7 Amazing Places You Need To Visit In Lofoten, Norway This SummerSummer in Lofoten is Magical, make sure you plan on seeing the best spots Lofoten has to offer
Thinking of traveling to the Lofoten Islands this summer, but overwhelmed by the endless amounts of beautiful and scenic mountains, fishing villages, fjords and white sand beaches to visit whilst there? No worries. We have gathered the top 7 most amazing places to see in Lofoten this summer, all of which you can do as a day trip from Lofoten’s “hub” of Svolvaer.
Top 7 Places To Visit In Lofoten Islands This Summer
Kvalvika beach is famous for its stunning views and moderate hiking level to reach the location facing the Atlantic ocean. The trek is absolutely worth it and at the end of the 1 hour hike you will are rewarded with a beautiful secluded bay, white sand beaches surrounded by high, picturesque mountain peaks.
Kvalvika beach is only accessible by foot and best to visit in the late afternoon/evening when the summer sun points straight into the bay. The drive to Kvalvika beach, is an experience by itself and offers a scenic route through the Lofoten landscape.
Trollfjord or Trollfjorden is a stunning, narrow fjord surrounded by steep mountains, and is only accessible by boat or a challenging hike. The famous fjord is located on Austvågøya and the name is derived from the “Troll” a figure from Norse Mythology.
Traditionally an important fjord for cod fishing, this place has through history sparked some friction between local interest, accumulating to the event known as “The battle of trollfjord”. In the fjord we find a variety of birds in the summer, including the mighty white tailed eagle. Photo by Matt Pixel CCBY
Kabelvåg is an important historical fishing village located just 5 Kilometers (3.1 Miles)from Svolvær (about a 10 minute drive). This village is a popular place for visitors to make during the day, and offers a picturesque atmosphere with its blend of historic importance and modern updates of a typical Norwegian coastal town, known for its cod fishing. In the middle ages Kabelvåg became one of the most important cod fishing harbors on the Norwegian coast, and contributed to the dry cod from “Nordland” accounting for almost 80% of Norway’s export in the 13th century.
Kabelvåg has traces of settlements from the late stone age, and now offers attractions such as the Lofoten Museum, Lofoten Aquarium and Vågan Church (known as the Lofoten Cathedral).
Henningsvær is located 20 Kilometers (12 Miles) and about 40 minute drive from Svolvær. This traditional fishing village accommodates about 500 permanent residents.The village is build on top of a couple of islands and rock formations, connected to the rest of Lofoten with small picturesque bridges, making the drive to Henningsvær an absolute treat for your senses.
Narrow streets and fishing boats parked all in the middle of town, are blended with small shops, restaurants, dried fish and maybe the world’s most unique soccer field.
Haukland Beach is one of Lofoten’s most famous beaches, and is located on the westside on Lofoten. Haukland beach has Caribbean like-waters, a stunning mountain landscape, and a white sand beach that makes this location a popular destination for travelers and photo-seekers year round.
Haukland beach is Lofoten’s “swimming beach”, although the water temperatures don’t reach above 15 degrees, you’ll see locals and tourists enjoying the water in the summer sun (water temperatures range from 3-15 degrees). Haukland beach is a unique destination in Lofoten as it offers the possibility to easy access from the road that takes you all the way to the beach. Photo by: Thomas Faivre-Duboz CCBY 2.0
This small fishing village on the outer part of Lofoten offers an absolutely stunning view and attracts thousands of visitors each year. With a permanent population of only just above 300 people, the picturesque feeling of a small town vibe shaped by the atlantic waves is an experience you will remember for a lifetime. Reine is located just southwest of Sakrisøya, and as we drive through the landscape the narrow roads and bridges between the villages is breathtaking to say the least.
On the mountain peak west of Reine town, we find the famous Reinebringen, a peak reached by a hike from the shoreline in 1-1.5 hours. The view from the peak is mesmerizing and magazines, bloggers, and explorers use the view over reine to promote the stunning landscape of Lofoten all across the world.
Sakrisøya is a very small island just North of Reine and West of Hamnøy bridge. It’s probably one of the most photogenic islands in scandinavia, and every day a large amount of visitors drive through the small village.
A unique blend between a traditional fishing village, with the sound and smell of the ocean with stunning views of the dramatic mountain landscape in the background is a dream for every photographer and explorer. On the island we’ll find a fishing industry, small cabins for rent and a dolls & toy museum. Photo by: Svein-Magne Tunli CCBY 4.0