Daniel and I spent last week in Norway! Norway has been on our travel wish list for a long time, but it’s so huge we had to choose a small area to see since we only had a week. We decided to limit our visit to Lofoten, a chain of islands up north. We definitely have a “type” when it comes to vacations—remote, secluded, and beautiful. Lofoten delivered big time!
The area was not very “touristy”, but nearly all the locals we met spoke English. They were so friendly and welcoming, too. Every time we visit Europe I’m awed by everyone’s language skills! How do you guys do it? I feel like such a dummy for only knowing English and a tiny bit of Spanish.
If you love beautiful nature and hiking I’d definitely recommend visiting Lofoten. Maybe go a bit earlier in the summer than we did, because by late August a lot of businesses had already closed for the season. We had heard horror stories about Norway being expensive, but we found that in the Lofoten area we spent the same at restaurants and on groceries as we do at home. (Gas, on the other hand, was crazy expensive.)
Ok, picture time! This is Reine, an unbelievably gorgeous fishing village. It looks completely different depending on the weather, so we visited several times to experience its full range of loveliness. Sunny was our favorite.
Anitas Sjomat in Reine served us the best fish burgers and fish soup we had in Norway, and the restaurant welcomed guests with a wagon of terrifying (and pungent) dried fish heads out front. “Stockfisk” (dried cod) is Lofoten’s big export, and boy is it stinky. The fishermen dry it on huge wooden racks by the water all over the islands.
Haukland was my favorite beach, and the perfect picnic spot. The water was teal and clear. It was like being in the Caribbean (albeit a bit chillier—which I prefer anyway).
This is just a roadside view. Almost all the roads in Lofoten wound through unreal mountain and coastline landscapes like this. Daniel patiently pulled over every time I got the urge to photograph, love him.
One of the two stoplights we hit during our trip. The only traffic jams we came across were caused by sheep in the road.
This is Yttersand Beach. Raise your hand if you want to live in a house with a grass roof on a Scandinavian beach.
There were a few drizzly rainy days during our visit, which made the little village of Henningsvær look extra mystical.
Here’s Utakleiv Beach in all it’s rocky glory. How is this place real?
This is our Airbnb rental. We had never tried Airbnb before, and the whole experience went perfectly. We made sure to pick a rental that had lots of good reviews, and it didn’t disappoint. The house was on a small lake, and we couldn’t resist a sunset paddle one night.
I posted a handful of other Norway photos over on Instagram while we were traveling.