A weeklong holiday taking in the best of Norway’s stunning Lofoten Islands
- Begin in Bodø, gateway to the stunning landscapes and nature of the Lofoten Islands, where Edgar Allan Poe spent a number of years writing Descent into the Maelstrom
- Spend two nights in a traditional rorbu, one of the Lofoten Island’s distinctive red-painted shermen’s cabins, set on the peaceful shores of beautiful Nusfjord
- Visit the superb Lofotr Viking Museum near Borg, which includes a reconstruction of the largest Viking-era building ever found in Europe
- 1 Night Bodo
- 2 Nights Nusfjord
- 1 Night Henningsvær
- 2 Nights Svolvær
Natural world | Self-drive | Summer | Wildlife
Day by day itinerary
Fly 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.
Stay: Clarion Collection Hotel Grand Bodo (Superior)
Fly 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 next day is free to explore and there is all manner of different ways to experience the islands' natural beauty. Rowing boats come with the price of the room so you may wish to take to the water by yourself, or charter your 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 (Standard)
Today you'll drive to the charming fishing village of Henningsvær, 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: Henningsvaer Brygge Hotel, Lofoten (Superior)
Drive to the harbour town of Svolvær, the Lofotens' capital, and check in to a rorbu at Svinoya Rorbuer, 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: Svinoya Rorbuer, Svolvaer (Superior)
Return your hire car and fly back to the UK from Svolvær, via Bodø and Oslo.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
- Flights to Leknes and back from Svolvaer via Bodo
- 1 night at Clarion Collection Grand Bodo on on a B&B basis
- car hire from Leknes to Bodo
- 2 nights at Nusfjord on a half-board basis
- 1 night at Henningsvaer Bryggehotel on a half-board basis
- 2 nights at Svinoya Rorbuer on a B&B basis
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.
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