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Get To Know Lofoten on Sea & Land

from £1579 pp

Norway

7 days

Private Tour for 4-8 people

Get To Know Lofoten on Sea & Land

What You'll Do

Get to know Lofoten, from the sea on a sailing boat to a road trip through the Lofoten islands.

Available April – October

Welcome to Lofoten, one of the most beautiful places in Norway! Your experience will start in Svolvær. On arrival, spend a night in Svolvær, before your hosts on a beautiful sailing ship will pick you up the following day.

Sail along Lofoten while your host will tell you about the nautical heritage of Lofoten with secluded white sand beaches, aqua blue water, deep narrow fjords, small fishing villages and some of the oldest mountains peaks in the world!

After your three days at sea, you will be dropped off in Svolvær, where you’ll pick up your rental car to explore the corners of Lofoten Islands. Drive as far as you can by road on the islands and get to know the people and heritage.

Make a stop at the Lofotr Viking Museum and a local cheese producer on the way back. Deliver your car and spend your last night in Svolvær, before heading to the airport for your flight home the following day.

This is a completely private experience where you/your group will have the boat and guide to yourself. Prices reflect this with the lead in price (per person) being based on a group of 8.

Experience
Highlights

Sail the shores of the Lofoten Islands

Meet local people and learn about their heritage

Go on a road trip to the corners of Lofoten

Your Local Host:

Linda

We are a team of dedicated locals ready to take you for local walks or tailor-make your dream holiday off-beaten track. Our team consists of dedicated locals who strongly believe in showcasing the country's finest and most unique experiences. We pride ourselves in our local knowledge, and utilize every bit of it to make incredibly enriching experiences which are sustainable and at the same time memorable.

Experience Itinerary

Welcome to Norway

Welcome to the Lofoten archipelago. Your journey starts in Svolvær, a small village of fewer than 5000 and the biggest town for miles.

After checking in to your accommodation for the night, a typical fisherman’s cabin, have a stroll around town.

Spend the rest of your day exploring Svolvær, the regional centre. The name Svolvær was likely derived from the Old Norse word “svair”, which means ‘chill’! Check out if it still is a chill town today.

Enjoy the town with its galleries, nice restaurants and evidence of being a fishing village with cod hung up on the racks to dry.

Accommodation:

Svinøya rorbuer – a renovated fisherman’s cabin with over 200 years history.

Explore the sea

The adventure begins today! You will be picked up from your cabin to board the sailboat that will be your home for 2 nights. This voyage will let you discover Lofoten from a different angle than most, and also in a sustainable and traditional way.

Your ship will be the Stella Oceana. Originally built to transport oil, she was converted into a sturdy sail ship in 1990. She now offers all the amenities you could ever want and need for a comfortable voyage, like Wi-Fi, showers, lots of room both below and above deck. There is even a hot tub on deck, so you can enjoy the iconic views in the most relaxed state possible.

Your hosts will take you to some must-see places and landscapes around the archipelago. You will visit remote fishing villages, like Skrova, and waterways so narrow you can almost touch the mountains on both sides. Of course, your guide’s local expertise means they can take you to some secret gems, inaccessible to most other visitors.

Along the way you will have plenty of options for activities, other than enjoying the view. If you want to get even closer to the water, you might like to go kayaking or do SUP (not included). Or your guides could take you on land to explore little islands and beaches whilst hiking on foot (included).

Accommodation:

Onboard the Stella Oceana

Where the road ends

Enjoy your last day of sailing as you make your way back to Svolvær.

On arrival in Svolvær, say goodbye to your wonderful host and begin your exploration of Lofoten on land. You can pick up your rental car right by the harbour, and then you are on your way!

The goal for today’s road trip is Å. Even though it’s a small village you don’t have to worry about accidentally passing it, because the road literally ends here. The road you will be driving is one of 18 National Tourist Routes, since it’s one of the most scenic drives in the country. So take your time and enjoy the view!

Take advantage of the long days with the midnight sun and make some stops along the way. If you want a dip in the ocean there are numerous beaches where you could stop for a swim. Gimsøy, Eggum and Unstad are some of the best beaches you will pass. But you could just as easily go without your sat-nav and take any side road. You are almost guaranteed to end up somewhere amazing!

An Å-dventure

Spend the day taking in the atmosphere of this unique fishing village, seemingly at the edge of the world. Take the time to visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum to learn about the way of life here over the last 250 years. You’ll find northern Europe’s oldest cod liver oil factory here. Maybe you would like to try a spoonful of what has kept Norwegians healthy through the long, dark winters?

Should the taste of cod liver oil not be appealing, don’t worry! The museum also houses an old bakery and café where you can snack on delicious bread and cinnamon buns.

If you feel like stretching your legs the area around Å offers many nice hikes. There are the more demanding ones in the mountains close by, or you can drive a little bit further and hike to some of the most beautiful beaches in Lofoten, like Bunes and Horseid. Hope you brought your bathing suit!

Accommodation:

Å Rorbuer – an authentic and family-run, modernised fisherman’s cabin

Cheese and mead

Make your way back to Svolvær along the National tourist route today. Turn off the main road for a unique lunch experience at the Lofoten Cheese Farm in Bønes. This Dutch family has been making goat cheese here for almost 20 years! The green steep mountains provide the perfect environment for the goats to roam free in the summer.

After lunch you will travel back in time, when you visit the Lofotr Viking Museum. Experience life in Lofoten as it would have been a thousand years ago in the world’s biggest reconstructed traditional long house that once stood on this spot. Let your senses take you away as you smell the smoke from the fire and listen to the stories about the Norse gods that were worshipped here.

When you are ready, get back on the road and drive to Svolvær. Spend your last night in Lofoten.

Your rental car can be returned at the airport for no extra fee, so it’s a good idea to keep it until you leave.

Accommodation:

Svinøya rorbuer (same as day 1)

Departure

Depart Svolvær and drive to the airport. 

Location Information

Nearest airport: Svolvær Airport

This trips starts in Svolvær, the central town in Lofoten. Rental cars can be picked up in the town centre once you return from the sailing trip on day 4, and can be dropped off at the airport when you leave (at no extra charge).

On arrival day we recommend getting a taxi from the airport to the accommodation. This is not included in the total price (approximate cost – 200 NOK). The drive from Svolvær airport to the town centre/accommodation takes 5-10 minutes.
  • 2 nights sailing trip, all meals, local guide and activities included onboard
  • 3 nights in modernised fisherman’s cabins
  • All breakfasts plus lunch at the cheese farm
  • Entrance to the Vikingr Village Museum