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Lofoten Islands Inn-based Tour

Highlights

  •   Premier Norway hiking destination
  •   Summit Lofoten’s most famous peaks
  •   Soak up Lofoten’s best views
  •   Exquisite regional cuisine
  •   Small, historic Nordic fishing villages
  •   Pristine mountains, valleys & lakes
  •   Unique natural & cultural history
  •   Diverse & exotic wildlife
  •   Scenic boat rides

Description

Our Lofoten Islands Inn-based Tour explores the best the "Land of the Midnight Sun" has to offer! Being above the Arctic Circle allows us to enjoy full days of sunlight while we explore the majestic landscapes of Norway's most scenic destination. These stunning, mountainous islands, draped across the Norwegian Sea, are part of a unique cultural region of Norway known for its ancient Viking history, 1000-year-old fishing communities, and spectacular scenery. Lofoten is a collection of small islands full of charm, personality, unique wildlife, jaw dropping views, and unforgettable hikes.

For this 8-Day itinerary we handpicked some of the area’s most outstanding treks and stay in our four favorite unique accommodations. Come explore Norway’s best hiking destination with us!

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Inn-based Tour
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Bodø, Norway
8 days
21mi / 34km
$4700 Per Person
$475 Single Supplement

Travel to Bodø, Norway

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Ferry Ride: 3.5 hours
  • Drive Time: 15 minutes
  • Accommodations: Nyvågar Rorbuhotell

This Norway trek begins in the small town of Bodø, Norway, where you meet the group and your guides. After an orientation meeting and early dinner, we’ll board a speed ferry to Svolvær. This scenic boat ride takes us along the many islands of Lofoten, weaving in and out of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. After arriving, our group will be transferred to our night’s accommodations. The cabins we stay in the first two nights sit right along the water. Your guide will prepare some snacks for the group before allowing everyone to settle in and recover from their travels. Tonight's accommodation offers yoga, a spa and a sauna for those interested.

Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 1.9 miles (3 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1740 feet (530 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1740 feet (530 m)
  • Drive Time: 1 hour
  • Accommodations: Nyvågar Rorbuhotell

Today we will enjoy an energizing breakfast to prepare us for the day. Afterward we will drive 30 minutes to the trailhead for our first hike. Today’s hike is on Lofoten’s most famous mountain, Festvågtind. This short, yet steep and challenging hike takes us up to dramatic, sweeping views of the surrounding islands and expansive Norwegian Sea. Weather depending, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at the summit before heading back down to our vehicle. From here we’ll head to the charming fishing village of Henningsvær to walk and experience its quaint streets and shops. A local Norwegian dinner and relaxing evening cap off this amazing day.

Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 4.4 miles (7 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2297 feet (700 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2297 feet (700 m)
  • Drive Time: 1 hour
  • Accommodations: Lofoten Links

Today we’ll pack up and head 40 minutes up the road to our hike on the mountain Kleppstadheia. Our hike starts at sea level and climbs up to fabulous views of the surrounding landscapes. Where the sea meets the mountains, we’ll enjoy a lunch prepared by your guide before heading back down. Once back at our vehicle we’ll have a short transfer to our new accommodations for the next few nights. Dinner tonight is just a short walk away at a very traditional Norwegian restaurant - one of our favorites!

Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 2.2 miles (3.5 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1148 feet (350 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1148 feet (350 m)
  • Accommodations: Lofoten Links

Today we will enjoy a leisurely start and delicious family breakfast together before heading out for the day's hike. The summit of Mount Hoven is our goal. From the top we’ll soak up 360-degree views, which - if clear enough - can include the distant Vesterålen Islands. We'll enjoy today's picnic lunch on the summit or the beach below depending on timing. If the weather is cooperative we will reserve a private sauna on the beach for our group before enjoying another traditional Norwegian dinner a short walk from our cabins.

Day 5
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles (8 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3051 feet (930 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 3051 feet (930 m)
  • Drive Time: 1.5 hours
  • Accommodations: Solsiden Brygge

Our day starts with breakfast and checking out of our accommodations. We'll then shuttle to the trailhead of one of Lofoten’s highest peaks, Himmeltinden. This hike is our most challenging, but also one of the most rewarding. Our goal will be to sit on the Southern summit overlooking a vast expanse of mountains, lakes and of course the Norwegian Sea. Don't forget your camera or phone today, because the photography is out of this world! After our descent we’ll head toward tonight’s lodging, Solsiden Brygge. Our day ends with much-deserved showers, dinner, and a soak in our lodge's wonderful hot tub!

Day 6
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles (8 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1739 feet (550 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1739 feet (550) m)
  • Drive Time: 1 hour
  • Accommodations: Eliassen Rorbuer

On today's hike we explore an isolated beach and the summit of Ryten. The view from the top of this mountain looking back over Kvalvika Beach and beyond is widely considered one of Lofoten’s best. We agree. After lunch either on the summit or at the beach, we’ll head back to our vehicle and drive 30 minutes to Reine, where we'll check into ocean front cabins with spectacular views and swimming opportunities. Dinner is just a short walk away at a hand-picked restaurant.

Day 7
  • Hiking Mileage: 4.3 miles (6.8 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1641 feet (500 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1641 feet (500 m)
  • Drive Time: 20 minutes
  • Boat Ride: 2 hours
  • Accommodations: Eliassen Rorbuer

Our last full day in the Lofoten Islands, today we continue our exploration first by boat and then by foot. After breakfast we’ll take a 1-hour boat ride through the islands to the beginning of our hike. Today's trek takes us along the coast and then over a small pass to a breathtaking beach. After enjoying the beach for a bit, and a picnic lunch, we’ll return and catch our boat shuttle back to Reine.

Our afternoon includes a short 10-minute drive and a second hike to Reinebringen, the most famous hike in the Lofoten Islands. The view from this short hike is known as the most iconic in the area. When you think of Lofoten you think of this image - don’t forget your camera! This is a perfect ending to the hiking portion of our spectacular journey. After snapping a few shots,we’ll head back to our cabins to relax before our final, celebratory dinner together.

Day 8
  • Driving Time: 10 minutes
  • Ferry Ride: 4 hours

Our final morning we will sleep in and then enjoy a group breakfast before packing up and heading to Moskenes to catch a ferry back to Bodø. This ferry crosses open ocean and has great views along the way. We will have lunch on the ferry en route. Once we reach Bodø, we’ll have a taxi waiting for those that need to transfer to the airport. This ends our Lofoten Islands hiking adventure!




Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the last day in Bodø
  • Lodging for the duration of the tour (Lodging Details)
  • Use of backpack, trekking poles and other gear
  • All meals from dinner Day 1 through lunch on the last day
  • Experienced, professional Wildland certified guides
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to/from Bodø, Norway
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry/ spa or sauna)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles
  • Gratuity for guide(s) (industry recommendation is 10% of total trip cost; USD or NOK is acceptable.)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

Norwegian cuisine is very traditional and includes a simple approach to breakfasts and lunches. Norwegians often eat Matpakke - a cold lunch made from breakfast supplies. Norwegians focus a lot of their diet on meat, fish, root vegetables and heavy sauces. For dinners, ingredients are very high in quality and will be traditional Norwegian cuisine. Menus are often set, and there is not an option to order something else at most of our accommodations. The ability to choose your meal off a menu depends on the restaurant and can be organized beforehand when possible.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Norrøna backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

On this trip you will fly into Bodø, Norway, landing no later than 2:30pm on Day 1 of your trip. You will rendezvous with your guide and group at 3:30pm in Bodø at a restaurante called Bryggerkaia for an early dinner and orientation. The restaurant is either a 3-minute taxi ride or a 15-minute walk from the airport. Bodø is an extremely easy city to navigate.

If possible, we recommend arriving in Norway a day early, as it will help your recovery from jet-lag and provide a buffer for possible flight delays or cancellations. On this tour we are unable to wait for guests whose flights are delayed or cancelled but in those situations can help with information on getting to Lofoten to join up with the rest of the group.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Trip Insurance

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.


Weather in Lofoten

Lofoten is a stunning place that receives quite a bit of rain. Weather can change very quickly, with rain or wind moving over the ocean and hitting the coastline. Some days we have sunny skies and excellent weather, but the hiking is consistently wet and muddy. Guests need to be prepared for sunshine, rain and wind.

Month Hi Low Precip
July 58° F 50° F 10 days
August 57° F 50° F 11 days

Accommodations

Nyvågar Rorbuhotell

Nyvågar Rorbuhotell

2 nights

This lodge is beautifully situated right on the ocean. It features comfortable suites with private bedrooms, bathrooms, hot showers, kitchenettes and televisions.

Lofoten Links

Lofoten Links

2 nights

This lodge features cabins just off the beach with shared living space that feels like home. The cabins are north facing with spectacular views of the midnight sun and the ocean.

Solsiden Brygge

Solsiden Brygge

1 night

This lodge is located in "Lofoten's sunniest village" and is right on the ocean. Emphasizing quality, service and ambience, this hotel's modern rooms are cozy and inviting.

Eliassen Rorbuer

Eliassen Rorbuer

2 nights

With renovated fishermen’s cabins, this lodge is legendary in the tourist industry in Lofoten. It is situated on the tiny island of Hamnøy in wild and beautiful Western Lofoten.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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