Lofoten Islands Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 4
from £1,699pp with flights

The Lofoten Islands are said to be one of the most beautiful island archipelagos in the world. During the week we visit beautiful lakes nestling amidst the mountains, walk along the coast offering the opportunities to spot sea eagles and whales, ascend a few of the smaller mountains and passes, visit charming fishing villages with their traditional ‘rorbuer’ (fishermen’s cabins), and take the ferry to the neighbouring beautiful islands of Hadseloya and Skrova. Although the mountains are not very high, and the highest peak, Higravstinden, reaches only 1,161m, the fact that they rise straight from the sea makes them spectacular, extraordinary and very often rugged underfoot. The islands are studded with lakes, and the coastline with its white sandy beaches and many islets offers great walking opportunities.  During the early part of the season, the islands are bathed in a beautiful light as the sun is still high in the sky. Later in the season, as the nights draw in, there is always the chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

Holiday Highlights

  • Justifiably renowned as the most awe-inspiring scenery in Europe
  • Experience islands bathed in the transcendent light of the Arctic
  • Discover Uttkaleiv with famous white sand beaches and turquoise seas
  • 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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Welcome to Scandic Hotel Svolvaer. 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 - Svolvær to Kabelvåg via Litl and StorKongsvatnet

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (90m)

In summary: We walk from the hotel through the colourful streets of Svolvær and around the fjord to the hamlets of Stranda and Kongsmarka. From here we follow a track along the shores of LitlKongsvatnet. We continue on a track between the two lakes of Litl and StorKongsvatnet. The superb triangle of lakes is complete as we walk south via Prestvatnet to arrive at the charming, lively, traditional fishing village of Kabelvåg a few miles from the lake. 

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: 7 miles (11km)

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: Visit Vagan church, known as the Lofoten Cathedral, built in 1898 it is the second largest wooden church in Norway, and can seat up to 1,200 people.


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: 500 feet (150m)

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: 2,000 feet (600m)

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".

Local information website: For information on the Lofoten Islands please visit:

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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: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

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 - Summiting Steindalstinden

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

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 round the ridge to the summit of Steindalstinden, enjoying exhilarating views, weather permiting. 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 Steindalstinden.

 


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: 7 miles (11km) 

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: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

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: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

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: 6 miles (9½km)

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.


Lofoten Islands Itinerary Maps

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.

NEW FOR 2020 - Thon Hotel - Lofoten Islands

This stylish 4-star hotel, in the centre of Svolvær, is surrounded by mountains and looks out towards the Lofoten Islands. The hotel’s Paleo Arctic Restaurant has a good reputation serving local specialities. After dinner, relax in the lounge/bar area with comfortable seating surrounding a welcoming fireplace. There are 190 bedrooms, modern décor, tea/coffee facilities and free Wi-Fi throughout.

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. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • 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.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 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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2019
18 Sep - 25 Sep 2019 Itinerary £1,699 Unavailable
2020
05 Aug - 12 Aug 2019 Itinerary £2,099 Available Book Now
12 Aug - 19 Aug 2019 Itinerary £2,099 Available Book Now
19 Aug - 26 Aug 2019 Itinerary £2,099 Available Book Now
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2019
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2020
05 Aug - 12 Aug 2019 Itinerary £1,699 Available Book Now
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19 Aug - 26 Aug 2019 Itinerary £1,699 Available Book Now
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Important Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £63 per night 
  • With flights holidays include flights from Heathrow. Flight supplement from Manchester: £60
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Harstad/Narvik Airport: £64 single
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £1,699pp with flights

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