THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS

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Far into Norway's untamed North lies the famed archipelago of Lofoten. Here, craggy mountains that resemble the back of some amphibious creature reach steeply into the sky as they twist and turn around the turquoise-y, blue waters of this rugged coastline. Linked by roads, bridges, and tunnels the islands are dotted with picturesque, colorful fishing villages, grazing sheep, the mercurial Northern Lights on clear winter nights, and of course the stockfish drying racks (hjell) that provide the bulk of this region's, and once the country's, economy. The stark beauty of Lofoten is truly unparalleled and a must for any visitor.
GETTING THERE / GETTING AROUND
With the growing popularity of Lofoten, flights are becoming more frequent. The main airports on the islands themselves can be found in Leknes & Solvær that are serviced by smaller flights from Bodø with Wideroe. I found it easier to fly to the Harstad/Narvik Airport just at the beginning of the island chain as flights by Norwegian,...