For many people who love to travel, they fall into a pattern of the same destinations or the same type of locations, which can take away from the thrill of the unknown and lead to boredom.

As beautiful as the Rocky Mountains, Florida beaches, and Grand Canyon are, sometimes you just want more.

Once you’ve seen Old Faithful erupt once or twice, is there the same desire to go back to Yellowstone National Park again?

Every once in a while you may change it up a bit, but is it changing your life? The islands of Lofoten in Norway will.

Lofoten Is Above The Arctic Circle

Despite its location, the Norwegian islands have an average temperature above freezing. Not what you think of when you hear “Norway,” is it?

 The Main Food Source In Norway Is Fish

Scientists have determined that the first inhabitants of Norway were the Ahrensburg culture dating back to 11th to 10th millennia BC. The earliest traces of human occupation are found along the coast, where the huge ice shelf of the last ice age first melted (11,000 and 8,000 BC).

Endless Summer Days

Because the archipelago is located above the Arctic Circle, the summer days are really long with the sun never really setting between May 25th-July 17th, hence Norway’s nickname “Land of the Midnight Sun.”

And Endless Winter Nights

Conversely, between late November until late January, the sun never fully rises over the horizon, making the days very short.

So How Is It “Warm”?

Lofoten has a very temperate climate, relatively speaking. Thanks to the gulf stream, warm air is pushed across the Atlantic Ocean and up the coast of Norway. The islands have the greatest positive temperature difference in the world, relative to latitude.

Click over to Page 2 to see more of Norway’s warm beauty!