LOFOTEN, 68th parallel north

My latest trip to Lofoten Island (Norway) was a blessing considering the harsh times for wondelusts like me… Yet, I wasn’t expecting to be sorrounded by all this beauty!

The Lofoten Islands, considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, are a Norwegian archipelago located at the 68th parallel, well above the Arctic Circle, and which stretches between the counties of Nordland and Tromso. The most important islands are Austvågøy, Gimsøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy, Moskenesøy Værøy and Røst.

Given the altitude, the Lofoten are affected by two distinct phenomena: the midnight sun and the polar night. On the Lofoten islands it will be possible to admire the midnight sun, a period in which the sun never sets, from about the end of May to mid-July, while in the winter months the opposite phenomenon occurs, a slight polar night, a period in which the sun does not rise. never. The only light you will find during the day will be the so-called twilight light during the central hours.  

HISTORY

The Lofoten Islands saw their first inhabitants arrive about 6,000 years ago, when the islands were entirely covered in pine and birch forests and the only ways to survive were hunting and fishing. In the space of about 2,000 years, agriculture also developed and allowed the cultivation of wheat. In the Viking era, many Viking leaders settled on the islands, so much so that in Borg, on the island of Vestvågøy, the remains of the largest Viking dwelling discovered in the Nordic countries were found.

Skagsanden Beach

In about 1100 fishing began to take on a very important role for the islands and dried cod was the most important commodity, so much so that it was exported to all European countries, including Italy, which still imports the first choice stockfish from Lofoten. In Kabelvåg, King Øystein had the first church in Lofoten built around 1103 and the first rorbu (the old fishermen’s houses) around 1120. From 1300 the Lofoten islands were economically dependent on Bergen and did so for the next 600 years.

The Lofoten Islands are considered one of the best places in the world to observe the Northern Lights in the winter months, I cannot wait to be back during the winter!

REINE

Try spend few days in Reine, from here you may enjoy short trips to the most spectacular hike, views and beaches. I recommend Ramberg Beach, Skagsanden Beach, Bunes Beach, Rayte Hike, Hamnøy island and Å i Lofoten.

Where to stay: ROSTAD RETRO RORBUER, these are typical fisherman’s cabins renewed and turned into home-stays with the most beautiful and breathtaking view I have ever seen.

Where to eat: ANITA’S BURGER bistrot, best fish burgers in town and gourmet.

➡️Watch my video and follia my YouTube Channel for more trips! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

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PHOTO ALBUM: LOFOTEN, NORWAY

Francesca Braghetta

I grew up in Italy between Liguria and Sardinia, by sea, but I lived in London for three years where I was a Fine Art student at Central Saint Martins - College of Art and Design. When I returned to Rome I graduated in Comics and Illustration for children, and worked as a graphic designer and freelance photographer for few years. I love outdoor sports: snowboard is my favourite. I like writing and taking photographs, and in 2013 I started this travel blog. I have always been a curiosus person and I love travelling: I have visited 22 countries so far! I speak 3 languages fluently and I'm currently studying Chinese: 大家好!我叫晨光。I use a good old Canon 5D...

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  • 21 agosto 2020 in 09:02
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    I visited Lofoten about 15 years ago when, living in Copenhagen, it was easier to reach them even for a single weekend. But the desire to go back has always remained alive in me. Your photos have rekindled me the desire to do it !!!

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