Uttakleiv Beach is probably the most visited and photographed in all the Lofoten Islands. I suspect this is more to do with its location than it being any more stunning and beautiful than Lofoten’s other amazing beaches. That is not to say Uttakleiv doesn’t have the same near-white sands, turquoise sea and dramatic mountain backdrop.
As a beach, Uttakleiv is one of the best in Lofoten. It is wider and more open, with the mountains less looming. To the rear is a large area of level grassland where people often camp. This is a popular spot throughout the year with visitors coming to see the northern lights and the midnight sun.
For photographers one of the biggest draws, and most popular compostions is the “Dragon’s Eye”. This is a small rock pool that can make a quite intruiging foreground with the mountains and beach beyond. When you see it the name will be self-explanatory!
It can get surprisingly busy at Uttakleiv with campers, day trippers and hikers. If you want a slightly quieter, and arguably more dramatic beach then head over the Mannen headland to the south, to Haukland - the views will not disappoint.
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