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Lofoten Islands - Round Trip

An incredible journey of culture, recent history, ancient traditions and jaw-dropping scenery all under the midnight sun.

Overview

An incredible journey of culture, recent history, ancient traditions and jaw-dropping scenery all under the midnight sun. Pack your hiking boots and camera but leave your body clock at home (it simply doesn’t work under the midnight sun). There are many hiking trails from rolling hills to steep mountains.

Narvik
Narvik was one of the most important strategic cities of WWII as the main ice free port for the iron ore from the worlds’ largest iron ore mine in Sweden. It was the scene of strategic battles as the allies and Nazis fought for control of the shipping routes. There are many war artefacts and memorials in this region along with the Narvik War Museum. 

Bodø
Bodø also has a rich WWII history and the town centre was practically obliterated. Simply Sweden recommends a trip to old trading post at Kjerringøy, a RIB tour to the worlds’ strongest sea currents at Saltstraumen and a visit to the Norwegian Aviation Museum spread over 10,000m2.

The Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands are quite simply breathtaking. You will be surrounded by some of Norway's most impressive scenery in a dramatic marine and mountain environment.

The Lofoten Islands are a large group of islands located on a rocky peninsular inside the Arctic Circle. Dramatic mountain scenery in an outstanding marine environment. The Lofoten Islands are steeped in tradition and history. Fishing, Viking History and the sami culture all have an important part to play in everyday life on the Lofoten Islands.

You will see 'drying racks' where fish is still dried in the old fashioned manner, traditional fisherman's cabins (rorbeur) and small villages surrounding scenic harbours, protected by snow-capped mountains.

The Lofoten Islands - they have to be seen to be believed.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Harstad Airport (via Oslo).
Collect your rental car from the airport.
Approx. 1hr drive to Narvik.
Check in to your accommodation.

Day 2
Breakfast and time at leisure to explore Narvik and the surrounding region.

Day 3
Breakfast.
Leisurely drive to Bodø. Approx. 5hr30. Includes a 25min ferry journey (small fee payable locally).
Take your time. There is no rush and the scenery continues to impress.
Check in to your hotel in Bodø.

Day 4
Breakfast and day at leisure to explore Bodø and surrounding area.

Day 5
Breakfast and morning at leisure.
3pm departure with the Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer.
4hr scenic cruise to the Lofoten Islands.
7pm arrival in Stamsund and 1hr drive to Nusfjord.
Check in to your accommodation. 

Day 6
Day at leisure to explore the region surround Nusfjord.

Day 7
Day at leisure to explore the region surround Nusfjord.

Day 8
Leisurely 2hr drive from Nusfjord to Svolvær along the Lofoten National Tourist Route.
Perhaps a quick stop for some standup paddling, surfing or sunbathing at Ramberg Beach!

Day 9
Day at leisure to explore the region around Svolvær.

Day 10
Day at leisure to explore the region around Svolvær.

Day 11
2hr30 scenic drive to Harstad Airport.
Return flights or continue your holiday in Norway with Simply Sweden. 

Accommodation

Clarion Collection Hotel Grand - Bodø

Clarion Collection Hotel Grand was a victim of WWII. On 27th May 1940 Bodø was heavily bombed and the building was extensively damaged. In the dining room there is a mirror, which is one of the few items not to be damaged during the bombing raid.

This hotel, which dates from the 1850's, is now a modern hotel in the centre of Bodø reflecting the rich culture and long history of this northern city. You will find a relax area, warm atmospheric restaurant and 97 rooms just a 5 min walk from the railway station and the Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer quay.

Please click on the image for more photos.

Nusfjord Rorbuer

The main road through the Lofoten Islands weaves south west across the southern parts of the Lofoten archipelago, past dramatic cliffs, through mountains and across deep fjords.

Nusfjord is a small fjord (approx 3hr30 from the Harstad / Evenes Airport) famous for being one of the worlds' best preserved traditional fishing villages (recognised by UNESCO). Imposing rock faces lead you down Nusfjord where you will find a small museum village and harbour telling the story of fishing in the Lofoten Islands.

Sea kayaking, fishing, walking & cycling are all popular activities in and around Nusfjord. During the summer months Nusfjord is a hive of activity. In the other seasons it is a beautiful place to relax, escape, enjoy the silence and admire the scenery.

These comfort style cabins have 1 or 2 bedrooms plus a sleeping loft (accessible by ladder), kitchen, bathroom and outdoor terrace. They are have modern furnishings in a traditional rorbuer style. 

Click on the image for more photos.

Quality Hotel Grand Royal - Narvik

Narvik is the end destination for the Arctic Circle Train from Stockholm and from where most of the iron ore mined in Kiruna is shipped around the world. It is also the scene of strategic battles during WWII as the allies as Nazis fought for control of the iron ore shipping routes in 1940 as Narvik provided an ice free port during the harsh winter months.

Quality Hotel Narvik is located in the centre of Narvik just a short distance from the railway station and with good bus connections to Bodø, Tromsø and the main airport at Evenes. There are 162 en-suite hotel rooms and wifi is available throughout the hotel.

Please click on the image for more photos.

Svinoya - Rorbuer (Fishermen's cabins)

These traditional fishermen’s cabins (rorbuer) are just 600m from the centre of Svolvaer on a group of small islands, connected to the mainland by bridge.

There are 30 original or newly built rorbuer close to the water’s edge. Each cabin has been furnished to a modern standard and is located on the small islands just outside Svolvær. They are well equipped with living room / kitchen, bedroom(s) and bathroom with WC and shower. The cabins have between one and three bedrooms with space for between two and six people in double / twin beds.

Click on the image for more photos.

Activities & Excursions

Svolvær - Lofoten Islands Summer 2017

TROLLFJORD & SEA EAGLE SAFARI
£70 PER PERSON
£35 PER CHILD
A scenic boat tour through the Lofoten archipelago to Trollfjord. Sea eagles (Europe's largest bird of prey) are common in this area and there is a good chance of seeing one. This is a 3hr tour with daily departures between 15th Jun and 15th Aug. Departs from the centre of Svolvaer.

SEA KAYAKING
£115 PER PERSON- HALF DAY
£170 PER PERSON - FULL DAY
See this amazing location from the sea and under your own steam. Your experienced guide will show you the best places to visit. The location of this tour will depend on sea and weather conditions on the day. You will be provided with sea kayak, cag, poggies and transfer. Daily departures. Must be booked at least three weeks prior to departure.

BIKE & HIKE
£95 PER PERSON
The perfect mixture of walking and cycling in stunning surroundings to find a scenic viewpoint. 5hr tour. Departs from Svolvær centre. Daily departures. Must be booked at least three weeks prior to departure.

3HOUR MOUNTAIN HIKE
£55 PER PERSON
Hike to a viewpoint above Svolvær with an experienced guide. Departs from Svolvær centre. Daily departures. Must be booked at least three weeks prior to departure.

TROLLFJORD - RIB SAFARI
£85 PER PERSON
A RIB tour to Trollfjord and back. Open sea, fresh air, crystal clear water, steep mountains, sea eagles and sandy beaches! Not suitable for those with back problems. The boats are of a very high standard and are 36 feet (11 metres) in length. This is a 1hr30 to 2hr tour with daily departures between 1st Jun and 31st Aug.

Dates

This holiday is available between May and mid-September.

Peak period is June and July and the midnight sun is visible from 25th May to 20th July.

Prices

Prices from
£1995 per person based on 2 adults.
£1795 per person based on 4 adults.

and includes
Return flights from the UK to harstad Evenes via Oslo.
11 day car rental.
2 nights in Narvik including breakfast.
2 nights in Bodø including breakfast.
Hurtigruten Cruise to Stamsund for passengers and car.
3 nights at Nusfjord in a comfort class cabin including breakfast.
3 nights at Svinoya in a standard cabin including breakfast.

does not include
Any local road tolls.
There is a 25min ferry between Narvik and Bodø.
Local parking fees. The only one we are aware of is in Bodø (approx. 140nok per 24hrs).

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Information

Overview

An incredible journey of culture, recent history, ancient traditions and jaw-dropping scenery all under the midnight sun. Pack your hiking boots and camera but leave your body clock at home (it simply doesn’t work under the midnight sun). There are many hiking trails from rolling hills to steep mountains.

Narvik
Narvik was one of the most important strategic cities of WWII as the main ice free port for the iron ore from the worlds’ largest iron ore mine in Sweden. It was the scene of strategic battles as the allies and Nazis fought for control of the shipping routes. There are many war artefacts and memorials in this region along with the Narvik War Museum. 

Bodø
Bodø also has a rich WWII history and the town centre was practically obliterated. Simply Sweden recommends a trip to old trading post at Kjerringøy, a RIB tour to the worlds’ strongest sea currents at Saltstraumen and a visit to the Norwegian Aviation Museum spread over 10,000m2.

The Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands are quite simply breathtaking. You will be surrounded by some of Norway's most impressive scenery in a dramatic marine and mountain environment.

The Lofoten Islands are a large group of islands located on a rocky peninsular inside the Arctic Circle. Dramatic mountain scenery in an outstanding marine environment. The Lofoten Islands are steeped in tradition and history. Fishing, Viking History and the sami culture all have an important part to play in everyday life on the Lofoten Islands.

You will see 'drying racks' where fish is still dried in the old fashioned manner, traditional fisherman's cabins (rorbeur) and small villages surrounding scenic harbours, protected by snow-capped mountains.

The Lofoten Islands - they have to be seen to be believed.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Harstad Airport (via Oslo).
Collect your rental car from the airport.
Approx. 1hr drive to Narvik.
Check in to your accommodation.

Day 2
Breakfast and time at leisure to explore Narvik and the surrounding region.

Day 3
Breakfast.
Leisurely drive to Bodø. Approx. 5hr30. Includes a 25min ferry journey (small fee payable locally).
Take your time. There is no rush and the scenery continues to impress.
Check in to your hotel in Bodø.

Day 4
Breakfast and day at leisure to explore Bodø and surrounding area.

Day 5
Breakfast and morning at leisure.
3pm departure with the Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer.
4hr scenic cruise to the Lofoten Islands.
7pm arrival in Stamsund and 1hr drive to Nusfjord.
Check in to your accommodation. 

Day 6
Day at leisure to explore the region surround Nusfjord.

Day 7
Day at leisure to explore the region surround Nusfjord.

Day 8
Leisurely 2hr drive from Nusfjord to Svolvær along the Lofoten National Tourist Route.
Perhaps a quick stop for some standup paddling, surfing or sunbathing at Ramberg Beach!

Day 9
Day at leisure to explore the region around Svolvær.

Day 10
Day at leisure to explore the region around Svolvær.

Day 11
2hr30 scenic drive to Harstad Airport.
Return flights or continue your holiday in Norway with Simply Sweden. 

Accomodation

Clarion Collection Hotel Grand - Bodø

Clarion Collection Hotel Grand was a victim of WWII. On 27th May 1940 Bodø was heavily bombed and the building was extensively damaged. In the dining room there is a mirror, which is one of the few items not to be damaged during the bombing raid.

This hotel, which dates from the 1850's, is now a modern hotel in the centre of Bodø reflecting the rich culture and long history of this northern city. You will find a relax area, warm atmospheric restaurant and 97 rooms just a 5 min walk from the railway station and the Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer quay.

Please click on the image for more photos.

Nusfjord Rorbuer

The main road through the Lofoten Islands weaves south west across the southern parts of the Lofoten archipelago, past dramatic cliffs, through mountains and across deep fjords.

Nusfjord is a small fjord (approx 3hr30 from the Harstad / Evenes Airport) famous for being one of the worlds' best preserved traditional fishing villages (recognised by UNESCO). Imposing rock faces lead you down Nusfjord where you will find a small museum village and harbour telling the story of fishing in the Lofoten Islands.

Sea kayaking, fishing, walking & cycling are all popular activities in and around Nusfjord. During the summer months Nusfjord is a hive of activity. In the other seasons it is a beautiful place to relax, escape, enjoy the silence and admire the scenery.

These comfort style cabins have 1 or 2 bedrooms plus a sleeping loft (accessible by ladder), kitchen, bathroom and outdoor terrace. They are have modern furnishings in a traditional rorbuer style. 

Click on the image for more photos.

Quality Hotel Grand Royal - Narvik

Narvik is the end destination for the Arctic Circle Train from Stockholm and from where most of the iron ore mined in Kiruna is shipped around the world. It is also the scene of strategic battles during WWII as the allies as Nazis fought for control of the iron ore shipping routes in 1940 as Narvik provided an ice free port during the harsh winter months.

Quality Hotel Narvik is located in the centre of Narvik just a short distance from the railway station and with good bus connections to Bodø, Tromsø and the main airport at Evenes. There are 162 en-suite hotel rooms and wifi is available throughout the hotel.

Please click on the image for more photos.

Svinoya - Rorbuer (Fishermen's cabins)

These traditional fishermen’s cabins (rorbuer) are just 600m from the centre of Svolvaer on a group of small islands, connected to the mainland by bridge.

There are 30 original or newly built rorbuer close to the water’s edge. Each cabin has been furnished to a modern standard and is located on the small islands just outside Svolvær. They are well equipped with living room / kitchen, bedroom(s) and bathroom with WC and shower. The cabins have between one and three bedrooms with space for between two and six people in double / twin beds.

Click on the image for more photos.

Excursions

Svolvær - Lofoten Islands Summer 2017

TROLLFJORD & SEA EAGLE SAFARI
£70 PER PERSON
£35 PER CHILD
A scenic boat tour through the Lofoten archipelago to Trollfjord. Sea eagles (Europe's largest bird of prey) are common in this area and there is a good chance of seeing one. This is a 3hr tour with daily departures between 15th Jun and 15th Aug. Departs from the centre of Svolvaer.

SEA KAYAKING
£115 PER PERSON- HALF DAY
£170 PER PERSON - FULL DAY
See this amazing location from the sea and under your own steam. Your experienced guide will show you the best places to visit. The location of this tour will depend on sea and weather conditions on the day. You will be provided with sea kayak, cag, poggies and transfer. Daily departures. Must be booked at least three weeks prior to departure.

BIKE & HIKE
£95 PER PERSON
The perfect mixture of walking and cycling in stunning surroundings to find a scenic viewpoint. 5hr tour. Departs from Svolvær centre. Daily departures. Must be booked at least three weeks prior to departure.

3HOUR MOUNTAIN HIKE
£55 PER PERSON
Hike to a viewpoint above Svolvær with an experienced guide. Departs from Svolvær centre. Daily departures. Must be booked at least three weeks prior to departure.

TROLLFJORD - RIB SAFARI
£85 PER PERSON
A RIB tour to Trollfjord and back. Open sea, fresh air, crystal clear water, steep mountains, sea eagles and sandy beaches! Not suitable for those with back problems. The boats are of a very high standard and are 36 feet (11 metres) in length. This is a 1hr30 to 2hr tour with daily departures between 1st Jun and 31st Aug.

Dates

This holiday is available between May and mid-September.

Peak period is June and July and the midnight sun is visible from 25th May to 20th July.

Prices

Prices from
£1995 per person based on 2 adults.
£1795 per person based on 4 adults.

and includes
Return flights from the UK to harstad Evenes via Oslo.
11 day car rental.
2 nights in Narvik including breakfast.
2 nights in Bodø including breakfast.
Hurtigruten Cruise to Stamsund for passengers and car.
3 nights at Nusfjord in a comfort class cabin including breakfast.
3 nights at Svinoya in a standard cabin including breakfast.

does not include
Any local road tolls.
There is a 25min ferry between Narvik and Bodø.
Local parking fees. The only one we are aware of is in Bodø (approx. 140nok per 24hrs).

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