How it all started...
The Hiking-Lofoten site was originally created by two mountain guides who had worked in the Lofoten Islands for years. The site was then considerably enriched by both professional hikers and ordinary travellers with a passion for the islands.
The idea came from the fact that even though the Lofoten Islands are an endless source of fantastic hikes, the maps currently available in the shops are often limited to a base map which, while there is nothing essentially wrong with it, has had a lot of tracks superimposed that are not only lacking but often misleading.
Rando Lofoten set out to fill in the gaps left by the overwhelming lack of information.
All the participants in the site are volunteers and work on developing the Hiking-Lofoten site in their spare time, their only motivation being to share their knowledge and fascination for the islands.
Why this project?
The aim of R-L is to eventually provide everyone with accurate, complete maps of all the hiking trails in the archipelago. All the information available on the site (GPS tracks, type of landscape for hiking, descriptions, general information) is checked and frequently updated. It is a huge task, despite the archipelago being relatively small (160km long, 15km wide on average)!
We already have over 80 hikes available on the site after being in existence for four years now. We hope to achieve our objective by late 2017…
The people behind Hiking-Lofoten
David Souyris: A qualified French Mountain Guide who has worked in the Lofoten Islands since 2002 for French and foreign tour operators specialising in hiking.
Magdalena Brede: Norwegian Mountain Guide. Has accompanied groups to the Lofoten Islands and throughout Norway since 2006 on behalf of French tour operators.
David and Magdalena created the Exploranor travel agency in 2012. Exploranor is the leading local French-Norwegian agency specialising in hiking and trekking in the Lofoten Islands.
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