|E10, Lofoten Islands (Norway) Photo © Chris Raven|
|Jagged mountains of Lofoten. Photo © Simon Raven|
|Cod racks, Lofoten Islands (Norway) Photo © Chris Raven|
|Svolvær harbour, Lofoten Islands (Norway) Photo © Simon Raven|
The capital of the Lofoten islands, Svolvær is a large town with a beautiful harbour, which combines an excellent blend of old and modern. Arctic cruise ships dock here, giving the town a lively atmosphere, and boat trips and Orca (Killer Whale) watching tours set sail throughout the summer. An old fishing town, there are some excellent authentic sjohus (fishermen’s bunkhouses) in old brightly painted wooden buildings that offer luxury accommodation. A thriving restaurant and bar scene caters to visitors, serving fresh seafood and often hosting live traditional music. The town itself is a major port for trawlers and whaling ships, and throughout the winter it is a busy industrial fishing port as cod from the Barrents sea head to warmer waters aided by the
|Vågan Church in Kabelvåg on the E10, Lofoten Islands (Norway) Photo © Simon Raven|
A channel of water lined with fishing boats divides this beautiful town that’s crammed full of cafés restaurants and art and antique shops. There’s a real holiday vibe to this quiet backwater, with kid’s selling waffles outside their houses and pavement cafés rowded with day trippers. Cod dries on racks in the sun in the windows of brightly painted wooden houses. Turning off the E10, the road leading here is one of the most spectacular routes in the Lofoten islands as the road winds beneath towering cliff faces. There is some excellent climbing in this area, and many hikers and cyclists pitch up tent along here and watch the sky turn purple over the ocean from the rocks in the midnight sun.
|Brightly painted wooden fishing villages in Henningvaer . Photo © Simon Raven|
All of the
|Boats in the fishing village of Reine, Lofoten Islands (Norway) Photo © Chris Raven|
At the very end of the E10 highway that runs the length of the
So, for a journey of a lifetime we recommend that you hire a car and drive the awesome E10 scenic highway, which crosses this beautiful chain of islands all the way to the tiny fishing
by The Raven Brothers
Out of shape and unprepared, The Raven Brothers return to the road in a collection of ten quests to travel to their dream destinations against all odds! After two decades pioneering new routes across the globe, you would expect the authors of 'Driving the Trans-Siberian' to be hotshot explorers, with a sixth sense and an ability to survive in almost any situation. Think again! With virtually zero knowledge of the workings of the internal combustion engine and very limited skills of wilderness survival, Simon and Chris struggle into their hiking boots and power across three continents by river, tarmac and trail.
Venture to the top of Norway, cruise the road to Damascus, hike the Camino trail into Spain’s Wild West, row the Ganges, explore Frida Kahlo’s world in Mexico City, hangout with the dead in Sicily’s eerie catacombs, crawl deep inside Bolivia’s notorious silver mine, seek lions in Gujarat, wellness in Berlin and journey into the Naga Hills where tribal kings still rule.
Noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”, 'Hike, Drive, Stayin’ Alive!' signals a return to the duo writing “buttock clenching” travel comedy with the first in a series of candid stories of adventure by The Raven Brothers.