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Lofoten Islands – The Best Things to Do in Summer

Lofoten – Summer Season

If you want to experience the midnight sun with its warm light throughout the day and enjoy activities without the harsh Arctic cold, then the summer season is perfect for you.

Here’s a list of the best summer activities in the Lofoten Islands:

Midnight Sun in Lofoten

The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon observed during the summer in regions positioned to the south of the Antarctic Circle and to the north of the Arctic Circle, which includes northern Norway. This event is the result of the Earth’s rotation on its axis, which is tilted toward the sun and during the summer months, the North Pole is always exposed to the sun. That’s why, for several weeks, the sun above the Arctic Circle never sets.

To fully enjoy the midnight sun in Lofoten Islands, you just need to go to one of the beaches I will list below, lay your towel on the sand, bring a blanket in your backpack, some food, and something warm to drink in your thermos bottles. You can watch the sun dip slightly, warm the atmosphere with its gentle light, and then quickly rise high in the sky again. It’s an experience that costs nothing and one I recommend to anyone visiting the Lofoten Islands in the summer.

The best beaches where to see the midnight sun in the Lofoten Islands are Uttakleiv, Skagsanden Beach, Myrland Beach, Eggum.

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Hiking in Lofoten

In the Lofoten Islands, it’s very common to go hiking during the summer on sunny days because there are more hours of daylight and the weather is generally less harsh. You’ll often meet many locals on the mountains, who never miss a chance to be outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of these enchanting islands. The view from the top of many hikes is spectacular and makes the effort of the climb worthwhile.

Furthermore, hiking in the Lofoten Islands during the summer will give you the opportunity to see the midnight sun high in the sky and you can go on even longer hikes without ending up in the dark.

If you want more information, read the article The 5 Best Hikes in the Lofoten Islands.

Fishing in Lofoten

The Lofoten archipelago located within the Arctic Circle is famous for its rough landscapes, old-fashioned fishing villages, and fishing. For centuries, fishing has been the backbone of the region’s economy, and it remains a popular pastime for locals and tourists alike.

If you are passionate about fishing, you cannot miss an experience in the Lofoten Islands. Fishing is a year-round activity, each period has its fish under the ocean. If you are interested in fishing for cod fish the best time is from January to April, these fish return to the Lofoten fjords to spawn. During the summer, however, you can catch different fish and you can enjoy the time in the ocean among the sounds of nature and the golden light. 

Among the fish you can find in these cold Arctic waters are: halibut, cod, pollock, red fish, plaice, and much more.

To get the most out of this experience you must have a very good knowledge of the place, and the right timing of the day. There are several companies that organize fishing trips with their boats and they will teach you the best fishing techniques based on the types of fish you want to catch.

Lofoten Havfiske is one of the best fishing companies, located in the heart of Lofoten in Skreda, not far from Leknes, organizes fishing trips customized and according to your wishes. 

Wild Camping in Lofoten

The Lofoten Islands is a paradise for outdoor and camping enthusiasts. If you want to spend nights in a tent in the wilderness on these islands you are in the perfect place. 

In Norway there is the idea that nature is there for you and for everyone who wants to enjoy it, camping is free and almost anywhere you can do it. 

You just have to respect some basic rules: 

  • You must always camp further than 150 meters from the nearest building
  • Only camp on uncultivated land
  • You can only camp for 2 nights in the same location
  • Leave no Trace

Remember common sense, do not head near cemeteries and near common water sources (marked as “drikkevann”). 

Don’t forget to follow the outdoor principle: “leave no trace” and pack out all your trash. 

Basically, no one should be able to know you visited an area. If everyone follows this, then the Islands will remain free for us to explore and enjoy.

The dunes of the wild beaches and the peaks of the rough mountains of the Lofoten Islands are the most fascinating places to spend a couple of nights in a tent. On the peaks you will be in touch with nature and experience the feeling that the islands are all to yourself, except the most popular destinations that will often be crowded during the midnight sun in summer season.

From 2021 there are new camping restrictions that mainly affect car and van camping but, also tent camping in some of the more famous and crowded areas of the islands, such as Haukland beach, Rørvika beach, the Reinebringen etc. 

You can find the map and further information on the Lofoten Friluftsrad website: https://www.lofotenfriluft.no/turistkart

Wildlife in Lofoten

Lofoten’s nature is rich in wildlife, you can meet animals such as moose, arctic foxes, arctic hares, various kinds of birds, eagles, dolphins, orcas, whales, seals, otter, stoat, mink, porpoise. To see and photograph these animals living in the wilderness, you need the knowledge of the islands and the right timing, although nature reigns on these islands and it is not difficult to encounter some wild animals even if you are not looking for them. While guiding our landscape photo tours it happens very often to come across orcas, dolphins, moose and eagles that gift the skies. 

There are many guided Wildlife Safari Tours that will make the most of this experience by finding you in the right place at the right time.

Wildlife safari

To have a chance to see foxes, moose, arctic hares and various species of birds. 

This is a wonderful option for nature photography enthusiasts, the guide knows well the animals and their habits very well, and you can take photos without disturbing them and nature. 

Whale watching safari

Seeing and photographing whales and orcas is the great dream of many. 

Meeting these large marine mammals is an absolutely unique experience.

Although in Lofoten it is possible to see them even close to the coast as in the small harbour of Nusfjord, guided tours are no longer organised because these large mammals have moved further north following the migration of the herring on which they feed.

If you want to fully enjoy the thrill of seeing whales and orcas, I recommend you take your guided tour to nearby Vesterålen or the Tromsø fjords.

Birdwatching safari

A large number of bird species, both migratory and wintering, can be observed in Lofoten. Herons, swans, ducks and waders can be seen in the marshes and wetlands.

The island of Røst in the southern tip of the Lofoten archipelago is definitely the most popular destination for birdwatching lovers. 

More than 300 bird species have been recorded on this island, including the wheatear, water pipit and turtle dove. Of the various bird species found on Røst, the Puffin is the most famous and sought-after by many photographers. 

Sea Eagles safari

Lofoten has a large population of sea eagles, they can be seen throughout the archipelago and especially in the Reine area. This imposing and majestic animals have a wingspan of more than two meters and reign in the sky. 

There are several companies that organize these guided adventures, you can read the details in the article Lofoten Islands: The best things to do in Winter

Conclusions

There is a saying here: “Norway is not made for ass sitting in Lofoten” so, when you reach these islands, especially in the summertime, explore as much as you can, immerse yourself in the wilderness and the local culture and let yourself be carried away by the magic of these islands. You will feel as if you are inside a fairy tale. 

Always remember to respect nature and the local inhabitants of this incredible archipelago.

Feel free to ask us for any information about the activity you would like to do in Lofoten during the summer and we will help you find the best experience for you. 

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Safae

Hello, I'm Safae, an adventure lover based in the Lofoten, a wonderful archipelago in northwest Norway. With a deep love for sports and a thirst for exploration, I enjoy venturing into the wonders of nature and discovering new landscapes. As a co-founder of Gotophototour, I handle some responsibilities, including administration, collaborations, and content creation. Through my writing, I love sharing my travel experiences to virtually introduce you to the places I've visited before.
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