Lofoten Islands, Northern Norway, Norway
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Without the Gulf Stream swooshing past, the Lofoten Islands would be ice-clad all winter; with it, Jan-Feb hover at around 1°C. In Jul-Aug, expect 15°C with the occasional 25°C! The sun doesn’t set from late May-mid July, perfect for round-the-clock adventure, from photographing wildlife to midnight cycling, but sudden showers and weather that varies across the archipelago is common. In winter, the sun doesn’t rise from early Dec-early Jan, but visitors return in Feb-Mar, lured by long nights for Northern Lights spotting. Come in spring to see orca, often chasing herring around Reinefjord and Vestfjord.
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The emblematic red cabins are a crowning feature of the Lofoten islands and a stay in one of Svinøya Rorbuer's traditional rorbu cabins will transport you back to a simpler time to a place where the sea rules over the land.
With the open ocean on one side, and the spectacular Lofoten mountains on the other you can not help than to be healed by this remote location and to be intoxicated by the spectacular views and enthralled by the roaring ocean. The cabins are located in the vibrant fishing village of Svolvæ in an idyllic spot between the fish landing station, the quayside buildings, fish racks and old local buildings.
There are a number of activities available in the area where you can experience the wildlife who are drawn to the Lofoten islands, such as heading out on a sea eagle rib safari across the Trollfjord where you'll come across pristine, white beaches as you head out in search of these majestic birds. Lofoten is also a great spot for those who are fans of fishing, or even if you want to try your hand at the activity for the first time.
The hotel's restaurant, Børsen Spiseri, is one of the best-known restaurants in the area where fresh ingredients are served from the extensive larder. The restaurant is houses in an old quayside warehouse which dates back to 1828 and still retains many of its original features. Fish is, of course, prominent on the menu and produce comes from a stock located just a few metres away. Next to the restaurant you'll also find a former "Krambua" or general store, which now forms as a small museum where you can see artefacts of fishing equipment from years gone by.
The hotel features a mixture of traditional Rorbu cabins along with separate suites. The rooms are suites range in size from one up to 4 bedrooms allowing for plenty of space for families and groups staying together.
The Vestfjord Suites are located 300 metres from the hotels main building. The suites have breath-taking sea and mountain views and there is a shared veranda where you can sit and enjoy the view.
The Lofoten islands offer a vast array of activities throughout the year both on land and sea. By sea you can do sea kayaking, fishing and surfing and by land you can try skiing, horse riding and photo tours.
Guided walk of Svinøya
Join an evening guided walk of the fishing village of Svinøya in Svolvær.
Lofoten Islands by sea
Take to the water in search of the rich wildlife that has fascinated the Lofoten Islands visitors for centuries.
Private Henningsvaer guiding fishing village walk
Enjoy a morning walk through the fishing village of Henningsvær with your private tour guide.
Private Tour of West Lofoten
Visit the Fish Oil Steamery, old Bakery and the Stockfish Museum as you explore the villages of Å and Reine.
Visit Lofotr Viking Musuem with horseriding
Enjoy a visit to the Lofotr Viking Museum followed by a magical, exciting experience riding an Icelandic horse.
Best of Northern Norway
Oslo, Lofoten islands, Tromso, Lyngen Alps
from £4500 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights
- Take a boat trip in search of Orcas and Humpback whales
- Try out some winter activities such as husky sledding and snowshoeing
- Visit the enchating fishing villages of the Lofoten islands
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Lofoten Islands, Northern Norway, Norway
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