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Q: What is the weather at Lofoten like?

The climate in Lofoten is very mild considering its location north of the Arctic Circle. This is due to the warming effect of the Atlantic Gulf Stream. Daytime temperatures in November and December range from -2º to 4ºC (28,4º to 39ºF). In autumn, strong winds can be expected, but quiet days with blue sky are also not uncommon. Snow and sleet can also be expected, and the mountains can have substantial amounts of snow.

Due to its location within the Arctic Circle Lofoten experiences the midnight sun in summer. This also means that the sun does not rise above the horizon in winter, in this case from the 4th of December until the 7th of January. The consequence of this for our Lofoten expeditions is that there will be a substantial amount of darkness. This might sound less attractive, but our experience is that it adds to the voyage. Through the daytime there can be great light shows, created by the low sun, while in the evening and at night there are good chances to observe the Northern Lights.

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