Guided Walking on the Lofoten Islands, Norway
Lofoten Islands' Adventure
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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 ‘rorbu’ (fishermen’s cabins), and take the ferry to the neighbouring beautiful islands of Hadseloya and Skrova.
- Justifiably renowned as the most awe-inspiring scenery in Europe
- All transport to and from the walks
- Experience islands bathed in the transcendent light of the midnight sun
- Enjoy our harbour-side hotel in the centre of Svolvaer
- Sail the spectacular Trollfjord, a once in a lifetime experience, as an option on your free day
- Combine with our holiday at Ulvik for our magical Jewels of Norway tour
- A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
- The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
- Half Board - buffet breakfast and evening meal.
- ‘With flight’ holidays include flights from the UK and hotel transfers
- 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
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.
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.
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.
Our holidays at Scandic Svolvaer are on a Half Board basis with a buffet breakfast and dinner.
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.
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.
Generally, the price of drinks in Norway is significantly higher than the rest of Europe.
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.
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.
- Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort
- Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable
Easier Walks: 4 to 7 miles (6.5-11km) on some rough and rocky paths. Up to 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent in a day.
Harder Walks: 6 to 10 miles (9.5-16km) with some steeper ascents, pathless terrain and rough, rocky paths. Up to 2,700 feet (810m) of ascent in a day.
Day 1: Arrival day
This is an opportunity to meet your fellow guests over your first evening meal and your leaders will talk to you about the week’s walking programme.
Day 2: Svolvaer and Kabelvag
Both these walks start from the hotel and introduce you to the local area between Svolvaer and the charming fishing village of Kabelvåg.
Easier walk: We walk through the colourful streets of Svolvær and around the fjord to Stranda and Kongsmarka. From here we follow the shores of Litl Kongsvatnet. We continue on a small path between Litl Kongsvatnet and Stor-Kongsvatnet. The superb triangle of lakes is complete as we walk via Prestvatnet to arrive at Kabelvåg. 6 miles (9.5km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.
Harder walk: We walk through Svolvaer to the suburb of Osan. From here we ascend steeply towards the superb viewpoint of Tjeldbergtinden. From the col between its twin peaks we explore the ridge continuing back along the ridge to reach the main top. We descend steeply to reach the southern shores of Litl Kongsvatnet, then continue beside the beautiful Prestvatnet lake to arrive at Kabelvåg. 7 miles (11km) with 1,200ft (360m) of ascent.
Day 3: Coastal walks around Eggum
We take a coach through stunning scenery to Eggum, on the island of Vestvågøy to explore the coastline between the hamlets of Eggum and Unstad.
Easier walk: We explore Eggum and then follow a coastal track to a World War II radar station. From here we follow the track with precipitous mountains on one side, and the sea on the other. We continue on a grassy footpath, rocky in places, and look out for sea eagles, whales and dolphins. We return by the same route and take the coach to Unstad where we walk through this pretty hamlet and ascend gently to the wild lake of Norddalsvatnet. After enjoying a break we return by the same route to Unstad. This walk offers an option to visit the world famous Viking Museum after Eggum, instead of continuing to Unstad and Nordalsvatnet or exploring more of Lofoten by visiting the Unstad area. 6 miles (9.5km) with 600ft (180m) of ascent.
Harder walk: From Eggum we take a track through a nature reserve with the precipitous mountains and the sea on either side. We continue on a path just above the shoreline and ascend steeply around a very rocky section of coast, to a lighthouse, exposed in places with handrails to assist us. As we descend to the bay Unstad comes into view. We take a good, grassy path and ascend to the wild lake of Norddalsvatnet, then retrace our steps to the bay of Unstadvika and walk through Unstad. 6 miles (9.5km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent.
Day 4: Free day
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. On your free day you can cruise down to the spectacular Trollfjord or visit the vibrant little town of Henningsvaer, with its wonderful setting perched on a series of islets.
Day 5: Southwest to Stamsund
The horseshoe of mountains above the fishing port of Stamsund provide a relatively accessible way for all walkers to reach some stupendous viewpoints, whilst across the valley the popular mountain, Justadtinden provides an excellent walk to its saddle and neighbouring peak, Steindalstinden, and provides a big mountain day to remember.
Easier walk: After a scenic drive we leave the road near Apnes and ascend on a steep rocky path to a col at around 190m. Once on the very broad grassy ridge we follow rough paths, exploring the ridge and then ascending a little further towards Heia for wonderful views. We descend to ski trails on good wide tracks and continue down quite steeply in places to two tranquil lakes. Finally we pass some typically colourful houses before reaching an attractive pub/café in the village. 4 miles (6.5km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent.
Harder walk: Starting at Hagskardet picnic site near Stamsund we head up on good paths past a radio mast and out into big mountain country with the shapely summit of Justadtinden constantly beckoning us on a few kilometres away. We cross the rocky dome of Steinheia, mostly on good rocky paths and then make our way roughly over the big open plateau to a saddle beneath the steep mountain summit slopes. The views north to Himmeltinden and to the west will tempt us to linger, but we retrace our steps for a few metres and then head round to the ridge along a good path, littered with boulders, to a fine stone calm and on to the summit of Steindalstinden, for fantastic 360° views, weather permitting. We return via roughly the same route. 8 miles (13km) with 1,400ft (420m) of ascent.
Day 6: Hadseloya
Both walks travel north and take a ferry to the island of Hadsloya, which forms part of the archipelago of Vesterålen.
Easier walk: We take the ferry at Fiskebøl and enjoy stunning views on the crossing to Melbu. We have a short taxi hop to Ånnstad, and start our walk taking a gently rising track past pretty lakes below Særterfjellet. A short section of rough ground sees us up to the next lake, Storvatnet, and some beautiful huts. We then ascend quite steeply to the small summit of Barheia for wonderful views, and finally descend on good paths to Melbu and the ferry home. The path down has one short steepish section and can be boggy in places. 7 miles (11km) with 1,100ft (330m) of ascent.
Harder walk: We start at the same place as the easier walk, then after a few hundred metres we take a small but good path, ascending steeply in places, to a col between the impressive peaks of Nuken and Saeterfjellet. We then follow another small path over the plateau above the valley of Annstaddalen heading towards the mountain of Saeterfjellet. The peak, although it looks quite close, is too far to reach in the time available so from the plateau we descend through woodland to a small lake. Paths can be rough, indistinct, and muddy on this section. We then make our way round to
the track near the lake of Nakkvatnett, and follow the route of the easier walk to the lake of Storvatnet, ascend to the delightful summit of Barheia, and then descend to Melbu for the ferry home. 8 miles (13km) with 1,700ft (510m) of ascent.
Day 7: The Island of Skrova
Both groups walk from the hotel and catch the ferry to Skrova to explore this delightful island, steeped in fishing and whaling history.
Easier walk: From the ferry we follow the road round the harbour lined with the traditional red ‘rorbu’ (fishermen’s cabins) and fishing boats. We follow the path beneath the mighty bulks of Hogskrova and Stappen to descend to the beautiful Merrvika Bay. The path crosses the rocky shore and then ascends on a very rocky section to contour above the cliffs. Weather permitting, we will have stunning views of the coastline and neighbouring small islands and a chance of spotting sea eagles. The path then ascends steeply to the col between Hogskrova and Tuvene. We descend to the road, round by the harbour, to the pier and café. 4 miles (6.5km) with 400ft (120m) of ascent.
Harder walk: From the ferry we follow the road round the harbour and follow a path to the base of Hogskrova, Skrova’s mountain. We begin our very steep and rocky ascent with the help of a rope handrail to the mast just below the summit. We continue to the summit, where the final few metres are rocky and slightly exposed, but with good handrails. The views of white sandy bays, islets, coves and mountains will take your breath away. We descend by the same route, then pass beneath the mighty bulk of Stappen to descend to the Merrvika Bay, now following the same route as the easier walk. The path crosses the rocky shore and then ascends to contour above the cliffs with stunning views and a chance of spotting sea eagles. The path then ascends steeply to the col between Hogskrova and Tuvene. We descend to the road, round by the harbour, to take the ferry back to Svolvaer. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,100ft (330m) of ascent.
Day 8: Departure Day
Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks.
Make the most of your European holiday by visiting two resorts. Why not combine our two Norwegian resorts to create a stunning holiday?
Lofoten Islands & Ulvik- 14nts
Combine a week on the Lofoten Islands with a week at Ulvik in the Norwegian Fjords. Enjoy great walks through outstanding scenery - lush gorges and cascading waterfalls. Our 4-star hotel sits on the shores of Ulvik Fjord.
With flight & transfers: £2,849
Without flights & transfers: from £2,499
To book any of our Two-Centre holidays call our Reservations Team on 0345 470 7558
An introduction to the area
The Lofoten Islands are said to be one of the most beautiful island archipelagos in the world, and although they lie around 200km north of the Arctic Circle the extraordinary climate experienced in the islands is caused by the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. Although the mountains are not very high, and the highest peak, Higravstinden, reaches only 1,161 metres, the fact that they rise straight from the sea makes them spectacular and extraordinary. However, the terrain is rocky and rugged underfoot. The islands are studded with lakes, and the coastline with its white sandy beaches and many islets offer great walking opportunities. During most of the summer months the islands will also be bathed in the beautiful light created by the Midnight Sun.
The Scandic Hotel is based in the heart of the Lofoten Islands, in Svolvaer, the capital of Lofoten. This small city successfully captures the atmosphere of a bustling harbour, a small town and an artists’ environment all at once. The Hotel sits on its own island, Lamholmen, in the harbour, and from here you can watch the coming and going of the fishing boats, the pleasure boats, and Norway’s famous coastal vessel, Hurtigruten. Svolvaer offers an excellent base for exploring the many different faces of Lofoten, including a visit to the nearby beautiful islands of Hadseloya and Skrova for one of our days walking.
There are many art galleries in Svolvaer, including the Gunnar Berg Gallery on Svinoy. There are also many cafés, bars and shops around the harbour. The hotel has a decking area where guests can enjoy a drink and watch the boats coming and going in the bustling harbour, and the daily arrival and departure of Hurtigruten, the famous Norwegian coastal vessel, in the evening.
Trollfjord - one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in the county of Nordland. With its narrow entrance and steep-sided mountains, it cuts westwards from the Raftsundet strait, opening out into an almost mythic landscape.
Henningsvaer - known as the Venice of Lofoten, by public transport. Henningsvaer is situated at the foot of Mount Vågakaillen, and consists of a group of isles and islets spread out at random in the blue waters of the Vestfjord.
Historic Storvagan in Kabelvag - known as the heart of the Lofotens, is well worth a visit for its cultural and museum attractions.
Shops & Facilities:
The Hotel is based in the heart of the Lofoten Islands; Svolvær, the capital of Lofoten, successfully captures the atmosphere of a bustling harbour, a small town and an artists’ environment all in one. Around the main square, you will find two banks with ATMs, a range of shops, cafes and restaurants, the Tourist Information Office, and booking booths for boat trips to Trollfjord, and Sea Eagle safaris, and Whale Watching. There are a number of supermarkets in Svolvær, a short distance from the hotel (closed on Sundays).
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Heathrow to Harstad/Narvik via Oslo airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours 30 minutes to the Scandic Hotel Svolvaer.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However we can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Harstad/Narvik airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flight* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £60.00.
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
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Dates & Prices
|16 Aug 2017||LTLCL - Guided Walking Lofoten Islands - Without Flights||7||£1,149.00||Book Now|
|23 Aug 2017||LTLCL - Guided Walking Lofoten Islands - Without Flights||7||£1,149.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £50.50 per night
- Sea view: £16 per person per night
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person