Island Hopping in Northern Norway

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Hiking Level 2 7 days 3-8 participants

Imagine the midnight sun dancing on the horizon as it casts streaks of warm light against the many thousands of islands in front. At selected spots you will find small settlements, a fishing boat floating on the water, a couple of locals who strike up a conversation in the evening sun... There are few places in Norway that can compete with the beauty of the Helgeland Coast.

 

Highlights

  • Remote mountain hikes with vistas of tens of thousands of islands
  • Experience the Midnight Sun!
  • Explore Træna – one of Norway’s most creative and isolated municipalities
  • Live the local lifestyle traveling by express boat from island to island
  • See Puffins and Sea Eagles up close and personal
  • Spend one night with the vast ocean as your closest neighbor at Myken Fyr 
  • Drink whiskey on Myken – at the world's first Arctic single malt whisky distillery, with whisky made from desalinated Arctic seawater, matured under the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights.

The Helgeland coast is far less visited than Lofoten, more remote, but still just as dramatic and fantastic! On this trip, we visit islands such as Bolga, Rødøy, Lovund, Træna, and Myken, all distinctive island communities with both soul and charm unlike anywhere else in our country. We take the local express boat between the different islands, and while experiencing what the different islands have to offer we simply let our feet do the job. Are you the type who likes to visit places off the beaten track? Then this is the trip for you.

We at Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure are committed to giving our travelers experiences that are intimate, interactive, and engaging so that they are left with a unique insight into the different local communities we visit. We also try, as best we can, to limit our footprint while we are on a trip. This trip is therefore built around an already existing express boat network, in addition to the fact that we both eat and sleep in places that are run and owned by the locals.

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals as mentioned in the day to day itinerary
  • Professional nature guide
  • Transport within itinerary

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.

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Details

Difficulty

Level 2 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here.

The different day hikes will involve 4-6 hours of moderate hiking. The path can be rocky and slippery if it rains. You should have previous hiking experience with similar conditions. Expect some easy scrambling at certain locations. Be prepared to be challenged if these conditions are new to you, or train for such hikes before the trip begins.

Safety

Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure places great emphasis on safety. If an accident happens, know that you will get help quickly. We have 24h emergency preparedness at our office when someone is on a trip. This person can be contacted if something happens during the trip. We place great demands on the local partners we use on the specific trip and also on the client's experience and understanding of our products.

Our guides are trained in first aid and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for necessary treatment in the field. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure also has a collaboration with Turlegen.no which can be contacted if the group are in need of medical advice.

NB - If you are on any kind of medication, have known allergies, or something similar, you must always bring your personal medications with you.

What to bring?

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

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to our meeting point in Bodø is to take a flight from one of the main cities in Norway (Oslo, Bergen, etc...) using airlines such as Norwegian or SAS. You can also reach Bodø by train, booking a reservation with NSB. 

Are you looking for more advice when it comes to traveling in Norway? Please read more here.

Accommodation

We stay in unique and welcoming accommodations within the area. If you are traveling alone, you will share a same-sex twin room. If you would like a single room, please request this directly for an additional payment of 4000 NOK. Most nights we will stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. If you want a single room we can't guarantee en-suite room each day. 

Baggage

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 you when we are not hiking. We also require that you bring a day backpack (hip belt strongly recommended) to use when we are 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. To read more about this please have a look at our terms and conditions

Number of participants

Minimum: 3 people; Maximum: 8 people.

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals as mentioned in the day to day itinerary
  • Professional nature guide
  • Transport within itinerary

What's not included

  • 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. 
  • Drinks and snacks.

Day by Day

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1

Arrival in Bodø

Accommodation Hotel
Meals D
Transportation 15 min

We meet at the hotel in Bodø where we will have dinner together at 19.00. It is possible to get to Bodø by train from Oslo/Trondheim or by plane from all of our main cities. The airport is a 15-minute walk from the hotel or 3 minutes by taxi. We spend the night in a central hotel right next to the harbor. Together with our guide, we enjoy dinner, look at the itinerary for the week and look forward to everything we will experience together.

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2

Island Hopping to Bolga and Rødøy

Accommodation Guest House
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 3 hr
Duration 3-4 hrs
Climb 338 m
Descent 338 m
Distance 3 km

The islands in northern Norway are connected by several different ferries and express boats, and after breakfast, we take the southbound express boat from Bodø to Bolga (2.5 hours). At Bolga we aim for the island's highest peak - Bolgtinden (338 meters above sea level). Parts of the trip are steep, but it does not involve climbing. Most of the hikes we will complete this week starts at sea level, and after a couple of hours we are rewarded with fantastic views from the top. After a snack with accompanying coffee/cold beer/soft drinks at Bolga Brygge, we continue the trip by express boat to Rødøy. The trip takes us through majestic scenery along the rugged coastline and stops at several small islands and towns along the way. After we arrive at our charming and rustic hotel, Klokkergården, we are served a 3-course dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

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3

The view of a thousand islands

Accommodation Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 2 hrs
Duration 4-5 hrs
Climb 443 m
Descent 443 m
Distance 3 km

After a lovely breakfast, we set the course for Rødøyløva. The 443-meter mountain is a classic in the skerries. The trip is quite steep, but the trail has been built by Sherpas from Nepal - the most experienced trail builders in the world. The two-hour walk to the top - similar to yesterday - is rewarded with a spectacular view! The Helgeland coast has over 12,000 islands - and you will be able to see hundreds of them from the top. If the weather is good, we make a small stop at Storsand - a pristine, whitewashed sandy beach - which is a perfect stop for a good cup of coffee or a late lunch.

In the afternoon we enjoy an early dinner at Klokkergården before we travel to our next island, Lovund, in the evening. Despite its modest size (501 inhabitants), Lovund is one of the most innovative coastal communities in Norway and plays a leading role in Norwegian aquaculture. Here, a simple lifestyle goes hand in hand with modern innovation. Upon arrival, we check into our accommodation, before enjoying a quiet evening in idyllic surroundings.

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4

Hiking on Lovund

Accommodation Guest House
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 30 min
Duration 5-6 hrs
Climb 625 m
Descent 625 m
Distance 6 km

From our accommodation at Lovund, we set sights to reach the top of Lovundfjellet, the majestic rock formation that makes up most of this small island. The top offers magnificent panoramic views of the Helgeland Coast. We also have the opportunity, depending on the weather, to take a short trip to the puffins on the west side of the mountain. Here thousands of puffins fly among the high cliffs above the sea. Back from the mountain, we enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant before, later in the evening, we take the express boat to our next destination, Træna. We arrive at the accommodation and enjoy a quiet evening together.

Note! The hike to the top of Lovundfjellet is the most demanding hike during the week. If the terrain becomes too steep, or too demanding for some of the participants, we will go back down again. The most important thing is that we have a great day together on this spectacular island.

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5

Hiking on Træna

Accommodation Guest House
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 20 min
Duration Will vary
Climb Will vary
Descent Will vary
Distance Will vary

Today we will explore Træna! This archipelago has around 450 permanent residents and is located approximately 40 km from the mainland. This is one of Norway's smallest and most unique municipalities. In 2018, the local authorities were awarded the "innovation award" and the music festival on the island is known worldwide. After breakfast, we get a brief introduction to life on the archipelago, both seen through the eyes of the present and the past. We will also get to know the rather random connection Træna has to another, slightly more tropical archipelago, namely Hawaii. Later this morning we continue our discovery of the islands directly across the strait, on the neighboring island of Sanna where we put on our hiking boots and explore the island on foot. Possible places we can visit are Kirkhelleren, Tunnelen, or Gompen, the latter a beautiful vantage point where there is also a radar station situated at the top. In the afternoon we take the boat back across the strait before eating a tasty dinner at the local cafe, Aloha Cafe. If we still urge to explore more of the island after today's program we can take a short walk in the evening as well. 

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6

Arctic whiskey under the midnight sun

Accommodation Guest House
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 1 hr

Although it's difficult to say goodbye to Træna, it's time to move on. We board the express boat that will take us to our last island, Myken. This archipelago consists of 40 small islands, 32 km from the mainland. Historically, the islands have had around 150 permanent residents, who have been dependent on the mighty sea that embraces the islands to survive. Myken now has about ten permanent residents. The island's popularity declined regularly until a group of men started a whiskey distillery here. Today, the island has the world's first Arctic single malt whiskey distillery, with whiskey made from desalinated Arctic seawater, matured under the midnight sun and the northern lights. After the distillery came to the island, both a restaurant and accommodations were established here to accommodate incoming explorers with a penchant for this tasty drink. We get a tour of the distillery before a tasting awaits. Then we enjoy a 3-course dinner in the restaurant above the distillery.

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7

Return to the mainland

Meals B
Transportation 3 hrs

Departure from Myken is early in the morning, so we take our breakfast with us on the boat and eat it during the trip back to Bodø. We end the tour on arrival to Bodø… unless, the magic of the Arctic has claimed you, and you want to continue your adventure on our trip to Lofoten.

 

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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 to learn more.

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

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 equivalent in warmth is also okay.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We strongly recommend having a waterproof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extremely important in the 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 beneath and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip-off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is an option. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands.

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 other 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 a small towel if you would like to go for a 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

An 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

It's 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.

EARPLUGS

If you're 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 also use your buff.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. 

Dates & booking

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This trip is also offered as a private tailormade trip. Travel alone, with your friends or family whenever you want. Send a request
Sat 17. Jul 2021 Fri 23. Jul 2021
Fully booked
NOK 22 900
Sat 24. Jul 2021 Fri 30. Jul 2021
Fully booked
NOK 22 900
Sun 1. Aug 2021 Sat 7. Aug 2021
Limited availability
NOK 22 900

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