Lofoten is an island archipelago found at the north end of the Norwegian fjords and just south of Tromso. There are six main islands that make up the group, and various smaller ones, which have an extraordinarily temperate climate in relation to their position within the Arctic Circle. In fact, there are two places within Lofoten, Rost and Vaeroy, where the yearly average temperature doesn’t fall below zero. The name is thought to be an amalgamation of the two Norse words that mean ‘lynx’ and ‘foot’, a name given because of the shape the islands make as they protrude from the mainland.
The landscape here is largely mountainous, which often leads to these peaks being referred to as the 'Lofoten wall'. Thanks to the anomalous temperatures, there are also plenty of areas of green in which wildlife also seems to flourish. Sightings of moose are relatively common on the larger islands and you are sure to see puffins, cormorants and sea eagles playfully inhabiting the areas along the coast.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the main source of income for the people of Lofoten is fishing, but there is much more to the coastline of this archipelago. The dominant mountains are complimented by quiet bays and sandy beaches, whilst the light of Lofoten is said to have been the inspiration for many works by Norwegian artists.