Comprising just a handful of traditional fishermen’s cabins, Eliassen Rorbuer is a true step back in time. It’s all positioned on the tiny island of Hamnoy, found in the wild western part of the Lofoten Islands. As such, it’s ideally positioned for spectacular views of the winter’s Northern Lights and the summer’s Midnight Sun, illuminating the cabins’ fjord in dancing rays.
Tucked away in the heart of the fishing village, Krambua Restaurant is as welcoming as your private cabin, with its chefs happy to talk you through their creations. Its menus showcase the finest in fresh, local ingredients, with the Lofoten lamb a particular highlight. However, it’s the seafood that often gets the best reviews, with everything from stockfish and Portuguese bacalao to soups and fried cod tongues on offer. Many dishes also enjoy a certain Italian twist. However, if you just want to hole up and weather a storm, make use of your cabin’s cooking facilities.
Each of Eliassen’s 35 timber cabins is resplendent in the iconic red that adorns Norwegian fishing villages the country over. They also all come with a private verandah; those with views over the next-door fjord are particularly special. Then, inside, you’ll be treated to a considered timber aesthetic, with wood panelling across all four walls and ceiling. It makes for a truly cosy intimacy, not least because of the kitchenette, allowing guests to be entirely self sufficient. Lastly, you’ll have a choice of one or two bedroom options, ideal for larger groups.
The Lofoten Islands are often found right at the top of visitors’ Norwegian bucket list. And rightly so. Rising from the seas as great kilometre-high mountains, they make for some truly epic hikes, bike rides and coastal drives. You might also want to take to the water with everything from kayak paddles and snorkel trips to scuba dives and scenic cruises. Or, simply do as the locals do and cast out a line in search of a fresh catch.