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A Journey to Å

Lofoten Islands - scenery unequalled in Europe
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, three-centre walk
  • scenery unequalled in Europe
  • dramatic walking routes
  • stay in converted fishermen’s cottages

This wonderful journey, described by customers as a holiday of a lifetime, takes you through the wild and dramatic Lofoten Islands, with some truly spectacular walks in this unique Arctic landscape that fuses sea, mountain-top and fishing village. To walk here is to discover a landscape of startling beauty and contrasts: expanses of open moorland, hidden mountain lakes and a picturesque coastline bathed for much of the summer in the special light of the Midnight Sun.

The Lofotens are Norway distilled: jagged mountains plunging into fjords and the red-painted huts of fishing villages clinging to rocky coves above Arctic blue waters

Starting in Svolvær, the small capital of the islands, you work southwards, staying on two of the archipelago’s main groups of islands, with the option of ending, appropriately enough, with an excursion to the village of Å (pronounced ‘Oh’), named after the final letter of the Norwegian alphabet. We include a hire car in your holiday so that you can drive between bases and make the most of the walking. We have researched a choice of memorable walks, of both grade 2 and 3 standard, with some rugged terrain and far-reaching views. The simple, traditional accommodation, much of it in converted fisherman’s cottages – Rorbuer – offers good access to the walking, as well as the chance to get a glimpse of everyday life in typical Lofoten fishing villages.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 1 1 2 4 9 12 14 14 11 7 4 2
mm 132 105 93 69 49 50 70 73 120 164 134 146

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

The weather is very changeable, although the Gulf Stream influence means that temperatures are milder than you might expect this far north. It is entirely possible to experience all types of weather in one day, so pack for all eventualities, including, of course, good waterproofs.