Scandinavian roads are ideal for a road trip, as the driving here is generally very sedate. Even a cursory glance out of the car window at forests, bushes and rock formations gives a first impression of how unspoilt and enchanting the landscapes are. With a total length of 880 kilometres, the European Route 10 - E10 for short - runs through Sweden and Norway. 129 of these kilometres belong entirely to the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway and connect the towns of Svolvær and Å. If you drive quickly - but why should you? - you can complete the route in just over two hours. But it's worth turning left or right off the E10, exploring the picturesque villages and staying for a few days and nights.
The Football Pitch at the End of the World
After half an hour you reach the next stop on the tour: the 500-soul village of Henningsvær. The village gained worldwide fame primarily for the "Henningsvær Stadium", one of the most beautifully situated football pitches in the world, immortalised on countless posters and wall calendars. It is probably the unique mixture of bright green artificial turf with white markings, rocky outline, the sound of the sea and the screeching of seagulls that make the football pitch a highlight of Lofoten.
Originally Good: Reine
In 1887, the travel writer Ludwig Passarge described the small fishing village of Reine, a good two hours from Henningsvær, in extremely friendly terms: "But in the small bays, on the 'Vaagen', as they are called here and in Iceland, the people live in their small but clean, red-washed (original!) friendly houses, as we see them in our picture in the small village of Reine. The snow-white curtains always shine through the light-coloured windows and there are blooming flowers on the windowsill." To this day, almost nothing has changed in this picture. If you visit Reine, you should spend the night in one of the "red-washed, friendly houses" - hopefully with flowers on the windowsill included!
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