It feels good to do yoga at Lofoten Yogastudio! And the small fishing village of Stamsund, in the middle of the Lofoten Islands, is well worth visiting, too. The yoga studio is located in the centre of Stamsunds main industry; the fish factory and the theatres of E-g and Teater Nor. Not much to look at from the outside, but once you have climbed the outside staircase, you enter a nice and clean studio that offers a calm atmosphere and beautiful view of the inner harbour. The yoga classes are led by the owner of the studio. Every class has a theme that helps you focus the mind on the present moment. You get good instructions to manage the positions and have a healthy workout, and to get time off from the ordinary routines. Some classes are held outside in magical environment by the seashore, or in combination with a hiking trip in the beautiful Lofoten mountains.
Å i Lofoten is a place where you definetely can have nature activities. In fact besides resting and enjoying the fabulous landscape, there are not a lot of things to do.
Take a walk around the village on the mountains beneath you. Although it might look a difficult hike the paths are pretty easy.
You will be the lucky winner of some amazing views and photo opportunities
The most popular excursion from Svolvaer, the main town in the Lofoten is a boat ride in the so-called Troll fjord, a very small but extremely scenic fjord because of the high mountains that surround it.
Haukland is a really beautiful place, which looks like it was taken
from Greece and placed in the cold north. Turquoise water and
white sand, surrounded by mountains, you HAVE to see this place!
When it's sunny, it's even more spectacular, but well worth a visit
no matter what weather.
In a such wonderful landscape the local stilt houses, called RORBUER, give a special touch!!! The are built in wood and coloured in red.
Just few Km from Reine there is the fantastic town of A i Lofoten.
On the south coast of the island of Moskenoesoy there is the wonderful town of Reine.
The town is known as The Pearl of the Lofoten and it is located in a marvel landscape when the mountains, the sea, the fjords creates a landscape unique in the world which remember a me a good setting for a Tolkien's movie.
One of the best landscape you can imagine to see in a such latitude is a Caraibbean one!!!
In the small village of Ramber you can see a wonderful beach with white sand and the sea in a blue-green colour; and all around there are fantastic mountains. A wonderful place!!!!
The island of Vestvågøy is one of the most nice and scenic of all Norway. It has got cliffs and peaks facing the south eastern coast. In the north-west coast the land is flat with extensive farmlands. The coastline is dominated by high mountains and on the west coast also sandy white beaches.
The most important town of the island is Leknes.
At Borg, there is Lofotr, a museum presenting a reconstructed iron age chieftain's residence, with a house measuring 80 metres, built of stone and turf.
Svolvaergeita is a strange rocky formation with two peaks. You can see it from the town of Svolvaer and it is one of the symbol of the city. You can climb the mountain but it is very difficult to reach the two peaks: Storhornet adn Lillehornet. You can find more information in the tuorist office.
Svolvær is the administrative centre of Vågan Municipality. The town small town is a good starting point for tourists visiting the islands. Svolvær was given township privileges in 1918, but this was discontinued following a merge with neighbouring municipalities in 1964.
In the town you can find some banks, restaurants and a library.
On the Austvagoy island there is the main town of the Lofoten: Svolvær. Very nice are also the villages of Kabelvåg and Henningsvær. Svolvær is today the municipal centre, and has an impressive number of artists' studios and galleries.
There are a million places to hike in Lofoten but we did the mountains over and around Nursford. Nursford is one of the more isolated of Lofoten's fishing villages and has dramatic scenery to spare. There is a parking lot slightly above the town and from there you can go up (watch your step) to a point that overlooks the town and inlet. This was the most fairy tale scenery we saw anywhere in Norway. It was amazing. Autumn was the time of year and the colors were gorgeous. There were berries, moss and mushrooms (some the size of your head). The mountains look like giants scattered boulders all over, so there isn't a gradual incline to hike. Instead you climb up, over or around various moss and lichen covered boulders. This makes for many places to fall if your're not careful but it also adds to the surreal landscape. You can easily imagine trolls peaking out of the darkness of the many caverns and crevices.
Borg is one of the larger towns in Lofoten (not that it's very big!).
This is definitley one of the places you want to stop in at while exploring the islands.
Unlike a lot of the villages, Borg is in more of a mountain valley than a seaside island. That gives it a very different look from the more typical parts of Lofoten and it is a gorgeous valley.
The main draw here is the Viking museum. It is a reconstruction of a chieftain's hall that is the largest Viking building ever discovered. Very nearby they also have iron age burial mounds and an old graveyard by the contemporary church.
Borg is likely best utilized as a stopping point on a tour of the islands, or that part of them, as it's attractions don't really take a long time to see.
This is my favorite drive of all time. It's worth the cost of a rental car, which you can pretty much only get back on the main island. Fanstastic vistas are around every single corner and you have the ability to customize the self guided tour. Just read the pamphlets from the tourist office and you'll know where you want to stop on the way.
The best part is just following your nose when something interests you.
It takes about one full day. We left late morning and reached the end of the road after a wonderful day of...
Hiking in Nursford (see Hiking Tip)
Stopping at Borg (Viking building, graveyard)
Sticking our feet into the impossibly cold water at a perfect crescent beach
We reached A, the last village, just as it was getting dark. We walked out to the rocky slope where there was nothing but birds, rocks, water and a grey mist. It felt like you had reached the end of the world. The drive back was long and dark but it was worth it.
Reine... what can I say?
Where my dad are from. I was even baptised at Reine. I love the place, no matter the weather.
BUT it got an award in 1978 - as the most beautiful place in Norway. So I'm not braging when I also say I love the place.
Mountains straight up. And the fresh water lake goes quite far below the sea level. Not many lakes do that.
Coming from the east; After the bridge with traffic lights you will drive past a Coop-groceryshop. Here they have almost everything, incl a ATM !!! and have a nice view to the center of Reine.
Driving further -NB for the next km the road are realy NARROW- you come to the T-cross (this area we call "the Reine Neck") with road signs telling you where centrum is.
Take the litle ferry in to the Reinefjord.
Rent a row boat, or fish from the quai.