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26 Feb 2016
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A Little Journey

Far far away, on the island of Moske­nesøya in the Lofoten arch­i­pel­ago, above the Arc­tic Cir­cle, there lives Reine – the most beau­ti­ful vil­lage in Nor­way. Sep­a­rat­ed they live in Book­marks­grove right at the coast of the Seman­tics, a large lan­guage ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and sup­plies it with the nec­es­sary regelialia. It is a par­adis­e­mat­ic coun­try, in which roast­ed parts of sen­tences fly into your mouth.

The land­scape sur­round­ing Reine is sim­ply stun­ning – the wind­ing streets and bright­ly col­ored hous­es of the vil­lage clus­ter around the calm blue waters of the sea, with lush, slop­ing green hills form­ing an idyl­lic back­ground. Mean­while, all around the vil­lage for miles to see, enor­mous, snow-capped moun­tains rise like islands from the ocean, cre­at­ing a for­mi­da­ble, awe-inspir­ing view.

In Reine, you’ll like­ly stay in ror­buer, old fishermen’s cot­tages that have been con­vert­ed to accom­mo­da­tions for vis­i­tors. Activ­i­ties include fish­ing, of course — either with your­self or with oth­ers on a local boat — as well as kayak­ing, whale watch­ing, bik­ing and bird spot­ting.

You can camp under the stars on near­by beach­es, catch a fer­ry to a neigh­bor­ing vil­lage or con­quer some of Norway’s best hikes. One, which takes hik­ers up the moun­tain called Reine­brin­gen, leads adven­tur­ers to breath­tak­ing views of the island chain from above.

You’ll also catch auro­ra bore­al­is from about Sep­tem­ber through April on chilly, clear nights.
In Reine, every­thing is utter­ly qui­et, quaint and more than beau­ti­ful. This is the way nature intend­ed it to be one of the most beau­ti­ful vil­lages in the world.

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