TOP FIVE ISLAND DESTINATIONS
The Lofoten island groupincluding the town of Reine (pictured) tied with two other destinations for third place among 111 islands rated on their record of sustainable environmental and cultural practices.
"The weather is often rotten, but the beauty of the sea, rocks, and houses is awe-inspiring," said one of the 522 experts judging the islands.
The rankings were listed in National Geographic Traveler
magazine's November/December issue in 2007.
Like many of the list's top-scoring islands, the Lofoten archipelago in the Norwegian Sea has avoided excessive tourism partly because its nippy climate doesn't draw the beach-party set. Lofoten won praise for its "deep, placid fjords," and "jagged, rocky peaks."
Still, "cruising tourism is a threat," cautioned another expert ranker.
(Both National Geographic News and Traveler
magazine are part of the National Geographic Society.)
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