Looming off the western coast of Norway, the islands of the “Lofoten Wall” are tall and rugged. Towns like Leknes are tucked wherever there’s a flat place. Watch for wooden racks air-drying the bounty of cod from the winter fishery. Artists have flocked here, drawn by the majestic light that sets the peaks aglow. To the south, the tidal currents swirling among the islands sometimes consort to give birth to the legendary maelstrom whirlpool.
In the land of the midnight sun, the colorful sky stretches out infinitely and frames the majestic mountain peaks, peaceful inlets and untamed seashore of the Lofoten Islands. Nestled here is the picturesque harbor town of Leknes. With its natural surroundings considered by many to be the most stunning in Norway the town itself and neighboring attractions will surely delight.
Leknes is the most populous town in Lofoten, itself an archipelago north of the Arctic Circle, at the 67th and 68th parallels. Nearby, visit the Lofotr Viking Museum, the site of the largest Viking home ruins in Scandinavia. The museum includes a complete history of the area and a full-scale ship replica. You ll also see some of the traditional wooden architecture common in the fishing villages of Lofoten. Opportunities for kayaking, hiking or beachcombing are plentiful. Leknes is also a hub for shopping and trade, so you re sure to find a perfect souvenir.