NORWAY

Around Lofoten

Lofoten
from £1559 8, 9 nights | May - Sep Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • May - Sep

Overview

The far north of Norway has a captivating and dramatic beauty. Lofoten is a collection of islands boasting distinctive glacier-carved peaks, tranquil fishing villages and some unbelievable sandy beaches. Combine these with the greener, gentler Vesteralen islands and explore one of Europe's best kept travel secrets on this self-drive holiday.

Highlights

  • Discover the seals and seabirds of Vesteralen
  • Take a whale safari from Andenes
  • Explore Trollfjorden on a boat trip or by kayak
  • Visit the village of Henningsvaer popular with artists and craftsmen
  • Wonder at the turquoise sea and white sand beaches- is this really Norway!

This holiday includes an introduction to the joys of island driving, with picturesque coastal roads and an abundance of stunning views along the way. We have two itineraries to choose from, one focusing on just Lofoten with a night at the start and end of the trip in Harstad due to the logistics of travelling from and to the airport. The other takes you to  the Vesteralen archipelago, perhaps enjoying some hiking on Langøya and a whale watching trip before continuing to Lofoten. 

Here the locals live from farming, fishing and some tourism, but this is a place with a true unspoilt feeling. See traditional red-painted fishermen's huts, known as 'rorbuer', photograph tiny fishing boats bobbing about in the harbours, browse local handicraft shops and galleries, discover inlets, secret coves and staggering scenery not typically thought of a 'Norwegian'!

This is a wonderfully laid-back holiday where you have the option to add in scenic boat trips, a visit to a whale museum, a whale or sea eagle watching safari, go kayaking or hiking - it can be whatever you want it to be.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

The featured itinerary is an example of the route you can take and the hotels to stay. We can tailor make an itinerary specific to your requirements and suggest alternative options. Please speak to one of our expert advisors for your bespoke trip.

Itinerary 1 - Around Lofoten
Day 1 - Fly to Evenes
Fly to Evenes. Collect your rental vehicle from the airport and drive to Harstad for a 1-night stay at the Clarion Collection Hotel Arcticus (approximate journey time 45 minutes / distance 44 km).

Day 2 - Harstad to Svolvaer
Leaving Harstad, head south to Lofoten and the town of Svolvaer on the E10, one of the most picturesque drives in Europe. Stay three nights at the delightful Svinoya Rorbuer in traditional style cabins in this charming fishing town (approximate journey time 2 hours 30 minutes / distance 168 km).

Days 3 to 4 - Svolvaer
Time at leisure to enjoy the fantastic scenery of jagged peaks (some of the oldest rocks in the world), fjords, rugged cliffs, idyllic white sand beaches and thousands of tiny islands. Don't miss the chance to take a boat tour into Trollfjorden, by comfortable motor cruise, thrilling zodiac inflatable or peaceful kayak. Just 3 km long and barely 100 m wide at its entrance, the fjord is framed with smooth, vertical granite slabs rising to 1000 m. Here sea eagles are often spotted. If you would rather stay on dry land, there is time to explore the town itself and soak up the harbour atmosphere.

Day 5 - Svolvaer to Hamnoy
A short but spectacular drive today through the heart of the Lofoten archipelago, winding down the E10 towards Hamnoy where you will stay at the Eliassen Rorbuer for three nights (approximate journey time 2 hours / distance 120 km). The many tiny fishing villages that surround this beautiful inlet epitomize the spirit of the islands. Those with the energy can enjoy a hike to a stunning mountain point above the bay.

Days 6 to 7 - Hamnoy
Time at leisure to explore the area and maybe visit A, at the absolute end of the E10 and a village of great character. Time permitting, take a boat trip from Moskenes to Vaeroy whose soaring bird cliffs face the ocean and support a wide range of species. Maybe visit the beautiful village of Nusfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage village in a breathtaking location en route to the viking farmstead at Borg. Unstad and Eggum are two isolated settlements on the north coast of Lofoten where steep cliffs flank white sandy beaches.

Day 8 - Hamnoy to Harstad
Head back over the Lofoten islands to Harstad. The quaint village of Henningsvaer with its pretty painted houses provides a great photo stop. Continue your journey to Harstad and overnight at the Clarion Hotel Arcticus (approximate journey time 4 hours 30 minutes / distance 285 km).

Day 9 - Harstad to Evenes/Narvik Airport
Depending on your flight time, you may wish to visit Trondenes, the historic settlement of Harstad located just a short distance to the east of town. Head back to the airport at Evenes, drop off your rental vehicle and fly home (approximate driving time 45 minutes / distance 44 km).
Itinerary 2 - Around Lofoten, including Vesteralen
Day 1 - Fly to Evenes
Fly from to Evenes via Oslo. Collect your rental vehicle from the airport and drive to Sortland in the Vesterålen archipelago for a 3-night stay at the Sortland Hotel (approximate journey time 2 hours / distance 132 km).

Days 2 to 3 - Sortland
Head north to the island of Andoya and the small town of Andenes. There is an optional excursion available to visit the whale museum and join a whale watching tour with a chance to see sperm, minke, pilot and humpback whales, as well as harbour porpoises. Or enjoy a puffin safari from the town of Bleik near Andenes. Return to Sortland via the west coast of Andoya and enjoy the dramatic coastline. Visit the historic village of Nyksund or don hiking boots for a coastal walk.

Day 4 - Sortland to Svolvaer
Leaving Vesterålen, head south to Lofoten and the town of Svolvær on the E10, one of the most picturesque drives in Europe. Stay two nights at the delightful Svinøya Rorbuer in traditional style cabins in this charming fishing town (approximate journey time 2 hours / distance 120 km).

Day 5 - Svolvaer
A day at leisure to enjoy the fantastic scenery of jagged peaks (some of the oldest rocks in the world), fjords, rugged cliffs, idyllic white sand beaches and thousands of tiny islands. Don't miss the chance to take a boat tour into Trollfjorden, by comfortable motor cruise, thrilling zodiac inflatable or peaceful kayak. Just 3 km long and barely 100 m wide at its entrance, the fjord is framed with smooth, vertical granite slabs rising to 1000 m. Here sea eagles are often spotted. If you would rather stay on dry land, there is time to explore the town itself and soak up the harbour atmosphere.

Day 6 - Svolvaer to Hamnoy
A short but spectacular drive today through the heart of the Lofoten archipelago, winding down the E10 towards Hamnoy where you will stay at the Eliassen Rorbuer for three nights (approximate journey time 2 hours / distance 120 km). The many tiny fishing villages that surround this beautiful inlet epitomize the spirit of the islands. Those with the energy can enjoy a hike to a stunning mountain point above the bay.

Days 7 to 8 - Hamnoy
Time at leisure to explore the area and maybe visit A, at the absolute end of the E10 and a village of great character. Time permitting, take a boat trip from Moskenes to Vaeroy whose soaring bird cliffs face the ocean and support a wide range of species. Maybe visit the beautiful village of Nusfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage village in a breathtaking location en route to the viking farmstead at Borg. Unstad and Eggum are two isolated settlements on the north coast of Lofoten where steep cliffs flank white sandy beaches.

Day 9 - Hamnoy to Harstad
Head back over the Lofoten islands to Harstad. The quaint village of Henningsvaer with its pretty painted houses provides a great photo stop. Continue your journey to Harstad and overnight at the Thon Hotel (approximate journey time 4 hours 30 minutes / distance 285 km).

Day 10 - Harstad to Evenes/Narvik Airport
Depending on your flight time, you may wish to visit Trondenes, the historic settlement of Harstad located just a short distance to the east of town. Head back to the airport at Evenes, drop off your rental vehicle and fly home (approximate driving time 45 minutes / distance 44 km).
Notes
  • In many of these destinations there are alternative accommodation types to choose from. Please ask our reservations team to discuss your options.
  • Early Booking Recommended: Lofoten and Vesterålen are extremely popular during the summer months and car rental and accommodation options may become limited, so we strongly advise you to book as early as possible!
  • September and October are considered as low season, so some facilities such as excursions, tourist attractions and restaurants may be closed during this period.

Accommodation Options

Sortland Hotel

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Found in the city centre of Sortland, close to restauran…

Svinoya Rorbuer, Svolvaer

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

A collection of cabins and suites located on i…

Clarion Collection Hotel Arcticus, Harstad

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

A 75-room hotel near the historical centre of Trondenes,…

Eliassen Rorbuer, Hamnoy

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

A holiday resort offering 35 traditional fisherman's cab…

Thon Hotel Harstad

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

This 141-room hotel is close to bustling quay in the hea…

Prices & Dates

Around Lofoten - 8 nights

Per person prices from
May - Sep 2018
Twin £1,559
Single £2,384

Twin price is based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room and cabin. Child prices on request

Price includes return flights between London Heathrow and Evenes via Oslo; 1 night at Clarion Collection Hotel Arcticus in Harstad on breakfast basis; 3 nights at Svinøya Rorbuer in Svolvaer and 3 nights at Eliassen Rorbuer in Hamnoy on a self-catering basis; 1 night at Clarion Collection Hotel Harstad on breakfast basis; 9 days standard category vehicle rental with Europcar (VW Golf or similar) including unlimited mileage, CDW, Sat Nav and tax; airport taxes.

Price excludes any excursions as suggested in the travel itinerary; meals unless otherwise specified; fuel and any additional car insurance upgrades. Please note, breakfast is available to pre-book at Svinoya Rorbuer.

Around Lofoten, including Vesteralen - 9 nights

 Per person prices fromMay - Sep 2018
Twin £1,658
Single £2,518

Price includes return flights between London Heathrow and Evenes via Oslo; 3 nights at Hotel Sortland on breakfast basis; 2 nights at Svinøya Rorbuer and 3 nights at Eliassen Rorbuer on a self-catering basis; 1 night at Thon Hotel Harstad on breakfast basis; 9 days standard category vehicle rental with Europcar Rental (VW Golf or similar) including unlimited mileage, CDW and tax; airport taxes and Free Garmin Nuvi Sat Nav.

Price excludes any excursions as suggested in the travel itinerary; meals unless otherwise specified; fuel and any additional car insurance upgrades. Please note, Half board is available to pre-book at Hotel Sortland and Breakfast is available to pre-book at Svinoya Rorbuer.


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