Lofoten Islands - Norway
The offshore island group of Lofoten consists of approximately 80 inhabited islands of varying mass. Approaching the islands by ship, these islands resemble a single chain of mountains ascending precipitously from the sea. The highest, Mount Higarstind, rises an incredible 3715 feet. With a great number of small, unpopulated rocky islands, the Lofotens appear to be a labyrinth of 70 miles in length. The main islands - Bjorkoya, Flakstadoya, Moskenesoya, Ostvagoya, Vaeroy and Vestvagoy - consist of granite and volcanic stone, like all the other small islands. Estimated to be 3.5 billion years old, they are some of the oldest formations on the planet. The main town on the islands is Svolvaer on Ostvagoya. A system of bridges connects a few of the islands and there is a ferry available to transport islanders to the Vesteralen Archipelago. Perhaps the most fascinating feature is the wildlife. Seals and whales are often sighted off shore and there is plenty of fascinating birdlife to observe including cormorant, kittiwake, puffin and the white-tailed eagle. The main islands are well known to nature-lovers and mountain climbers while the islands of Rost and Vaeroy are mostly visited by ornithologists. Fishing at Lofoten has been known since the Vikings sent out their servants in 400 - 600. Mating cod fish coming here to escape the near freezing Arctic waters have given Lofoten its "fisherman's paradise" reputation. It is said that the number of cod fish at one time was so enormous that the sea was whipped up by the fins. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.