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Lofoten Islands

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The mountainous Lofoten Islands are one of Northern Norway's most magical and appealing destinations, an arc of islands that stretch for 200 kilometres into the blue-green Norwegian Sea, warmed by the Gulf Stream. They're a short flight from Bodo on the mainland and easy to explore by hire car once you're there.

Svolvaer is the main hub of the islands, with Lofoten's best restaurants and harbour-front cafes. From here, winding roads pass towering peaks and a rugged, scenic coastline. A Lofoten Islands holiday can also include fishing trips, sea kayaking and sea eagle safaris.

Island life revolves around the fishing industry and visitors can stay in a traditional Lofoten fisherman's cabin called a rorbu. These characteristic wooden sea houses were first built in the 12th century as cheap housing for seasonal fishermen and some have now been converted into atmospheric visitor accommodation.

These cosy cabins are normally painted ochre-red or yellow and positioned right on the edge of the rocky Lofoten shore, with racks of stockfish nearby. Some rorbuer are perched on stilts directly above the water, providing a perfect spot from which to watch trawlers pass by, sea eagles soar overhead and take in stunning coastal views that have inspired some of the world's best landscape and wildlife photographers.

Special offers in Lofoten Islands

Hurtigruten – classic round-trip voyage

12-day fly-cruise from £1,190 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Special fly-cruise fares

This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.

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Top itineraries in Lofoten Islands

Bodo & the Lofoten Islands

7-day tailor-made journey from £1,735 pp incl. flights

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.

Journey to the Northern Lights

7-day tailor-made journey from £1,150 pp incl. flights

Winter in the Lofoten Islands provides a landscape of snow-covered mountains, icy fjords, beaches and colourful fishing villages. Northern Lights enthusiasts are rewarded with frequent and colourful displays during winter. Wildlife lovers will find whales and sea eagles on a range of boat trips.

Hurtigruten - Classic voyage north

7-day tailor-made cruise from £630 pp

There are a staggering 34 ports of call on this seven-day Hurtigruten cruise, travelling north up Norway's west coast from Bergen to Kirkenes, 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, some of which are rarely visited by other cruise ships.

Trondelag, the Polar Express & the Arctic

8-day tailor-made cruise & rail journey from £1,010 pp incl. flights

Norway's geographical navel, the region of Trøndelag offers history, culture and natural beauty in equal measure, all a convenient 2.5-hour direct flight from Gatwick.

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Top places to stay in Lofoten Islands

Svinoya Rorbuer, Svolvaer

Traditional lodge

A collection of 56 cabins in the harbour of Svolvaer, Lofoten's capital, this group of rorbu cabins are beautifully positioned on the waterfront and within easy walking distance of the town centre.

Clarion Collection Hotel Grand Bodo

Contemporary hotel

Homely and well catered, this is the finest hotel in Bodø, the largest town in Nordland and a jumping-off point for the beautiful Lofoten Islands.

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