For National Geographic Nordic

The thing that ties the places we investigate together is how they are all being affected by the Gulf Stream. A natural phenomenon invisible to the naked eye, but having a profound effect on our everyday lives on the coastlines. In few places is this relationship more evident than in Lofoten, Norway.

The Lofoten Islands give a great introduction of themselves as they tower in the distance when approaching them from main land. Like an 800 meter tall living wall of ancient bed rock it shoots up directly from the sea and is subdivided into islands, fjords, bays and beaches. So extremely dramatic and intensely beautiful.

Lofoten is like an arm reaching out from the northern coasts of Norway. Catching the warm waters of the Gulf Stream keeping these northern shores ice free during winter and habitable by humans as long as 11.000 years back. This makes it possible to fish even in the winter time, when the cod migrates to Lofoten from the Barents sea. This has not only sustained life since the first settlements here, but also made this remote place one of the most important historic fishing grounds of the western world. Something you see evidence of wherever you travel in the archipelago.

// Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST Studio
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