Lofoten Islands, Norway
A weeklong holiday taking in the best of Norway’s stunning Lofoten Islands
By any criteria, the Lofoten Islands are incredibly beautiful: an Arctic landscape of soaring mountains, deep blue fjords, squawking sea birds and long, surf-swept beaches. Picturesque, colourful fishing villages take advantage of the world's best cod fishing and artists and photographers are drawn to the isles like moths to a flame, especially in the long summer nights of eight-hour dusk, when the Midnight Sun casts an ever-present glow across this steep island-world.
This seven-night tailor-made itinerary really captures the essence of the beautiful Lofoten Islands, mixing fjord and mountain scenery with picturesque villages, historical sites and traditional rorbu accommodation.
1 night Bodø • 2 nights Nusfjord • 1 night Henningsvær • 2 nights Svolvær
Day 1: Bodø
Fly with SAS via Oslo to Bodø, gateway to the Lofoten Islands, and check in to the Clarion Collection Hotel Grand Bodø. Depending on your arrival time, you may want to explore Bodø, where Edgar Allan Poe spent a number of years writing Descent into the Maelstrom. The world's strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen, is close to Bodø and a well-timed visit could see you witness whirlpools up to 10m wide. Other attractions include the National Norwegian Aviation Museum and the Stone Age Museum. A light buffet dinner is included tonight at your hotel.
Stay: Clarion Collection Hotel Grand
Days 2-3: Nusfjord
Fly from Bodø to Leknes in the Lofoten Islands, collect your hire car and make the short drive to Nusfjord, the oldest and best-preserved fishing village in Norway. Check in for two nights at Nusfjord Rorbuer, a collection of rorbu (traditional, red-painted fishermen's cabins) at the edge of the fjord. The following day can be spent at leisure. Rowboats come with the price of the room so you may wish to take to the water by yourself, or charter tour own fishing boat. Away from the water, hiking, climbing and mountain biking are all popular activities in the surrounding mountains. Or you may wish to drive south towards the southern tip of the island of Moskenesøya.
Stay: Nusfjord Rorbuer
Breakfast included on day 2 only
Day 4: Henningsvær
Today you'll drive to the charming fishing village of Henningsvær, perhaps stopping en route at the Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg. Built on the site of an original Iron Age chiefdom, the museum includes a reconstruction of the largest Viking-era building ever found in Europe. In Henningsvær, check in for a night at the Henningsvær Bryggehotell, perched on a pier with views up the fjord, with a wonderful restaurant and reception room. Try to request room 223 if you can - it has unobstructed views straight up the fjord towards the setting sun.
Stay: Henningsvær Bryggehotell
Days 5-6: Svolvær
Drive to the harbour town of Svolvær, the Lofotens' capital, and check in to a rorbu at Anker Brygge, most of which have fjord and mountain views. The following day is free, though we recommend the boat trips that leave from the harbour in search of sea eagles, northern Europe's largest birds of prey.
Stay: Anker Brygge
Day 7: Departure
Return your hire car and fly home from Svolvær via Bodø and Oslo.
Prices from: £1850.00
Prices from: £1,850 per person
Valid for travel: 01 May to 30 Sep 2014
Package includes: Flights to Leknes and back from Svolvaer, 1 night at Clarion Collection Grand Bodo, flight from Bodo to Leknes, car hire, 2 nights at Nusfjord, 1 night at Henningsvaer Bryggehotel, 2 nights at Anker Brygge, meals as indicated
Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
Book by: 30 September 2014
This itinerary is just a sample of what we can arrange for you. The price quoted is a guide, giving you an indication of what this particular trip would cost.
There are a number of factors that affect the price of an itinerary though; if your budget is lower or higher than this, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618 about how we can tailor the trip to match your budget by adjusting elements of the itinerary.
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