So you’ve started planning your vacation and realized that you are tired of visiting the same old destinations that your family or group of travel friends have gone to what seems like a thousand times before. You made great memories in those places but they are all blending together now and you are ready to create some new memories in a place you have never been. This can be a fun and exciting adventure if you pick the right place. If you are looking for a vacation destination that is unique, rich with history yet filled with edgy and contemporary details, and offers a tremendous array of activities and experiences for you to choose from, consider the Lofoten Islands.
Lofoten is a string of islands, an archipelago, in the country of Norway. The collection of islands got its name from the ancient name for just one of the islands, which was a combination of Norse words brought together to reference the fact that the island resembled the shape of a lynx’s foot. This name now applies to the entire chain of islands.
There are many reasons to visit Lofoten, varying in importance depending on the particular interests and preferences of your travel group. If you are considering the Lofoten Islands as your vacation destination reviewing these reasons to visit can help you to decide if the spot is right for you.
Reasons to Visit Lofoten
Though the Lofoten Islands are technically located in the Arctic Circle a series of natural phenomena result in this area having the highest positive temperature anomaly on earth. This means that though you would expect a location in the Arctic Circle to be in a constant state of freezing weather, the wonderfully mild climate actually has average temperatures throughout the year that never dip below freezing, and never get above around 85 degrees.
Unlike some areas, the weather in Lofoten is very predictable. May and June are the driest months of the year, with October making up for them with three times the amount of precipitation. You can expect windy, rainy conditions in the fall, snow and sleet in the winter, and calm mild days in the summer.
The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. The mountains that make up the chain of islands are generally covered with glittering snow, the coastline features sandy beaches and lapping waves, and the rest of the islands are largely unspoiled.
If you visit Lofoten you may be presented with the opportunity to experience natural phenomena rarely seen elsewhere. The Lofoten Islands are a prime location for viewing the mysterious Northern Lights and visitors can sign up for text message alerts that indicate when the lights have appeared in the sky so that they can be witnessed. Depending on the time of year that you choose to visit you may also get the chance to witness the astonishing midnight sun, which is a full month during which the sun never sets, as well as month during which the sun never rises.
There is a wide range of activities to participate in, including historical sites, art galleries, museums, and guided tours. There is something to visit just about anybody’s travel tastes.