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New way how to discover the beauty of Lofoten is here. Over 150 panoramic photos connected into a virtual tour network will help you to plan your next hikes or revisit your old favourite destinations. Taken by Martin Kulhavy during his 5 visits to Lofoten. Over 400km hiked and 40km of elevation gained, really not an easy hobby. Please enjoy the views and feel free to send your comments or feedback to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Martin's tips and tricks

Photos are taken on Canon 5Ds R and Samyang 14mm f/2.4. 6 shots for the sky and 6 shots for the ground. Mostly 3 exposures in each direction, so the total number of shots is 36 (about 2GB on a memory card). Raw files are developed in Lightroom without any major adjustment, usually just white balance only. The stitching process is done in PtGui which produces excellent results in blending the 3 exposures into a single HDR image. The final corrections are done in Photoshop - local contrast adjustments and white balance corrections. The true trick is in good timing. it is not unusual to spent over 5 hours on the summit waiting for the Northern lights, clouds to disappear or for a beautiful sunset. Returning home in complete darkness with a head torch in arctic winter is the price I pay for a nice photo. But the biggest problem is that nobody is that crazy to join me and I must say that I can focus better when working alone, so all these hikes were made as solo trips. And you can trust me, my brain is quite tough enemy. This project will never be finished. I think that you will understand when I say that I got the Lofoten bug. There is no cure, you can only reduce the symptoms by coming back.

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Boat Shuttle

Reine/Vindstad/Kjerkfjord

forsfjord vindstad

If you want to go from Forsfjord power station to Vindstad (or vice versa), and you don’t want to rely on the boat shuttle MS Fjordkyss, it is now possible to do it by foot.

We provide GPX track, map and the description (in french only) for the section connecting Vindstad to Forsfjord. This new possibility is particularly interesting for hikers engaged in the great crossing of the Lofoten Islands trek.

Our tips

Where to sleep, eat, drink and more in the Lofoten Islands

As we are not a tourist office, we will only publish recommandations for places we think are hikers and backpackers friendly and that we have tested AND appreciated. This section will get more stuff as we go along.

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North of the islands

Laukvik - Austvågøya
Svolvær
Kabelvåg - Austvågøya
Henningsvær - Austvågøya

Center of the islands

Gimsøya
Urda: E10 Gimsøybrua

Ville de Leknes

Kongsmarka - Vestvågøya

South of the islands

E10 Kåkernbrua - Moskenesøya
 
 

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 Increasingly accurate maps!

The Day Walks section has been improved thanks to the work of Frank Ingermann and the fantastic vector map background of Norgeskart.no (Norwegian Mapping Authority - Karverket). Hiking-Lofoten offers hiking guides that are getting ever more accurate and professional. Come and find out about them!

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Download the official Lofoten Islands maps

Lofoten Islands maps, scale 1:50 000 (UMT33)  download them for free on hiking-lofoten!Maps from the Norwegian National Institute of Cartography (Kartverket) are available in high definition (Tiff) on a set of ten maps.  Essential to prepare your hikes in the Lofoten Islands...

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Northern lights forecast

Discover aurora forecast for Lofoten islands, thanks to NOAA POES satelitte from the "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration"

GPS routes

  • The GPS hiking routes are finally available as free downloads from the Hikes section!
  • Discover eight new routes in the Lofoten Islands with detailed Topos from Rando-Lofoten.

Day Length in the Lofoten

The Lofoten archipelago is located above the Arctic Circle, the result of this situation is a period of permanent days in summer and at the opposite a period of permanent night in winter (polar night).

To organize properly your trips and expedition in this region, it is important to take this phenomenon into account due to the high latitude. Discover our sunset/sunrise calendar

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