Lofoten Islands in Norway are situated between the 68th and 69th parallels of the Arctic Circle and the Gulf Stream. The Lofoten Islands experience some of the warmest weather given their high latitude. Deriving their name from the Norse for a lynx foot, they are renowned for their natural beauty, wildlife and during the summer months they bask in almost perpetual day light.
With over 1,000 years of history, the islands are inextricably linked to the vast quantities of winter cod that migrate from the Barents Sea to spawn in Lofoten. When visiting any town, visitors often see the racked cod and stockfish on large A-frames that dry in the sun. There are excellent local fish restaurants that offer an excellent alternative to the lamb and other meats also available locally. Abundant in sea life with sea eagles, puffins and otters, the islands are a remote haven that is absolutely ideal for an open water swimming adventure.