Norway's enchanting Lofoten archipelago is one of the few examples of human civilization extending its reach into the frigid Arctic Circle. The resilience of the Lofoten townsfolk is matched only by the area's majestic beauty.
Each of the 7 islands in the Lofoten archipelago has its share of small settlements scattered among the postcard-like setting of natural beauty.
In Lofoten,rock climbers flock to the 569m tall Svolvaergeita (The Goat). If you make it to the top, you'll get to jump the gap between The Goat's "horns"!
About an hour's walk from your parked car, Kvalvika beach seems as if it was deliberately hidden from view: it's surrounded by tall peaks.
You probably won't get another chance to ride the frigid Arctic surfs. So grab your surfboard, don't forget to don a wetsuit, and swing by Unstad Beach.
For a safe yet thrilling experience, go snorkeling or scuba diving in Balstad. If you're lucky you may even spot an orca or two!
If you're after the ultimate catch, you should go deep sea fishing after chartering a fishing boat from the fishing village Å.
Hop aboard the most scenic cruise of your life to Trollfjord.This narrow fjord is the site of the Battle of Trollfjord (1890).
While you're on the Trollfjord cruise, you'll spot many majestic Sea Eagles soaring and swooping for fish, just a few feet away from your ferry!
Back on land, you should climb on horseback, for the full Viking experience. You can even join a horse-riding tour under the light of the stunning Aurora Borealis.
From late fall to early spring, tourists hope to view the surreal spectacle of theshimmering Northern Lights, as it takes over the Lofoten sky.
Book your stay at one of the traditional Lofoten fishing huts - a brightly-colored Rorbu Cabin.
The quaint little Rorbu Cabins of Lofoten's Reine fishing village are always in demand.
If you miss the yearly Viking Festival of Borge, just check out the restored Viking longhouse that doubles as Lofotr Viking House Museum. Explore Lofoten's deep Viking roots.
Set off on a guided cheese trail spanning the islands' cheese farms. Along with a sampling of the area's delectable cheeses, you'll get acquainted with the long-standing Lofoten tradition of cheese making.
Bold enough to hike through Lofoten's fickle climate? There are challenging trails in these untamed lands: Reinebringen, Munkebu Hut, Justadtinden etc.
If you just can't get enough of the wilderness vistas, set up camp at one of the many designated campgrounds.
Adventurers can live the dream! Hopping from one Lofoten island to the next, chasing thrills like mountain biking.
It's tough to resist the most uniquely stunningsight that only exists within the Arctic Circle: Lofoten's midnight sun. That's right, Lofoten enjoys 24 hours of daylight each summer!