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Lofoten and Vesteralen

Vesteralen 

Vesteralan is an archipelago and formally designated district in Norway, in Nordland County. It is located just to the north of the Lofoten district, and it is to the west of Harstad. Vesteralen is in the northernmost area of Nordland County. 

Economy 

The population is over 30,000. The largest city is Sortland, but the hospital for the region is close by in the municipality of Hadsel. The Air Force based every one of its specialty patrol aircraft at the Andoya Air Station. The Norwegian Coast Guard also has a Sortland-area base. 

Fishing has been an important part of the economy for as long as the town has existed. There are cod fisheries throughout the area. Agriculture and fish farming are also important sources of income for the archipelago.

Lofoten 

Lofoten is a formally designated district and archipelago in Nordland County, in Norway. Even though Lofoten is inside of the Arctic Circle, the archipelago has one of the globe’s biggest elevated temperature anomalies (based on its latitude). Other areas along that same latitude are mostly colder. 

Wildlife 

The biggest deep water coral reef on the globe is located here. Lofoten has a high desnity of cormorants and sea eagles, too – making it an ideal place for birdwatchers. The beautiful, vibrantly colored puffin resides there, too. You can also spot moose and otters. The moose are located on some of the bigger islands. There are some woodland areas with rowan and downy birch.

Climate 

Winter temperatures in the are considered somewhat mild compared to its location just north of the Arctic Circle. Lofoten has the biggest positive temperature anomaly on the globe (based on its latitude). This is because of the Gulf Stream and its extensions: the Norwegian Current and the North Atlantic Current. Vaeroy and Rost are the most northerly locations on the globe where the average temperatures are over freezing throughout the year. 

History 

There is evidence of settlement going back almost 11,000 years. The first archaeological sites are about 5,500 years old. 

The town of Vagan is the first known town in Northern Norway. It was located on the southern coast of Lofoten. 

Sports 

Lofoten has a number of mountaineering and rock climbing opportunities available. It has 24 hours of daylight in the summertime. One of the best areas for climbing is Moskenesoya. 

Surfing 

Unstad is one of the better spots for surfing.

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