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Vesterålen

Practical information on Vesterålen

  • Encounters with locals
  • Fjord
  • Island
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Port
  • Countryside
  • Mountain
  • Water Sports
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A three hour drive from Narvik
When to go
Any season except autumn
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Vesterålen

Emmanuel Maisonneuve Seasoned Traveller
21 written opinions

If you're looking for a destination that is less popular and more preserved than the Lofoten islands, then the Vesterålen islands will make you happy for sure!

My suggestion:
Be sure to carefully plan how you will get around, because often the only way to access the different islands is the ferry. Which sometimes only happens once a day! So don't miss it!
My review

The Vesterålen islands are a destination where all types of outdoor activities are possible: day hikes, bike rides, sea kayaking, boat rides, whale watching, etc.

Take advantage of its location in the far western part of the archipelago to visit some of the island's lighthouses. Some are even used as lodging for long-term travellers, accommodating them in exchange for their services. I can still remember walking on a white sand beach, alone, at the foot of some impressive mountains. And the charming and isolated hamlet of Andenes will send shivers up your spine in the thick fog!

If civilisation appeals to you, be sure to take a trip to Sortland, the archipelago's main town. Though they are relatively unknown, the Vesterålen islands are essential in my opinion for any trip to Norway.

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