Lofoten Island by Lonely Planet

Iceland or Norway,  I choose Norway after I read the travel article written by Amanda Canning feature in Lonely Planet Traveller magazine, January 2016.  It is about travelling to Lofoten Island in winter.

I particular like the above photo taken by Justin Foulkes – Rorbuer in the village of Hamnoy (near to Reine), at the mouth of the Reinefjord as a holiday accommodation.

Here are some notes about the itinerary to travel in Lofoten Island extracted from the magazine –

  1. Rent a car at the airport in Svolvaer.
  2. Follow the Lofoten National Tourist Route, a scenic drive from top to bottom of the archipelago.
  3. In Svolvaer, spent the first night at Svinoya Rorbuer, a beautifully restored fishermen’s huts sits at the water’s edge.
  4. Head out on a northern lights safari offered by Jann Engstad (loftten-aktiv.no)
  5. Next day, drive 15 miles to Henningvaer.
  6. On the way, call into Galleri Espolin.
  7. In Henningsver, visit the gallery “The Englishman’s port” (Cecilie Haaland makes and sells unique ceramics here), KaviarFactory and join a trip to the cod oil liver factory.
  8. Dinner at Fiskerkrogen restaurant would be the culinary highlight of your trip.  Johan Petrini does magical things with local produce.
  9. Stay at the friendly Lofoten Arctic
  10. Head to sea; Lofoten Opplevelser takes visitors out on to the water to spot fish eagles and whales.
  11. Lunch at Climber’s Café.
  12. Follow the coastal road round to the fishermen’s church at Flakstad
  13. On to the living museum of Nusfjord, a fishing village with rorbuer, pub, restaurant and cod liver oil factory.
  14. Last stop is Reine, small town in the south of the island.  Visit Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.
  15. Check into the Reine town’s rorbu, some of the most stylish of the trip, with rooms decorated in the colours of the sea and plenty of Nordic furniture.
  16. Dinner at Gammelbua, Reine.
  17. Head out for  final time to track down northern lights with Reine Adventure.
  18. From Reine, it is about a 2.5 hours drive back to the airport.  Along the way are the installations that form part of Skulpturlandskap Nordland.

 

Ref: Lonely Planet Traveller, January 2016

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