Wish You Were Here: Reine, Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway

by Carolyn Sotka


Stian Klo Photography

Reine is a picturesque fishing town tucked away in the beautiful, blue water bays of the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway. Despite that the Lofoten Islands are within the Arctic Circle, the region experiences one of the world’s largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude. This mild climate makes for the lush, blooming meadows throughout the archipelago that hug the coast against the backdrop of striking cliffs. The warmer temperatures also lend life to nearby Røst Reef, the world’s largest deepwater coral reef, only recently discovered in 2002.

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Røst Reef. Photo: University of Hawaii at Manoa Dep. of Oceanography

Along with the vibrantly painted villages, a high density of seabirds add spots of color to the sky and land. The Lofoten Islands and adjacent coast have been called the “soul of northern Norway”, and long attracted artists for its ethereal Arctic light shows.

Check out Lofotentours for information about exclusive phototours and workshops in the Lofoten Archipelago (Northern Norway). — CS

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