Lofoten is famous for its stunning scenery and traditional fisheries culture.
This group of islands situated just off the Norwegian coast is where the sea meets jagged mountain peaks to create the perfect setting for the picturesque fishing villages nestled there. It’s the perfect framework for a holiday designed to experience Lofoten natural beauty and culture.
Stay in a Fisherman’s Rorbu
Lofoten’s fishermen’s cabins, known as rorbu to the locals which roughly means “little shack,” were traditionally built one after another on poles along the shore of the fishing villages.
This provided easy access to the row boats right next to the cabin. Often they were painted red because red fish-oil paint was the cheapest and later ochre gained in popularity. Both colors are still used, and today the term rorbu is also used to describe houses and cabins situated throughout Lofoten.
However, many of the genuine rorbu are available for travelers to rent but they’ve been refurbished. Historic characteristics of the rorbu are preserved, but most of these cabins are updated to include modern comforts including a fully-equipped kitchen, living room, and one or more bathrooms. Some even include extras like a sauna or extra bedrooms.
Experience the Northern Lights
The Lofoten Islands are also a popular destination to see the Northern Lights. The spectacular natural light show is clearly seen on dark clear nights from September to April.
If this is the main reason for your visit to Lofoten, you may want to plan to visit the Polarlight Centre Lofoten in Laukvik for a one-hour colorful presentation of the phenomenon as well as other displays.
Because of the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Lofoten enjoys a much milder coastal climate than other places in the world that share the same latitude like Alaska and Greenland.
The winters are mild with January and February being the coldest months and summers are relatively cool with July and August being the warmest months.