Come visit Skrova Lighthouse – Lofoten Islands

"I have been nearly all over Norway and for me Lofoten is the most beautiful part of this country! Reine is my favourite – it’s so beautiful." — Svein-Magne Tunli

Skrova Lighthouse. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli

Oljetanken — a beautiful and unusual place to stay on Skrova.

The National Tourist Route in Lofoten.

Henningsvær, a picturesque fishing village.

Reine, one of the most famous and beautiful of Lofoten's many attractions.

A fantastic shot of Reine. This one © photographer Svein-Magne Tunli

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Skrova Lighthouse

Skrova island group is a great tourist destination. The island bills itself as St‘s Hawaii. (You have to love them for that!) It lies about 9 km south of Svolvær to which it is connected by Torghatten Nord’s ferry service. There are boats from Bodø as well.

Skrova is an authentic fishing village with a population of 175 inhabitants.

Skrova offers wonderful hiking in summer , has sandy white beaches and clear aquamarine water, and skiing in winter. There’s whale and eagle watching safaris, fishing, midnight sun and aurora borealis. Fishing? Some of the best salmon fishing in the world!

Skrova Lighthouse was built in 1922 and automated in 2005. It stands on Saltværholmen island which is the southwest of the island group. The keeper’s house, generator house, boathouse, and several auxiliary buildings all survive at this station. The site can be visited by boat, but the tower itself is not open to the public. 



A very unusual —some might say spectacular — place to stay on Skrova is Oljetanen, a converted oil tank. Strange, you might well think, but it really beautiful. Have a look at the website. This oil tank has been converted into a luxurious place to stay. It is perched high up on a hill and has fantastic views.

The National Tourist Route in Lofoten

The Lofoten National Tourist Route in the county of Nordland is a 142-mile-long stretch of road between the bridge across Raftsundet in the north of the islands and Å in the south.

Svolvær and Leknes are the two urban centres in the area. The National Tourist Route in Lofoten takes you to and through some of Norway’s most dramatic and beautiful landscapes. Take your time: most of the best parts aren’t actually along the main road. Lofoten’s mountains rise up 1,000 meters out of the Gulf Stream—which is why Lofoten is surprisingly temperate for it’s latitude.

Svolvær, Lofoten’s capital,  stands about midway along the Lofoten National Tourist Route. Since Widerøe has flights to Svolvær, it could be the starting point for a journey in either direction — you really can’t go wrong either way. Follow Norway’s E10 and 82 Roads with views of open sea, white beaches and the steep mountains. The Lofoten National Tourist Route in the county of Nordland is a 142-mile-long stretch of road between the bridge across Raftsundet in the north of the islands and Å in the south. Svolvær and Leknes are the two urban centres in the area.

Video: Lofoten, Norway, Hike Skrova Island, Mountain Climbing  by Edward “Mike” Wick. It’s a wonderful tour and has plenty of shots of Skrova Lighthouse. Contact Mike: mwick4249@comcast.net

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    I have only been to Lofoten once, and I too want to say it’s beyond beautiful.

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