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Hiking Lofoten: the land of the midnight sun

On this hiking Adventure Tour through Lofoten, we head for some of the greatest hiking destinations in this world-famous group of islands. We travel large parts of the islands and stay in traditional fishermen's housing in small, charming fishing villages.

“I really enjoyed the whole week and wish I could have stayed for longer. Lofoten is such an amazing place, beautiful scenery, great hiking conditions, lovely friendly people... I had the best time exploring it. I said to the guides that by the end of the week my face was hurting as I'd been smiling so much.”— Ian 2017

The polar and Arctic regions of Norway offer some of the most stunning nature known to man. In the heart of Arctic Norway, you find the world-known archipelago of Lofoten. When hiking Lofoten, you will experience some of the most stunning natural wonders the world have to offer. 

Hvitserk of Norway has travelled all seasons in Lofoten for decades. We've picked out the best walks, the most stunning iconic views, as well as some hidden gems on our eight-day of exploring the wild and untamed islands. Dramatic mountains, long white beaches, wild sea and abundant wildlife, offer the visitors of Lofoten a true "fairy tale" landscape.

Lofoten is known for its vibrant Cod fishery, and for more than 100 years Norwegians have sailed to Lofoten to participate in the annual fishing. The dramatic "Lofotfisket" have inspired numerous books, folklore, and songs". On our Adventure Tour, we stay in the very same authentic accommodation that fishers did during the fishery. Upgrades have been made to make it comfortable, but the atmosphere and look of the "fishermen rorbuer" are still highly intact.

The hikes we organise are varied and mainly chosen to show you the best hiking spots in Lofoten. We have a flexible program to ensure that we will find the best places and views, at the very best time of the day. We get a lot of questions concerning how people can experience the midnight sun in Norway. For those who are interested, we will arrange evening hikes to some fantastic viewpoints. Attach your camera strap; you will not get many opportunities like this in your life!

Our Tour starts in Bodø, which is accessible with direct flights from Oslo and Bergen. From Bodø we travel to Moskenes with a ferry. Our hiking Lofoten tour ends in the town of Svolvær or at Evenes airport (your choice). Getting to Oslo is accessible from both places.

If you have the time, we recommend that you plan an extra day in Oslo before or after the tour. Oslo is among Lonely Planet's top 10 cities on their Best in travel 2018 list

You can book the Adventure Tour in the menu to the right; please let us know if you have any questions. You can contact us at [email protected] 

 

DIFFICULTY           

Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. The mountains in Lofoten are a bit steep. You should expect some scrambling and the path is sometimes rocky and a bit slippery (if it rains). You should have some hiking experience from similar conditions. Good fitness level and some hiking experience are also fine. 

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay in traditional fisherman's cabins at different destinations on the trip, in twin rooms. It might also be possible with single rooms, please let us know if you would like to pay extra for this.

BAGGAGE

There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our minibus, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daysack. You will only have to carry your daysack on this trip. 

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks English.

CHANGES MAY OCCUR

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS              

Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 16 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide.
  • Accommodation as described in the day by day program in twin rooms. (Shared with the same sex). 
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program). 
  • All local transport.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Bodø or Moskenes. Transportation from Svolvær or Evenes on the last day. 
  • Drinks and snacks.

You only need to carry a day pack on the hikes, you will be able to leave the luggage at the accommodation or in the transportation each day. 

Day 1: Arrival - meet the group in bodø

We meet in Bodø at the Hotel and have dinner together at 7 p.m. Bodø is easy to reach with international flights, and it is a 15 minutes walk from the airport to the hotel, or a 3 minutes taxi drive. 

Accommodation Hotel Meals D

Day 2: å - hikers paradise

We will take an early ferry (around 6 a.m.) from Bodø til Lofoten. We will have breakfast to go from the hotel. After arriving/meeting the group in Moskenes around noon, we drive a short distance to our destination. Å is the westernmost fishing village in Lofoten, the surroundings here are spectacular! Here you also have the chance to visit Lofoten Stockfish museum, and the Fishing Village museum (museums not included). Lofoten is famous for stockfish and all around the islands, you will see huge racks with drying fish. After having a look around the village, we take a short drive and aim our hiking boots towards the mountain Tindstind (468 meters above sea level). The hike takes 4-5 hours, and it takes you to one of Norway’s most amazing views. After the hike, we have dinner together, and retire to our cozy "rorbu's". 

Accommodation Fisherman's Rorbu Ascent 500m Distance 3km Meals B L D Descent 500m Time 4-5hrs hiking

Day 3: BOAT TRIP, BEACH AND SPECTACULAR FJORD-LANDSCAPE

We take the local boat/small ferry on the spectacular Kjerkfjord and walk across to Bunesstranda. The beach Bunesstranda is one of the Norwegian Icons and a truly remarkable place! For three hours we will hike close to Kjerkfjord, who is lined by spectacular, high, jagged mountains. When the evening gets closer we will return to Reine by boat. Dinner will be served in a traditional fisherman huts, this authentic accommodation will also be our home for the night.  

Accommodation Fisherman's Rorbu Ascent 350m Distance 8km Meals B L D Descent 350m Time 3hrs hiking

Day 4: TO LOFOTEN'S MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH

We explore Lofoten further. We cross the island Flakstad and go on to Moskenes Island to Fredvang (45 minutes’ drive). This day’s destination is the beautiful beach at Kvalvika and the mountain of Ryten (543 meters, 5 hours). We guarantee that you will love the beach (even if the water is cold) and the view from the mountain. The idyllic beach is surrounded by green plains and steep mountains and the view from the mountain is remarkable. We continue to Ballstad and stay in our fisherman accommodation close to the sea. Ballstad is another beautiful, authentic fishing village.

Accommodation Fisherman's Rorbu Ascent 500m Distance 8km Meals B L D Descent 500m Time 5hrs hiking

Day 5: TREK IN THE MOUNTAINS ON THE WESTCOAST OF LOFOTEN

We drive to Utakleiv or Haukland two of the prettiest beaches in Lofoten and trek to the top of Himmeltinden (930 meters), the highest summit in this part of Lofoten. The trek takes around five hours; in good weather the views out to sea and across the far side of Lofoten are fantastic. We spend the night in Ballstad, like the day before.

Accommodation Fisherman's Rorbu Ascent 964m Distance 4km Meals B L D Descent 964m Time 5-6hrs hiking

Day 6: COSTAL WALK BETWEEN EGGUM AND UNSTAD

We travel east from Ballstad and drive to Unstad (45 minutes). If the weather is good we spend some time at the beach, have coffee and enjoy the surroundings before we start the coastal walk between Unstad and Eggum (2 hours one way, about 9 KM). This is one of the most famous walks in Lofoten. Unstad is a famous surfing beach, and in Eggum you see one of the most famous sculptures in Artscape Nordland. This art project has spread art and inspiration all around the beautiful nature of Northern Norway. From there it will take around 1hr to drive to our next accommodation in Svolvær. Svolvaer is the first town formation known in North Norway, established as early as year 800 AD. This is Lofotens business centre, and an important fishing village. Our accommodation for the next two nights is on the site of Svolvaer’s first settlements, and the restaurant is in the house where the first general store in Svolvaer was, constructed in 1828.

Accommodation Fisherman's Rorbu Ascent 300m Distance 7km Meals B L D Descent 300m Time 3hrs hiking

Day 7: LOFOTEN'S PRETTIEST FISHING VILLAGE

This morning we drive the 30 minutes drove from Svolvær to the working fishing village of Henningsvær. Henningsvær is a small group of islands situated between the impressive Mount Vågakallen and the "Lofoten Wall" and is otherwise surrounded by the sea. It was a natural hub of activity during the Lofoten Winter Fishery, and in the 1800's, the island community prospered and Henningsvær became one of the most prominent fishing villages in Lofoten. Unlike many other fishing villages, the population of Henningsvær has remained stable in recent years, and there are still over 500 people living there. The islands were not connected to the rest of Lofoten by bridges until 1981, a fact that probably helped save the community from the contemporary style of architecture with its preference for concrete blocks, that otherwise left its mark on just about all other Norwegian towns and villages in the 60's and 70's. Such a combination of an active, vibrant environment and well-preserved architecture makes Henningsvær something quite unique. We spend the morning by having some free time to wander about this atmospheric fishing village and its beautiful harbor. In the afternoon we will enjoy a walk to the top of Festvågtinden (541m). From the top we can enjoy panoramic views from here across Henningsvær, the Vestfjord and the Steigen area on the other side of the fjord. We spend the night in a traditional rorbu in Svolvær, like the day before. This is the last night of the trip, and we have a nice farewell dinner together.

Accommodation Fisherman's Rorbu Ascent 541m Distance 2km Meals B L D Descent 541m Time 4-5hrs hiking

Day 8: end of trip

After breakfast, the trip has unfortunately come to an end. There will be a private transport to Evenes/Narvik airport, it will make sure that those who have an early flight will reach it. If you like, you can also stay in Henningsvær or get off the transport at Svolvær airport and fly directy from there. It is easy to get from Svolvær with flights to Oslo. It is also possible to take a ferry from Svolvær back to Bodø.

Meals B

B = Breakfast included
L = Lunch included (make you own lunch box at breakfast)
D = Dinner included

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring with you everything you need. This list is intended to give you a guideline, so that we have everything we need on the trip, regardless of the weather. The weather in Norway in this period can be anything from a warm summer day to a cold day with snow in the air (not very likely, but can happen). We don’t want you to buy a lot of new stuff, so please bring what you have, or maybe you can borrow from someone. Bring as little as possible, you don’t have to dress up for anything on this trip. 

Please contact us at [email protected] you have any questions.

Underwear

Preferably synthetic or wool.

Base Layer

Wool or synthetic, we recommend wool.

Fleecejacket

Bring a good Mid Layer.

Shell jacket

Gore-Tex or similar. The jackets must be wind proof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. Also good ventilation under the arms.

Shell pants

Gore-Tex or similar. Pants with ventilation.

Hiking pants

 

Insulated jacket

Down or synthetic. To put on at the mountain tops, and in the evening.

Gloves/mittens

 

Socks

Wool is the best, bring several pairs, fresh socks help reduce gall.

Cap/hat

Bring a warm cap, and something to protect you from the sun is also smart.

Headover/skarf

 

Shorts

 

T-shirt

 

Hiking shoes

Bring good hiking shoes that you have used before.

Rucksack

20-30 l (day pack).

Hiking poles

 

Sunglasses

 

Water bottle/camelbak

 

Thermos

A small one.

Sunscreen

And sunblock for your lips.

Insect repellent

 

Toiletries

 

First aid kit

Compeed, sports tape etc.

Camera

Remember a lot of free space on your memory card.

Toilet paper

For the hikes.

Antibac

 

Headlamp

Remember new batteries.

Ear plugs

 

Snacks

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars.

You only need to carry a daypack on the hikes, you will be able to leave the luggage at the accommodation or in the transportation each day.