HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE WONDERFUL LOFOTEN ISLANDS IN NORWAY? IF YOU HAVE THINKED OF VISITING THEM, I COMPLETE WITH YOU FOR THE CHOICE; BUT IF YOU WANT TO PLAN YOUR DIY LOFOTEN ISLANDS TRIP, HERE IS A BRIEF GUIDE TO TRAVEL ALONE IN NORWAY AND BETTER PLAN A PERFECT DIY LOFOTEN ISLANDS ITINERARY.
Today we are in the Lofoten Islands, a remote and wonderfully distant place, which, alas, only a few know and manage to visit. Lost in north-central Norway, this archipelago of islands represents the true earthly paradise of all professional and non-professional photographers. We are talking about a traditional Norwegian landscape, enchanting, unspoiled and full of charm; where nature still devotes full control of everything and everyone.
The Lofoten Islands are an archipelago of small and varied islands that stretches between the county of Tromso and that of Nordland. The main islands are Austvågøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøya and Moskenesøya, they are separated from the mainland by the Vestfjorden, but they are all well connected with each other with long tunnels and fascinating bridges; so it will be very easy to be able to go from one island to another during your trip to the Lofoten Islands do it yourself.
During your DIY trip to the Lofoten Islands you will be able to drive on one of the most beautiful scenic roads in the world and admire characteristic views that you can find nowhere else: the E10 is the main road of the whole archipelago and connects it from one end to the other.
The breathtaking views and the magic of the arctic light make this place the perfect place for all lovers of landscape photography; in fact, during your stay on the Lofoten Islands, you will surely come across numerous photographic tours from all over the world.
WHEN TO GO TO THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS:
The best time to tackle a trip to the Lofoten Islands is completely subjective and depends on your personal taste. We are talking about a destination suitable for all seasons of the year, if you love the cold, snow-covered landscapes and the Northern Lights, I recommend that you go in the winter months, where the second half of February and March are the best choice. If you love the mild climate, trekking and the midnight sun, the summer months are the right choice for your trip. The spring and autumn months are also very popular, where the low season will mitigate the dizzying Norwegian prices.
HOW TO GET TO THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS:
I am sure that much of the charm of the Lofoten Islands is given by the fact that they are not really close at hand, given the distance and the difficulty that can be encountered in reaching them, many travelers give up on the idea of this trip. Getting to the Lofoten Islands from our beloved Italy is somewhat complicated: there are no direct flights, you will have to make at least two stopovers to land in this earthly paradise.
Generally the stopovers are as follows: Itali-Oslo then Oslo-Bodo or Narvik and finally Bodo-Svolvaer or Narevik-Svolvaer. Arm yourself with a lot of patience and a good credit card; The high costs and the approximately 14 hours of flight involved will vanish into thin air, as if by magic, once you set your foot on the land of the Lofoten Islands.
WHAT TO SEE AT THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS:
There are many things to see and photograph during your trip to the Lofoten Islands do it yourself, let’s go and see them together:
Svolvaer: the largest and most populous town of all the Lofoten Islands, with its 5,000 inhabitants is a good starting and ending point for your excursions in the surrounding area. In this small port town you will find everything you need, luxury hotels, hostels, restaurants, pubs, supermarkets and many small agencies that can help you plan your tours. Nestled in the mountains, here you will also find a small and characteristic port that makes the natural landscape truly postcard-worthy. Svolvaer is an unmissable stop.
Reine: a small dream village lost in the Norwegian fjords. It is located on the island of Moskenesøya and best represents the true essence of the Lofoten Islands. A small and authentic fishing port full of charm with one of the most beautiful views in the world, which you have surely already seen in postcards. The best point to admire it is from the E10 road before entering the town, stop before the small viaduct, park and prepare a tripod and camera.
Å (Å I Lofoten): at the southern end of the Lofoten Islands stands this tiny village called Å (a completely appropriate name since Å is the last letter of the Norwegian alphabet). It’s a living museum of sorts, a perfectly preserved fishing settlement, a row of red rorbuers on the waterfront, a row of traditional cod dryers and views to photograph around every bend. Unmissable stop.
Uttakleiv Beach: a must-see destination on the Northern Lights hunter’s itinerary. A white sand beach located on the island of Vestvågøy, on the southwestern side. Directly overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this beautiful beach is often hit by strong winds and high tides, so plan your best if you decide to wait here for your Northern Lights.
Skagsanden Beach: located on the island of Flakstadøya in the north-west side, this beach is very popular with professional and amateur photographers, who come to immortalize the beautiful colors of this place during their photo tours. Suitable stop for sighting the Northern Lights.
Haukland Beach: not far from, but very similar to, nearby Uttakleiv Beach, this beach is a valid alternative to avoid the crowds of noisy Asian photographers who storm the island during their photo tours. You can also camp here and wait for the long-awaited Northern Lights to arrive.
Reinefjorden: If you love hiking and summer trekking, this is the right destination for you. Located on the island of Moskenesøya near the village of Reine, this hiking trail connects Vindstad to the abandoned settlement of Bunes and in less than an hour’s walk you can admire the beautiful panorama over the valley.
GETTING AROUND THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS:
If you want to travel alone in Norway, one of the main problems that will cause you the most expense problems is that of getting around. If you intend to move to Norway and especially to the small Lofoten Islands, the only thing to do is to rent a car. The rental prices are way above our standards, so I recommend that you book your vehicle well in advance. The Norwegian roads are perfect, well maintained, safe and constantly cleaned from the abundant winter snow; so a trip on the road, in safety and with breathtaking landscapes, will make your trip to the Lofoten Islands unforgettable.
HOW MUCH TIME TO DEDICATE TO THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS:
Of modest size, but on the other hand full of things to see and admire, the Lofoten Islands can be well explored with a minimum of 7 days. There are numerous islands that make up this famous archipelago, and thanks to the E10 panoramic road you can move from one island to another comfortably and fairly quickly. A solo trip to Norway, and especially to the Lofoten Islands, needs time and must be faced with tranquility and relaxation, without frenzy and run. Mode that will allow you to discover the true essence of these islands, which seem to have stopped in time, where frenzy and anxiety are not welcome.
I’m sure this article on how to organize a DIY trip to the Lofoten Islands was convincing enough to inspire you to explore this wonderful place. These islands represent the spearhead of all of Norway and do not exist in the world which is why you should not visit them.