Lofoten Island – Arctic Adventure
The Arctic is an area located at the northernmost part of the Earth. The ecosystems in the region is very unique comparing to other parts of the Earth due to the ice-covered ocean and extreme cold weather. The tourism in the Arctic during the past few decades has raised more concern regarding concern a fragile environment there. At least, visitors are more interested in watching whales, seals, polar bears, Arctic birds, and other wildlife living in nature instead of hunting them. Apart from wildlife, the Arctic has very beautiful landscapes and unique local cultures.
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travel to the territory of one of these four countries which are Norway, Sweden, Canada, and USA (Alaska). However, our destination for this blog is Lofoten islands in Norway, located just within the Arctic Circle. Its landscapes consist of mountains and white peaks, long seashore, as well as green undisturbed areas. The Gulf Stream makes the areas relatively warm despite the latitude. In summer, you can see the midnight sun while in winter you will experience the wonder of northern lights. There are many activities that you can do there.
Lofoten Aktiv is a tour provider which has been certified by Ecotourism Norway and WWF Arctic Programme. The company provides environmentally friendly activities employing Leave No Trace techniques. In the summer, you can join the kayak, trekking, hiking, and mountain bike tours. In the winter, there are mountain walks with snowshoes, ski, and chasing northern light tours. You can also rent many adventure equipment like kayaks, bicycles, and snowshoes.
For a place to stay in Lofoten, you should a traditional fisherman’s cabins, or “rorbuer”. They were cozy little cabins built for fishermen to stay overnight, but many have been restored with modern amenities for tourists to stay. There are also many campsites to choose from.
Once you arrive there, you should not miss the famous “stockfish” which is unsalted
dried cod, or other white fish. They are hung to dry outside for three months during February to May, or in special drying houses. After that, it requires another 2-3 months to mature in cool, dry environment. The cold weather prevents contamination from insects and bacterial.