The Lofoten are a chain of spiky islands way up at the northern end of Norway, well above the Arctic Circle…comparable to the northern reaches of Alaska. To reach the islands, we went to Oslo (already at Alaskan latitudes), then flew due north for about an hour and a half. From there, we side-tripped into the main town of the Lofoten, Svolvær, where we took an RIB (rigid inflatable boat, a.k.a. Enlarge photo Enlarge photoOur favorite stop was the town of Reine, in the middle of a fjord immersed in the most spectacular stretch of Lofoten scenery. However, in a full week in the Lofoten, we never once encountered a single other American.