Yes, this is a blog about Thailand, but I thought I should share some stuff from Norway where I live and work when I’m not vacationing in Thailand. Most recently we spent a weekend in Lofoten, an archipelago in northern Norway known for its dramatic spiky mountains, crystal clear arctic waters, and picturesque villages and harbors. This place is just too beautiful not to be shared.
Leknes airport is small, and big airplanes can’t land here, so we had to change to a small propeller plane from Bodø (just a 20-minute flight). It was probably the coolest landing I’ve ever experienced.
We stayed in a cottage at Hagstua in Leknes with balcony/terrace, kitchen, a flat screen TV and underfloor heating in the toilet. I recommend a visit to the large Coop Extra grocery store in the town of Leknes where you can buy local products and beer to fill the fridge.
With white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters, it’s hard to believe you’re in Norway. Haukland Beach north of Leknes looks like a tropical island. The hiking up to Mannen Mountain takes about 40 minutes.
The hiking offers beautiful scenery with a lake that forms small waterfalls that flow down to the beach where it meets the sea water. You’ll also see sheep grazing on the grass everywhere; some high in the mountains, and some down by the beach.
On the other side of Mannen Mountain is another gorgeous beach called Uttakleiv – a favorite among photographers.
Lovely water at Uttakleiv Beach.
Henningsvær is a small fishing village located on several small interconnected islands that have gained some attention because of its incredible football pitch. A must-visit town in Lofoten!
The fishing harbor in Henningsvær. During summer thousand of boats come to this area to take advantage of the rich fishing grounds. Do not miss the fantastic fish soup at Fiskekrogen, located right in the harbor.
A creamy fish soup and Lofotpils at Fiskekrogen. The portion was huge, so you better be hungry!
We didn’t have time to do some hiking in Svolvær as we just stopped by real quick, but the harbor was very pretty. If you want a climbing challenge, check out Svolvær Goat (Svolværgeita).
The Lofoten archipelago is large, and some places are perhaps even more beautiful like Reinebringen down in Reine. I recommend renting a car as Lofoten features some of the most beautiful routes in the world.