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29th October 2018
The Lofoten Islands are a magical Arctic archipelago teeming with history, culture, nature and wildlife. Breathtaking landscapes, long sandy beaches, Sea Eagles, authentic fishermen's huts and the freshest fish on the planet!
This whole region offers some of the most magnificent, unspoilt scenery you will find anywhre in the world and is a reason why it is so popular with photographers, writers, artists and pure nature lovers. This holiday with hire-car offers the true quintessential Lofoten experience - staying on the islands in traditional fishermen cabins known as rorbuers, surrounded by steep mountains with sharp peaks and the magnificent Vestfjord and Norwegian Sea laying before you.
Arrive Bodø Airport. Bodø is the town of Sea Eagles and nowhere in the world is there a larger stock of this majestic bird. Bodø is also located on the Norwegian mainland and is your gateway to the Lofoten Islands.
1 night BODØ (BB) - Thon Hotel Nordlys (3 star plus)
Return to the airport for the morning departure by short domestic flight across the great Vestfjord to the Lofoten Islands' main settlement - Svolvær. Collect your hire car at the airport on arrival. Leisurely drive to the beautiful little village of Nusfjord, one of Lofoten’s oldest and best preserved fishing villages. Here you will spend the next three nights surrounded by inspiring scenery.
3 nights NUSFJORD (SC) - Nusfjord Rorbuer
Days 3 & 4
There is much to see and do in the southern area of the Lofoten Islands. The landscape itself is world famous and we recommend you drive down to the very bottom of the islands and visit Å, Hamnøy and Reine - all extremely beautiful and photogenic areas.
Leave Nusfjord after breakfast and take the main route to Leknes. Here you will branch off onto the coastal road which hugs the coastline and provides an opportunity to visit Stamsund, one of the islands' largest fishing towns and coastal port for Hurtigruten which arrives twice daily - travelling northbound and southbound. A nice leisurely journey then takes you towards Svolvær, the largest town on the islands, with one of the most important harbours in Northern Norway. Your rorbu accommodation is located on the island of Svinøya which is attached to the mainland by bridge.
3 nights SVOLVÆR (SC) - Svinøya Rorbuer
Days 6 & 7
Explore the northern attractions of the Lofoten Islands. The picturesque fishing village of Henningsvær has a lovely harbour and is a popular location for artisans to settle - we recommend a visit to Gallery Lofotens Hus and Engelskmannsbrygga to view the work of local painters, potters, glass blowers and wildlife photographers. The fish soup at Fiskekrogen is renowned and very, very filling!
A variety of more active opportunities are also available - how about a RIB boat safari to the famous Trollfjord for another opportunity to spot Sea Eagles, or guided sea kayaking? (See Excursion tab).
Leave your hire car at Svolvær Airport for your flight aross the Vestfjord, back to Bodø on the mainland, and then onwards, via Oslo, homebound.
Departure Days: Daily
Departure Dates: 1 May - 23 September 2019
Duration: 7 nights
Price: Price is based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room in in Bodø and a rorbu for two people on the Lofoten Islands. Sole travellers and single supplements on request.
|Departure Dates||Price per person|
|1 May - 23 September 2019||£2275|
|The deposit payment for this holiday is £200 per person|
THON HOTEL NORDLYS (3 star plus) - Bodø
Thon Hotel Nordlys is centrally located close to the marina and main harbour in Bodø. The hotel has magnificent views out over the Vestfjord to the Lofoten Wall mountains. The hotel is associated with Egon Restaurant which is where breakfast is served plus a varied dinner menu of light meals including steaks, hamburgers, pizzas and fish dishes. The hotel also has a bar plus a free Nespresso coffee machine in the Reception area. All our featured holidays are based on a superior room with a double bed or twin beds, both with private shower and WC, hairdryer, phone, mini-bar, and TV with a variety of channels plus free WiFi. All superior rooms have a view of Bodø marina/harbour.
NUSFJORD RORBUER (2-4 star depending on rorbu standard) - Nusfjord
Nusfjord Rorbuer is located in one of the oldest and best-preserved fishing villages with long Lofoten fishery traditions and therefore offers unique and incredible views of the region. All rorbuer (fisherman's cabins) have been updated to a modern standard internally, and have a variety of numbers of bedrooms and bathrooms (please ask for specific details). All rorbuer have living room area, bedrooms and bathroom/s with shower and are equipped with WIFI, Nespresso machine, refrigerator, bathrobe, hair dryer and slippers. There are two restaurants in the main central area - Karoline Restaurant or Oriana Kro inn. Enjoy a full meal, or just sit down and chill out with a cold lager, a glass of wine or mineral water/coffee to suit your requirements.
SVINØYA RORBUER (3/4 star depending upon rorbu style) - Svolvær, Lofoten Islands
30 original and newly built rorbu cabins of a high standard. Each cabin has from one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchenette in conjunction with the living room, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet. All have cable-TV. All cabins are winter insulated. Considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the authenticity of the rorbu cabins. Time-honoured craftsmanship and timber have been preserved in order to provide a feeling of what a rorbu cabin was like in the days when the fishermen harvested the seas of Lofoten on boats with only oars and sails.
Svinøya Rorbuer also includes one of the most distinctive restaurants in the Lofoten Islands. The Børsen Spiseri is housed in a venerable quayside warehouse dating back to 1828. Most of the building's historical attributes have been preserved, providing an atmosphere with an aroma of tar and rope! Both meat and fish dishes are served here, made from Lofoten's unique and fresh, local ingredients. In the same building you find the former general store, which is a tiny museum in its own right. Old wares and equipment from bygone times still hang from the ceiling there, taking you 100 years back in time.
Want to know more about your hosts? Meet the People - Svinøya Rorbuer
SEA KAYAKING from Svolvær
HALF-DAY SEA KAYAKING
Description: Paddling a sea kayak is the fantastic way to experience the alpine archipelago of Lofoten and its unique flora and fauna. This half-day trip visits smaller islands, bays and beaches with the opportunity to see a lot of seabirds including the white-tailed Sea Eagle. If you are lucky you may also see seals and otters, though they are notoriously shy. You will land at a suitable spot to enjoy your packed lunch (not included) before leisurely making your way back.
Departs: 1000 from the Tourist Information Office in Svolvær.
Duration: 4 hours.
Price: £145 per person.
NB You need to take along your own packed lunch/beverages for this activity - either ask your hotel/rorbu to make one up for you or visit the local supermarket and make up your own.
TROLLFJORD (Summer) RIB Safari with Sea Eagles from Svolvær
Description: Explore and discover the Lofoten Islands from the sea by RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). The tour starts from Svolvær quayside journeying through Raftsundet (which has a large population of Sea Eagles you'll get the opportunity to spot) before entering the Trollfjord. You'll be treated to some of the most dramatic scenery Norway has to offer whilst your skillful and experienced skippers provide you with plenty of good stories and local history. You will also be provided with a thermal, floating suit, life vest, gloves, a cap and goggles and it is recommend you wear warm footwear, a hat and clothes to fit the weather and temperature. Oh, and don't forget your camera!
Duration: Approx. 2 hours.
Departs: 1000 (some days again at 12.30)
Price: £95 per person
Good to know: It is important that you read the following information regarding RIB boat safaris to ensure it is the right activity for you.
Here we have provided some extra information that you may find useful. Let us know if you think we should add anything to the list.
Who is this holiday suitable for?
All those who appreciate amazing scenery, unspoilt nature, the opportunity to view Sea Eagles and those who enjoy walking, hiking, photography and a general lack of crowds. As you will be driving from place to place you will also need a valid driving licence.
What sort of clothing will I need?
Norway does not have a dress code and most of the time you will find people dressed for the weather rather than dressed for the occasion. That said, when the Norwegians do have something to celebrate i.e. anniversary, birthday etc they will dress up (men in suits and ties) and you may see family gatherings in some of the a la carte restaurants where this is the case. This is their choice as special occasions are still marked in this way in Norway. You may dress how you are most comfortable though common sense is the order of the day - shorts, T-shirts and flip flops will look out of place in a gourmet restaurant in the evening.
For those of you who intend to go hiking (and these are some of the FINEST hiking destinations you will ever visit) then you will need your hiking gear; good boots, outdoor clothing, back-pack and, if going off the beaten track, knowledge of navigation. Always let your accommodation know if you are going 'off-roading' so they know to look out for you later in the day...
Temperatures on the islands may be a little cooler than in the UK at the same time of the year, however, this may also not be the case! Suzel commented on one of her good friend's suntans (a friend from the Lofotens) and asked her where she'd been - "My garden" was the response. They had had three weeks of 27 degrees... Be prepared for anything.
Are special diets catered for?
Absolutely. Just make sure you let us know at the time of booking then we can inform everyone who will be welcoming you to ensure delicious alternatives are provided.
How difficult is it to drive in Norway?
Norway is a huge country with a tiny population so it stands to reason that the roads are not the most crowded you will ever drive on! Like all countries around the world you will find the cities the busiest and more challenging to negotiate, but in Bodø and Svolvær (the two busiest destinations you will be driving around) you will find you have time to think about where you are driving and very little traffic compared to home.
Our friends at Visit Norway have put together an excellent information page regarding driving in Norway (rules, regulations, speeds limits etc) and we would recommend you visit it by clicking here.
Is there an age limit for driving in Norway?
Not an upper one, no. With our car hire company you can be 99 years of age; as long as you still have a valid driving license at home then you are OK to drive in Norway. There is, however, a lower age limit for driving a hire car in Norway and this is 25 years old at prices quoted for our holidays, though you can drive from 19 years of age for a supplement. This is all to do with insurance and not that we don't like people under 25 years old!
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