Norway

Norway

Overview:

With its impossibly steep mountains and dramatic fjords, Norway is arguably one of the most spectacular countries in Europe. But if there’s one destination within its borders that truly beguiles with its stunning natural scenery, it has to be the Lofoten Islands. Situated 150 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, this enchanting archipelago offers a window into Norway’s past with its rich cultural heritage, as well as being one of the best paddling destinations for experiencing the Midnight Sun.

On our Norway sea kayaking adventures, experience the staggering granite peaks and white sand beaches of Lofoten while experiencing nearly 24 hours of daylight. Paddle past historic cod fishing communities first established in the 12th century and hike through the rugged hills alongside moose and foxes. Kayaking in the Lofoten Islands allows you to experience the best of Norway’s natural grandeur and cultural heritage in an intimate, adventurous fashion.

Highlights:

  • Paddle beneath ruggedly beautiful granite cliffs and alongside charming fishing villages clustered with stilted houses
  • Immerse yourself in Norway’s rich Viking culture, discovering both its historic roots and its impact on modern-day society
  • Embrace thrilling rock gardening opportunities along the rugged shores and kayak through glassy waters without a ripple in sight
  • Watch as sea eagles soar overhead and observe puffin colonies perched on cliff edges
  • Embark on guided hikes to explore the archipelago’s interior and swim at pristine white sand beaches
  • Circumnavigate the Lofoten Islands under your own steam while escaping the summer tourist crowds

Weather:

The summer months of June, July, and August are the best time for Lofoten Islands sea kayaking, with average highs reaching between 20 and 25°C (68-77°F). From late May to mid-July, the sun doesn’t set below the horizon, making this an ideal time for experiencing the Arctic Circle’s famed Midnight Sun.

That being said, temperatures in the archipelago can fluctuate wildly from day to day, and even at the height of summer, the weather in the Lofoten Islands is notoriously fickle and unpredictable. Rain is common throughout the year, with showers blowing in unexpectedly and disappearing just as quickly. Due to the volatile weather, packing layers and rain gear are essential, no matter what time of year you visit. While a summer holiday in the Lofoten Islands may mean being prepared for all seasons, it’s the archipelago’s ever-changing skies that are all part of its charm.

Nature & Wildlife:

Encompassing rugged peaks, dense forests, and picturesque coastal terrain, the Lofoten Islands are home to a diverse array of wildlife species. Roaming the forests and mountains are bushy-tailed foxes and moose, together with smaller mammals like hares. Along the coastline, you can often see playful seals and otters swimming and hunting for fish, alongside white-tailed eagles (Norway’s largest birds of prey) soaring above. If you are really lucky, you may also get to witness whales breaching the surface of the water, with these massive marine creatures following the herring migration along the Norwegian coast.