The beauty of the Lofoten Islands

Norway
Lofoten (not to be confused with labutenami) - a Polar Norwegian archipelago is famous for its stunning views, excellent fishing and picturesque villages. This is a land of wild nature, majestic mountains, deep fjords and long sandy beaches, located in the Norwegian Sea.

Lofoten consists of seven major islands - Austvogeya, Gimsøya, vestvågøy, Flakstadøya, Moskenes, Rest and Verey, as well as a number of small islands and rocks . The islands of the archipelago are separated by narrow straits, and on the Norwegian mainland - Strait Vestfjord. It is for this bridge and we pass ourselves on the Lofoten.

Thanks to the Gulf Stream climate in Lofoten is much warmer and softer than in other parts of the planet at the same latitude. Hard to believe, but January and February are the coldest months here with the average temperature of all -1 ° C, and cool summer in the area of ​​12 ° C.

At this point in these islands is home to only about 24 thousand people.

Norwegian fishing villages are located along the coast of Lofoten with typical fishermen huts - rorbu.

Fjord put traditional barn with a gable roof for drying and storage of fish, Storage of fishing equipment and boats.
 

Painted in the red, they look very beautifully on the background of rocks Lofoten.
 

I must say that with the weather we were very lucky.

Places to stop there is little, so they had to stop at the foul. Well, that car was not very much.
 

Mountains Lofoten oldest rock formations on earth, their age of about 3 billion years, and their appearance was formed about 10 000 years ago, when the last ice age ended.
 
 

Note that the roads on the islands are very narrow. Kemper on this it is evident that he took more than half of the road.

You feel how calm here?
 

These places are very rich in fish, but Norway cherish nature and it's grown in such enclosures that little squares look out from under the water.

Interesting and very nice solution to break a road through a rock arch.

We arrived at Svolvær town, where there is nothing interesting in fact.

In mainland can be reached if go back or on ferries of towns or Svolvær Moskenes. Ferry from Moskenes, located almost on the western edge of Lofoten, is a small town in Buda, which is much further south along the west coast of Norway, so we decided to cross it and at the same time to pass before the end of Lofoten.

Another bridge to the next island. In Norway bridges in spite of its massive look very light and airy, and the toll it resembles a roller coaster. Such high bays are made to pass under it could ship.

Here local resident took to stay the whole island.

Once I got used to the red house, began white.

The sunsets here are stunning, especially on the background of rocks.
 

Very strange it seemed that in a rich country build SSB bridges with traffic lights, and the place safely allows to make wider. In Russia, we would have immediately pounced on the Road with the criticism.

End point of the road on the islands - a small village called Å (read as "O").

Then you can go a little to the observation deck to admire the cliffs and the open sea.

A feeling that you are on the edge of the world, but if you look on the map, it is not so.

Unexpectedly, we found a stone stuck between the rocks. In Norway, there is a point of interest, which is called Keragbolten, but there is less than a stone and at such a high altitude.

Enjoy nature, we have gone back to Moskenes, where the next day sail on the ferry to the mainland.

Space here is very little, almost everywhere a private area, we have taken a place in the queue for the ferry for the trucker and spent the night right in the car. The cost of accommodation per person in these parts about 100 euros.