the most northerly in the world. But above all those are stunning landscapes for your photography!
The Lofoten Islands have deeps roots in the Viking Age. In the Lofotr Museum of the Vikings, one can completely immerse oneself into their life. In the town of Borg where the museum is to found, archaeologists have discovered the longest dwelling of the Vikings ever found. The building was 83 meters long and has been recreated as a living museum.
Due to the warm Gulfstream, the climate in the Lofotens is much milder than in other parts of the world at this latitude. From May to July the sun never sets and from September to mid-April, you can observe the Northern lights.
From ancient times the local population fully supported themselves by fishing. Fishing still occupies an important place in the life of the population. The archipelago is famous for its picturesque fishing villages. Stop for the night in the “rorbuer”, a traditional fishing hut, and try “turfskisk”, dried cod caught during spawning. Cod “törrfisk” is the basis of many dishes served in local restaurants.
Variable weather and stunning light have long attracted artists here. Not surprisingly there are quite a few art galleries on the archipelago and photo exhibitions are held. Every year Lofoten hosts many photo tours.
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THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS TRAVEL INFORMATION
Lofoten Islands located 170 km above Arctic Circle and has seven islands.
Five main of them called Austvågøy, Gimsøya, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøya, and Moskenesøya and easy for the journey. Two small Værøy and Røst accessible by ferry.
Austvågøy, Gimsøya, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøya, and Moskenesøya connected by the E10 scenic route and called “King Olav V route”.
This is a 186-mile road passing through all five islands and connecting Lofoten Islands with the mainland. Perhaps this is one of the most picturesque routes in the world.
Lofoten Islands travel map
There is an interactive Google map of the Lofoten Islands. This will help you plan your trip. Save this Google map on your smartphone or tablet and use it during the trip.
This is an exclusive map of Lofoten that I created especially for you. Save it in your Google maps!
Rorbuer is a traditional fishing hut in Norway. Most of them are hotels now. This is a comfortable accommodation for the most demanding tourists.
Some fishing villages are hotels now and points of interest for visitors. In addition to hotels there are restaurants, souvenir shops and museums.
Reine, Nusfjord and Å are three of the most interesting of them.
THE BEST ACTIVITIES ON THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
- Explore the Lofoten Islands with Lofoten Archipelago 5-Hour Panoramic Tour from Svolvær
- Enjoy the magic of the Northern lights
- Discover Lofoten with Kayaking (only summer-time). Admire the breathtaking scenery and kayak around Trollfjord
- Up your photography skill with Photography Tour of the Lofoten Islands
- Join our Northern Lights weekly photo tour
MOST SCENIC PLACES
Explore new places in Lofoten. You have already heard of some of them. There is my absolute TOP of the best locations you should visit during your trip.
Unstad beach is very famous among surfers. But you can here relax, take pictures and go hiking. I like to shoot a sunset on the Unstad beach. Read More
You will definitely see Storsandnes beach if you go to Mirland. The place is very beautiful. But not so popular. Perhaps this is good for the Storsandnes beach. It’s a good place for wild camping. Read More
Myrland is a tiny fishing village. It’s a little difficult to get here without a car. There is nothing interesting here, except for a small and very beautiful beach. Read More
Vik beach located on the way to Uttakleiv beach. This beach is not as popular as its famous neighbors such as Haukland and Uttaklev. But Vik is a very beautiful place. Be sure to visit. Read More
I do not like the Ramberg beach. There are always a lot of people. Past often passing cars. But if you walk along the coast towards Skagsanden beach we can find landscapes like on this photo. Read More
I shot this photo on Yettersand beach. It was 1-30 a.m. Yes, it’s the midnight sun. Until July 17, you can have time to watch it. Amazing feeling. But it’s very difficult to wait for the Golden Hour. But sunset and dawn at the same time. It’s good. Shoot the sunset, then the dawn. You don’t have to go to bed late and get up early. Just be ready to take pictures by midnight. Read More
Be sure to take the time to hike at Holandsmelen. The view from the mountain is amazing. Read More
Lofoten Islands. Travel and Photo Guide.
The Lofoten Islands are my main photographic topic. If you want to find out the best points of view on Lofoten Islands and extend your personal knowledge about taking photos you should read my book “Lofoten Islands Travel and Photo Guide”.
Lofoten Islands. Photo and Travel Guide. Second Edition 2020 PDF e-book
Lofoten is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists and photographers around the world. I wrote this manual to share my Lofoten travel experience with you. I’d be very glad if this book helps and inspires you to create new amazing photos.
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