8 Days
Duration
Norway
Location
6/10
Physicality
Hvitserk & Eventyrreiser
Operator
$2,915
base price per person

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.

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 traveled 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.

Highlights

  • 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”, fisherman’s cabins on the water.
  • Experience the Midnight Sun during July and August, or the Northern Lights in September (season dependent).

In this area, the Midnight sun peaks from the end of May to the end of July. At the beginning of August, the sun sets around 22:30. After that, there is no 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.

Itinerary

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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: Dinner

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Day 2: A 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 accommodation spot. Accommodation: Fisherman’s Rorbu
Ascent: 500m
Distance: 3km
Meals: B L D
Descent: 500m
Time: 4-5hrs walking

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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 walking.

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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 walking.

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Day 5: Hike in the mountains of 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 walking.

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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 walking.

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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 1800s, 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 ’60s and ’70s. 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 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. 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 walking.

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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: Breakfast.

Trip Dates 23 – 30 June 2019
30 June – 7 July 2019
21 – 28 July 2019
18 – 25 August 2019
1 – 8 September 2019
Arrival/Departure Location Bodø, Lofoten Svolvær, Lofoten
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 Transportation to the meeting point in Bodø or Moskenes. Transportation from Svolvær or Evenes on the last day
Drinks and snacks.

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 trip, 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.

Gear List

Take a good look at the list below, and make sure you bring everything you need.  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.

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 equivalent in warmth is also okay.
Shell / Rain Jacket: Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extremely 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 beneath and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip-off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is an 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 waterproof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy 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, hot tub 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 use for long days.
First Aid Kit: If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc…
Camera: It is 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 you’re 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 also use your buff.

About Hvitserk of Norway

”The Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun, high mountains and fjords. Norway is beautiful and has nature experiences that we would urge as many people as possible to experience! Let us show you Norway’s treasures!”

Hvitserk is Norway’s is a leading provider of expeditions and adventure holidays. For more than 30 years, Hvitserk has organized exciting journeys for adventurous Norwegians to all corners of the world. At the same time as they have taken Norwegians to exciting destinations abroad, they have also built up an extensive network in Norway.

They have skilled guides and local partners across the length and breadth of their beautiful country. In recent years, more and more Norwegian and foreign guests have joined them on adventure trips to unique Norwegian nature experiences! They also have extensive experience on extreme trip destinations and demanding logistics.

Hvitserk was the first Norwegian operator to offer expeditions to the South Pole, and no other Scandinavian tour operator has accompanied as many guests as they have on skiing expeditions to the Antarctic. No other tour operator in the world has accompanied as many guests on skiing expeditions across the inland ice of Greenland, and they have organized several skiing adventure tour to the Arctic and climbing expeditions to the peaks of the Himalayas.

Why TOV loves Hvitserk of Norway

In Hvitserk, they have always emphasized to give something back to the local communities they visit. Through the Cairn Foundation, Hvitserk and our guests support various aid projects in the destinations that they visit.

Thirty years ago, their company was established on the steppes of Africa, after one of their founders had been key to the development of tourism on Kilimanjaro. Ever since they have worked to have a positive impact on the places they arrange expeditions and adventures holidays.

They are proud to say that this is something they started doing, long before responsible travel became a phenomenon. The Cairn Foundation (Stiftelsen Varde in Norwegian) was started in 2011, and in 2013 they started to facilitate so their guests had the opportunity to donate one extra dollar for each day they were traveling with them.

Together with their guests, Hvitserk and the Cairn Foundation have gathered several hundred thousand Norwegian kroner to various aid projects. Especially in Nepal and Kenya, but also Uganda, Tanzania, and Greenland.

The Guides

Their guides are some of the most experienced and best expedition leaders, mountain guides and tour guides there is. Their expedition leaders, mountain guides, and tour guides have a wide competence within tour planning, training, altitude, first-aid, management, group relations, and safety in combination with local knowledge of our destinations.

In their team, you will find internationally certified mountain guides, glacier-guides, climbers, paddlers, skiers, globetrotters, and passionate travelers like yourself!

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