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Why the Lofoten Islands should be on everyone's bucket-list

Why the Lofoten Islands should be on everyone's bucket-list

24 Aug 2016 Angela Matthews Couples, Family, Travel Tips

The bucket-list is a concept most people will be familiar with. It’s about compiling a list of experiences to have throughout your lifetime, to tick off one by one before you ‘kick the bucket’, so to speak. 

Everyone’s list is different, and it speaks to their own character as they rank the kind of experiences that they deem absolutely essential. While it’s often not wise to trade in imperatives, we’re pretty confident when we say that the Lofoten Islands should be on your bucket list, and those of everyone you know!

What are the Lofoten Islands?

A Norwegian archipelago, the Lofoten Islands are a world apart from the rest of the country, and the pride of Scandinavia. The islands have a combined area of about 1200 square km. For perspective, that’s about 2% of the area of Tasmania. 

What’s the appeal?

The Lofoten Islands have many draws, but chief among them is the pristine, untouched beauty travellers will find there. With dramatic mountains and glassy waters, the islands are scarcely inhabited, and home to only small fishing and farming towns. 

It’s a land of extraordinary sights, including the incomparable northern lights. Active travellers will relish the chance to connect with nature, hiking the many trails across the islands, and kayaking the through the dark seas. 

The small area of the islands makes it easy to traverse them by bike and you can hop between the islands with local ferries. There’s plenty to entice the gastronomically-inclined tourist as well - the entire Scandinavian region originated a global food movement, and many small restaurants in the islands offer some of the freshest seafood there is to enjoy. 

To top it all off, the Lofoten Islands are home to one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world. In fact, players from around the globe travel there just for a chance to play!

So what are you waiting for? Add to the list, and then go!

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