Golfing under the Northern Lights
Every golfer knows and can appreciate that a great sport needs to be enjoyed in great location! With so much choice, we set out to review three spectacular golf courses, which not only offer golfers an escape from London’s busy lifestyle but also some truly unique views and experiences. We look at Norway and Iceland’s offerings, to be considered for your next golfing adventure.
Lofoten Links, Gimsøy, Norway
Producing names such as Henrik Stenson, Annika Sörenstam, Suzann Pettersen and Thomas Bjørn, Scandinavia is a place where any level of golfer can discover incredible scenes, truly relax and enjoy the game.
Nested on a beautiful island in the Norwegian Sea, golfers retreat to Lofoten Links in Gimsøy, within the Lofoten district, where they can take in 24 hours of daylight in the Summer and temperatures well above 20°C. The true uniqueness of this location is that it is situated in the Artic Circle so be sure to plan your trip accordingly or you could end up arriving in a cold winter of complete darkness.
Getting to Gimsøy is possibly an experience of its own, with a three hour scenic drive to reach the Lofoten area from Evenes airport in Oslo.
Lofoten Links is a family run golf course built in the 1990’s and later expanded. The owners have great plans for the future of the club and are planning to open their new hotel in spring.
Once you’ve arrived and settled in, golfers can experience playing the whole day and often amongst the Northern Lights. The 2nd hole is our favourite, which is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean, you can even try and spot some killer whales swimming near the coastline.
Considering Lofoten Links? Visit www.lofotenlinks.no/?lang=en to check out their packages and offers.
Narvik Golfklubb, Norway
Close to Frostisen is a large plateau glacier in Norway, where Narvik Golfklubb can be found. As one of the world’s northernmost golf courses, the natural scenery is the main attraction for players visiting the 18 hole course.
Thanks to it’s microclimate, golfers can take advantage of the season lasting from May to October and play amongst the beautiful scenery surrounded by Skiomen Valley.
Alternatively, for golfers wishing to join a competition on their visit, Narvik is also host to the Norwegian Arctic Open where golfers play four rounds in 24 hours.
Take a look at Narvik’s website for more information www.narvikgolf.no although you may need to click translate to view in English
Keilir Golf Club, South of Reykjavík, Iceland
Opened in the 60’s, Keilir Golf Club is far from outdated and remains as popular as it was then with golfers now. If you like a bit of adventure then this club is for you. Built, on a lava field that still shows signs of geothermal activity, the golf club is placed on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, making it one of the most fascinating scenes in the golfing world. Golfers can even be seen enjoying a view of the Snaefellsglacier volcano and its snow-covered top on clear days.
Featured in the Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe, this club is probably the best course in the country.
More information about the golf club can be found here http://keilir.is/english/about-keilir-gc/
Akureyri Golf Course, Iceland
Finally, if you’re looking for golf in the so-called ‘land of ice and fire’, perhaps consider Akureyri. Built just outside of Iceland’s second largest city, this moorland-style 18-hole golf club, set on the northern coast allows golfers to play under the midnight sun in the months of June and July. Plus, this golf club is home to the Artic Open, played during Iceland’s summer solstice, over four days and a great tournament to watch some international professionals and amateur golfers compete.
For further information visit http://golficeland.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=80&Itemid=70
Alessandro Marcoli for MyCircleGolf