With snowcapped mountains, panoramic sea views and magical northern lights, Lofoten has always been a popular destination. Now foreign visitors have also got a taste for the local cuisine. “About 350,000 tourists come here in a year. Lofoten is most popular among German, Norwegian, French and Swedish travellers. But the cruise ship Hurtigruten also brings a lot of other nationalities here,” says Caroline Hömke. Hömke is German herself and works at the local tourist information office in Svolvær – an idyllic small town in Lofoten with only 4,500 inhabitants. High season lasts from June to August when the midnight sun is up all night.