Monday, 14 April 2014

L for Lofoten

Sometimes I so long for that mountain top. Climbing up there, reaching, stretching my back, and just take in the scenery that opens up in front of me: that blue blue sea - being one with the blue sky above. The tall mountain tops around me, the green hills and the fresh crisp air. I am stretching my arms high up in the air and just want to scream of joy because I feel so alive! I am the Queen of the world, dear reader. Queen of the world!


Today I am going home, with youmy travel companion, to my dear motherland Norway, placed as far north as you can get in Europe. Key West is behind us, and we are here where the mountains are taller and the blue fjords deeper than anywhere else in the world.

Today, I chose to go to Lofoten, in the north of Norway, because to me that is Norway at her best (and especially if the weather-Gods decide to be gentle). Lofoten consists of a group of islands, and is an area known for nature attractions, wild life and fishing opportunities. Here you will feel like the Son or Daughter of the Wilderness, and on that mountain top - well I told you: Queen of the World. Alternatively King of the World. Nature - up close and personal - that is Lofoten in a nutshell.

Walking, biking, skiing, climbing - people come to Lofoten for action filled adventures and for relax and for just being close to the nature. Fishing might be in all those categories, and is big here. Every winter Lofoten hosts a World Championship in Cod fishing, which attracts people from all over.


The light is magic in this part of Norway. The Midnight Sun of the summer, and that blue shady light of the winter. If you want to see the Midnight Sun, Lofoten is definitely the right place to be. And yes, it is true, in the summer you can sit outside having the sun caress you - at midnight..

Lofoten is also one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. If you get to see that magic playful green and blue light dancing over the sky, it will be a moment you will cherish forever.

If you have followed my travels, you will know that I have a thing for historic places. I am not sure how much I should brag about our Viking Age, or if I really want to travel back there.., but just let me mention, that in this area, at Borg, you can have a look at the largest house ever found from this age. The building is 83 meters long and has been reconstructed as a living museum with findings and great exhibitions.

This was a fishermen's area, and the old fishermen's cabins ("rorbuer") is where you will want to stay. They have been restored and made into accommodation for travelers, and all along the coast, just at the sea-shore, you will find these cozy small wooden huts for rental. Originally the cabins was simple overnight accommodation for fishermen (and for their catch - down below..)




NB! Please note that the Weather Conditions in Norway are subject to quick and un-notified changes:-) The sky is not always blue.., and it can be windy, rainy, snowy in the blink of an eye. But I tell you dear reader, when it is good, it is sooo good....


All pictures are from the public travel portal: Lofoten. Visit there to find more information about what to see, where to stay, video clips and useful information. You can also check out: VisitNorway

I hope you enjoyed me bringing you home, dear reader.. Bye bye, My Norway - tomorrow I am leaving, taking my friends to somewhere else and it will be pretty nice, I'll tell you that much. Ah, oh yes, by the way, it starts with an M...

1-30 April I participate in the A to Z blogger challenge, and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs here. My theme for the challenge is Dream Destinations. I hope you had fun coming along? Please stay tuned for a new destination tomorrow.

56 comments:

  1. I have only read about this place in books and seen it in pictures. Yet, your words and the obvious love you have for the place seeps so incredibly through the blog, Eli. What amazing snapshots and what a beautiful place to call home. You must miss it dearly.

    ~Shailaja's latest A~Z post

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    1. You kind words make me so happy Shailaja - thanks a million:-)

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  2. Lofoten looks gorgeous...and sun in the midnight... so cool and awesome.. Thanks for taking us to another wonderful destination...

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    1. Thank you so much Jayanta:-) So happy you enjoyed it.

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  3. A new place learnt and visited virtually with you!

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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  4. I have wanted to go here for ages, and to Svalbard and beyond. It's not possible just yet, but some day.

    Anabel at Anabel's Travel Blog

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    1. Aaaa- hope you get to go Anabel:-) All the best

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  5. Dearest Eli,
    LOVE your patriotism for your beautiful country and indeed, the northern part is breathtaking for so many reasons.
    Hugs and happy week to you.
    Mariette

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    1. Thank you so much dear Mariette:-) You sweet words mean so much to me:-) Warm hugs

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  6. Ohh god this place is so magical... So dreamy... And absolutely stunning... I wanna drop everything here and run to Norway.

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  7. Wow, the pictures look so amazing, this place is like paradise. When will I get to visit this place, oh yes, its definitely on my wish list for places to visit. Right now, I'm even dreaming of settling down in this place ;) Wonderful pics :)

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    1. Oh Prasanna - thank you for your wonderful words- make me so happy:-)

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  8. Love the photos that show both the mountain and the water..

    PhenoMenon
    http://throodalookingglass.com/2014/04/lamp-light/

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  9. wow! It looks amazing in the pictures!!! I sure want to go there someday!

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    1. Thank you so much, I hope you will:-)

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  10. Oh those beautiful skies, mountains and that water.......no wonder you feel like you are the Queen of the World, my friend! :)

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    1. Thank you so much dear Corinne:-)

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  11. What a beautiful homeland you have there, Eli :) Mumbai must feel so very different from all this...enjoyed the pictures and your write-up tremendously. Can't get enough of those blue skies! Lovely.

    Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

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    1. Thank you so much dear Beloo! So happy you enjoyed it:-)

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  12. wow! amazing pictures and a refreshing post, Eli :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jahid! Happy to see you here:-)

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  13. Oh wow this is beautiful! Loved seeing it through your posts :)

    L for loved-Random Thoughts Naba

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    1. So happy you like it Nabanita, thanks:-)

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  14. You will have the A to Z challenge meet at lofoten soon :) it is purely magical and beautiful, imagine sun at midnight!!! Loved the pictures, thanks for sharing.

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  15. I am definitely visiting this magical place, soon...Loved the pictures of the blue waters and the sky and the mountains and clouds reflected in the waters.

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    1. Please do Sulekha. So happy you loved it:-) Thanks

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  16. Nice post! I didn't know about this challenge. Thanks for letting me know!

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  17. You do come from a beautiful country, girl. Please allow a little J for Jealousy to flow...
    Love,
    J for...

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    1. Ha ha ha - thanks my dear Jeena:-.) Hugs

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  18. Your home is soo beautiful Queen of the World. Norway is ecstatic and paradise on earth:)

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    1. Awwwe . thanks a ton Vishal:-) U made the Queen of the World very happy with ur kind words:-)

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  19. each pic is a postcard in iteself!

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  20. Wow ! what a beautiful place, I loved the pics and loved your post too.. was reminded of my childhood where i roamed in the woods, climbed the hill, and had great fun with friends, i love nature !

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    1. Me too! So happy you enjoyed it, and that it brought back good memories for u:-) Thank you so much

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  21. I visited Norway last summer, but didn't make it to Loftoten...such a beautiful place. I need to go!

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    1. Great - yes, please do Corinne:-)

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  22. Dear Eli, what a beautiful motherland, no wonder u r so beautiful urself...that is what comes out about you from your posts. The colours are mesmeric in the pics and of course u wud feel like the Queen atop those green mountains :) U've awoken a yearning in me, to go see Lofoten one day.

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    1. Aawww- Sunila - you kind words make me so happy:-) Thanks a ton, dear! warm hugs

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  23. Those little houses on the mountain are so cute. You really come from a lovely part of the world Eli! xx

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    1. Thank you so much dear Amelia:-) Hugs

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  24. This might be the best collection of photos on a blog I have ever seen. Wow, your home is just lovely. The midnight sun and northern lights are amazing. I don't think I would handle the cold and dark winters very well, but the 24 hour summer days, were quite nice. I have experienced them twice (Norway and Alaska) and it's pretty incredible.

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    1. Oh wow Rhonda - so happy you enjoyed it! I agree - I also prefer the summers:-) Thanks:-)

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  25. Wow! Wow! Wow! I just shared this link with hubby and messaged him to save up cz this is where we'll go next holiday!!

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    1. YAY! Please do Aditi, and do let me know:-) Big hugs dear

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  26. Αγαπημένη μου Eli
    Τι υπέροχες φωτογραφίες από την πανέμορφη πατρίδα σου!
    Την Νορβηγία την αγαπώ πάρα πολύ!
    Δεν πήγα στα νησιά Lofoten αλλά πήγα στην Νορβηγία και θα την παρουσιάσω κάποια στιγμή!
    Την λατρεύω!!!!
    Πολλά φιλάκια

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    1. Αγαπημενη μου Μαγδα! Πολυ χαιρουμε που σαρεσε! Πολλα φιλακια και αγαπη!

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  27. Splendid sceneries Eli.
    I am enthralled by the beauty made by God's own hands and an equally indulgent way of narrating.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words:-) Happy to see you here:-)

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  28. It is such fun to be taking this journey with you. I freaked when I saw that guy jumping between the two cliffs. See you tomorrow wherever you take us.

    Carol @ Battered Hope

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