Lofoten Exclusive: Climbing, Hiking & Boat-safari

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Physical 4/6   Risk 3/6 8 days 5-8 participants From NOK 39 500

Overview

Experience the famous island groups of Lofoten by boat, with day trips to some of the islands most spectacular mountain peaks. Our boat will take us to otherwise non accessible places and give us a unique opportunity to experience what others can’t. We will cover large parts of Lofoten and stay in traditional Rorbuer or cabins.

Highlights

  • Experience the mind blowing scenery from six of Lofoten's most iconic and highest peaks.
  • Journey by private boat across the fjords with incredible views and stops at some of the archipelagos hidden gems.
  • Two technincal hikes and easy climbs with extra guides at either Rørvika or Vågakollen and Svolværgeita also called "The Goat". 
  • Explore the traditional fishing villages in Reine, Henningsvær and Nusfjord. 
  • Stay in traditional and upgraded "Fisherman's Rorbuers", fishermans cabins on the water.

The world-famous archipelago of Lofoten is known for its beautiful landscape, with dramatic mountain peaks rising out of the ocean. More than 50% of these places are accessible only by boat and that is the reason why this tour is unique. With our amazing Axopar 37-foot boat we will have the opportunity to experience the magic of the Norwegian fjords and discover remote places. This modern and powerful boat can carry up to 12 passengers in its spacious and comfortable cabin, that also protect us from Lofoten’s notoriously unpredictable weather. The weather in Lofoten can change completely quite fast so read the equipment list carefully and make sure to bring everything necessary for this trip.

Our goal is to offer you the best views by summiting some of the highest peaks of Lofoten. This trip will include technical hiking and some basic climbing. To participate on this tour, you need to be prepared for challenging hiking conditions. Lofoten's trails have steep ascents and descents, and due to the rainy weather, it can often be muddy. This does not take away from the beauty, but it does require extra effort in order to complete a hike happily. Hikers need to prepare physically and mentally for steep and muddy hiking, as the trails are more challenging than in other countries. We encourage guests who join this tour, as all of our trips, to have an open-mind and self-aware mentality. If this tour looks too challenging or fast-paced for your preffered travel itineary, we encourage travelers to take a look at our Hiking Lofoten: Land of the Midnight Sun itineary, which has less challenging hikes and a slower travel pace.

We will stay at unique and different cabins, lodges and Rorbuer (traditional fisherman cabins) during this trip and all meals are including. Some of the meals will be served to us and some we will make ourselves. Sharing and having time preparing meals together is important moments where we can socialize and talk about our days and experiences.

Our tour starts and ends in Svolvær, which is accessible by connecting flights or ferry from Bodø.

If you have the time, we recommend that you plan an extra day in Oslo before or after the tour. Oslo is among Lonely Planet's top 10 cities on their Best in travel 2018 list and is a great place to relax and reflect on your amazing week hiking in one of Norway's most striking landscapes.

Physical level and risk

So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.

Read more about physical requirements and risk here.

Physical: 4

To participate on a level 4 trip with us, you must prepare well and be ready for a real challenge! The trips are often longer than at lower levels, and the accommodation is often of a simple standard. Along the way, it will be both physically and mentally demanding, and it presupposes that you are prepared for this. You should do targeted training well in advance of departure. If the trip includes technical elements such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / summit hiking, you should have good skills in the relevant activity. Read more about the grading on our trips here

Risk: 3

Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help. Read more about the grading on our trips here

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals as mentioned in the day to day itinerary
  • Professional nature guide and additional guides for two days
  • All transportation from day 1-7

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

Marit Vidnes

marit@hvitserk.com +47 23213080

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Details

Difficulty

Level 4 out of 6. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. 

Days will be from 6 to 10 hours of hiking and easy climbing. You should expect scrambling, easy climbing and the path is rocky and slippery if it rains. You should have hiking experience with similar conditions. Lofoton is wet, with steep trails and often can be very muddy and slick. Please come prepared to be challenged if these conditions are new for you, or train for such hiking before your trip starts. Good fitness and hiking experience in similar terrain and a good attitude will also prepare you for this trip. Climbing experience is not necessary and there will be up to 2 extra guides for the days with more demanding climbing.

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the boat or at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day. 

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to our meeting point, Svolvær, is to take a flight within Norway from one of the main cities (Oslo, Bergen, Etc...) to Bodø, using an airline such as Norwegian, SAS or Widerøe. You can also reach Bodø by train booking a reservation with NSB. From Bodø you can either fly with the airline Widerøe or take the ferry over to Svolvær.

Another option for getting to Svolvær is to take a flight from one of Norway´s main cities (Oslo, Bergen, Etc...) to Evenes, using an airline such as Norwegian, SAS. From Evenes Airport you can take a bus shuttle to Svolvær with flybussen.

Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.

Accommodation

We stay in unique and welcoming accommodations that are equipped to offer good standard. Some of them are right on the coast where you can reach them by boat, others, on the other hand, you will have to walk for a couple of hours through the mountains to reach them. Food is well planned in advance, we prepare some meals together as a group, and everyone contributes.

Baggage

Due to limited space in the boat, we ask that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, which is easier than a rolling bag to transport on this tour) with your clothes, toiletries and items necessary for when we are not hiking. We require you to bring a day pack (hip belt strongly recommended) to use when hiking for food, water, cameras and layers.

Insurance

You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

Languages

The guide will speak English.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

Number of participants

Minimum: 5 people; Maximum: 8 people.

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to the meeting point. We are happy to assist you in booking a hotel and give you advice on what to do if you stay extra days in our beautiful country. 
  • Accomidation on day before start of the tour.
  • Drinks and snacks.

Day by Day

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1

Departure from Svolvær and trekking up Trollfjord

Accommodation Cabin
Meals L, D
Transportation 1,5hr
Duration 8hrs
Climb 975m
Descent 975m
Distance 14km

The tour will start in Svolvær harbour for departure at 10 am on our Axopar 37-foot boat. Navigating by boat and hike into Trollfjord on the trail pass through Trollfjordhytta hut at 405m before heading to the 975m peak. Once you reach the peak the views from above are just amazing, the circle of alpine peaks like Higravtinden or Geitgallien is just incredible. From there we will descend to the boat and navigate back to Svolvær for dinner and accommodation at Svinøya Rorbuer.

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2

Exploring Møysalen National Park

Accommodation Cabin
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 1hrs
Duration 10hrs
Climb 1262m
Descent 1262m
Distance 20km

We start the day early with breakfast and navigating the boat to Møysalen national park. From there we will hike towards Møysalen peak at 1262m. The hike up is challenging but it’s completely worth it because of the unique valley and its surroundings. This peak is Norways second highest island mountain, from the summit we will be able to see all the way from Bodø to the Atlantic Ocean. After having lunch while enjoying the views we will hike down to the boat. The boat will take us back to Svinøya Rorbuer where we eat dinner and accomodate before heading west the next day.

day

3

Transfer to Henningsvær with midway stop at Skrova island

Accommodation Lysvoldbrygga lodge
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 2,5hr
Duration 3hrs
Climb 258m
Descent 258m
Distance 6,2km

Today we will discover Lofoten further, mostly by boat. This will be a recovery day where you can enjoy the boat and explore Lofoten from the sea. The trip to our next destination Henningsvær is more than 60 miles long. Mid way there we will stop at Skrova island with their amazing white beaches, why not even go for a swim if the wheather is good. Easy hiking on the island up to Høgskrova at 258m where the views over Lofoten are unique. After a nice lunch in Skrova we will be heading on to Henningsvær for dinner and accommodation at Lysvoldbrygga Lodge, a well-maintained house that used to be a sleeping place for fishermen.

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4

Trekking and climbing in Henningsvær

Accommodation Lysvoldbrygga Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Duration 7hrs
Climb 905m
Descent 905m
Distance 5km

We will have breakfast served at Lysvoldbrygga before starting today’s activity with climbing. On this day we will provide the group with additional guides for security reasons and there will not be any transportation by boat. The destination is either Rørvika or the more challenging peak Vågakollen at 905m, depending on group wishes. Once again, we´ll hike back to Lysvoldbrygga, enjoying a served dinner before going to bed.

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5

Hiking day in Nusfjord

Accommodation Rorbuer
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 2hrs
Duration 6hrs
Climb 769m
Descent 769m
Distance 12,5km

Today we depart early after a nice breakfast and aim for Nusfjord. Arriving to Nusfjord by boat is a spectacular experience, this small little fjord and its surroundings offers a scenery beyond your imagination. Today’s hiking to Tønsåsheia at 769m offers some technical parts, but the view over Vestfjord and Skjelfjord from the summit are breath-taking. Going down we´ll choose the path through Nesland for a circular tour so we can walk on paths made by fishermen from the old times. Our accommodation for the next two nights in Nusfjord will be in Rorbuer, this is old typical fishermen’s houses by the coast that have been upgraded to good standard.

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6

Hiking Hermannsdaltinden and exploring Reine

Accommodation Rorbuer
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 3hrs
Duration 10hrs
Climb 1029m
Descent 1029m
Distance 18km

After breakfast this morning we take the boat to Forsfjord for hiking and climbing up to Hermannsdaltinden at 1029m. This long, steep and sometimes slippery hike is completely worth it when you see the beautiful view over the endless mountain peaks of Lofoten. The trail from Forsfjord gets gradually steeper and after some 100 meters it enters some rock section that are quite steep. On the route towards Hermannsdaltinden we´ll pass the lakes Tennesvatnet and Krokvatnet before following the trail next to a steep cliff that will take us to the ridge. The next section includes some climbing on steep rocks, and we will need to use a rope sometimes for security reasons. After relaxing and enjoying the mountain peaks we´ll go down the same way. Up next, the boat will take us to the small fishing village Reine for some sightseeing before going back to Nusfjord in the sunset.

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7

Back to Svolvær and climbing "The Goat"

Accommodation Rorbuer
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 2,5hrs
Duration 4hrs
Climb 150m
Descent 150m
Distance 5km

Today we pack our belongings and say goodbye to Nusfjord. The destination ahead is Svolvær where a technical hike to Svolværgeita also called “the Goat” awaits. This is one of the most iconic places to climb in Lofoten and once again we´ll use additional guides for a good experience during this activity. The activities will stretch until late this day so we will spend the night in Svinøya Rorbuer before saying our goodbyes the next day. Since this evening is the last night of the trip, we will have a nice farewell dinner together with a summary of our adventure together.

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8

End of Trip

Accommodation Rorbuer
Meals B

After breakfast, the trip has unfortunately come to an end. We say goodbye and wish a safe trip home to each other after a fantastic week in Lofoten. If you want to see even more of the beutiful islands in between Lofoten and Norway's mainland we recommend taking the afternoon express boat to Bodø. This boat ride takes about 4 hours and is accessible from Svolvær. You can also fly directly from Svolvær airport to Oslo.

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Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

  1. Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
  2. Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
  3. Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com if you have any questions and check out our gear page.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

Required:

BASE LAYER
Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.
MID-LAYER
A medium thickness wool or fleece top.
INSULATED JACKET
A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.
WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS
We strongly recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.
SHELL / RAIN JACKET
Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 
HIKING PANTS
Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 
HIKING SHIRT
Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 
GLOVES / MITTENS
1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.
HATS
1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.
HIKING SOCKS
2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.
HIKING SHOES
Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 
BACKPACK
Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.
SUNGLASSES
UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.
SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK
Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 
WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK
2 liter capacity. 
TOILETRIES
Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...
PERSONAL MEDICATIONS
Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR
We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.
SCARF OR BUFF
A layer to protect your neck or face. 
THERMOS
We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.
SWIMWEAR
A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hot tub or sauna depending on your trip. 
TREKKING POLES
Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 
HEADLAMP
Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 
FIRST AID KIT
If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...
CAMERA
Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 
CASUAL CLOTHES
A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

Optional:

ANTIBAC
If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 
WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER
If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.
EAR PLUGS
If youre a light sleeper.
JOURNAL
In order to take notes and write about the trip.
SNACKS
Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.
SLEEPING MASK
To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. 

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