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A Journey to Å

Lofoten Islands - scenery unequalled in Europe
 
Enjoy dramatic routes through unparalleled scenery on this self-guided, three-centre walking holiday. Featuring stays in two traditional converted fishermen’s cottages and various options to explore the great variety of landscapes on foot and by car, this holiday offers a rare glimpse of everyday life in Norway’s far north.
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on the Lofoten Islands

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.
Starting in Svolvær, the small capital of the islands, you work south-westwards, 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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Itinerary

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  • 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. It is entirely possible to experience all types of weather in one day, so pack for all eventualities, including, of course, good waterproofs.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °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
  • Arrival in Svolvær
    You begin with a boat journey from Bodø to Svolvær in the Lofoten Islands (you may choose to add a night in Bodø, depending on flight arrival times – see price panel for details). This boat journey is a highlight in itself, with breathtaking views of the Lofoten ‘wall’, looming ever-larger as you approach. Svolvær is the small capital of the Lofoten Islands and the ideal introduction to the region – the cod fishing on which Lofoten’s economy was founded, the pivotal role the islands played in WWII, and the unique light and landscapes which have produced many artists of note.

    Night 1: at Svinøya Rorbuer (the first of three nights here).

    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Svolvær: 10km to 13.5km
    Your hire car will be delivered in the morning, so should the weather be inclement you can use it to explore, otherwise we suggest two walks:

    Svolvær walking tour: 10km, 3hrs
    Start from your door on a walking tour of Svolvær town and of Svinøya, the main island forming part of Svolvær harbour.

    Tjeldbergtind (grade 2): 10.5km, 2.5hrs; longer option (grade 3): 13.5km, 3.5-4.5hrs
    A short bus ride to nearby Vågan church, known as the ‘Lofoten Cathedral’, brings you to the start of this fairly challenging walk, crossing moorland and lakeside before the option to climb the twin-peaked summit of Tjeldbergtind for exceptional views along the Lofoten 'wall', over the sea towards the mainland, and of Svolvær itself.
    Tjeldbergtind (grade 2): 10.5km
    View along the ridge Tjeldbergtind © Andrew Locking
  • Svolvær to Mortsund
    Enjoy a leisurely drive (1h20) to the island of Vestvågøy, linked by a high arched bridge, stopping en route for the Lofoten Museum – an old hamlet, with a manor house, fishing huts and boat houses, as well as a gallery and an aquarium – or visit the open-air Viking Museum at Borge, the focal point of which is a reconstruction of the vast Viking chieftain’s house that was found here – in the shape of an 83-metre-long upturned hull. Relax over lunch at the pretty harbour of Henningsvær, a fishing village-turned artist’s colony, with its bustling cafés and restaurants.

    Brenna to Nedreneset (grade 2): 12km, 3hrs
    Alternatively, explore the north coast from Brenna on an easy walk, which winds between rocky coastline and woodland. This quiet side of the island is excellent for wildlife spotting – you may see white-tailed sea eagles, cormorants and seals from one of several white-sand beaches along the way to Nedreneset.

    However you spend your day, the roads are pleasant to drive and the scenery outstanding as you make your way to Mortsund, where you stay in the Statles Rorbusenter for two nights.
    Brenna to Nedreneset (grade 2): 6km each way
    Explore the north coast from Brenna
  • Choice of walks from Mortsund: 8km to 13km
    We suggest a choice of three walks, all easily accessed by car. If you prefer not to walk, you can hire bikes or a rowing boat from Mortsund.

    Slettheia (grade 2): 8.5km, 3hrs
    This relatively easy walk takes you to a dramatic headland for outstanding views in return for little effort. A beautiful woodland start gives way to moorland, climbing a long whaleback of open country and returning by the same route.

    Utakleiv (grades 2 & 3): 8-10.5km, 3.5hrs
    A relaxed circuit takes you from the white-sand beach by Haukland, over a small pass, following an ancient fisherman’s way to the hamlet and beach of Utakleiv. From the pass an optional steep ascent of ‘Mannen’ gives extraordinary views for keen peak-baggers. The return from Utakleiv is a level, traffic-free track around the headland of Veggen, with good birdlife between the coast and the nearby island of Tåa.

    Justadtind (grade 3): 13km, 5.5hrs
    For a high-level walk, choose to ascend the summit of Justadtind – one of the highest points on Vestvågøy which affords a memorable 360-degree panorama of the island. The majority of the walk is a steady ascent over stony paths, only becoming steeper and more strenuous as you make the final ascent to the summit. The rewards, in fine weather, are well worth the effort.
    Slettheia (grade 2): 8.5km
    Utakleiv (grades 2 and 3): 8-10.5km
    Justadtind views © Andrew Locking
    Justadtind (grade 3): 6.5km each way
  • Mortsund to Reine
    From Mortsund, you drive west through the Nappstraum Tunnel to Moskenes, the last large island, taking the winding coastal road to the village of Reine, where you stay in the Reine Rorbuer for two nights. If you like, you can stop en route for a walk as there is plenty of time.

    Nesland to Nusfjord (grades 2-3): 10.5km, 5hrs
    This charming walk takes you from Nesland, a tiny fishing hamlet, to the larger fishing village of Nusfjord, which is widely considered to be the best-preserved fishing village in the whole of Norway and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The path follows rugged coastline over diverse terrain, with short challenging sections across rock, with chains and a ladder to assist you. To the east you can see mainland Norway, while to the south-west you can see all the way down to the tip of the Lofoten archipelago. Orca (killer whales) have been spotted off the coast here but you are more likely to see seals in one of the rocky coves.

    Vikten to Horneset Lighthouse (grade 2): 7km, 2.5hrs
    Just the drive to Vikten and its beautiful glass studio and gallery is worth the journey. The walk beyond follows the beach and then a rocky coastal path, below a huge cliff face rising over 500 metres above you. The path climbs in the final metres to a lighthouse on the headland of Horneset before returning the same way.
    Nusfjord
    Nesland to Nusfjord (grades 2-3): 5.25km each way
    Vikten to Horneset Lighthouse (grade 2): 3.5km each way
  • Choice of walks from Reine: 5.5km to 14km
    We provide notes for four varied walks while at Reine – two beach trips (one of which by boat), one into the mountains and one to a northern headland for far-reaching views. You should also try to fit in a visit to Å, the last village on the island of Moskenes, which is preserved as a fascinating open-air museum and vividly paints a picture of life on the islands. Don’t miss the guided tour, available in English, of an old rorbu which will leave you in no doubt about just how tough life was in 19th-century Lofoten for visiting fisherman.

    Kvalvika Beach (grade 3): 14km, 6hrs
    A visit to the perfect sands of Kvalvika has become one of Lofoten’s most popular walks and rightly so. Starting from Fredvang, a short walk along the shores of the Torsfjord is followed by the main route over to the beach. From there, a steep climb leads to the lake of Forsvatnet, with the option to continue up to the peak of Ryten which towers over 500m above the bay, for classic Lofoten views. From the lake an undulating, pretty mountain path descends to traverse coastal fields of reeds and grasses to reach Fredvang.

    Munkebu (grade 3): 10km, 5hrs
    One of Lofoten’s classics, the relatively demanding walk to the Munkebu hut ascends through beech woods to the first of several lakes before climbing more steeply, in a series of steps alongside waterfalls and above further lakes. Two smooth rock sections involve chains fixed across the slabs but the majority of the walk is on ‘normal’ mountain path, though the views are anything but. The final section crosses high mountain terrain to reach the unmanned hut beneath the summit of Munken. You return by the same path.

    Bunes Bay (grade 2): 6km, 1.5hrs
    The Post Boat from Reine across Reinefjorden to the small outpost of Vindstad makes an excellent start to this leisurely walk over a low pass to the deep sandy expanse of Bunes Bay. Enjoy a stroll along the shore and a picnic on the beach and still have time to explore the fjord near Vindstad before returning by boat. Check boat times before setting out and get to the jetty early to ensure a place; you pay locally. If there are too many people for the return trip, the boat makes a second run – you won’t get left behind!

    Yttersand (grade 2): 5.5km, 2hrs
    This is a perfect late walk for views north of the evening sun. The brisk climb follows good paths that zig-zag up the steep hillside to reach the long, rolling headland of Roren. A path skirts the clifftop for tremendous views east, though a parallel path can be followed away from the edge, crossing to the hilltop of Litleberget before returning the same way.
    Visit the sandy beach of Kvalvika
    Kvalvika Beach (grade 3): 14km
    Bunes Bay (grade 2): 3km each way
    Zigzag up the hillside for tremendous views
    Munkebu (grade 3): 10km
    Yttersand (grade 2): 2.75km each way
 

Accommodation

Your accommodation is a combination of charmingly converted fishermen’s cottages and apartments in former fishing villages. The views are some of the most amazing you’ll ever see...
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 17 May 2020 - 26 June 2020, 27 June 2020 - 09 August 2020 & 10 August 2020 - 13 September 2020

    Start varies according to season | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    17 - 29 May 2020 £1580 £720
    30 May - 24 Aug 2020 £1695 £795
    25 - 31 Aug 2020 £1630 £760
    1 - 6 Sep 2020 £1535 £685
    3rd & 4th person discount -£250
    Single traveller supplement £250

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Price includes: 6 days' category B car hire (eg Opel Corsa or similar with manual transmission)

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day's car hire.
    Reine Rorbuer, Reine (with dinner) Double room Single room
    17 May - 31 Aug 2020 £235 £365
    01 Sep - 13 Sep 2020 £210 £325
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Outward: Bodø via Oslo
    Return: Leknes via Oslo and/or Bodø

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Oslo. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Bodø (via Bergen & Oslo) SAS 
    Aberdeen - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Aberdeen - Bodø (via Stavanger & Oslo) SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Aberdeen Loganair,  SAS 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Aberdeen, via Amsterdam KLM 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Aberdeen, via Bergen SAS 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Aberdeen, via Copenhagen SAS 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Aberdeen, via Stavanger SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Bodø (via Copenhagen & Oslo) SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Oslo - Birmingham (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Birmingham (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Edinburgh - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Return route Airline
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Edinburgh Norwegian,  SAS 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Edinburgh (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Edinburgh (via Copenhagen) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Return route Airline
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Gatwick Norwegian 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Gatwick (via Bergen) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) & Trondheim) SAS 
    Heathrow - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Heathrow British Airways,  SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bodø (via Copenhagen & Oslo) SAS 
    Manchester - Bodø (via Heathrow & Oslo) SAS 
    Manchester - Bodø (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Oslo - Manchester (via Stavanger) Norwegian 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Manchester Norwegian,  SAS 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Manchester (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Manchester (via Bergen) SAS 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Manchester (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Manchester, via Copenhagen SAS 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Manchester, via Heathrow SAS 
    Oslo (Gardermoen) - Manchester, via Stockholm SAS 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Oslo. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 5 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • 6 days' category B car hire
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least three months' validity to travel to Norway, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The most widely spoken language is Norwegian. The currency is the Kroner. Norwegian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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