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ARJASANU: MAELSTROM AND COASTAL CAVES CLUB

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The region around Lofotodden Point is characterized with a narrow shore, steep mountain structures along with the powerful tidal currents which flow between the islands.

– Among the world’s most powerful tidal currents

Between the islands of Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy, Moskenesøy, Mosken and Værøy, we find powerful tidal currents such as the Nappstraumen, Sundstraumen and possibly the most well-known of all of them, the Maelstrom, known locally as Moskstraumen.The Maelstrom (Moskstraumen) and also the oceans to the west of the Lofoten Headland are renowned and admired for centuries. First explained 2,000 decades back by the Greek historian, Pytheas, and afterward by such renowned authors as Petter Dass, Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne, it has also emerged on countless sea graphs accompanied by frightening warnings and illustrations. This stretch of water, rich as it’s with fish, has formed the foundation for settlements for centuries. Whether viewed as an incredible all-natural phenomenon, or as a destination for a fishing excursion, the Maelstrom will supply you with a memorable encounter.
Adventure excursions by ship into the Refsvikhula Cave, passing through the Maelstrom. Scheduled trips many times weekly from May 1 to September 30. Also available to classes throughout the off-season, by previous arrangement.

3,000-Year-old cave paintings

A trip to the 50 metre tall and 115 metre deep Refsvikhula Cave is a trip to the mysticism of yesteryear. This colossal cave is awe-inspiring even to a lot of travellers, and also the encounter is emphasised from the enigmatic characters sketched on the walls of this cave by cavemen, more than three million years ago.The characters were found in 1986 by archaeology students from the University of Tromsø.
Adventure excursions by ship many times every week through the summer. Also available to classes throughout the off-season, by previous arrangement.

The cave south of this village of Napp is composed of a powerful overhang, 70 metres deep and 22 metres tall. This is the earliest known Stone Age settlement in Lofoten. In the cave you will find thick layers of waste made from the Stone Age individuals letting us see their 5500 year history.Archaeologists discovered fishing tackle, spear and arrowheads, knives, axes, bone piercing, potsherds and ceramics, etc.. Bone remnants bear witness to some fascinating and diverse diet and comprise the remains of several species of shellfish and fish, 16 distinct creatures and no less than 37 species of creatures. Human bones have been also discovered.

A wooden deck under your toes on board a fishing smack on the Vestfjord; hauling cod, haddock and coley, wolf fish or tusk within the gunwale – the green hills of the Lofoten Wall in the background. The fishermen of Flakstad and Moskenes want you welcome aboard to get a flavor of the everyday life!
Fishing excursions from Å and Reine.

The Reinefjorden — Troll-like hills and mountains (Midnight Sun).

For centuries, the natural environment and distinctive civilization of Lofoten have attracted artists to its beaches to operate and create. Local artists, also, have been motivated by the rugged countryside and excellent light. There are quite a few stimulating musicians and artists in the area, such as a glassblower plus a ceramist at Vikten, a silversmith at Nusfjord, a fabric artist and metalworker at Ramberg, a blacksmith in Sund and painters in Sørvågen. An intriguing and vibrant meeting with all the inventive artists of Lofoten, a meeting which can leave its mark on you.

Numerous intriguing museums supply you with a fantastic insight into the local history, from life at the fishing village along with also the Lofoten Fishery, into the creation and selling of stockfish, a journey back to youth with North American European and Norwegian children’s civilization, the motorization of the fishing fleet within the previous 100 decades and cod and telecommunications — the reason why Lofoten was going to become such an significant part Northern and European ancestral history.

Enjoy magnificent countryside at easy-going or much more rocky terrain, everything from mountaineering with scenic views, to fishing in new mountain lakes.We are pleased with our hills and we would like to decrease the level of wear and tear in our exposed countryside. We’ve therefore researched and cairned only chosen paths and paths which we attempt to keep by paving them with stones in particular locations. We recommend you to follow these paths when walking from the hills.

The sun brings out the wonderful colors that the submerged landscape has to offer you. Calm and peaceful motion throughout the kelp will cause you to feel at one with nature. Crabs, hermit crabs, starfish and snails live their hectic lives down there since the fish lie there like a blanket over the kelp.

northern lights in lofoten

Diving All year round


Fantastic organic environment, striking mountain ridges, wrecks and tunnels are merely a few of the items you may encounter under water from the Land of the Midnight Sun. Floating weightlessly such as an eagle over the coral reefs adds the finishing touch to the experiences that can make your stay in Lofoten an ideal one.

Biking

Lofoten is a wonderful destination for cyclists. Cycling delivers the freedom and time to have a better look at life in a lively fishing village, also to enjoy wild and fantastic countryside. Breathe from the odor of the ocean and hear the seagulls cry because you roll slowly by. In case you choose to go on a midnight sunshine ride, then you’ll be cycling nearly all alone, in total peace and quiet. Guided biking tours will also be possible. History and a small exercise haven’t hurt anybody. Bikes available for rent in numerous places in Moskenes. Have a fantastic ride!

Kayaking

If you’re wondering what it’s like to throw in paradise, you ought to try biking here. We’ve got fjords and beaches which may take anyone’s breath away. It’s possible to experience nature at close quarters here, and plenty of animal life as you glide through the water. Using a kayak you may access tiny coves and fjords, and encounter involving older wharves and ships with no trouble. It’s not without reason that Lofoten was voted among the planet’s best kayak destinations.

NB: You shouldn’t paddle alone in such surroundings.Make sure that you have the essential safety gear with you constantly. Check the weather predictions and speak to some locals who snore in the region. Bear in mind, there are powerful currents and also a significant gap between low and high tide. If you’re a small in doubt, it’s also possible to employ a guide or possess your entire trip organised. To paddle by yourself, you ought to possess a “wet card” certification.

Moskenes delivers panoramic character experiences in both simple and more demanding terrain from the surrounding mountains. Join a local guide about the best mountain biking: beautiful panoramic views from Mount Reinebringen, midnight sun trips to Bunes, or a rise into Lofoten’s second greatest summit, Hermannsdalstinden (1029 m asl). Let our guides direct you to our civilization, character and geology.

Winter at Lofoten

Enjoy the air of the famous Lofoten Fishery plus a few magnificent winter scene. Adventure excursions by ship include both fishing around the seas of Lofoten and deep-sea rafting. Try new, steaming cod, liver and roes and other yummy meals after an exciting day at sea. Stay in a cozy marine environment.

When you’ve had enough of this sea, there’s some fantastic ski terrain here, with mountain cottages on both of those islands of Flakstadøy and Moskenesøy. The Dark Season, stormy weather, the most mysterious light of spring, the more delicate flutter of the Northern Lights over the jagged peaks of Lofoten: the Fishing Village Realm is also the kingdom of winter vacations.

Geology paths in Vikten

One of the geological happenings in Vikten, we locate the stones and boulders near the Glassblower’s Cabin, the regional moraines, and a range of different things which could possibly be observed when after both intriguing paths called the Morenestien along with the Tangrandstien.

Occasions

Birdlife from the Lofoten Islands is diverse and intriguing. More than 140 species are sighted in Moskenes and Flakstad, a lot of which can be arbitrary people which happen as a result of character and location of those islands.

Warm, calm summertime, bright summertime at the light of the Midnight Sun, north-easterly snow storms with katabatic winds, dead calm winter evenings together with the Northern Lights dancing enigmatically through the night skies over snow-white Lofoten mountains.

Lofoten supplies you with the whole range of climatic conditions