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The area around Lofotodden Point is characterized by a narrow coastline, steep mountain formations and the strong tidal currents that flow between the islands. The sea and the Ice Ages have formed deep fjords, craggy peaks and a number of coastal caves.
- one of the world's
strongest tidal currents
The Maelstrom (Moskstraumen)
and the waters to the west of the Lofoten Headland have been renowned and
respected for thousands of years. First described 2,000 years ago by the
Greek historian, Pytheas, and later by such famous authors as Petter Dass,
Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne, it has also appeared on innumerable sea
charts accompanied by terrifying illustrations and warnings. This stretch of
water, abundant as it is with fish, has formed the basis for settlements for
thousands of years. Whether seen as an amazing natural phenomenon, or as a
destination for a fishing trip, the Maelstrom will provide you with an
The Refsvikhula Cave
- 3,000 year old cave paintings
A visit to the 50 metre tall
and 115 metre deep Refsvikhula Cave is a journey into the mysticism of the
past. This gigantic cave is awe-inspiring even to the hardiest of
travellers, and the experience is emphasised by the enigmatic characters
sketched on the walls of the cave by cavemen, over three thousand years
ago.The figures were discovered in 1986 by archaeology students from the
University of Tromsø.
The cave south of the village of Napp consists of a mighty overhang, 70 metres deep and 22 metres tall. This is the oldest known Stone Age settlement in Lofoten. Inside the cave there are thick layers of waste left by the Stone Age people allowing us to read their 5500 year history.Archaeologists found fishing tackle, spear and arrowheads, knives, axes, bone needles, potsherds and ceramics, etc. Bone remnants bear witness to a fascinating and varied diet and include the remains of many species of fish and shellfish, 16 different animals and no less than 37 species of birds. Human bones were also found.
A wooden deck beneath your
feet on board a fishing smack on the Vestfjord; hauling cod, haddock and
coley, wolf fish or tusk over the gunwale - the green mountains of the
Lofoten Wall in the background. The fishermen of Flakstad and Moskenes wish
you welcome aboard for a taste of their every day life!
The Maelstrom – Coastal caves – Cliffside nesting colonies – Troll-like mountains and deep fjords
Boat trips in the
Reinefjorden on the Fjord ferry:
For centuries, the natural surroundings and distinnctive culture of Lofoten have drawn artists to its shores to work and create. Local artists, too, have been inspired by the rugged countryside and fantastic light. There are a number of stimulating artists and craftsmen in the region, including a glassblower and a ceramist in Vikten, a silversmith in Nusfjord, a textile artist and metalworker in Ramberg, a blacksmith in Sund and painters in Sørvågen. A fascinating and colourful meeting with the creative artists of Lofoten, a meeting that will leave its mark on you.
A number of fascinating museums provide you with a good insight into the local history, from life in the fishing village and the Lofoten Fishery, to the production and sale of stockfish, a journey back to childhood with North Norwegian and European children’s culture, the motorization of the fishing fleet over the past 100 years and cod and telecommunications – the reason why Lofoten was to become such an important part of Norwegian and European telecommunications history.
Enjoy magnificent countryside in easy-going or more demanding terrain, everything from mountaineering with panoramic views, to fishing in fresh mountain lakes.We are proud of our mountains and we want to reduce the degree of wear and tear on our vulnerable countryside. We have therefore marked and cairned only selected paths and trails which we try to maintain by paving them with rocks at certain places. We urge you to follow these paths when walking in the mountains.
All year round
The sunshine brings out the amazing colours that the underwater landscape has to offer. Calm and peaceful movement through the kelp will make you feel at one with nature. Crabs, hermit crabs, starfish and snails live their busy lives down there as the fish lie there like a blanket above the kelp.
All year round
Fantastic natural surroundings, striking mountain ridges, wrecks and tunnels are just some of the things you can experience under water in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Floating weightlessly like an eagle above the coral seabed adds the finishing touch to the adventures that will make your stay in Lofoten a perfect one.
Lofoten is a fantastic destination for cyclists. Cycling offers the freedom and time to take a closer look at life in a vibrant fishing village, and to enjoy wild and wonderful countryside. Breathe in the smell of the sea and hear the seagulls cry as you roll slowly by. If you decide to go on a midnight sun ride, you will be cycling almost all alone, in complete peace and quiet. Guided cycling tours are also possible. History and a little exercise have never hurt anyone. Bikes available for hire at a number of locations in Moskenes. Have a great ride!
If you are wondering what it is like to paddle in heaven, you should try kayaking here. We have fjords and beaches that can take anybody's breath away. You can experience nature at close quarters here, and an abundance of animal life as you glide through the water. With a kayak you can access tiny coves and fjords, and paddle between old wharves and boats without any trouble. It is not without reason that Lofoten has been voted one of the world’s best kayak destinations.
NB: You should never paddle alone in these surroundings. Make sure that you have the necessary safety equipment with you at all times. Check the weather forecasts and talk to any locals who paddle in the area. Remember, there are strong currents and a considerable difference between high and low tide. If you are a little in doubt, it is also possible to hire a guide or have your whole trip organised. To paddle on your own, you should have a "wet card" certificate.
Moskenes offers scenic nature experiences in both easy and more demanding terrain in the surrounding mountains. Join a local guide on the best mountain walks: amazing panoramic views from Mount Reinebringen, midnight sun trips to Bunes, or a climb to Lofoten’s second highest peak, Hermannsdalstinden (1029 m asl). Let our guides lead you to our culture, nature and geology.
Duration: 4 – 6 hours Price: from NOK 250 (min 5 pers) children under 15: 50% discount
Booking: Audun Rasmussen, tel. (+47) 93 49 26 20.
Enjoy the atmosphere of the famous Lofoten Fishery and some magnificent winter scenery. Adventure tours by boat include both fishing on the seas of Lofoten and deep-sea rafting. Try fresh, steaming cod, liver and roes and other tasty meals after an exciting day at sea. Stay in comfortable maritime surroundings. And when you have had enough of the sea, there is some great skiing terrain here, with mountain cabins on both of the islands of Flakstadøy and Moskenesøy. The Dark Season, stormy weather, the mystical light of spring, the delicate flutter of the Northern Lights above the jagged peaks of Lofoten: the Fishing Village Realm is also the realm of winter holidays.
Among the geological phenomena in Vikten, we find the rocks and boulders near the Glassblower’s Cabin, the local moraines, and a number of other items that may be observed when following the two interesting paths known as the Morenestien and the Tangrandstien.
Including quayside dances, fishing festivals, art exhibitions, etc.
Birdlife in the Lofoten Islands is varied and fascinating. Over 140 species have been sighted in Moskenes and Flakstad, many of which are random visitors that occur due to the location and character of the islands.
Warm, calm summer days, bright summer nights in the light of the Midnight Sun, north-easterly snow storms with katabatic winds, dead calm winter evenings with the Northern Lights dancing enigmatically across the night sky above snow-white Lofoten mountains. Lofoten offers you the entire spectrum of climatic conditions.
Some of our attractions:
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Copyright: Robert Walker, 1997, 2013