'When you picture travelling to the Arctic, images of husky sledging and truckfuls of expedition gear spring to mind. As with all my trips, I like to show how simple and accessible adventure can be, even an Arctic adventure is closer than you might think.'
Words & Photography by Will Teal | @williamteal
As the embers of our beach fire slowly died out, we cracked open the whisky and sat back to look at the stars. Then we saw it - right above our heads, almost close enough to touch, the iridescent greens and pinks of the Aurora Borealis dancing across the sky. We raced inside our tiny fishing hut for our gear and stumbled around in the dark setting up the tripods. You could spend your whole life trying to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights and we’d somehow managed to witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles on the first night of our trip!
Well above the Arctic circle, The Lofoten Islands of northern Norway protrude out from the mainland into the icy depths of the Norwegian Sea. An untouched paradise made up of tiny fishing villages and deep fjords connected by a backbone of breathtaking mountains, Lofoten truly is an unforgettably beautiful place and a rare untamed wilderness.
The first we saw of Lofoten were the impossibly steep cliffs of Reinebringen, looming through the mist, breaking the sky like a row of jagged teeth. After a 4 hour ferry, it was a welcome (all be it eerie) sight and as we drove off the ferry to the shore we knew we were in for a pretty epic adventure.
The plan was simple, see and do as much as possible in the 8 days we were travelling through Lofoten. What followed was a hectic week of hiking, kayaking and aimlessly roaming the Norwegian countryside. One thing is for sure, you definitely won’t be short of things to do in Lofoten.
No matter the time of year, there is a multitude of activities for all ages and abilities of adventurer. During the summer you can charter a boat and go fishing or whale-watching, hike under a midnight sun or camp on an Arctic beach and during the winter you can chase the Northern Lights, trek snow-capped mountains or enjoy life inside a cosy fishing hut. There is even opportunity for the truly adventurous to try Arctic surfing, as The Lofoten Islands are home to the world’s highest surf school, offering lessons all year round.
When you picture travelling to the Arctic, images of husky sledging and truckfuls of expedition gear spring to mind. As with all my trips, I like to show how simple and accessible adventure can be, even an Arctic adventure is closer than you might think.
With plenty of options for transport, getting around Lofoten couldn’t be easier. As well as plenty of hire car options in and around Lofoten, there is also a great public transport system of buses and ferries that connect the islands for those wanting to explore by foot. Lofoten also has its own airport so even getting there is relatively easy.
So whether you’re looking to kayak the fjords in the midnight sun or hunt the ever elusive Aurora Borealis, Lofoten has something to offer any adventurer, and should definitely be the next addition to your bucket list.