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Lofoten Islands Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 4
from £1,999pp £1,999pp with flights

Far above the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands spill out into the Norwegian Sea. This land of majestic mountains, plunging fjords and wave-swept beaches is a wonderful wilderness of staggering natural beauty. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream give the islands a much milder climate than other areas which sit at the same latitude, so the summer months are the perfect time to walk and be at one with the natural world. In summer, the daylight hours are long; from late May to mid-July the islands are bathed in the wonderful light of the midnight sun. There are two guided walks to choose from each day taking in the wild coast with its white sandy beaches, areas of mountain and charming fishing villages with their traditional ‘rorbuer’ (fishermen’s cabins). The week is based on the island of Austvågøya and includes travelling by ferry to the neighbouring islands of Hadseloya and Skrova. The area is home to sea eagles and whales; it is not unusual to spot these while out walking. Later in the season, as the nights draw in, there is always the chance of seeing the Northern Lights, adding an extra bit of magic to a wonderful destination.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy scenery which is justifiably renowned as being the most awe-inspiring in Europe
  • Discover Uttakleiv with famous white sand beaches and turquoise seas
  • Taking the scenic ferry journey to Hadseløya island
  • Enjoy our harbour-side hotel in the centre of Svolvaer
  • Sail the iconic Trollfjord, a once in a lifetime experience, as an option on your free day

What’s included

  • Half Board - buffet breakfast and evening meal
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

Welcome to Hotel Thon. Unpack and settle in.


A lovely introduction to the spectacular landscapes of the Lofoten islands, with today’s walks passing through the picturesque town of Svolvær with its colourful houses and traditional red and yellow fishermen’s cabins called rorbu, which nestle by the harbour, the sea and the inlets. Today’s walks are also a wonderful introduction to the distinctive towering mountains and craggy pinnacles which are so characteristic of these islands.

Option 1 - Kabelvåg to Svolvaer via Litl and StorKongsvatnet

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: Our walk starts in the traditional fishing village of Kabelvåg. We follow tracks and paths to the lake of Prestvatnet and continue on our route past several lakes to reach the shores of LitlKongsvatnet, which completes our walk around this spectacular triangle of lakes. From here we make our way back to Svolvær and the hotel. 

Highlight: Discover Kabelvag, founded a thousand years ago it is the oldest town in the north of Norway.

Option 2 - Tjeldbergtinden, Lakes, and Kabelvåg

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: We walk from the hotel through the colourful streets of Svolvær, and continue to the suburb of Osan. From here we ascend on a winding track leading towards the local mountain and superb viewpoint of Tjeldbergtinden. From the col between its twin peaks we continue on the path along a ridge, narrow in places, to explore the ridge and then reach the main top. We descend steeply with care, to reach a track leading to the southern shores of LitlKongsvatnet. We continue along the southern shore of LitlKongsvatnet, turning onto a path beside the beautiful Prestvatnet lake, and continue to arrive at the charming, lively, traditional fishing village of Kabelvåg. 

Highlight: Stunning views of Svolvaer, Kabelvag, the mountains and islands from the summit of Tjeldbergentinden.


The beaches of Haukland and Utakaleiv are the most famous on Lofoten, with their white sands, turquoise seas, and backdrop of towering mountains. We take a coach through stunning scenery to the Haukland and Utakaleiv areas on the island of Vestvågøy to explore the hills and coastline surrounding these beautiful hamlets and beaches.

Option 1 - Haukland to Utakaleiv

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: The easier walk starts at Haukland beach and ascends and descends over the hills via the old road, now a path and a grassy track, to the isolated hamlet of Utakaleiv. Here there's the option to take the coach to the Viking Museum or to continue on foot along the coast and round the headland, affording stunning coastal scenery and views.

Highlight: Visit Haukland beach voted one of the most beautiful beaches in Norway.

 

Option 2 - Holandsmelen to Utkaleiv

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: The harder walk ascends the delightful round but surprisingly steep hill of Holandsmelen, descending to the farm of Kjellbogen and then follows a grassy track and unsealed road to Haukland. From here, the walk ascends and descends over the old road to Utkaleiv and follows a good track round the headland with its marvellous coastal views.

Highlight: Superb views from Holandsmelen.

 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Cruise down to the spectacular Trollfjord – a spectacularly steep fjord narrowing to only 100m. Visit the vibrant little fishing town of Henningsvær, perched on the end of a thin promontory, its nickname is “The Venice of Lofoten".


Today we travel south west to the area around Stamsund, one of Lofoten’s traditional fishing ports. The area provides a relatively accessible way for all walkers to reach some stunning viewpoints.

Option 1 - Apnes to Stamsund

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: The easier walk starts from Apnes nestling below the Apnesfjellet ridge, and takes a path, occasionally steep and very rocky in places, to reach a lovely grassy ridge. Once here, the ridge can be explored, where, weather permitting, there are views of indescribable beauty, especially east, out to sea, and down to a network of islands. We then descend to the ski trails and pass two tranquil lakes, making our way to the attractive pub/cafe in the lovely village of Stamsund, by colourful houses in a residential area.

Highlight: Breathtaking views from the Apnesfjellet ridge.

 

Option 2 - Justadtinden – High above Stamsund

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: The harder walk starts at the Hagskardet car park and ascends gradually to the col below the mighty summit of Justadtinden. We continue our ascent, steeper and rockier, to the summit of this well-known mountain, enjoying exhilarating 360 degree views, weather permitting. En route we walk through a wild upland area studded with lakes and wetland. We return by the same route, enjoying far reaching views of sea, islands and mountains.

Highlight: Exhilerating views from the summit of Justadtinden.

 


Both walks take the coach to the island of Hadseløya, which forms part of the archipelago of Vesterålen. The journey alone makes the day memorable.

Option 1 - Annstad Valley to Melbu

Distance: 5 miles (8km) 

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: The easier walk follows a track up the Annstad valley to a series of beautiful secluded lakes. We ascend on paths to the small hill, Barheia, from where, if the weather permits, we will be rewarded with superb views of the west coast of the Lofoten islands, the island of Hinnoya, and the mainland mountains. We follow a path down to the small village of Melbu for the ferry and bus back to Svolvær.

Highlight: Enjoy stunning views on the ferry ride across to Hadseløya.

 

Option 2 - Summiting Pallheia

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: The harder walk starts at the same place but soon turns off to ascend a steep and rocky path becoming grassy to a high plateau. From here, weather permitting we take a delightful path to the summit of Pallheia where the views are stunning. We return to Melbu for the ferry and coach back to Svolvær.

Highlight: Views from the summit of Pallheia.

 


Today both groups walk from the hotel to the nearby ferry terminal and take the short ferry journey to the island of Skrova. With its wonderful sandy beaches Skrova is an island not to be missed. It also offers the best view back to the Lofoten wall (as the island chain is often called).

Option 1 - Around the coast of Skrova

Distance: 4½ miles (7½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary: We walk from the hotel to the ferry terminal to catch the ferry across to the beautiful island of Skrova which is steeped in fishing and whaling history. After disembarking from the ferry we follow the road round the harbour lined with the traditional red ‘rorbu’ (fishermen’s cabins), and fishing boats to take a track and then a path. We follow the path passing beneath the mighty bulk of Hogskrova. The path ascends to the col between Hogskrova and Tuvene and descends steeply to the coast. We follow the path above the coast to the beautiful Merrvika Bay. The path crosses a rocky bay and then ascends to pass beneath Stappen and continues back to the track and the road where we catch the ferry back to Svolvaer.

Highlight: Look out for sea eagles.

Option 2 - Hogskrova and the coast of Skrova

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: We take the same route as the easier walk to the base of Hogskrova where we begin our very steep and rocky ascent with a rope handrail to assist us all the way to the mast just below the summit. In clear weather the views from here, of white sandy bays, islets, coves, the Lofoten wall and the mainland mountains, are guaranteed to take your breath away. After drinking in the views we tear ourselves away to descend steeply down the other side of the mountain to the col between Hogskrova and Tuvene. From the col we continue around the island, descending towards the coast. This section of the path above the coast is an excellent place for spotting sea eagles. We follow the path above the coast to the beautiful Merrivika Bay. The path crosses the very rocky Merrivika bay and then ascends to pass beneath Stappen and continues back to the track and the road where we catch the ferry back to Svolvaer.

Highlight: The views from the summit of Hogskrova.


We hope to see you again soon.


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Hotel Scandic Svolvaer - Lofoten Islands

The elegant 3-star Hotel Scandic Svolvaer has a waterfront location and stands on an island, Lamholmen, in the heart of Svolvaer, surrounded by pristine waters and soaring mountain peaks. An eye-catching, boat-shaped building houses a restaurant and bar with panoramic views across the harbour and you can watch pleasure boats and fishing boats coming and going and the famous coastal vessel, Hurtigruten, docking each day.

Rooms

The hotel has 146 en-suite rooms, all decorated in simple Scandinavian style. 

All rooms have telephones, TV, and hairdryers.

As is usual in Europe, tea and coffee making facilities are not available in bedrooms, however there are facilities in the public areas to get hot drinks.

Facilities

The hotel has a lounge on the first floor and a restaurant and bar on the ground floor. Both have large picture windows with lovely views across the bustling harbour area and to the nearby towering mountains.

On the ground floor there is an outside decked area with tables and chairs. Inside, there are comfy chairs to relax in, a television area, WiFi and gifts on sale at reception.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Scandic Svolvaer are on a Half Board basis with a buffet breakfast and dinner.

Breakfast

Breakfast is a typical Scandinavian buffet offering an array of different choices from a selection of cold meats, cheeses, salad and freshly baked bread, to hot bacon, eggs and sausages.

Lunch (payable locally)

Packed lunches can be purchased from the hotel and made up from the breakfast buffet. The hotel will fill flasks free of charge, and will provide you with a lunch bag on a daily basis for your picnic selection. Alternatively, you can purchase lunch items at the local supermarkets. Your leaders will tell you the opening times and where the supermarkets are situated.

Evening meal

A typical Norwegian self-service buffet is available with a choice of soup, salads, fish, meat, potatoes, rice or couscous, and a range of desserts and cheese. Bottles of water are provided free of charge at the tables.

Drinks

Generally, the price of drinks in Norway is significantly higher than the rest of Europe.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's walks. Your evening meal will be the main focus of the evening. After dinner you may like to join your leaders for a walk out to the Børsen Spiseri Fish bar for a drink and walk back via the fish racks to the hotel, explore the harbour area, take a drink in a local bar or café, relax on the decking at the hotel and watch the boats come and go including the daily arrival of the famous Norwegian Coastal Vessel.

On your holiday you can also visit the Lofoten war museum and the bowling alley. The Magic Ice welcomes you to a magical experience with ice art created by artists from all over the world. Don a warm “penguin coat” and enjoy the ice art as you sip your drink from a glass made of ice.

Your leader will also be checking out for any local events going on nearby. Or you may like to relax on the terrace or the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.   

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £80 per night 
  • With flights holidays include flights from Heathrow.
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Harstad/Narvik Airport: £63.50 single
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

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