Around Lofoten

from £1916
including flights
8–9 nights Sep, May-Aug

Overview

The far north of Norway has a captivating and dramatic beauty. Lofoten is a collection of islands boasting distinctive glacier-carved peaks, tranquil fishing villages and some unbelievable sandy beaches. Combine these with the greener, gentler Vesteralen islands and explore one of Europe's best kept travel secrets on this self-drive holiday.

Highlights

  • Discover the seals and seabirds of Vesteralen
  • Take a whale safari from Andenes
  • Explore Trollfjorden on a boat trip or by kayak
  • Visit the village of Henningsvaer popular with artists and craftsmen
  • Wonder at the turquoise sea and white sand beaches- is this really Norway!
  • Drive through stunning scenery on one of Norway's scenic tourist routes

What's Included

  • Return flights between Heathrow and Evenes
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental
  • Unlimited mileage and CDW

Full description

This holiday includes an introduction to the joys of island driving, with picturesque coastal roads and an abundance of stunning views along the way. We have two itineraries to choose from, one focusing on just Lofoten with a night at the start and end of the trip in Harstad due to the logistics of travelling from and to the airport. The other takes you to  the Vesteralen archipelago, perhaps enjoying some hiking on Langøya and a whale watching trip before continuing to Lofoten.

Here the locals live from farming, fishing and some tourism, but this is a place with a true unspoilt feeling. See traditional red-painted fishermen's huts, known as 'rorbuer', photograph tiny fishing boats bobbing about in the harbours, browse local handicraft shops and galleries, discover inlets, secret coves and staggering scenery not typically thought of as 'Norwegian'!

This is a wonderfully laid-back holiday where you have the option to add in scenic boat trips, a visit to a whale museum, a whale or sea eagle watching safari, go kayaking or hiking - it can be whatever you want it to be.

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Prices & Dates

Offers

Around Lofoten, including Vesteralen - 9 nights

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price (pp)
May - Sep 2019 9 nights VW Golf (or similar) £1,916

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

Around Lofoten - 8 nights

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price (pp)
May - Sep 2018 8 nights VW Golf (or similar) £1,793
May - Sep 2019 8 nights VW Golf (or similar) £1,793

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

What's Included

  • Return flights between London Heathrow and Evenes via Oslo
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Car rental for 9 days standard category vehicle rental with Europcar (VW Golf or similar)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

All accommodation has breakfast included. It is possible to add half board at some properties.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary 1 - Around Lofoten

Day 1 - Fly to Evenes
Fly to Evenes. Collect your rental vehicle from the airport and drive to Harstad for a 1-night stay at the Clarion Collection Hotel Arcticus (approximate journey time 45 minutes / distance 44 km).

Day 2 - Harstad to Svolvaer
Leaving Harstad, head south to Lofoten and the town of Svolvaer on the E10, one of the most picturesque drives in Europe. Stay three nights at the delightful Svinoya Rorbuer in traditional style cabins in this charming fishing town (approximate journey time 2 hours 30 minutes / distance 168 km).

Days 3 to 4 - Svolvaer
Time at leisure to enjoy the fantastic scenery of jagged peaks (some of the oldest rocks in the world), fjords, rugged cliffs, idyllic white sand beaches and thousands of tiny islands. Don't miss the chance to take a boat tour into Trollfjorden, by comfortable motor cruise, thrilling zodiac inflatable or peaceful kayak. Just 3 km long and barely 100 m wide at its entrance, the fjord is framed with smooth, vertical granite slabs rising to 1000 m. Here sea eagles are often spotted. If you would rather stay on dry land, there is time to explore the town itself and soak up the harbour atmosphere.

Day 5 - Svolvaer to Reine
A short but spectacular drive today through the heart of the Lofoten archipelago, winding down the E10 towards Reine where you will stay at the Reine Rorbuer for three nights (approximate journey time 2 hours 15 minutes / distance 122 km). The many tiny fishing villages that surround this beautiful area epitomize the spirit of the islands. Those with the energy can enjoy a hike to a stunning mountain point above the bay.

Days 6 to 7 - Reine
Time at leisure to explore the area and maybe visit A, at the absolute end of the E10 and a village of great character. Time permitting, take a boat trip from Moskenes to Vaeroy whose soaring bird cliffs face the ocean and support a wide range of species. Maybe visit the beautiful village of Nusfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage village in a breathtaking location en route to the viking farmstead at Borg. Unstad and Eggum are two isolated settlements on the north coast of Lofoten where steep cliffs flank white sandy beaches.

Day 8 - Reine to Harstad
Head back over the Lofoten islands to Harstad. The quaint village of Henningsvaer with its pretty painted houses provides a great photo stop. Continue your journey to Harstad and overnight at the Clarion Hotel Arcticus (approximate journey time 5 hours / distance 290 km).

Day 9 - Harstad to Evenes/Narvik Airport
Depending on your flight time, you may wish to visit Trondenes, the historic settlement of Harstad located just a short distance to the east of town. Head back to the airport at Evenes, drop off your rental vehicle and fly home (approximate driving time 45 minutes / distance 44 km).

Itinerary 2 - Around Lofoten, including Vesteralen

Day 1 - Fly to Evenes
Fly from to Evenes via Oslo. Collect your rental vehicle from the airport and drive to Sortland in the Vesterålen archipelago for a 3-night stay at the Sortland Hotel (approximate journey time 2 hours / distance 132 km).

Days 2 to 3 - Sortland
Head north to the island of Andoya and the small town of Andenes. There is an optional excursion available to visit the whale museum and join a whale watching tour with a chance to see sperm, minke, pilot and humpback whales, as well as harbour porpoises. Or enjoy a puffin safari from the town of Bleik near Andenes. Return to Sortland via the west coast of Andoya and enjoy the dramatic coastline. Visit the historic village of Nyksund or don hiking boots for a coastal walk.

Day 4 - Sortland to Svolvaer
Leaving Vesterålen, head south to Lofoten and the town of Svolvær on the E10, one of the most picturesque drives in Europe. Stay two nights at the delightful Svinøya Rorbuer in traditional style cabins in this charming fishing town (approximate journey time 2 hours / distance 120 km).

Day 5 - Svolvaer
A day at leisure to enjoy the fantastic scenery of jagged peaks (some of the oldest rocks in the world), fjords, rugged cliffs, idyllic white sand beaches and thousands of tiny islands. Don't miss the chance to take a boat tour into Trollfjorden, by comfortable motor cruise, thrilling zodiac inflatable or peaceful kayak. Just 3 km long and barely 100 m wide at its entrance, the fjord is framed with smooth, vertical granite slabs rising to 1000 m. Here sea eagles are often spotted. If you would rather stay on dry land, there is time to explore the town itself and soak up the harbour atmosphere.

Day 6 - Svolvaer to Reine
A short but spectacular drive today through the heart of the Lofoten archipelago, winding down the E10 towards Reine where you will stay at the Reine Rorbuer for three nights (approximate journey time 2 hours 15 minutes / distance 122 km). The many tiny fishing villages that surround this beautiful area epitomize the spirit of the islands. Those with the energy can enjoy a hike to a stunning mountain point above the bay.

Days 7 to 8 - Reine
Time at leisure to explore the area and maybe visit A, at the absolute end of the E10 and a village of great character. Time permitting, take a boat trip from Moskenes to Vaeroy whose soaring bird cliffs face the ocean and support a wide range of species. Maybe visit the beautiful village of Nusfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage village in a breathtaking location en route to the viking farmstead at Borg. Unstad and Eggum are two isolated settlements on the north coast of Lofoten where steep cliffs flank white sandy beaches.

Day 9 - Reine to Harstad
Head back over the Lofoten islands to Harstad. The quaint village of Henningsvaer with its pretty painted houses provides a great photo stop. Continue your journey to Harstad and overnight at the Thon Hotel (approximate journey time 5 hours / distance 290 km).

Day 10 - Harstad to Evenes/Narvik Airport
Depending on your flight time, you may wish to visit Trondenes, the historic settlement of Harstad located just a short distance to the east of town. Head back to the airport at Evenes, drop off your rental vehicle and fly home (approximate driving time 45 minutes / distance 44 km).

Clarion Collection Hotel Arcticus, Harstad

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

A 75-room hotel near the historical centre of Trondenes, this is a perfect place to…

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Thon Hotel Harstad

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Claiming a central position close to bustling quay in the heart of Harstad, this 141-room…

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Sortland Hotel

Norway

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Found in the city centre of Sortland, close to restaurants and shopping facilities, this 50-room…

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Svinoya Rorbuer, Svolvaer

Grade: Superior

Type: Unique And Boutique

Beautifully positioned on the waterfront and within easy walking distance of Svolvaer town centre.

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Reine Rorbuer, Lofoten

Grade: Superior

Type: Unique And Boutique

In the western part of Lofoten lies the fishing village of Reine, where there are many opportunities for all kinds of outdoor activities.

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Other Information

This holiday includes an introduction to the joys of island driving, with picturesque coastal roads and an abundance of stunning views along the way. We have two itineraries to choose from, one focusing on just Lofoten with a night at the start and end of the trip in Harstad due to the logistics of travelling from and to the airport. The other takes you to  the Vesteralen archipelago, perhaps enjoying some hiking on Langøya and a whale watching trip before continuing to Lofoten. 

Here the locals live from farming, fishing and some tourism, but this is a place with a true unspoilt feeling. See traditional red-painted fishermen's huts, known as 'rorbuer', photograph tiny fishing boats bobbing about in the harbours, browse local handicraft shops and galleries, discover inlets, secret coves and staggering scenery not typically thought of a 'Norwegian'!

This is a wonderfully laid-back holiday where you have the option to add in scenic boat trips, a visit to a whale museum, a whale or sea eagle watching safari, go kayaking or hiking - it can be whatever you want it to be.

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