Guided Hiking Tours

Norway | The Islands of Lofoten

Unlock the treasures of Norway's mountains and fjords.

  • Lofoten Island
  • Lofoten archipelago, Norway
  • Traditional robuer
  • Robuer fishing hut
  • Lofoten archipelago
  • Hiking in Lofoten, Norway
  • Mountains in Lofoten
  • Mountains in Lofoten
  • Hiking/trekking in Lofoten
  • "Today was magnificent! All the pieces came together of the mountains in Lofoten. We experienced the essence of mountains by the shore. It was the mist of the fog. The sheep, the green, green grass, the smell of the ocean, the sound of silence with the oceans waves, the smell of the wet rock and the red kelp from the water, the norweigen tommy offering us waffles and coffee in his surfing B&B."- Jan Dekle

Trip Highlights:

  • Stay in robuers, nineteenth century fishing cottages that have been updated with modern conveniences.
  • Sip wine in Norway's most picturesque fishing villages; Sørvågen, Reine, and Nusfjord.
  • Access secluded beaches and hiking paths by sea kayak and ferry.
  • Enjoy breathaking views of Lofoten's mountains, fjords, and the Norwegian Sea.

Escape from the crowds as you as you explore the Lofoten archipelago, a rugged island chain lying 122 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Bathed by the light of the midnight sun, and rising out of the Norwegian Sea like a fortress wall, the 4,000-foot granite peaks of Lofoten will mesmerize you with their craggy summits, lovely jade meadows, and unforgettable views of Norway’s sparkling fjords.

Beginning in Henningsvær, Lofoten, our eight-day hiking tour of Norway connects tiny villages on the islands of Moskenesøya, Flakstadøya and Austvågøya.

Henningsvær is sometimes called the “Venice of the North” and is a mecca for climbers, due to its proximity to sheer granite walls. Enjoy a wonderful warm up hike to acclimatize to the Arctic and get a first feel for the rough and rugged environment and its unmatched beauty.

The next day we transfer to the northern shore of the archipelago and hike into Unstad, one of the best known surfing spots in the Arctic. After enjoying a leisurely lunch we will transfer to Nusfjord, one of the best preserved fishing villages in the Lofoten archipelago.

Starting the next day with a short transfer to Ytresand, we ascend to a beautiful mountain plateau and head towards a secluded beach. Depending on weather and hiking abilities, we may explore another fjord and hike to a stunning saddle to enjoy endless views across the North Atlantic. Afterwards, we will shuttle to Sakrisøy, a small fishing village located on Reinefjord. Settle into your cozy, family run rorbuer-hotel. Reinefjord offers endless hiking possibilities. The following day we will venture out to Kjerkfjorden and explore the beach of Horseidvika, another beautiful, yet secluded beach on the north side of Moskenesøya. We return to Sakrisøy for another night in this quaint village.

Spawning cod brought people to Lofoten some 10,000 years ago, and the industry continues to thrive. Throughout our trek we encounter cod on scaffold-like drying racks, a thousand-year old fish process to make torrfisk. Just as the first inhabitants, the Nomads, hunted and fished these islands, we too seek out our sustenance – beautiful hiking itineraries.

We continue our hiking adventure transferring to Sorvågen, from where we will hike over three peaks, Kollfjellet, Merraflestinden, and Munkent, as we make our way to Munkebu, a small hut. In the afternoon, we will return to Sorvågen’s Maren Anna, our home for the last couple nights.

We end our hiking adventure by transferring via boat from Sorvågen harbor to Tuv to hike Hellsegga, the tallest peak in southwest Lofoten. Here, we gain incredible views of the spectacular southernmost islands of the archipelago, Væroy and Røst. To reach some of the most dramatic landscape Lofoten has to offer we will descend to Tennes and, if times permits, visit Refsvika, a grotto with traces of the stone age dating back more than 3,000 years. Once in Tennes, we will transfer by boat back to Maren Anna.

The hiking in Lofoten is quite adventurous and requires hikers to have a spontaneous attitude, due to changing weather conditions. For those looking for “roads less traveled,” the beautiful Lofoten islands are not to be missed.

Trip Itinerary

Travel independently to Oslo and fly to Svolvær. There will one late afternoon RW shuttle offered from Svolvær to your hotel in Henningsvær. Other arrivals will independently transfer to Henningsvær; about a 20 minute ride. Meet the group and your guide(s) at 7:00 pm for cocktails, orienta- tion, and dinner.

Depending on weather, your guides will pick a suitable first warm-up hike for the group near Henningsvær.

Shuttle to the trailhead near Saupstad and hike to Unstad, a stunning village famous for its waffles and Arctic surfing. Enjoy views of Lofoten’s dramatic landscapes and transfer to Nusfjord, one of most picturesque and best preserved fishing villages in Lofoten. Spend the night in refurbished nineteenth century seaside rorbuer cottages.

After a short transfer to Ytresand, we hike up a stunning mountain plateau and descend to a secluded beach. In the afternoon, we transfer to the small fishing village of Sakrisøy. Stay in an authentic, family run rorbuer-hotel, Sakrisøy Rorbuer (fisher huts), located on the waterfront.

We will transfer by boat into Kjerkfjorden and hike to Horseidvika, another stunning beach on the north shore of the archipelago. Depending on weather, we can continue onto a mountain saddle with expansive views across the fjords. Return to your rorbuer hotel in Sakrisøy

After a short transfer to Sorvågen, we will hike over three peaks, Kollfjellet, Merraflestinden, and Munken to reach our lunch spot at Munkebu. Enjoy 360 degree views of Lofoten and its many fjords and peaks, before returning to Sorvågen to settle into our cozy, waterfront rorbuers.

Hike from sea level to Hellsegga at 1,949 feet. Hellsegga is the highest peak on the southwest end of Lofoten, and it will give us the chance to view the most southern islands of the Norwegian archipelago, Værøy and Røstlandet.

The closest airport with connections to Bodø/Oslo is Leknes. There will be a one-time RW shuttle for those catching lunchtime or early afternoon connections. It is a 45 minute drive. Other departures will independently taxi transfer to Leknes airport.

The Islands of Lofoten | Norway

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