Life is at the Fullest in Lofoten and Vesterålen
Røst Island where it all started with Pietro Querini, an Italian sea captain from the Venice who in 1432 was shipwrecked in Røst, a small island in Lofoten. While recuperating on the island, Querini discovered codfish which he called ‘stocfisi’ (Tørrfisk in Norwegian), which dominated the local economy and was air- and wind-dried until it became “as hard as wood”.
SECRETS OF THE NORTH
Lofoten and Vesterålen
Vesterålen is not as well known as Lofoten, but has all you can dream of, fjords, mountains, white sand beaches and amazing nature experiences. On this tour we combine the best of each and we even take you on a cruise with our famous coastal line, Hurtigruten, between the two.
Lofoten and Vesterålen are two of Norway´s prettiest archipelagos, where traditional red fishing villages cluster at the feet of soaring mountains, home to sea and white-tailed eagles. This idyllic stretch of coast is suitable for midnight sun seekers and northern lights getaway. Enjoy the silence between islets and reefs, a mountain lovers paradise, a bird watchers dream and white beaches loved by everyone. You will experience outstanding accommodation, two well kept secrets of the north and activities like kayak trips, sauna and hot-tub under the stars, under the midnight sun or under the Nordic light, we never know.
Set beneath a dramatic mountain range, Svolvær’s harbour is lined with red rorbuer, typical fisherman’s cabins from gamle dager (olden days). What makes Svolvær so famous are its two giant granite pillars which tower over the city. But more on that later! Svolvær is a great place to base yourself, refuel, and join the various safari tours that operate from here.
Located to the west of Svolvær and in the heart of Lofoten is Vestvågøy, the most populous municipality in the Lofoten archipelago. It’s here you’ll see many of those postcard perfect landscapes and epic sunsets. Haukland Beach is one of those places you have to visit either at sunrise or sunset or both!