Explore Norway Like a Viking in the Winter Mountains of the Lofoten Islands

This week we are taking you to the Lofoten Islands of Norway where winters are like a white wonderland with evening rainbow skies, and summers are like Viking myths beneath the midnight sun.

The beauty of this place is simply staggering” – Lonely Planet

Far above the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands are wrapped in majestic mountains that cradle deep fjords and brave the wild waters of the Norwegian Sea. Whether you’re looking for a winter or summer experience, there’s adventure, culture, heritage and pure beauty at every turn.

 

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Episode Two of Vikings Season 4 on the History Channel

Tonight we watched the second episode of the History Channel’s fourth season of Vikings. The opening scene shows Bjorn making a tiresome trek through a snow-covered forest and into a blizzard until he reached a Viking wood-framed cottage.

 

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As soon as I saw this scene, I immediately thought of Lofoten in winter. We know Vikings settled here, and at Lofotr Viking Museum you can experience the Viking Age as it really was. In Borg, Archaeologists have discovered the largest Viking longhouse ever found from the Viking Age. At 272 feet long, it’s been reconstructed as a Viking Museum.

 

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In the warmer months you can go hiking, skiing, fishing, ocean rafting or scuba diving. Lofoten is also one of Norway’s best sites for surfing, and one of the world’s northernmost. The midnight sun in the summer months will let you experience things like golfing at midnight while the dark winter skies bring the allure of the magnificent Northern Lights.

 

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If you’re a Vikings fan, this is a bucket list must do. No matter what month you choose to cross it off, I guarantee it will be a remarkable experience rich with real Viking Age history, untamed adventure and other-wordly, legendary beauty Norway has become known for.

 

 

Want to go on an EPIC Viking Voyage? You could win the 12-day Viking Voyage in Norway for two sweepstakes made possible by Visit Norway, The History Channel, Hurtigen and Norwegian Air.

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

2 Comments on this post

  1. Lofoten is absolutely on my Norway itinerary.

    righteousbruin9 / Reply
  2. […] while the rest of the family is seen without snow, I think it’s a logical conclusion. Last week we talked about the Lofoten Islands in Nordland based on Bjorn’s opening scene. This week […]

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