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Lofoten Islands Self Catering (Winter)

A truly amazing location deep inside the Arctic Circle. The Lofoten Islands have to be seen to be believed. Stay in traditional fishermens cabins in the sheltered Svolvaer Harbour

Overview

The Lofoten Islands are a large group of islands located on a rocky peninsular inside the Arctic Circle. Dramatic mountain scenery in an outstanding Arctic 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.

Use your car rental to explore this stunning area. We can advise some of the best places to go to see the northern lights and take some spectacular photographs. Mountains tower over you as you drive around these scenic islands between traditional fishing villages and cosy cafes.

The Lofoten Islands are not the easiest place to get to - but they are certainly worth the effort!

Highlights of this holiday
The nature, sensation and relaxation of the Lofoten Islands. The scenery provides an excellent backdrop for Northern Lights photos. It's what dreams are made of.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from UK to Harstad (via Oslo)
Pick up your rental car
Scenic drive through the Lofoten Islands to Svolvaer
Check into your accommodation

Day 2 onwards
Wake up in beautiful surroundings
Optional excursions / activities

Final Day
It might be the same road but the scenery is different as you look in the opposite direction!
Drive to airport
Flight back to the UK (via Oslo)

Accommodation

Svinøya Rorbuer (Winter)

These traditional fishermen's cabins (rorbuer) offer a warm cosy welcome deep inside the Arctic Circle. Located just 600m from the centre of  Svolvær on a group of small islands Svinøya is conveniently connected to the mainland by bridge. Between October and March  it is common for guests of Svinøya to see the northern lights from these cabins.

Børsen Spiseri is a famous fish restaurant (and part of Svinøya), attracting customers from across the Lofoten Islands. Fishing is a key industry on the Lofoten Islands and cod is a local speciality. Fish is a key feature of most Norwegian dishes but you will also find traditional Scandinavia ingredients such as moose and reindeer.

There are 30 original or newly built Rorbuer (fishermen's cabins) close to the waters 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 1 and 3 bedrooms with space for between 2 and 6 people in double / twin beds. Wifi is available in the cabins.

Click on the image for more photos.

Svinoya - Rorbuer Suites

There are 8 modern Rorbuer Suites at the waters edge in Svolvær. Each rorbuer (fishermans cabin) has approx 115sqm of living space, 3 double / twin bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a sauna, a fire place, a private balcony and a water front terrace, plus a fully equipped kitchen including a dishwasher. These outstanding rorbuer have space for up to 8 people (incl a sofa bed) and are ideal location for friends and familes to explore the nature and beauty of the Lofoten Islands.

Click on the image for more photos.

Activities & Excursions

Svolvær - Lofoten Islands (Winter)

Visiting the Lofoten Islands during the winter months is so much more than just seeing the northern lights. Soak up the silence, admire the scenery and take the opportunity to head out into nature either with a guided hike, a nature safari or by kayak. 

Lofoten Nature Safari
One of the most popular activities. Visit the Vertfjord and the beautiful landscape around Trollfjord. Start with a short lecture about the local geology and climate. Board the boat and head out for scenery and bird watching. There is an excellent chance of seeing sea eagles. It may also be possible to see killer and pilot whales. Lunch is served on board the boat. Please note this there is a minimum of 6 people for this tour to go ahead. Cancellations of this tour are rare as this tour is very popular. If you do book this tour and it does not go ahead we will of course make a full refund. 
Time: 0900-1330
Dates: Sep to Mar on Wed and Sat. Exceptions are not on 23 or 26Dec but is available 20Dec.
£101 per person

Lofoten Panorama
Explore a dramatic coastline, historical fishing villages and white sand beaches surrounded by rugged mountains with an expert guide. Several photo stops along the way with breath-taking views. Lunch is served in Præstengbrygga in Kabelvåg.
Time: 10am for approx. 4hrs.
Dates: Tue and Fri throughout Sep to Mar (not 22 or 25Dec)
£85 per person

Northern Lights Hunt
With a driver / guide (who will help you with your camera) head away from Svinøya and leave the artificial light behind. Head into the wilderness that provides an amazing back drop for the northern lights. Many of our northern lights pictures are taken from the Lofoten Islands.
Time: 8pm for 4 or 5 hrs.
Dates: Daily Sep to Mar (not 23-26Dec).
£90 per person

RIB Safari to Trollfjord
A 2hrs (1hr30 on board) RIB excursion from Svinøya to Trollfjord & the surrounding area. There are great chances of seeing sea eagles (we saw 3 when we did this tour!). Experience some of the most beautiful scenery around the Lofoten Islands from the unique perspective of the sea. Time: 11.30am
Dates: Sep to Apr on Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat at 11am (not 23-26Dec).
£78 per person

Winter Sea Kayaking
One of the best ways to get up close and personal with nature. Your individual skills and experience, and of course the weather on the day will dictate the location of this tour but no previous experience is necessary. Includes specialist equipment.
Time: 10am
Dates: Sep to Apr daily
£96 per person

Snowshoe Hike
Venture into the Lofoten Wilderness and mountains. Amazing scenery as you admire the stunning mountain and marine environment. Bring good hiking boots and a small back pack with snacks and drinks.
Time: 10am to 1pm.
Dates: Dec to Apr. 
£72 per person

Car Rental
Rent a car locally from approx. 700NOK per day. This gives you the flexibility to get out there and really see the sheer beauty of the Lofoten Islands. You can stop where you want, take your time to take pictures and also go on your own Northern Lights chase. We can advise you on the best places to go!

Dates

Recommended through out the Northern Lights season which is Oct to Mar.

Prices

From £1155 per person based on 2 adults
From £945 per person based on 4 adults
Prices based on 5 nights and include return flights from UK to Harstad, car rental, all accommodation is on a self catering basis in traditional fishermen's cabins.

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Overview

The Lofoten Islands are a large group of islands located on a rocky peninsular inside the Arctic Circle. Dramatic mountain scenery in an outstanding Arctic 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.

Use your car rental to explore this stunning area. We can advise some of the best places to go to see the northern lights and take some spectacular photographs. Mountains tower over you as you drive around these scenic islands between traditional fishing villages and cosy cafes.

The Lofoten Islands are not the easiest place to get to - but they are certainly worth the effort!

Highlights of this holiday
The nature, sensation and relaxation of the Lofoten Islands. The scenery provides an excellent backdrop for Northern Lights photos. It's what dreams are made of.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from UK to Harstad (via Oslo)
Pick up your rental car
Scenic drive through the Lofoten Islands to Svolvaer
Check into your accommodation

Day 2 onwards
Wake up in beautiful surroundings
Optional excursions / activities

Final Day
It might be the same road but the scenery is different as you look in the opposite direction!
Drive to airport
Flight back to the UK (via Oslo)

Accomodation

Svinøya Rorbuer (Winter)

These traditional fishermen's cabins (rorbuer) offer a warm cosy welcome deep inside the Arctic Circle. Located just 600m from the centre of  Svolvær on a group of small islands Svinøya is conveniently connected to the mainland by bridge. Between October and March  it is common for guests of Svinøya to see the northern lights from these cabins.

Børsen Spiseri is a famous fish restaurant (and part of Svinøya), attracting customers from across the Lofoten Islands. Fishing is a key industry on the Lofoten Islands and cod is a local speciality. Fish is a key feature of most Norwegian dishes but you will also find traditional Scandinavia ingredients such as moose and reindeer.

There are 30 original or newly built Rorbuer (fishermen's cabins) close to the waters 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 1 and 3 bedrooms with space for between 2 and 6 people in double / twin beds. Wifi is available in the cabins.

Click on the image for more photos.

Svinoya - Rorbuer Suites

There are 8 modern Rorbuer Suites at the waters edge in Svolvær. Each rorbuer (fishermans cabin) has approx 115sqm of living space, 3 double / twin bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a sauna, a fire place, a private balcony and a water front terrace, plus a fully equipped kitchen including a dishwasher. These outstanding rorbuer have space for up to 8 people (incl a sofa bed) and are ideal location for friends and familes to explore the nature and beauty of the Lofoten Islands.

Click on the image for more photos.

Excursions

Svolvær - Lofoten Islands (Winter)

Visiting the Lofoten Islands during the winter months is so much more than just seeing the northern lights. Soak up the silence, admire the scenery and take the opportunity to head out into nature either with a guided hike, a nature safari or by kayak. 

Lofoten Nature Safari
One of the most popular activities. Visit the Vertfjord and the beautiful landscape around Trollfjord. Start with a short lecture about the local geology and climate. Board the boat and head out for scenery and bird watching. There is an excellent chance of seeing sea eagles. It may also be possible to see killer and pilot whales. Lunch is served on board the boat. Please note this there is a minimum of 6 people for this tour to go ahead. Cancellations of this tour are rare as this tour is very popular. If you do book this tour and it does not go ahead we will of course make a full refund. 
Time: 0900-1330
Dates: Sep to Mar on Wed and Sat. Exceptions are not on 23 or 26Dec but is available 20Dec.
£101 per person

Lofoten Panorama
Explore a dramatic coastline, historical fishing villages and white sand beaches surrounded by rugged mountains with an expert guide. Several photo stops along the way with breath-taking views. Lunch is served in Præstengbrygga in Kabelvåg.
Time: 10am for approx. 4hrs.
Dates: Tue and Fri throughout Sep to Mar (not 22 or 25Dec)
£85 per person

Northern Lights Hunt
With a driver / guide (who will help you with your camera) head away from Svinøya and leave the artificial light behind. Head into the wilderness that provides an amazing back drop for the northern lights. Many of our northern lights pictures are taken from the Lofoten Islands.
Time: 8pm for 4 or 5 hrs.
Dates: Daily Sep to Mar (not 23-26Dec).
£90 per person

RIB Safari to Trollfjord
A 2hrs (1hr30 on board) RIB excursion from Svinøya to Trollfjord & the surrounding area. There are great chances of seeing sea eagles (we saw 3 when we did this tour!). Experience some of the most beautiful scenery around the Lofoten Islands from the unique perspective of the sea. Time: 11.30am
Dates: Sep to Apr on Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat at 11am (not 23-26Dec).
£78 per person

Winter Sea Kayaking
One of the best ways to get up close and personal with nature. Your individual skills and experience, and of course the weather on the day will dictate the location of this tour but no previous experience is necessary. Includes specialist equipment.
Time: 10am
Dates: Sep to Apr daily
£96 per person

Snowshoe Hike
Venture into the Lofoten Wilderness and mountains. Amazing scenery as you admire the stunning mountain and marine environment. Bring good hiking boots and a small back pack with snacks and drinks.
Time: 10am to 1pm.
Dates: Dec to Apr. 
£72 per person

Car Rental
Rent a car locally from approx. 700NOK per day. This gives you the flexibility to get out there and really see the sheer beauty of the Lofoten Islands. You can stop where you want, take your time to take pictures and also go on your own Northern Lights chase. We can advise you on the best places to go!

Dates

Recommended through out the Northern Lights season which is Oct to Mar.

Prices

From £1155 per person based on 2 adults
From £945 per person based on 4 adults
Prices based on 5 nights and include return flights from UK to Harstad, car rental, all accommodation is on a self catering basis in traditional fishermen's cabins.

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