Heralded by National Geographic Magazine as the third most desirable island archipelago in the world, the Lofoten island range is awash with glorious sights to see and things to do. Famed for their climbing and fishing, the Lofoten islands also experience one of the strangest temperature shifts in the world, with the Gulf Stream passing nearby the islands rarely go below -1ºC giving them a wonderful temperature all year round. The islands are home to some of the most dramatic mountain ranges in the world which can best be climbed during the 24-hour summer sun period.
Traditionally home to an enormous fishing community, the Lofoten Islands have provided the mainland with salted cod for over 1000 years but it was recently discovered that this archipelago was once home to the largest Viking settlement in history. One way to arrive at the island is via Leknes Airport as this is the travel hub for the area but the most dramatic method is to sail northwards from Bergen on an 11-day round trip, a voyage which is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. The accommodation is located all over the island and can be arranged via tourist offices anywhere in Norway, most people are commonly house in a traditional red rorbua which are raised on sticks and are a wonderfully romantic place to stay.
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