White sand and turquoise blue water. Small waves of turquoise blue water wash gently across the white sand while mountain peaks rise into the blue sky above. Typically the words arctic and beach are not usually mentioned together in the same sentence, however, on the Lofoten islands there are perhaps some of the most spectacular beaches you will ever see.
The water might be a bit on the cold side, though the local kids don’t seem to mind, but you’ll soon find the dramatic settings of most of the beaches more than make up for this. And on a summer evening as the sun hangs above the sea in the north, there is not much better than a barefoot stroll through the waves or a nice driftwood-fire to bring in the new day.
The following is an overview of some of my favorite beaches on Lofoten. It’s is not a fully comprehensive list, but it is a good start for any visit to the islands. I will be writing from the perspective of a photographer, so some beaches that might get high remarks in the travel guidebooks don’t measure up all that well for photography. And as with any ‘top’ list, a lot of it depends on my experiences at any given time.
[Note: This article is about the best beaches on Lofoten in which it is possible to drive to. For the article about Lofoten’s real best beaches, where you’ll need to do some hiking. – CLICK HERE – ]