On Tour... LOFOTEN A Fascinating Island Of The Far North
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Situated in the extreme north of Europe, the Lofoten have always been a special place. The picturesque beauty of this group of islands located just off the Norwegian coast has lost nothing of its age old fascination and colorful sense of history.
With 1,400 inhabitants, Stamsund is the main fishing village of the archipelago. Although the surrounding fishing grounds contain an abundance of fish, the industry that once flourished here is not as prosperous as it once was. Now, for much of the population, tourism provides a lucrative alternative to the traditional fishing industry of bygone times and the five large main islands of the Lofoten have a perfect infrastructure and are connected with each other by way of various bridges and tunnels.
The small village of Nusfjord is located in front of a captivating backdrop of mountains. Due to its unique location, it looks more like a high mountain village than a fishing settlement. The village is both a historical as well as a cultural treasure and almost all of its buildings date back to the 19th century, when its entire population worked in the fishing industry.
The beautiful unspoiled landscape of these ‘Islands of the Gods’ is full of captivating mystique and it is no wonder that the Vikings also romanticized about their natural splendor.