The Norwegian Royal Family had a glorious and eventful week in Loften aboard the royal yacht, Norge at the end of their summer holiday.

The Royal Family on the aft deck of the royal yacht ‘Norge’ near Leknes. Photo: Elin Rønning, The Royal Court of Norway

King Harald V and Queen Sonja invited both the Crown Prince’s family and Princess Märtha and her three daughters for a family holiday at Lofoten for beach trips and mountain hikes in Nordland.

Queen Sonja, Princess Märtha Louise and Crown Princess Mette-Marit at Årsteinskaret. Photo: The Royal Court of Norway

The Royal Family participated in a hike to Dronningvarden which is 530 metres above sea-level, with sunny weather.

On the way to Dronningvarden. Photo: The Royal Court of Norway

Queen Sonja had visited on 14 July 2016 where she attached a plaque to Dronningvarden or ‘the Queen’s Cairn’, made from two tons of stone, hoping it would be an inspiration for more Norwegians to take trips within their own beautiful country.

With a view of Lofoten Vestfjorden, Hamarøy, Ofoten and Lødingen Vestbygd. Photo: The Royal Court of Norway

During the hike, everyone stopped on the plateau to enjoy the spectacular views of Loften, Vestfjorden, Hamarøy, Ofoten and Lødingen Vestbygd.

Dronningvarden on Stortinden. Photo: The Royal Court of Norway

The Royal Family also visited an island in Svellingsflaket, a landscape conservation area in the Lødingen and Vågan municipalities, covering over 127,616 hectares to preserve wildlife, botany and geology.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit on an island in Svellingsflaket west of Risvær. Photo: The Royal Court of Norway

King Harald and Queen Sonja have sailed in the royal yacht along the coast this summer as well as spending time at their private retreat at Mågerø, near Tønsberg in southern Norway.

The Royal Family on the beach on the Svellingsflaket. Photo: The Royal Court of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon and his family spent some of their holidays at Dvergsøya, an island near Kristiansand, where they celebrated his 47th birthday on 20 July 2020.

Royal Yacht ‘Norge’ at Lofoten. Photo: The Royal Court of Norway

However, it was back to work for King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon as they attended the Council of State at the Royal Palace, on Friday, 14 August 2020.

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra begins a new school year at Elvebakken High School on Monday, 17 August, and Prince Sverre Magnus will be confirmed on Saturday, 5 September.

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