|Safety at sea and in the mountains
SAFETY IN THE MOUNTAINS:
The weather in Lofoten is extremely changeable and you should bring wind and rain resistant clothing along both summer and winter. A woollen hat, gloves and a scarf may also be necessary during the summer. Solid footwear is also essential, preferably with a good grip. Periodic rain and mist may often lead to slippery conditions and poor visibility. You should not venture into unknown territory without a good hiker's map. These are on sale at the tourist office and in shops and kiosks.
COMMON SENSE IN THE MOUNTAINS
- Do not set out on a long hike if you are not in good physical shape.
- Tell somebody where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- Pay attention to the weather forecast.
- Listen to advice from experienced hikers.
- Be prepared for bad weather. Always take the necessary equipment with you.
- Remember to take a map and compass.
- Do not go alone.
- If in doubt, turn back in time.
- Conserve your energy. Dig a snow shelter if necessary during the winter.
SAFETY AT SEA:
The weather in Lofoten is extremely changeable, so you should not set out on long trips in small boats, even if the weather is fine. Shorter trips near the shore are recommended. Do not rely blindly on outboards and other technical aids (e.g. cell phones). Bring wind and rain resistant clothing along both summer and winter. A woollen hat, gloves and a scarf may be necessary even during the summer. Solid footwear is also essential, preferably with a good grip. Periodic rain and mist may often lead to poor visibility, so be sure to take a map along. The Maelstrom (one of the strongest tidal currents in the world) and surrounding waters are very unpredictable and can be perilous for small boats.
COMMON SENSE AT SEA
- Use only approved boats. Ensure that the boat and motor work properly, and that you are familiar with the use of all equipment on board. Make sure the necessary gear is onboard like bailer, oars, oarlocks, rope, anchor, lantern and life vests.
- Heed the weather and weather forecasts. Use the boat only in waters that it is intended for. The Maelstrom and surrounding waters should be avoided by those in smaller vessels.
- Make sure you have enough life vests on board for everyone
- Show consideration for others and for the environment. Take your litter home with you.
- Be rested and sober when sailing a boat
- Tell somebody where you are going and how long you expect to be away. Take a map and a compass with you.
- Sit still in small boats. When changing places, make sure only one person gets up at once. Wear footwear with rubber soles.
- Be careful with sources of heat in motor boats and make sure you have the appropriate extinguisher on board and learn to use it.
- Stay near the boat if it overturns and shout for help.
- Follow the Rules of the Sea, and remember to give way in time.
- Comply with speed limits. Reduce speed in the harbour.