Leknes, Norway Cruise Port
In the middle of the Lofoten archipelago on the island of Vestvågøya is the northern wonderland and cruise port of Leknes, Norway. This small town in Nordland county is home to nearly 3,200 residents, who – unlike other ports in Lofoten – don't rely on fishing as the major source of their income. In fact, its town center isn't even near the sea; that said, its natural surroundings are some of Norway's most stunning. If you're looking for towering mountains or sandy beaches, both can be found in Leknes. Here you'll also find the famed "midnight sun," where darkness doesn't fall from late May until mid-July. Conversely, you won't find the sun from early December until early January. Once you arrive at Leknes Havn, one of Norway's most visited and important harbors, you’ll sense you're in another world. Here are a few of our favorite experiences while cruising to Leknes, Norway:
- Regardless of season, Haukland Beach is a fantastic place to view the breathtaking mountains and sparkling sea. In fact, it's considered a winter wonderland during the colder months. Because Leknes is above the Arctic Circle, even summer isn't blazing hot – but chances are, you're not in Norway to work on a tan.
- Seemingly in the middle of nowhere you'll find the Glasblower at Vikten. The owner is friendly and happy to explain the process, and you can see glassworks blown right there. Visit the showroom for pieces to buy, stop in the café for a bite, and admire the scenery that surrounds the shop.
- The Lofoten National Tourist Route is a great way to see the landscape by car or bicycle if time allows. Whether heading north or south of Leknes, the scenery will take your breath away. There are plenty of rest stops and viewing areas along the way as well.
- The second oldest in Lofoten, Hol Church is on the edge of town. While the original church dates back to the mid-14th century, this incarnation was built around 1806. The white wooden structure has, of course, a lovely mountain backdrop.