Guided Walking on the Lofoten Islands, Norway
EXPERIENCE SOME OF EUROPE'S MOST AWE-INSPIRING SCENERY BATHED IN THE LIGHT OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN
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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
- Experience islands bathed in the transcendent light of the midnight sun
- Discover Utkaliev 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
- 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
A lovely introduction to the spectacular landscapes of the Lofoten islands, with today’s walks passing through the picturesque town of Svolvaer 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. We walk by two major lakes through a landscape shaped by glaciers, beneath or to the top of the bulk of Svolvaer’s local mountain Tjeldbergtinden, and continue under the shadow of the mountain of Kongstinden surrounded by glacial scraped rock denuded of all vegetation which is so typical of the arctic. We end our walk in the historic town of Kabelvag, the oldest town in the north of Norway, with its beautiful square and ‘rorbu’, and have time for a beer or coffee overlooking the harbour, before catching the bus back to Svolvaer.
Easier Walk: 6 miles (9.5km) with 300ft (90m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: 7 miles (11km) with 1,200ft (360m) of ascent
Day 3: Hills and coast around Haukland and Utkaleiv
The beaches of Haukland and Utkaleiv are the most famous beaches on Lofoten with their white sands and turquoise seas, and a backdrop of towering mountains.
We take a coach for both walks, through stunning scenery to the Haukland and Utkaleiv areas on the island of Vestvågøy to explore the hills and coastline surrounding these beautiful hamlets and beaches. 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 Utkaleiv. Here there is an option for guests to take the coach to the Viking Museum or to continue the walk along the coast and round the headland affording stunning coastal scenery and views. The harder walks ascend the delightful round, but surprisingly steep hill of Holandsmelen, descending to the farm of Kjellbogen and then following a grassy track and unsealed road to Haukland. From here the harder walkers ascend and descend over the old road to Utkaleiv and follow the good track round the headland with its marvellous coastal views.
Easier Walk: 7 miles (11km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: 9 miles (14.5km) with 2000ft (600m) 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.
Cruise down to the spectacular Trollfojrd – A spectacularly steep fjord narrowing to only 100m.
Visit the vibrant little fishing town of Henningsvaer, perched on the end of a thin promontory, its nickname is “The Venice of Lofoten”
Day 5: Exploring the Apnesfjellet ridge or exploring Justadtinden
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. 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. The harder walk starts at the Hagskardet car park on the road to Stamsund and ascends gradually to the col below the mighty summit of Justadtinden. We then continue round the ridge to the summit of Steindalstinden, enjoying exhilarating views if the weather permits. 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.
Easier walk: 4 miles (6.5km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent.
Harder walk: 8 miles (13km) with 1,400ft (420m) of ascent.
Day 6: Hadseloya
Both walks take the coach to the island of Hadseloya, which forms part of the archipelago of Vesterålen. The journey alone makes the day memorable. The easier walk follows a track up the Annstad valley to a series of beautiful secluded lakes. Then we ascend on paths to the small hill, Barheia, from where it 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 then follow a path down to the small village of Melbu for the ferry and bus back to Svolvaer. The harder walks starts at the same place but soon turns off the track to ascend a delightful grassy path to a wide open plateau, and after following the edge of the plateau, beneath the wonderful mountain of Seaterfjellet, we descend through birch and conifer trees to a small lake, then continue to the next lake visited by the easier group, ascend the shoulder, and if time allows ascend to the summit, of Barheia, then descending by a pleasant path to Melbu for the ferry and bus back to Svolvaer.
Easier walk: 7 miles (11km) with 1,100ft (330m) of ascent.
Harder walk: 8 miles (13km) with 1,600ft (480m) of ascent.
Day 7: The Island of Skrova
Today both groups walk from the hotel to the nearby ferry terminal and take the short, but fabulous ferry journey over to the island of Skrova. With its wonderful sandy beaches Skrova is a pearl of the Lofoten islands. It also offers the best view back to the Lofoten wall (as the island chain is often called). Skrova has the least rainfall in the entire region, and the longest hours of sunshine, and as it has been a centre for fisheries and whaling for many decades, it is a fascinating island to explore. Both groups circumnavigate the island, and whilst the easier walk passes beneath the mighty bulks of Hogskrova and Stappen over to the beautiful Merrvika Bay, the harder walk ascends a rocky path to the top of Hogskrova, the highest point on Skrova. Although the mountain rises only to 282meters it is a very steep rocky path aided by handrails. After descending from Hogskrova the harder walk also continues over to Merrvika Bay. Both walks continue in an anti-clockwise direction round the island, and from Merrvika Bay there is a good chance of seeing sea eagles, until the path turns away from the beautiful coastline to go over the pass between the mountains of Hogskrova and Tuvene, and back to the village, where there are art galleries and cafes for a beer or coffee before taking the ferry back to Svolvaer. Although the distances are not great today, the ruggedness and the beauty of the island make up for any lack of distance. Skrova is an island not to be missed.
Easier walk: 4 miles (6.5km) with 400ft (120m) of ascent.
Harder walk: 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 from: £3,249
Without flights & transfers from: £2,849
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 £71.00.
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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|25 Jul 2018||LTLCL - Guided Walking Lofoten Islands & Ulvik - Without Flights||14||£2,849.00||Book Now|
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £58 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