Lofoten and the Northern Lights

from £1099
including flights
6 nights Nov, Feb-Mar, Oct

Overview

On this wonderful self drive holiday see the peaked mountains and tranquil fjords of northern Norway as they form a stunning backdrop to an already perfect setting of isles, inlets and quaint fishing villages. The Arctic light here is forever changing from burning red at dusk and dawn to the beautiful blue of polar night. And once skies are dark, the northern lights have a chance to take over.

Highlights

  • Some of the most dramatic and spectacular Arctic island scenery
  • Drive between islands and see picture-postcard fishing villages
  • Discover viking history, arts and crafts
  • Optional activities such as kayaking and whale watching
  • Remote settings for perfect aurora potential

What's Included

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Evenes
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited mileage

Full description

Take time to explore the Lofoten and Vesteralen islands off the northwest coast of Norway. Like a dragon's tail the pointed mountains, Lofotenveggen, form a majestic backdrop to the stunning group of Lofoten islands. With excellent road and bridge connections between villages and hamlets, driving here is simple and straightforward even in wintertime.

Explore the west of Langoya island in the Vesteralens, where small hamlets and villages are dotted with the traditional rustic fisherman's cabins, or rorbuer. Visit Nyksund, in its heyday an important fishing village, but left to ruin when the population moved out. In recent years many of the historic buildings have been renovated - there are two cosy restaurants, a hotel, a guesthouse and a museum explaining the fascinating history of this little town.

The swift changes in weather in this area provide magnificent light conditions and this, coupled with dramatic, awe-inspiring scenery, continues to inspire artists and photographers alike. Many art galleries and photo exhibitions can be found here as well as local arts and crafts centers showcasing traditional trades. Visit a blacksmiths or watch a weaver, glass blower or ceramic artist at work.

In the evening, the magical northern lights may often flicker and perform across the dark night sky, so keep your fingers crossed - enjoy a fleeting glimpse or perhaps some amazing displays, which may last for hours.

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Prices & Dates

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

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price
Oct - Nov 2018 6 nights VW Golf (or similar) £1,159
Feb - Mar 2019 6 nights VW Golf (or similar) £1,099

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What's Included

  • Return flight between London Heathrow and Evenes via Oslo
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 night at Thon Hotel in Harstad and 2 nights at the Sortland Hotel on a breakfast basis, 3 nights at Svinoya Rorbuer in standard cabins for 2 people on breakfast basis, and with self-catering facilities
  • 7 days vehicle rental with Europcar Norway (VW Golf or similar)
  • Unlimited mileage, CDW and tax
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive Evenes

Fly to Evenes via Oslo, collect your rental vehicle and drive to the harbour town of Harstad for an overnight stay (distance 44km, drive time 40 minutes).

Day 2: Evenes - Sortland

Watch as the Hurtigruten ships meet in the harbour around at 08:00hrs - one heading south and the other one north. Much of Hurtigruten history is based in the Vesteralen Islands and no doubt you will see the ships working their way up and down the coastline. Head west to Langoya, an island connected to the mainland by the beautiful Sortland Bridge. Your stay here is based at the comfortable Hotel Sortland for 2-nights (distance 75km, drive time 2 hours - including ferry crossing).

Day 3: exploring Vesteralen

Kayak in the sheltered fjords under the watchful eye of majestic sea eagles or take an optional whale watching trip from Andenes on the island of Andoya. Whale watching can be especially rewarding in the winter months with regular sightings of sperm, orca and humpback whales. As weather conditions are more changeable in the winter months, it is advisable to book these trips locally.

Day 4: Sortland - Henningsvaer/Svolvaer

Drive to Stokmarknes and visit the Hurtigruten Museum before continuing to Melbu and south to the islands of Lofoten. Take the car ferry to Fiskebol (additional cost) then continue to one of the beautiful seaside settlements of Svolvaer or Henningsvaer for a 3-night stay. Stay at the Svinoya Rorbuer in Svolvaer which offers comfortable accommodation in traditional old style cabins (distance 115km, drive time 2 hours).

Days 5-6: exploring Lofoten

Spend time at leisure to explore Lofoten or join one of the optional excursions. Visit some of the highlights of the Lofoten; drive along the rugged coastline, visit quaint fishing villages, travel all the way to the furthest point, called A, one of the places visited by Joanna Lumley in her much-televised pursuit of the northern lights.

Day 7: depart Norway

Return to Evenes, drop off car before your flight home via Oslo (distance 165km, drive time 2.5 hours).

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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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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Other Information

Take time to explore the Lofoten and Vesteralen islands off the northwest coast of Norway. Like a dragon's tail the pointed mountains, Lofotenveggen, form a majestic backdrop to the stunning group of Lofoten islands. With excellent road and bridge connections between villages and hamlets, driving here is simple and straightforward.

Explore the west of Langoya island in the Vesteralens, where small hamlets and villages are dotted with the traditional rustic fisherman's cabins, or rorbuer. Visit Nyksund, in its heyday an important fishing village, but left to ruin when the population moved out. In recent years many of the historic buildings have been renovated - there are two cosy restaurants, a hotel, a guesthouse and a museum explaining the fascinating history of this little town.

The swift changes in weather in this area provide magnificent light conditions and this, coupled with dramatic, awe-inspiring scenery, continues to inspire artists and photographers alike. Many art galleries and photo exhibitions can be found here as well as local arts and crafts centers showcasing traditional trades. Visit a blacksmiths or watch a weaver, glass blower or ceramic artist at work.

In the evening, the magical northern lights may often flicker and perform across the dark night sky, so keep your fingers crossed - enjoy a fleeting glimpse or perhaps some amazing displays, which may last for hours.

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