Guided Hiking Tours

Norway | The Islands of Lofoten

Unlock the treasures of Norway's mountains and fjords.

  • "Today was magnificent! All the pieces came together of the mountains in Lofoten. We experienced the essence of mountains by the shore. It was the mist of the fog. The sheep, the green, green grass, the smell of the ocean, the sound of silence with the oceans waves, the smell of the wet rock and the red kelp from the water, the norweigen tommy offering us waffles and coffee in his surfing B&B."- Jan Dekle

Trip Highlights:

  • Stay in robuers, nineteenth century fishing cottages that have been updated with modern conveniences.
  • Sip wine in Norway's most picturesque fishing villages; Sørvågen, Reine, and Nusfjord.
  • Access secluded beaches and hiking paths by sea kayak and ferry.
  • Enjoy breathaking views of Lofoten's mountains, fjords, and the Norwegian Sea.

Escape from the crowds as you as you explore the Lofoten archipelago, a rugged island chain lying 122 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Bathed by the light of the midnight sun, and rising out of the Norwegian Sea like a fortress wall, the 4,000-foot granite peaks of Lofoten will mesmerize you with their craggy summits, lovely jade meadows, and unforgettable views of Norway’s sparkling fjords.

Beginning in Sørvågen, Lofoten, our eight-day hiking tour of Norway connects tiny villages on the islands of Moskenesøya, Flakstadøya and Austvågøya. Traveling by sea kayak, (no experience necessary), and by foot, you’ll paddle to secluded beaches, hike across remote mountan tops, and walk through tiny hamlets with colorful wooden fishing cottages perched at the water’s edge.

Fishing is still the mainstay of Lofoten, and you’ll experience its 10,000 year-old local history at every turn. You’ll see the scaffold-like drying racks used to make torrfisk, ‘dried codfish,’ and you’ll sleep in nineteenth century rorbuer, cozy wooden fishing cottages that have become a popular symbol of Lofoten with their red painted siding, weathered stilts and clean, white trim.

The Norwegians believe that the mountains should be explored on their own terms. You’ll hike from coastline to summit on wild, unmarked and pristine terrain. This hiking tour also invloves a bit of “spontaneous scrambling.” Test your trekking poles on the flanks of Hellsegga (1,949 feet), the highest peak in southern Lofoten, and travel back in time at the Refsvika cave, a 500-foot deep cavern with rock drawings dating back 3,000 years.

History and culture abound in this paradise situated at 68 degrees north latitude. Whether it’s hiking across the summits of Kollfjellet, Merraflestinden and Munken, or whale watching from the harbor in Reine, one of the most beautiful seaside villages in the world, you’ll witness the most revered landscapes in all of Norway.

Departure: 06/04/2017BOOK THIS TRIP!

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Trip Profile

Duration

7 nights/8 days
Hiking up to 10 miles
Ascents up to 3000 ft.

Guided Tour

June 4-11, 2017
$5,194 per person double
Single (+$686)

Four guest minimum required to run this trip.

Private Guided Tour

June-Sept.
$5,990* per person double
Single (+$473)

Accommodations

7 nights charming inns

Breakfast + Dinner

Daily

Luggage Transfer

Daily

Transportation

All lifts + transfers incidental to itinerary beginning in Henningsvær

Please inquire about transporation options before and after your tour

Gateways

Arrival: Oslo to Bodø to Svolvær, Norway
Departure: Leknes to Bodø to Oslo, Norway

*Per person price for a private group of 4. Please contact us about pricing for other private group sizes.

The Islands of Lofoten | Norway

Trip Itinerary

Travel independently to Olso and then fly into Bodø and either ferry or fly from Bodø to Svolvær. On this day, there will be a one-time, late afternoon RW shuttle offered from Svolvær to Henningsvær.  Other arrivals will independently taxi transfer to Henningsvær – a 30-minute ride. At 7pm meet the group and your guide(s) for cocktails, orientation and dinner.

After breakfast, and enjoying the view across Hennigsvær’s harbor, we will be dropped off at Vollan, on the foot of Olderfjorden. We will hike up the fjord and through the mountains to an alpine lake and swim if the weather permits. For those feeling energetic, we will summit the peak first before hiking back to Henningsvær, and our lovely hotel.

Shuttle by van to Eggum and then hike to Unstad, a stunning village famous for its waffles and Arctic surfing. Hiking the shoreline, we will pass a gorgeous lighthouse right below a 2,139-foot peak. Enjoy view of Lofoten’s  dramatic landscapes. Transfer to Nusfjord, one of most picturesque and best preserved fishing villages in Lofoten. Spend the night in refurbished nineteenth century seaside rorbuer (fishing hut) cottages.

After a short transfer to Selfjorden, we hike towards two mountain passes and past two beautiful mountain lakes before descending towards the grand beach of Horseidvika and hike onto Kjerkefjorden. From there we transfer to Reine, surrounded by mountain peaks and often referred to as “the most beautiful village in the world.” Stay in an authentic hotel, Reine Rorbuer, located on the waterfront.

The day starts with sea kayaking (no experience necessary) along the Kjerkfjorden to Vinstad. From there we will hike an hour to a beautiful and very secluded beach on the west side of Moskenesøya. We will then make our way back to Reine.

After a short transfer into Reinefjord, we will hike to Munkebu, a small hut, and continue over three peaks, Kollfjellet, Merraflestinden, Munken, with breathtaking views of the coastline, before descending into Sorvågen where we settle into our cozy, waterfront rorbuers.

Hike from sea level to Hellsegga at 1,949 feet. Hellsegga is the highest peak on the southwest end of Lofoten, and it will give us the chance to view the most southern islands of the Norwegian archipelago, Værøy and Røstlandet.

The closest airport with connections to Bodø/Oslo is Leknes. There will be a one-time RW shuttle for those catching afternoon connections. It is a 45 minute drive. Other departures will independently taxi transfer to Leknes airport.

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