Exploring The Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands in Northen Norway look like something out of a dream, especially when viewed in 4k clarity from filmmaker Nick Kontostavlakis. Filmed in February 2017, this look at the "foot of the lynx" will get you as up close and personal with the terrain as possible. I've said before that drone footage is not normally my favorite, but combined with the wild looking landscape and cold weather, Kontostavlakis really does justice to Lofoten.
According to VisitNorway.com, "between late May and mid July you can experience the midnight sun, whilst the northern lights can be viewed from September to mid April." Since the Gulf Stream travels so close to Lofoten, the area experiences a much milder climate than most places at the same latitude. Being from Texas, cold weather climates intrigue me and this definitely just made my list of places to travel to.
You can find out more about the Lofoten Islands by visiting their official tourism board page here.
Also, we should all have a code of conduct like this one.
CAMP IN DESIGNATED AREAS
LEAVE NO TRACE. Avoid leaving traces in nature, such as cairns, tent pegs etc. Allow others to have the same great experience that you've had.
FOLLOW THE PATH AND AVOID CREATION OF NEW PATHS
THROW WASTE IN THE WASTE BINS. If you are in an area without bins, bring your waste with you until you can dispose of it.
USE PUBLIC TOILETS. If none are present, go in the ocean or dig a pit in the ground. Avoid using wet wipes, as they take a long time to decompose.
RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY. Camping closer than 150 metres from an occupied house or cabin is forbidden. You can only camp on cultivated land if you have an agreement with the land owner.
BE CONSIDERATE IN TRAFFIC. The roads in Lofoten are narrow, yet many use them. Keep well clear of cyclists when passing them. Be especially mindful of bicycles in tunnels.
BAN ON FIRES. During the summer months, there is a general ban on open fires. Use designated sites for fire, and make sure there is no risk for a forest fire.
RESPECT WILDLIFE. Avoid disturbing animals unnecessarily. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
IN THE INTEREST OF THE ENVIRONMENT, as well as your own experience and safety, we recommend activities oranised by tour operator. You can find a list of such organisers here.