Summit Triumph: Hikers atop Majestic Fjord Cliffs. Photo: Photo Competition

The Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands

Jagged mountains, small fishing towns, and sandy beaches - Lofoten and Vesterålen are must-visits when searching for the authentic Norway.

Lofoten is a group of islands in Nordland County, while Vesterålen lies just north of Lofoten. These neighbouring archipelagos offer some of the most incredible scenery on the planet, and are a must-see for anyone travelling to Norway.

Experience the Lofoten Islands

Lofoten is administered by the municipalities of Vågan, Vestvågøy, Flakstad, Moskenes, Værøy and little Røst, far out in the ocean to the southwest.

The region offers a variety of experiences, from a whale safari or kayak trip to horse riding and mountain climbs. Go fishing for metre-long cod, take a cycle-camping expedition or stay in an authentic fisherman’s hut.


Exploring Vesterålen

The Vesterålen area, with its mountains, islands and skerries, was all but forgotten. However, Hurtigruten founder Richard With led the development of a canal through Risøyrenna that has allowed this pearl of nature to be included in the Hurtigruten schedule.

Vesterålen lies to the north of Lofoten across the five municipalities of Andøy, Bø, Hadsel, Sortland and Øksnes. People have lived here since the Stone Age, and the inhabitants developed several important trading stations early on in history. Today, all the islands are linked to each other and the mainland, by several bridges.