“Turquoise water gently rolling over sandy beaches nestled between soaring cliffs – it’s like someone took the Alps and put them in the Caribbean.”
In April 2018 I spent two weeks more or less by myself photographing the Lofoten Islands in Norway. Spring is an odd time to visit – no changing colors of Autumn, no midnight sun, no northern lights. Why in God’s name would you go then, you might be asking yourself. For the drizzling rain and half-melted snow? Don’t be so snarky. For starters I can say with confidence, this archipelago is always worth a visit. Secondly, the off-season generally means things are quieter – on the Lofoten it gives you the feeling, that you have the run of the place. In any case, here is an overview of the places of visited, mountains I climbed and photos I took. I hope they are helpful for you and your journey, regardless of the season you’re traveling in.
If you to see endless waves of turquoise approaching the gradual amber sands amongst soaring cliffs, you my friend are in for a trek, and a ferry, or both. Click the link to watch a video of Bunes Beach and read more about getting there.
Hiking Hoven on Gimsøy
Don’t let the comparative ease of this hike fool you, Hoven offers one of the best panoramas on all of the Lofoten Islands. Click to watch a 360° view of the Hoven summit.
Hamnøy Fishing Village
The small fishing village on the island of Moskenesøya, Hamnøy is the quintessential Lofoten spot replete with Rorbuer, mirror-like water and a beautiful mountain backdrop. Follow the link to see more of Hamnøy.
Nestled between Haukland and Uttakleiv Beaches, Mannen is a challenging climb with great reward: click the link to check out some more views from Mannen Mountain.
Hesten and Segla: A Ridge Too Far
While it is not part of the Lofoten, the island of Senja offers similar attractions. It’s a bit of a drive from the Lofoten but if you have enough time it is definitely worth it, however it ended up being a struggle for me. Follow the link to find out more and see views of Hesten and Segla.
Like most hotspots on the Lofoten, Kvalvika Beach is not exactly a breeze to get to, having said that the double beach is arguably the most spectacular, so it’s worth the hike – check out a short video and a photographs of Kvalvika Beach.