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

  • Hike four of Lofoten's most iconic and highest peaks.
  • Journey across vast fjords by boat to view sea eagles and hike to remote, hidden beaches and coves.
  • Enjoy three course dinners with local and traditional "stockfish", a key economy in Lofoten's history.
  • A coastal hike along and overlooking the expansive North Sea. 
  • Explore the traditional fishing villages of Lofoten, dating back hundreds of years. 
  • Stay in traditional and upgraded "Fisherman's Rorbuers", fishermans cabins on the water. 
  • Experience the Midnight Sun during July and August, or the Northern Lights in September (season dependant)

Check out the video from the trip here:

In this area, the Midnight sun peaks from the end of May to the end of July.  In the beginning of August the sun sets around 22:30. After that there is not direct sunlight at midnight, but it will still be light all 24 hours, the sun descending just below the horizon. As we slip into September, Lofoten becomes a hub for Northern Lights seekers, being one of the best months to see the northern lights, and can be followed on a downloadable app on your cell phone ( example: My Aurora Forecast).

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 fishermen lived in during the fishery. Upgrades have been made to make it comfortable, but the atmosphere and history of the "fishermen rorbuer" are still highly intact.

We have a flexible program to ensure that we will find the best places and views for the daily shifts in weather. 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 during the appropriate season. 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 on a four hour ferry ride across the ocean. Our 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 and is a great place to relax and reflect on your amazing week hiking in one of Norway's most striking landscapes.

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 some of the paths are sometimes rocky and a bit slippery (especially 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. You might have to share a bathroom with one or two other rooms in some of the accommodations, this is how most accommodation is in Lofoten. 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 daypack on the hikes; you may also 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 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 cosy a

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 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. It will be served dinner in a traditional fisherman hut, and 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. Green plains surround the idyllic beach, 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: hike IN THE MOUNTAINS ON THE WEST COAST 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: COASTAL WALK BETWEEN UNSTAD and eggum

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). The hike between Eggum and Unstad 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. Svolvær is the 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". The sea otherwise surrounds Henningsvær. 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 unique. We spend the morning by having some free time to enjoy this atmospheric fishing village and its beautiful harbour. 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. Since this evening is the last night of the trip, we will 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 the trip

After breakfast, the trip has unfortunately come to an end. There will be a private transport to Evenes/Narvik airport to meet a flight at 3:30 pm, we will leave Svolvær at around 10:30 am. If you like, you can also stay in Henningsvær or get off the transport at Svolvær airport and fly directly from Svolvær. Getting from Svolvær with flights to Oslo is easy, but a bit more expensive than Evenes/Narvik. It is also possible to take the afternoon express boat 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 everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if youre missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

1) Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip. 

2) Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.

3) Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about weather where youre traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, despite the snow in the background. Welcome to Norway!

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

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

 

REQUIRED:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER A medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

HIKING PANTS

Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

HATS

1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.

HIKING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.

HIKING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

 

RECOMMENDED:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hottub or sauna depending on your trip. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 

HEADLAMP

Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

 

OPTIONAL:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

SLEEPING MASK

To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights.