The many inlets, sounds and fjords of the Lofoten archipelago make for a magnificent holiday wherever you stay. But as the winter freeze descends, the Thon Hotel offers all the creature comforts you could wish for. Based in the islands' 'capital', Svolvær, you're at the heart of everything that is happening, with all sorts of activities starting in the town, which via its ferry port is a gateway to the whole north Norwegian coast.
Restaurant Bojer serves seasonal Norwegian fare with an emphasis on fresh, exciting ingredients. The Lofoten Islands' inhabitants have traditionally survived off the fruits of the sea, and in winter this often means an abundance of cod on menus. Luckily the sweet-tasting flesh is highly versatile, leading to a diverse and creative array of dishes.
Rooms at the Thon have a contemporary feel, in keeping with the modern minimalism that characterises a lot of Nordic interiors. In a setting as stunning as the Lofoten Islands, the view from your room should be a major consideration, so opt for a Superior room to guarantee panoramic views of the fjord and the peaks surrounding it.
You haven't come all this way to sit in the hotel's sauna all day. The stunning archipelago offers all manner of land- and sea-based activities to get involved in. Try your hand at sea kayaking against a spectacular backdrop, hike the craggy ice-capped peaks and explore the charming fisheries with their red rorbuer perched on stilts above the shoreline. Of course, there's also the Northern Lights to enjoy when nights are dark, and the angled contours of the islands blanketed in snow and bathed in a pool of green light from the aurora are a sight to behold.