Hike Norway's Wild Lofoten Islands

Panoramic view of Reine fishing village, Norway
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European walking holidays
Walking Grade: 3 & 4
from £1,849pp

A wonderland of jagged mountains, plunging fjords, white sand beaches, and staggering natural beauty, the Lofoten Islands spill out into the Norwegian Sea. Based on the island of Austvågøya, you’ll travel by ferry to the neighbouring islands of Hadseløya and Skrova, take an optional cruise down to the spectacular Trollfjord, and pass through Svolvær – the picturesque town best known for its colourful houses and traditional red and yellow rorbuer (fisherman’s cabins).

What you’ll love

  • Learning more about the archipelago’s rich heritage
  • Discovering the stunning white sands of Uttakleiv
  • Taking the scenic ferry journey to Hadseløya island
  • Staying in a harbourside hotel in the centre of Svolvaer
  • The option of taking a Trollfjord cruise on your free day

What’s included

  • Full programme of guided walks led by HF Holidays Leaders
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Half-board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Welcome to Thon Svolvaer Hotel, Avisgata. 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 Uttakleiv 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 Uttakleiv areas on the island of Vestvågøy to explore the hills and coastline surrounding these beautiful hamlets and beaches.

Option 1 - Haukland to Uttakleiv

Distance: 5 miles (8km) 

Total ascent: 723 feet (220m)

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 Uttakleiv. Here there's the option to take the coach to the Viking Museum or to continue on foot around 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 Uttakleiv

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 Uttakleiv 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".


Both walks take the coach and the ferry 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 a path steep in places 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 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 - Exploring the Apnesfjellet ridge

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 - Exploring Justadtinden

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.


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 - Exploring Skrova

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 300 feet (100m)

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' (fisherman's cabins), and boats to take a track leading to the fine white sandy beach at Hattvika. For those wanting to brave the cold sea waters there may be time for a swim. We retrace our steps along the track turning off before the road to take a path beneath the impressive bulk of Hogskrova Fell. We ascend the small hill of Litl Stappen with its superb views. Returning to the road we continue round by the fjord to an old tunnel, home to a remarkable collection of photos depicting Skrova life and people. We return by the road to the harbour to 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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Thon Svolvær Hotel - Lofoten Islands

Located in the centre of Svolvær’s trendy harbour area, this stylish 4-star hotel is surrounded by mountains and looks out over the Lofoten Island archipelago. Guest rooms are modern and stylish while hotel facilities include a brand-new gym and two saunas. There’s also a dive board over the sea if you fancy a refreshing dip in the bracing waters off Norway’s coast. In the restaurant, you can indulge in a filling buffet breakfast to start your day and a set menu of local dishes for dinner each evening.

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

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Duration:
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Type:
European walking holidays
Walking Grade:
3 & 4

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