The Lofoten Islands are without a doubt one of the most amazing, unspoilt regions in the world and a destination out of the ordinary.
Far out in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, Lofoten is an archipelago on the North West coast of Norway. Just north of the Arctic Circle at latitude 68 where the Northern Lights dances during the winter and the midnightsun shines all day in the summer. Home to the Vikings and fishermen through centuries.
Lofoten is one of those places on Earth you just have to see. The place where the mountains meets sea and the light always will amaze you. Here you`ll find the pristine clear beaches and an untouched coastline with millions of tons of fish with and an incredible wild life. Home to world class ski terrain and friendly communities.
Lofoten Facts (Wiki)
The islands have for more than 1,000 years been the centre of great cod fisheries, especially in winter, when the cod migrates south from the Barents Sea and gathers in Lofoten to spawn. Lofoten is located at the 68th and 69th parallels north of the Arctic Circle in North Norway. It is well known for its natural beauty within Norway. Lofoten encompasses the municipalities of Vågan, Vestvågøy, Flakstad, Moskenes, Værøy and Røst.
The sea is rich with life, and the world’s largest deep water coral reef is located west of Røst. Lofoten has a very high density of sea eagles and cormorants, and millions of other sea birds, among them the colourful puffin. Otters are common, and there are moose on the largest islands.
Winter temperatures in Lofoten are very mild considering their location north of the Arctic Circle, this is the largest positive temperature anomaly in the world relative to latitude. This is due to the Gulf Stream and its extensions: the North Atlantic Current and the Norwegian Current. Røst and Værøy are the most northerly locations in the world where average temperatures are above freezing all year.
Kabelvåg is the epicenter of winter outdoor activities in Lofoten. Every winter Kabelvåg is visited by skiers, climbers, hikers, photographers and northern lights hunters from all over the world. It is also the most centrally located area for access to skiing peaks in Lofoten. With world class skiing right out of town in all directions, we never have to travel more than 25 minutes in car or boat.
Kabelvåg is a very charming fishing village in the heart of Lofoten and is also on of the oldest towns in Northern Norway dating back to the late “Stone Ages” of 2000 B.C.. With the combination of sea life, mountains, powder, northern lights, a cozy village, pure nature, and easy access to world class skiing.
Kabelvaag history (wiki)
The oldest traces of settlement in Kabelvåg are from the late stone age. Though there are traces of human activity as far back as the earlier stone age. While modern day Vågan municipality was generally evenly populated in the stone age there are only sparse traces of settlements in the area now known as Kabelvåg during the iron age. During the middle ages however, the settlement in the area (known as Vågan) experienced a rise in importance. Mostly because of the “Lofotfiske” which mostly takes part in a part of the sea known as Hølla which is an area between modern day Kabelvåg, Svolvær and Skrova.
Vågan (Norse Vágar) is the first known town formation in northern Norway. It existed in the early Viking Age, maybe earlier, and was located on the southern coast on eastern Lofoten, near today’s village Kabelvåg in Vågan municipality.
The Lofoten Ski Lodge in Kabelvåg cant be beat.
NORTHERN LIGHTS IN LOFOTEN
Here in Lofoten we live beneath the Auroral Oval. This is a belt of light that encircles the geomagnetic poles, beneath which you have the best chance of seeing the colourful, flickering Northern Lights. They will often start low in the northern sky, moving higher up as the evening progresses.
Aurora is the name of the Roman goddess of the dawn, and Boreas is the Greek name for the north wind. Here in North Norway the Northern Lights have long been enshrouded by myth and mystery. In the old days, Scandinavian fishermen believed that the Northern Lights were the reflections of large schools of herring in the North Sea.
Another Scandinavian superstition would have us believe that the Northern Lights shone with the light of the souls of young women. And even up until more recent times, children were told not to wave at the lights with a white handkerchief or they would be snatched by them, something which then of course became a very exciting thing to do.