Ready for an authentic experience in the Lofoten Archipelago - our secret gem in the Northern part of Norway. Laid out against summer greens and yellows, Lofoten's razor-sharp peaks poke dark against a clear, cobalt sky. In the pure, exhilarating air, there’s a constant tang of salt and, in the villages, more than a whiff of cod, that giant of the seas whose annual migration brings wealth. Its a dream for hikers, fishermen and all nature lovers.
The Lofoten Islands are located just north of the Arctic Circle where you find the sea on one side and the dramatic mountains on the other, offering great views everywhere you look. The archipelago offer a number of activities, such as walking, cycling, diving, excursions by hire car, sea safaris and much more. Lofoten is one of our favourite destinations along the long Norwegian coast.
One of the world's greatest seasonal fisheries takes place in Lofoten in spring, and the place is full of life. The arctic cod swim down from the vast, nutritious areas of the Barents Sea in their millions, en route to the spawning grounds near Lofoten in order to ensure the survival of the species. Overhead you will see huge Sea Eagles soar in search of their own feast.
Self-drive this world's most stunning archipelago!
|Tour Provider||50 Degrees North|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
Polar, Rail, Walking
|01 May 2019||30 Sep 2019||On request||AUD $1,953|
Fly into Leknes or disembark from Hurtigruten in Stamsund and pick up hire car. Drive (60min from Leknes, 70min from Stamsund) to the small fishing village of Reine at the mouth of the Reinefjord. The village or Reine has often been called "the most beautiful place in the Lofoten" with its majestic peaks serving as a backdrop for the string of red and white fishermen's cottages dotting the shoreline.
In Reine you will stay in a quaint "rorbu", a traditional fishermen's cottage with all modern comforts. All of the cabins have fully-equipped kitchen so that you can prepare your own freshly caught fish if you like.
Free day to explore the village of Reine and its beautiful surroundings. We recommend taking the steep hike up to Reinebringen from where you have panoramic views over the fjord and Lofoten. Alternatively you could take a short ferry from Reine to reach the golden sandy beaches of Horseid or Bunes, both of which require a hike from the respective ferry stops. The hike to Horseid takes approximately two hours each way from Kjerkfjorden, where as the hike to Bunes from Vindstad is also suitable for families.
After breakfast, drive to Nusfjord (50min), which is one of Norway's oldest and best preserved fishing villages and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This small fishing hamlet is a living museum with several protected buildings and a unique restaurant panoramic views across the fjord.
Free day to enjoy the historical atmosphere of Nusfjord. We recommend a moderate 3-4 hour round-trip hike from Nusfjord to Nesland, or why not try to catch your own dinner from the sea! You can cook your catch in your own fishermen’s cabin or the local chef will serve you your catch as a delicious dinner in the Karoline restaurant.
After breakfast drive to the charming fishing village of Henningsvær (1h30min), which is located on several small islands. Enjoy the liveliness of this small village and browse through the small and cosy shops, galleries and cafeterias and restaurants. In Henningsvær you will stay Henningsvør Bryggehotel right at the edge of the sea, where you can take in the view over the harbor, mountain Vågåkallen and the open ocean.
Free day to enjoy everything Henningsvær has on offer. Join a fishing trip, hire your own boat, explore the coastline from a kayak or embark on a sea eagle safari. Henningsvær has plenty of activities to choose from to keep you entertained for the day.
After breakfast, drive to Svolvær (30min) and return car hire. Svolvær is the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands for departure either by plane or by continuing your journey onwards with Hurtigruten.
Fly in-fly out, or combine with Hurtigruten voyage