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 –
- Rent a car at the airport in Svolvaer.
- Follow the Lofoten National Tourist Route, a scenic drive from top to bottom of the archipelago.
- In Svolvaer, spent the first night at Svinoya Rorbuer, a beautifully restored fishermen’s huts sits at the water’s edge.
- Head out on a northern lights safari offered by Jann Engstad (loftten-aktiv.no)
- Next day, drive 15 miles to Henningvaer.
- On the way, call into Galleri Espolin.
- 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.
- Dinner at Fiskerkrogen restaurant would be the culinary highlight of your trip. Johan Petrini does magical things with local produce.
- Stay at the friendly Lofoten Arctic
- Head to sea; Lofoten Opplevelser takes visitors out on to the water to spot fish eagles and whales.
- Lunch at Climber’s Café.
- Follow the coastal road round to the fishermen’s church at Flakstad
- On to the living museum of Nusfjord, a fishing village with rorbuer, pub, restaurant and cod liver oil factory.
- Last stop is Reine, small town in the south of the island. Visit Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.
- 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.
- Dinner at Gammelbua, Reine.
- Head out for final time to track down northern lights with Reine Adventure.
- 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