Draped across the waters of the Norwegian Sea, within the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands are, by any standard, staggeringly beautiful; a rampant landscape of rearing mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabirds and surf-swept beaches. It brings to mind a Norway of long ago – barren, jagged and beautiful.
Summer is an excellent time to visit the Lofotens, whether as part of a longer trip or as a destination in its own right. Our fantastic six-day fly-drive itinerary sees you spread your time between the west coast town of Bodø one of the gateways to Lofoten and worth a visit in its own right. See the world’s strongest maelstrom – Saltstraumen and drop by the Norwegian Aviation Museum.
The harbour town of Svolvaer in Lofoten Islands is your next stop. The Anker Byrgge – part of de Historiske Hotels is an excellent base. Sunbathe on the rocks, drink in the Midnight Sun, join a fishing trip, visit the Viking museum or simply relish in the spectacular vistas whilst traversing the coves and coastline of these magnificent islands.
PRICES & DATES
Our Lofoten Islands 6-day fly-drive is from £1385 pp including flights, 2 nights BB at Clarion Grand Hotel Bodø, 3 nights BB at Anker Brygge Svolvær and 5-days car hire.
Summer departures May to August 2012. This itinerary is also available during winter months.
Day 1: arrival
Fly to Bodo via Oslo with SAS and pick up rental car upon arrival. Check into Clarion Collection Hotel Grand for 2 nights.
We recommend a dinner at Restaurant Smak which is run by a Norwegian & Swede. They serve delicious locally sourced food and are famous for their 5 course tasting menu. Reservations at weekends recommended.
Day 2: Bodo
Day at leisure to explore Bodo. Highlights include world's strongest maelstrom, Norwegian Aviation Museum, Stone Age Museum, Rib Boat safari and Gallery Bodogaard.
Day 3: Bodo to Lofoten Islands
Breakfast and check out. Drop off car to Bodo airport and take a 30 minute flight to Leknes and pick up rental car. Drive to Svolvaer, which will take about an hour and allows you to see beautiful scenery.
There is a whole host of other ways to get to Lofoten Islands. The new road connection allows you to drive there via Narvik (7.5 hr drive). Another alternative is to skip Bodo and fly into Evenes airport instead. There is also a ferry from Bodo to Moskenes south of the islands which takes approx 3.5 hrs.
Check in to Anker Brygge for 3 nights.
Days 4 and 5: Svolvaer
Breakfasts at the hotel and days at leisure to explore Lofoten islands at your own pace. If you are visiting during summer months, you'll enjoy the nightless nights when the Midnight sun shines round the clock. If your visit is between October and April, you will have good chances seeing the Northern Lights.
We also recommend a visit to Lofotr Viking Museum and Henningsvaer & Nusford Fishing Village. Outside the summer season (Jun - Mid Aug) opening times of galleries etc may vary.
The scenery in Lofoten Islands is reason to visit on its own right, so we recommend taking full advantage of your rental car to see the beautiful landscapes. Moskenes at the far end of Lofoten Islands has plenty to offer for those who want a date with the natural elements. A boat trip through Moskstrømmen, characterized as one of the most fiercest and dangerous maelstroms in the world, brings you to the "outside" of Lofoten. Here you find traces of settlements dating thousands of years back in time. The gigantic Kollhellaren Cave in Refsvika is a coastal cavern with approximately 3,000-year-old cave painting.
Day 6: departure
Drop off the car to Leknes airport and fly home via Bodo and Oslo.