The Lofoten Islands Are Norway's Answer to Marfa

The Lofoten Islands Are Norway's Answer to Marfa

Written by Karen Gardiner | Conde Nast Traveler |

Norway’s Lofoten archipelago is made up of six principal, populated, islands and hundreds of smaller ones that are empty of people. With their clear blue waters and craggy Jurassic Park–esque mountains—the highest of which, Higravstinden, soars to 3,800 feet—it’s no surprise that the islands have inspired many an artist.

Lofoten's Artistic Legacy

The Lofoten archipelago is 800 miles from Oslo and 95 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Its remote beauty has long made it popular with artists: Norwegian painter Gunnar Berg made his name depicting Lofoten many times until his death in 1893, and many contemporary artists, like multimedia artist AK Dolven, have been so inspired by the dramatic landscape they’ve made this place their home. The landscape has also appeared in works of classic literature, with Moskstraumen, one of the world’s strongest systems of whirlpools, located off the uninhabited island of Mosken, appearing in the work of both Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe. Here are some tips for having an art-focused visit to Lofoten. Photo by Karen Gardiner |

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