Lofoten Islands: travel, what to do, cod fishing and cruising

Holidays to the Lofoten Islands, as it gets and what to do in the archipelago of Norway by picturesque villages, famous for cod fishing.

What are the Lofoten Islands

Austvagoy, Vestvagoy, Moskenesoya and Flakstadoy are the main islands of the archipelago of Lofoten, placed at the height of the Arctic Circle in the Norwegian Sea. These islands, separated from the coast of the Scandinavian Peninsula from Norwegian fjord Vestfjorden, have a wonderful nature immersed in the magical light of their own these latitudes. The high rocky mountains that characterize the landscape, are reflected in the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean and clean, while on the coast picturesque villages retain the traditional architecture of the houses used by fishermen, the typical rorbuer.

Cod fishing

From mid-February to the end of April, from the Barents Sea along the Gulf Stream, come in Vestfjorden cod to spawn, offering a great opportunity to fishermen of Lofoten. Once caught and cleaned cod are hung out to dry, and just about this tradition, the Lofoten Islands are linked to Italy. It should go back a long way, precisely in the fifteenth century, when the Venetian merchant Pietro Querini, shipwrecked in these waters could find refuge on these islands and observe the particular system of drying cod. On his return to Venice brought with it the prized cod, which was much appreciated not only in Veneto but also from elsewhere in Italy, and even today our country is the largest importer of cod from these islands.

As you come to the Lofoten Islands

The ferry service with transport of cars that connects Bodo to Moskenes is the most used by visitors, but you can reach the islands from the mainland without taking the ship starting from Narvik, through the road section Lofast which is part of the European road E10 and allows Svolvaer to reach by car from Evenes, where there is also the airport Harstad / Narvik, since all the main islands are connected by bridges or tunnels. A daily bus service connects Narvik to A, the last city of Lofoten reached by following the road section Lofast.

What to do in Lofoten

Very nice boat cruise along the Trollfjord, dominated by towering rock walls, its entrance is only 100 meters wide. It ‘an opportunity to admire the typical sea birds that live in this natural setting. Among the most picturesque villages in the Lofoten Islands Henningsvaer that falls at the foot of Mount Vagakaillen on a group of islands and islets in the Vestfjord, is connected to the main island by a bridge. Nusfjord, one of the oldest fishing villages, is a fine example of traditional Norwegian.