Scan Magazine, Issue 88, May 2016

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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Top Places to Visit in Norway in 2016

The best of Norway With dramatic mountains, fjords and a lively cultural scene, Lofoten has established itself as the destination that offers the best of Norway. It is a bucket list destination for anyone planning their trip to Norway this summer or winter. By Maria Lanza Knudsen | Photos:

With the beckoning of summer and the midnight sun, Lofoten transforms into a summer paradise of outdoor activities and cultural spectacles. “Lofoten’s dramatic nature is definitely a reason in itself for people to visit,” says Kristian Nashoug, marketing director at Destination Lofoten. “The amazing nature excursions both on land and by 88 | Issue 88 | May 2016

the sea are unparalleled. However, we also have an ardent cultural and artistic scene that attracts many visitors.” The Lofoten islands are renowned for their distinctive mountains and breathtaking scenery of open ocean, sheltered coves and pristine beaches. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking and oth-

er boat trips are just a few of the many activities, safaris and excursions on offer. “To get the best experience and a sense of history and local knowledge, we recommended visitors to participate in organised activities and trips run by the tourist agency and various local tour companies,” Nashoug says. A unique experience for outdoors and sports enthusiasts is the recent addition of nine new holes to make Lofoten’s only complete 18-hole golf course, Lofoten Links at Gimsøya. Recently rated as one of the world’s best new golf courses, it