"Let me just tell you straight off the bat, Babsi is a gem. In fact, she may be the Hope diamond of guides. After enjoying a number of self-guided trips with R/W, Babsi is the first representative of your company that we have met in person. And if she is the face of R/W, then the company's success is assured. Over time, Babsi has earned the love and respect of all of the trail vendors which meant that we got the best table at the restaurant or the best cabin. She even arranged for an Orca sighting on one of the boat rides. Amazing! She is blessed with an outgoing personality as well as an attention to details. She is smart, patient, encouraging, funny, reliable, and adventurous. She's a true professional---a definite keeper!"- Sam S.
"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
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. Traveling by sea kayak (no experience necessary) and by foot, you’ll paddle to secluded beaches, hike across remote mountain tops, and walk through tiny hamlets with colorful wooden fishing cottages perched at the water’s edge.
Whether it’s hiking across the summits of Kollfjellet, Merraflestinden and Munken, or whale watching from the harbor in Reine, one of the most beautiful seaside villages in the world, you’ll witness the most revered landscapes in all of Norway.
Travel independently by air to Svolvær. On June 26, there is a one-time, late afternoon RW free shuttle from Svolvær to Henningsvær. Other arrivals will independently taxi to Henningsvær – a 30 minute ride. At 7 PM meet the group and your guide(s) for cocktails, orientation and dinner.
Shuttle by van to Eggum and then hike to Unstad, a stunning village famous for its waffles and Arctic surfing. Hiking the shoreline, we will pass a gorgeous lighthouse right below a 2,139-foot peak. Enjoy the view of Lofoten’s dramatic landscapes. Afternoon transfer to Nusfjord, one of the most picturesque and best preserved fishing villages in Lofoten. Spend the night in a refurbished nineteenth-century seaside rorbuer cottages. Distance 10 miles. Elevation gain 3000 ft.
Enjoy an out and back hike from Nusfjord to Nesland along an old fisherman’s path, connecting these two villages. We stop in Nesland for a picnic before returning to Nusfjord. Distance 6 miles. Elevation gain 925 ft. / loss 925 ft..
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. Distance up to 8 miles. Elevation gain up to 2000 ft.
We will transfer by boat into Kjerkfjorden and hike to Horseidvika, another stunning beach on the north shore of the archipelago. Depending on the weather, we may continue onto a mountain saddle with expansive views across the fjords. Return to your rorbuer hotel in Sakrisøy. Distance up to 8 miles. Elevation gain / loss up to 3000 ft.
After a short transfer to the village of Sorvågen, we will hike over three peaks to reach our lunch spot at Munkebu. Enjoy vast views of Lofoten and its many fjords and peaks, before returning to Sorvågen to settle into our cozy, waterfront rorbuers. Distance up to 10 miles. Elevation gain / loss up to 3000 ft.
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. Distance 5 miles. Elevation gain / loss 2200 ft.
The closest airport with connections to Bodø/Oslo is Leknes. There will be a one-time RW shuttle for those catching a lunchtime/early afternoon departure from Leknes. It is a 45-minute drive. Other departures will independently taxi transfer to Leknes airport.