Lofoten and the Northern Lights

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  • Feb-Mar, Oct-Nov
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Lofoten and the Northern Lights

from £1001 including flights

  • 6 nights
  • Feb-Mar, Oct-Nov

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Highlights

In pictures
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Great potential to see the northern lights

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Drive between islands and see picture-postcard fishing villages

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Enjoy optional activities such as kayaking and whale watching

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Marvel at spectacular fjord scenery

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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.

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.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you

Day 1 arrive Evenes, Norway

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

Fly to Evenes via Oslo, collect your rental vehicle and drive to the harbour town of Harstad for an overnight stay. (44km, approx 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. (75km, approx 2 hours - including ferry crossing)

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. (75km, approx 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.

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.

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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. (115km, approx 2 hours)

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. (115km, approx 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

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

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Day 7 depart Norway

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

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

Accommodation Options

This itinerary is based on a night at Thon Hotel in Harstad, two nights at the Sortland Hotel and three nights at Svinoya Rorbuer. However, with a wide choice of accommodation in Norway, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference - from fjord-side properties and city centre hotels to countryside lodges and cottages.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1001 including flights

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
  • 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
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices from per person

Based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin price
Oct - Nov 2020 6 nights C - Ford Focus (or similar) £1,001
Oct - Nov 2020 6 nights O - VW Passat (or similar) £1,146
Oct - Nov 2020 6 nights G - VW Tiguan (or similar) £1,359
Feb - Mar 2021 6 nights C - Ford Focus (or similar) £1,050
Feb - Mar 2021 6 nights O - VW Passat (or similar) £1,195
Feb - Mar 2021 6 nights G - VW Tiguan (or similar) £1,408

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