Lofoten, Vågan Municipality, Norway
Svolvaer, Lofoten IslandsAs you continue north, you reach what is the highlight for many Hurtigruten passengers, the Lofoten Islands. The area is renowned for its natural beauty, with mountains soaring from the sea to the sky and at their bases small villages of simple houses painted in white, yellow, and red. Svolvaer is a base for many Hurtigruten excursions to nearby fishing communities or you can visit the Kunstnerhuset Lofoten to see the works of the artists who came here to capture the magically crisp light on their canvases. If you are so captivated by Svolvaer that you decide to end your journey here—it’s been known to happen—check whether there’s a vacancy at Svinøya Rorbuer, where the rooms are located in converted fishermen’s cabins built over the water.
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