The Lofoten archipelago lies to the north of the Arctic Circle, off the west coast of Norway, separated from the mainland by Vestfjord. From a distance, the islands look wild and inhospitable, a wall of mountains rising out of the sea, but they have been settled since the Stone Age, the inhabitants relying on fishing and agriculture as they still do today. The landscapes of mainland Norway are breathtaking (and humbling) in their sheer grandeur, and those of the Lofoten Islands are no different. Another very striking feature is the proximity of the mountains to the coast, separated by just a very narrow belt of land. The scenery is very varied - rocky coves, sandy bays, skerries, mountains, moorland, marshes, forests - making the archipelago a delight to explore. Both summer and winter have their own special appeal but in winter, when our trip runs, everything seems so much more wild and untamed, with the sea pounding the shores and the Northern Lights illuminating the night skies. On our exciting trips into the arctic circle you will enjoy dog sleding, driving skidoos, watching the orca whales, staying at the ice hotel and searching for those elusive and mesmeric aurora borrealis... the perfect antidote to the grey, post-Christmas blues.
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