Lofoten means "lynx paw" - the first settlers gave the island formation its name because they recognised an oversized paw print in it. But unlike the velvety-soft, delicate paw of the wild cat, the Lofoten Islands symbolise roughness, hardness and cold. Those who venture into this region will not only experience the far north in its most pristine form. Those who are ready to discover the Lofoten Islands can also count on a great deal of adventure.
Blessed Beach, Blessed People
The unique thing about the village of Gimsøysand is its church. Unlike ordinary places of worship, this one is located directly by the sea above the sandy beach. The church has defied the wind, the tides and time for many centuries. First mentioned at the beginning of the 15th century, the current building was constructed in 1867. Unlike ordinary churches, the small white wooden church is anchored to the ground with steel cables so that it does not lose its hold even in stormy times.
An Encounter with Sperm Whales
The sperm whale is called a sperm whale because its rather angular head is said to resemble a pot. On a whale safari around the Andenes area, however, it is usually its tail fin that is seen protruding from the water - a sure sign that the whale is ready for its next dive. The sperm whale is the most common species here, but it is not the only whale around Lofoten. With a bit of luck, you may also encounter fin and humpback whales or dolphins on a trip out to sea.
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