If you fly to Lofoten, take into account that Svolvaer Airport is a lot more bad weather exposed than neigbouring Leknes and Stokmarknes airports. If you are stuck at Bodø en route, try changing your ticket to either of those two airports. And if stuck at Svolvaer, you will find that staff there might try to provide you alternative flights out of Leknes or Stokmarknes.
This is what the locals fear the most: brave tourists (including Norwegians!) who use a local rowing boat or small motorboat/outboard, and get blown offshore. Or simply fail to observe weather warnings, on-board etiquette, don't master the waves, currents and underwater terrain or run out of gas or arm power to be able to make it back to shore.
There is no scarcity of warnings, take your time listening, reading and understanding them. Always wear a PFD, always tell someone where you intend to og and for how long, and bring your mobile phone in a watertight pouch. Never pee over the railing, and never be out there in a state of drunkenness. If there is a strong wind blowing away from shore, beware.
Lofoten specials: strong sea currents, no; VERY strong sea currents. The Moskenes current is where the name maelstrom comes from. If you have a situation where wind and waves blow against the current, the sea surface will get messy and very hard to navigate in a small vessel. There are currents in Lofoten where you might encounter extreme turbulence, including maelstroms, standing waves and bulging sea (massive currents moving over shallows), forming virtual hills.
Another thing that is scary for novices to the sea conditions are swells, which feels like a gentle rise and fall out there on open sea and can be only a meter or so, but also 10 meters. What's funny about them is that it is the length of a wave that determines when it will break, not the height per se. A one-metre high wave that is 70 meters long will hit bottom at 10 meters, start breaking speed and rise and potentially break. And toss your boat around also.
Alcoholism is one of the biggest problems in Lofoten.
So watch out if you're driving (or taking a walk). It doesn't
matter how good a driver you are if you happen to face
one who's dead drunk, so I hope you won't.
If you walk between villages in Lofoten, you may find yourself having to share the road with cars, trucks, and coaches. Fortunately, there doesn't seem to be a great deal of traffic - this isn't the coastal road in California! I noticed that often the traffic was "bunched together" - it came in clumps, immediately after the arrival of the ferries. Most of the roads that I saw were in very good shape - but there are a number of blind curbs, so do take caution.
drying codfish is fascinating.... but just how many pictures of it will you allow yourself to take?
I took a billion... was it just me?