Vesterålen is a group of islands bordering to Lofoten in the south. The archipelago is connected by bridges as well as being linked with the mainland Norway, making any travel completely ferry-free. Vesterålen consists of five municipalities: Andøy, Bø, Hadsel, Sortland and Øksnes.
Andøya Airport at Andenes and Stokmarknes Airport at Skagen are the only two airports in Vesterålen. Hurtigruten, the coastal express, visits Risøyhamn, Sortland and Stokmarknes. The world renowned Trollfjord, which lies in the Raftsund strait is also a part of Vesterålen.
Vesterålen has little light pollution and is therefore ideal for witnessing the Northern Lights aka Aurora Borealis. One of the main attractions in the region however, is the whale safari excursions. There is something new and exciting around every corner and crossing the next bridge to another island here in this arctic archipelago.
The highlights are as you can see from the images above many: white beaches, perfectly sculptured mountain tops and endless sea views take your breath away. The unique light in the arctic, combined with strong Northern Lights and perfect winter wonderland landscapes are just magical, and needs to be experienced. There are several small museums and galleries celebrating and saluting Norway's rich fishing culture and heritage. What are you waiting for ? Visit Vesterålen today.
All images courtesy of Stian Klo
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