A wild, rugged mountain chain is rising up from the Gulf Stream, forming a rare and unique world, of cods, fishermen cabins (Rorbu) , local art, culture and beautiful nature.

Alps kneeling in the ocean

Europe’s oldest mountains, dark violet in colour and sculpted and polished by the glaciers during multiple ice ages, jet up from the ocean and form a wall that is 100 kilometres long and 800 to 1,000 metres high. In between them are green valleys, white sandy beaches and a windblown archipelago.

The world’s greatest cod fishing

The cod return from the Barents Sea during the winter as “skrei” or winter cod on a journey of love; they are on a mission to spawn. For a thousand years, the fishermen have come here from all along the Norwegian coast to take part in this enormous fishing season – a living history that is evident in the sculptural drying racks for fish, the simple red-painted fishermen’s cabins or “rorbu”, the grand manors of the owners of the fishing villages and the magnificence of the Lofoten Cathedral.

A landscape for inspiration

The Lofoten landscape is awe-inspiring. Painters, sculptors, art metalworkers and glassblowers along with surfers, kayakers, anglers, cyclists, climbers, off-pisters and Northern Lights gazers thrive in a diverse but compact island realm.

5 popular sights in Lofoten

  • The bird mountains of Værøy and Røst
  • The galleries in Storvågan and Svolvær
  • The fishing village of Henningsvær with handicrafts, shops and coastal culture
  • Lofotr Viking Museum with Viking houses built following exciting archeological finds
  • Nusfjord, a picturesque, well-preserved and historical fishing village

3 popular summer activities

  • Boat trips to the 2-kilometre-long, monumental Trollfjord
  • Kayaking in the archipelago
  • Golf on the unique links course on the north shore

3 popular winter activities

5 Lofoten surprises

  • Cod tongues are a delicacy you can enjoy during the Lofoten fishing season 
  • The church on Værøy dating from 1799 is the oldest in Lofoten 
  • The “Svolværgeita” mountain formation is a well-known landmark high above Svolvær 
  • The Moskenstraumen or Moskstraumen maelstrom was made famous by its depiction in Jules Verne’s novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” 
  • Highway E10 through Lofoten has been designated a national tourist route.

www.lofoten.info, the website of the tourist board Destination Lofoten, is full of Lofoten information.