12 close-to-nature experiences in Lofoten
Stay in Nusfjord
Nusfjord is an authentic fishing village that has changed little over the years. Stay in the small red fishermen’s cabins – rorbuer – that sleep up to 11 people. The cabins perch atop wooden columns in the harbor and offer views of the cliffs and the sea.
People come from all over the world to fish in Lofoten. Iversen runs sport fishing trips where you can learn how to get meaty skrei (cod that has swum in from the Barents Sea to spawn) on your hook in early spring, and other species later in the year. Combine a fishing trip with an overnight stay in one of the rorbuer.
Lofoten Stockfish Museum
A display of a traditional preservation method. The fish drying on wooden racks are known as stockfish. The mild climate from February to June, accompanied by salty breezes, provides the ideal conditions for this technique.
The beach at Flakstad
The long white sandy beach on the island of Flakstadøya is wild and deserted. There’s a campsite and cabins if you want to stay.
Cod tongue at Ramberg Gjestegård
The Iversen family loves fish and especially skrei. The specialty here is cod’s tongue with boiled potatoes in a white creamy sauce, which you can try at this traditional guest house.
There are lots of hiking trails and relatively easy routes. One of Iversen’s favorite peaks is Glomtind (419m), which gets morning sun on one side and evening sun on the other.
Lofoten is a good place to see sperm whales and killer whales though smaller species can also be spotted. The best time is mid-May to mid-September. A few operators organize trips all year round.
Strap on your tanks and discover an exciting underwater world. The clear waters are perfect for wreck diving and viewing the many local aquatic species.
Off-piste skiing (winter)
Although most of the mountain tops are under 1,000 meters, you can still ski on virgin powder snow while marveling at spectacular ocean views. You can combine cross-country and downhill skiing on these mountains.
Like cheese? Try Aalan Gård’s goat’s cheese, made the old way on Vestvågøy. This traditional farm’s 200 goats graze on local vegetation, which gives the cheese its distinctive flavor.
Sund Fishing Museum
The islands’ metalworking traditions, tools and fishing boats are all featured here. The blacksmith in the museum workshop works with traditional tools and methods.
Published: August 5, 2015