The famous Lofoten Islands are splashed across the pages of travel magazines around the world, and with good reason. Here steep, snow-covered mountains plunge into icy fjords where orca whales feed, and traditional fishing villages splash smatterings of bright red across each vista. During the winter months the northern lights shine bright and in the summer months this breath-taking archipelago is the ideal place to connect with nature with plenty of excellent and uncrowded hiking trails around the islands and coastal fjords.
The beautifully scenic port town of Svolvaer, the main hub on the island of Austvagoy, is home to both the island’s only airport and a Hurtigruten ferry terminal so it is here that most visitors first set foot on the stunning Lofoten archipelago. The cod fishing industry is of ultimate importance and the characteristic red fisherman cabins and impressive cod drying racks can easily been seen. Boat tours on the dramatic Trollfjord are ever popular and a fantastic opportunity to spot the impressive sea eagles that frequent this area.