You might be forgiven if you have never heard of this archipelago of six larger islands, and many more smaller ones, in Norway. It’s not on the usual cruise lists of ports of call, or in the glossy brochures of proffered resorts. But that does not make it any less worthy of a visit; it is, in fact, a hidden gem.
Located between the 68th and 69th parallels – that’s above the Arctic Circle – it is an area of astounding natural beauty from the peaks of its craggy mountains to the green fields (in summer), across its many white beaches to the blue of the sea. If you are a photographer or an artist, you are guaranteed to fall in love with this land. If you are a lover of Viking lore, you will revel in the history.