Spending the New Year in the Lofoten Islands

Published on 10th January 2013 by Shing Yoong in Lofoten Islands , Norway , The Northern Lights , Winter Holidays

 

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What's better than seeing a sky full of fireworks to celebrate heading into the New Year? Well the answer is easy - seeing a sky full of the Northern Lights beats it hands down.

After hearing all about Shing and Terry's trip to the Lofoten Islands for the New Year, we don't think they could have wished for a better way to jet-start the year. Not only were they surrounded by the famous jagged peaks that National Geographic hail a 'masterpiece', but they also had a true Viking feast inside the largest Chieftain farm in the world, fed fish to Sea Eagles in the Trollfjord and last, but certainly not least, they saw the dazzling Northern Lights display!

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we thought we'd give you a photo tour of the Lofoten Islands, so you can see for yourself just how beautiful this place really is.

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During the winter the sun doesn't rise above the horizon, and although this makes the days seem shorter, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights become even more likely. During daylight which usually lasts between 10am - 2pm is your chance to see the snow-capped peaks famed for their unusually jagged edges. One of the best ways to see the true beauty of Lofoten which encapsulates its mountains, fjords and wildlife is through an exhilarating ride via RIB boat Safari. RIB boat safari, lofoten islands, trollfjord, winter, norway

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The Trollfjord is marked by its distinctly narrow passageway, and its name is derived from the 'troll' in Norse mythology. It is a 2 km long sidearm of the Raftsund between the Norwegian archipelagos of Lofoten and Vesterålen. The mist created an isolating yet beautiful atmosphere where the sea and sky merge into one almost invisible horizon.

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Whatever you do, don't forget to look up at the ever-changing sky- soft pinks turn into low-slung violet clouds, and streaks of orange. And when all becomes dark, with a bit of luck on your side you'll see the sky transform into shapes of green and maybe more....

If you want to know how to get to the Lofoten Islands, we offer direct flights from Gatwick, please look at our website.