Hidden Lofoten: Hiking to the secrets of the Lofoten Islands

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Hiking Level 2 8 days 4-8 participants

Overview

Highlights

  • Glamping (glamorous-camping) on the small, quiet island of Skrova.
  • Intimate interactions within Lofoten’s most iconic and pristine fishing villages, such as Reine and Henningsvær.
  • Hiking and exploring local mountains to achieve incredible viewpoints.
  • Kayaking to isolated islands and white sand beaches.
  • Fishing off Skrova to catch your own dinner!
  • A boat ride up the dramatic Trolls Fjord to encounter Sea Eagles.
  • A visit to Lofoten’s most iconic beaches, including Unstad, a surfer’s paradise.
  • A local boat across Kjerkfjorden and to the isolated Busstranda beach.
  •  A ferry to one of the outermost and wildest islands… Værøy.

The breath-taking archipelago of Lofoten islands in Norway is recognized by an extraordinarily dramatic landscape with small, authentic fishing villages situated just underneath the jagged peaks. This tour offers hikes that are less strenuous than our other Lofoten island hiking guided tours, and offer the perfect place for hikers and explorers, especially those seeking more remote, intimate experience with nature, on a week long journey traveling north to south across the fairy-tale archipelago. 

This trip will give you the opportunity to explore secluded beaches, mountains and villages - and if the weather permits, we will experience the midnight sun from one of the best viewpoints there is. This trip includes days on the remote Værøy, a small and distant island, a truly special experience to live on an island so dramatic and isolated. The conditions can be rough in bad weather – but if you ask the 751 inhabitants, they will assure you it’s the most scenic island of Lofoten.  From this island, you will see a bird’s eye view of the areas you have explored, on foot and by boat, from the air via helicopter back to Bodø.

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Professional nature guide
  • All transportation on itinerary

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty

Level 2 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. Days will vary in length and difficulty, but you can expect 2-4 hours of hiking on days where hikes are planned. You should expect to scramble in some areas and the path can be rocky and slippery if it rains. You should have hiking experience with similar conditions. This trip is one level easier than our other Lofoten itinerary offered, and includes more diversity of activities outside hiking. Good fitness, felxibility and some hiking experience with a good attitude will prepare you for this trip.

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day. 

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to our meeting point, Bodø, is to take a flight within Norway from one of the main cities (Oslo, Bergen, Etc...) to Bodø, using an airline such as Norwegian or SAS. You can also reach Bodø by train booking a reservation with NSB. 

Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.

Accommodation

We stay in unique and welcoming accommodations within the area. If you are traveling alone, you will share a same-sex twin room. If you would like a single room, please request this directly for a single, additional payment of 4000 NOK. Most nights we will stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. If you want a single room we can't guarantee en-suite room each day. 

Baggage

Due to limited space in the minibus, we ask that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, which is easier than a rolling bag to transport on this tour) with your clothes, toiletries and items necessary for when we are not hiking. We require you bring a day pack (hip belt strongly recommended) to use when hiking for food, water, cameras and layers.

Insurance

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

Languages

The guide will speak 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: 8 people.

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Bodø. We are happy to assist you in booking a hotel if needed and give you advice on what to do if you have extra time in our beautiful country. 
  • Drinks and snacks.

Day by Day

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1

Arrive Bodø

Accommodation Lavvo
Meals D
Transportation 3hrs

We meet in Bodø, one of the biggest towns in Northern Norway – and the gateway to the Lofoten Islands.  Bodø is easy to reach with international and local flights (SAS and Norwegian) or a train from Oslo/Trondheim (NSB). The airport is a 15-minute walk or a 3 minutes taxi drive from our meeting point downtown. We take the expressboat from Bodø to Skrova, one of the smallest and calmest of the Lofoten islands. The expressboat takes us through magical scenery along the rugged Stigen coastline and across Vestfjorden to Skrova. In the harbor at Skrova we have a light meal in the local restaurant before heading to our “glamping” accommodations. Our large tents are equipped with real beds and carpets – there is no better way to spend a night!

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2

Fishing and Kayaking on Skrova

Accommodation Lavvo
Meals B, L, D
Duration 3 hrs

Skrova has about 250 inhabitants, this main island surrounded by smaller islands dotting the seascape.  After breakfast, we head out for a kayak tour with lunch on one of the small islands. In the afternoon we go out fishing (as long as the ocean is being friendly to us) – and fish our dish! Bringing the catch back to the chef – they prepare a nice dinner for us – either at the beach or in the nearby restaurant. (And don’t worry, if you don’t catch anything, you still get dinner!) End this awe-inspiring day with an evening hot tub on the beach and fire – hopefully under clear skies and a midnight sun. After our muscles are well soaked and warm, we sleep another night in our glamping-style tents!

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3

Hiking, Sea Eagles and Steep Fjords

Accommodation Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 1hr
Duration 6hrs
Climb 258m
Descent 258m
Distance 4km

Its time for our first real hike. From the tents, we hike up to Høgskrova (258 meters). This hike is not too far or too steep, yet it gives an impressive view of the surrounding landscape and is well worth the effort. From here, you’ll have the option to descend to a quiet beach for a refreshing and cold dip in the sea or a moment of solitude by the water. Lunch will be at Skrova before we head out by boat into Trollfjorden (The Trolls Fjord)– a very dramatic fjord and one of the narrowest and steepest in Norway. If we are lucky, we will have the opportunity to observe Sea Eagles, the largest species on Eagle in Europe (with a wingspan on 1.8-2.5 meters!) – before we head to Svolvær, Lofoten’s capital city with approximately 4,000 residents, and continue to our lodge for the next two nights on the beautiful west coast of Lofoten.

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4

Hiking and Historical Fishing Villages

Accommodation Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 1.5hrs
Duration 2-3hrs
Climb 100-350m
Descent 100-350m
Distance 2km

In clear weather, the view from the lodge is simply beautiful. Our breakfast is enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere before we head to Henningsvær, one of the most authentic villages in all Lofoten. 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 making Henningsvær 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 most other Norwegian towns and villages in the 60's and 70's. The combination of an active, vibrant environment and well-preserved architecture makes Henningsvær something quite unique. We will have the opportunity to explore the village before lunch, and our afternoon will be spent hiking. Depending on the weather, we will have the option to hike up a local viewpoint or drive to a small mountain called Hoven. Hoven means hoof in Norwegian, and the characteristic mountain looks very much like the name it's given. Hoven is a rare mountain as it stands alone on the horizon. This is the chance for a midnight sun hike, and if Thor is feeling merciful that day, we will attempt this mountain peak.

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5

Exploring the Wild West Coast

Accommodation Rorbuer
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 2hrs
Duration 2-3hrs
Climb 80m
Descent 80m
Distance 3km

As we drive further south, the coastline becomes more rugged and wild. We will have the opportunity to stop at a few of the beaches. In good weather, the Unstad beach is a lovely hangout and surfers from all over the world come to catch the arctic waves. We can enjoy a steaming cup of coffee to warm us on the beach or in the local coffee shop before we continue to Reine, an iconic and photogenic town. From here, we take the local ferry up Kjerkfjord and walk across to Bunesstranda, a secluded beach. The beach and fjord are remarkable. For three hours we will hike close to Kjerkfjord, framed by high, jagged mountains. When the evening gets closer, we will return to Reine by boat. We will be served dinner in a traditional fisherman hut, and this authentic accommodation will also be our home for the night.  

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6

Our Favorite Island

Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 1.5hrs
Duration 3-4hrs
Climb 438m
Descent 438m
Distance 7km

Værøy far from almost anything – and to get to the isolated island, we need to take a 1.5 hours ferry ride. The island is a hikers paradise: from white sandy beaches to mountains with a humbling view.  Our hiking goal is Håen (438 meters) – or the “NATO-mountain”. In the middle of the island and easy to reach, this mountain offers a stunning view. After the hike we head to Nordland, a small village with 150 inhabitants and a view directly towards the midnight sun. Fishing is by far the most important source of income at Værøy, and the islands offer simplicity and a sense of peace away from the tourist path. We will stay in the old, cozy Prestegården (The Priest House) in Nordland – a well maintained guesthouse with cozy atmosphere and nice meals. 

 

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7

Exploring Væroy

Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals B, L, D
Duration 2-5hrs
Climb Up to 490m
Descent Up to 490m
Distance 4-20km

We have another day to explore the hiking paradise of Værøy and the weather will decide our adventure for the day. One option is Nordlandsnupen, the highest mountain of the island. From the summit – if the weather permits - you will be able to see the entire Lofoten Wall stretching out – with mountains as far as your eyes can see. The other hiking option is Måhornet, a hike that goes along the coast, through beautiful flowered meadows and an ancient, abandoned village. This day's hike depends on weather and group ability, you can expect to hike anything from 4-20km.

 

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8

Flight Over Lofoten

Meals B

After breakfast we head to the heliport. Værøy has no traditional airport, and we take the helicopter out of Lofoten. The journey across Vestfjorden from Værøy to Bodø is approximately 25 minutes – and gives us a chance to see the fjord and the islands from a bird eye-view before we say our goodbyes to this scenic paradise. 

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Equipment List

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 you're 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 the weather where you're 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. All the equipment you need for the glacier hike on day three is also included, also hiking boots that are compatible with crampons.

Dates & booking

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Sat 11. Jul 2020 Sat 18. Jul 2020
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NOK 28 500
Sat 8. Aug 2020 Sat 15. Aug 2020
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Sat 22. Aug 2020 Sat 29. Aug 2020
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