The Ultimate Guide to Lofoten Islands Holidays

09 July | 4 min read
Humla view of red cabins in Lofoten islands

The Lofoten archipelago is famed for its outstanding beauty. Brightly coloured houses dot the craggy mountainous landscape, providing a stunning backdrop to any adventure here. Strung across the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle, Lofoten Islands holidays offer an untamed beauty like no other and sailing here is the best way to experience it all.

Why visit the Lofoten Islands?

Considered a wilderness outpost, the Lofoten Islands certainly deserve a spot at the top of your must-see list! One of the world’s most northern sites for surfing, Lofoten Islands holidays provide endless opportunities to connect with nature. Here you can ski, hike, surf, go fishing, kayak, horse riding, ocean rafting and even scuba diving! In addition, the nutrient-rich water here is a favourite with numerous species of whales including Humpback, Orca and Sperm as well as otters and seals. Back on land, there is an abundance of wildlife to spot too including the Arctic Fox, Elk, Reindeer and hare to name a few along with an array of bird species.


When is the best time to go to the Lofoten Islands?

Despite lying above the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands boast a considerably milder climate than you may expect. This is thanks to the Gulf Stream’s warm currents which help keep the shores free from ice, making it a year-round destination. If you choose to visit between May and mid-July you can experience the phenomenon of the midnight sun. Or opt for a visit in September through to mid-April and enjoy the spectacular Northern Lights which frequently put on a breathtaking performance.

How do I tour the Lofoten Islands?

Climb aboard our expedition yacht Humla for the best way to tour the Lofoten Islands. As an archipelago, it is not possible to travel here solely on land. Travelling under sail is the best option for those keen to get to know the area, the culture and the people.

What is the food like in the Lofoten Islands?

Fishing is the main industry here with seafood forming the key ingredient to most meals. Spend time immersing yourself in the many pretty fishing villages and you’ll soon be offered ‘skrei’, Arctic cod or dried cod. If that’s not quite to your taste fear not, the seafood here is truly outstanding, along with many other fresh food options suitable for a variety of diets.

Are Lofoten Islands holidays low-impact?

The area has achieved the coveted title of ‘Sustainable Destination’, part of a national labelling scheme designed to recognise destinations that are working with sustainable tourism development. On a journey of continuous improvement, visitors are asked to help support their efforts in preserving local communities and cultural heritage, and reducing the environmental footprint from tourism. Naturally, choosing a sailing venture here ticks these boxes, leaving nothing in our wake.

How to get to the Lofoten Islands

Whilst remote, there are several ferries, boats and cruise ships calling in here. It is also possible to fly to Lofoten with various airlines and even travel by bus on the Arctic Route network. 

From its majestic natural landscapes to its rich culture, diverse wildlife and friendly locals, its little wonder the Lofoten Islands were voted National Geographics ‘most appealing destinations’ and are fast becoming popular with the adventure traveller. So why not take a sail on the wild side and join Humla as she explores this utterly mesmerising archipelago?