12 May, 2009

Reine – a Beguilingly Scenic Village in Norway


Reine is a small village and administrative center of the Municipality of Moskenes in Norway. It has approximately 400 residents, although since it became known due to its natural beauty, many tourists travel there so as to admire the gorgeous nature and relax. Although not known in the past, the village has been a very important commercial and market centre since the 18th century. It is located on the island of Moskenesoy and is a fishing village. The E10, the European route crosses the village. It is situated in close proximity to gibber towns such as Ballstad and Gravda, but it is still considered to be a rather remote place. Nevertheless thousands of travellers come to this place every year.

Reine became famous due several publications, among which the very known in Norway magazine ‘Allers’ which named the village as the most gorgeous village in the country back in late 70s. Until today, there is a particular image, depicting the Mount Reinebringen, used in several travel guides and tourist brochures that advertise the village. The view to the mountain reflecting in the water has been repeatedly voted as one of the most scenic views in Europe and the World, attracting numerous visitors. It is not accidental that today the area gathers hikers, climbers and nature lovers, as there is nothing else to do in Reine except for admiring the natural environment.

The area is also known for the whaling community; this subject has been quite controversial, especially among ecological organisations and groups, however nothing seems to disrupt the fame of the beguilingly scenic Reine. In any case, as there is no farming there, the coastal life is what supports the village and its loyal residents.

Few people know that this area was actually mentioned both by Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe in their novels.



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