The long nights of Lofoten
Visiting Lofoten in the winter is truly an unique experience!
One of the things that makes life up north special is the big differens in light hours throughout the year. In the summer you have the midningt sun, the sun rises in the end of may and will stay above the horizon until mid July when you have the first sunset of the summer. After the first sunset things happen very fast! The sun will rise later and set earlier than the day before by several minutes each day until it finally sets in the beginning of December and stays below the horizon until the beginning of January. This time is what we call the polar night.
Even though the sun does not rise during the polar night you will still have a few hours of twilight. It is during these hours of twilight you can experience the beautiful so called 'Blue Hour' on a clear day.
As always when travelling to northern Norway you need to keep the weather in mind when planing your trip. This is even more important when you travel during late autumn, winter and early spring. The weather in Lofoten can be very unpredictable during this time. Make sure you bring good clothes and prepare for the fact that you might need to spend one or two days indoors. Ofcourse you can have beautiful weather even in winter, but better to be prepared if a storm hits! Make sure to have plenty of good food, good books, good games and good company. Prepared for the storm you can sit back and relax, from the comfort of the living room you can experience the show put on by mother nature. Through the big windows facing the fjord you can see how the forces of nature rages over Reinefjorden. This is truly a beautiful, uniqe and powerful experience! (Most of our units have views over the fjord, not all of them)
Due to the long nights you also have big possibilities to see the northern lights! All you need to hope for is clear skies and a solar storm to hit us during your stay! To learn more about the northern lights, also called 'aurora borealis' please press here.
To see the different light hours during your stay, please visit www.timeanddate.com