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7 days - Seeing is believing - these islands are magical

Get 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 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!

Day 1
Arrival Day into Svolvær
Day 2
Silent Trollfjord Cruise with wildlife, steep mountains and white-tailed eagles
Day 3
From Svolvær to Ballstad, via the Lofotr Viking Museum and Farm Visit
Day 4
Explore Ballstad and surroundings
Day 5
Drive to Reine
Day 6
Kayak across the Reinefjord
Day 7
Drive to Leknes Airport for departure
Start Place
Leknes, Norway tours
End Place
Svolvær, Norway tours
Country Visited
Norway tours
Duration
7 Days
Suitability
Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families
Code
LE001

Details

Transportation

Car hire - category T

Included
  • Car hire 7 days; VW Golf or similar (Automatic) or similar, with free mileage and CDW
  • 2 nights in self contained rorbu with kitchen and private facilities (breakfast included)
  • 2 nights in a design suite with seaview
  • 2 nights in deluxe rorbu cabin
  • 3 hour kayaking tour on the Reinefjord
  • Entry to the Lofotr Viking Museum
  • Silent Trollfjord Cruise
  • Private farm tour with cheese tasting
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included

International flights, Hurtigruten voyages, meals and items of personal nature. GPS is not included (it is quite straightforward driving in Lofoten).

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day into Svolvær

Fly into Svolvær and pick up hire car. Drive to your self catering Fisherman's Cottage over the water. They come in a variety of cabins - one bedroom, two or three bedrooms or alternatively hotel style. Each cabin has one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen-cum-lounge, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet. There is a restaurant attached to the complex as well as a small gift shop and museum.

Svinøya Rorbuer is centrally situated in Svolvær harbour. The island is accessible by a bridge and is within easy walking distance of the city centre.

Accommodation
Svinøya Rorbuer

Day 2 - Silent Trollfjord Cruise with wildlife, steep mountains and white-tailed eagles

Experience Lofoten’s majestic Trollfjord in complete silence and comfort on board a purpose-built hybridelectric ship. Trollfjord is famous for its rich population of White-tailed Eagles and steep mountains. On the way you will enjoy the breath-taking views in comfortable, panoramic lounges and multi-level decks, inside and outside.

Departing from Svolvær harbour in the morning, you set out for the infamous Trollfjord. The friendly crew will share their knowledge about the wildlife, landscape and history of the resilient communities that live in this epic coastal landscape.

On board you can purchase warm drinks, alcoholic beverages, warm lunch, sandwiches and pastries.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Svinøya Rorbuer

Day 3 - From Svolvær to Ballstad, via the Lofotr Viking Museum and Farm Visit

After breakfast, drive to Ballstad (1.30 min driving direct), stopping along the way at two spots for included activities.

Lofotr Viking Museum is a picturesque museum along the way with Viking archeological exhibits in reconstructed longhouse, plus recreated ships. As you leave be sure to head to the beach close by the see some art sculptures.

Next stop, Lofoten Gårdsysteri opens their doors for you to have a guided farm tour and cheese tasting. This goat farm produces organic cheeses and deli products. The green mountains around the farm are an excellent pasture area for the goats and also hiking area for people. Enjoy lunch in their cafe if it suits.

Arrive at your hotel at your own leisure today.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Solsiden Brygge

Day 4 - Explore Ballstad and surroundings

Free day to enjoy the historical atmosphere of Ballstad, and surrounding area. Why not try to catch your own dinner from the sea on a fishing safari?

Be sure to consider renting the hot tub by the sea!

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Solsiden Brygge

Day 5 - Drive to Reine

This morning, head further west along the islands to Reine, diverting to Nusford, 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.

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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Reine Rorbuer

Day 6 - Kayak across the Reinefjord

Explore the village of Reine and its beautiful surroundings. We have planned a 3 hour kayaking tour this morning, exploring the Reine Fjord.

There are other options we can substitute for this tour, such as a guided hike. We also 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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Breakfasts available only in High Season

Day 7 - Drive to Leknes Airport for departure

After a hearty breakfast, drive to Leknes/Svolvær Airport (1.5 hrs / 2.5 hrs direct drive) and return rental car before departure.

Alternative departure: combine your Lofoten adventure with a Hurtigruten voyage. You can also catch a ferry across to Senja or Bodø. Ask us for options.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Price per person, twin/double share. For last minute bookings: prices are subject to availability.

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1 May 2020
30 Sep 2020
1 May 2020
30 Sep 2020
AUD 3,533
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