Sail, SUP and Hike the Lofoten Islands

An island-hopping smorgasbord of adventure on land and water in Norway's unparalleled archipelago

From

Trip Ref #10553

Sail, SUP and Hike the Lofoten Islands

An island-hopping smorgasbord of adventure on land and water in Norway's unparalleled archipelago

DURATION

6 nights

LOCATION

Norway

ANNUAL LEAVE

1 week off work

SEASON

May–Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 people

MEETING POINT

Scandic Hotel, Svolvær

ACCOMMODATION

Comfort

Hotel · Apartment · Rorbuer

OVERALL RATING

0.0

This trip is brand new
DIFFICULTY

Easy

You'll be on the move all day but all activities are easily manageable. Just bring some basic fitness and a love of the outdoors.

Hop on a catamaran to sail to the legendary Trollfjord and the island of Skrova, known as 'Lofoten’s Hawaii'

Hike the peaks of Djevelporten, Hoven and Festvågtind and the isolated white sands of Bunes Beach

Kayak and paddleboard through majestic fjords, wind down in a sauna and brave a cold plunge in the Arctic Ocean

Bunk down in cosy Nordic hotels, cool apartments and renovated traditional Lofoten fishing huts on the fjord edge

Day 1

Welcome to Lofoten

Welcome to Svolvær - the capital of Lofoten on the island of Austvågøya. Settle into your to your hotel's plush surroundings and meet the rest of the group and your host for a chat through the adventure to come before you head out for dinner at your host's favourite local restaurant.

Day 2

Sail and SUP in Trollfjord

Sailing

4-5hrs

Stand Up Paddleboarding

1-2hrs

Hiking

3hrs · 420m up · 420m down

Enjoy your waterside base and fuel up on breakfast with a sea view before getting out onto the water. Jump on a 46 foot catamaran and sail through stunning Lofoten scenery to the legendary Trollfjord. Have a go at stand up paddleboarding on the fjord straight from the boat, with some expert tips from your guide. Back on dry land, you’ll hike up the peak of Djevelporten - 'The Devil's Gate' - for an amazing view of Svolvær town and the islands of Little Molla and Skrova in the distance.

Day 3

Hawaii vibes and midnight sun

Sailing

4-5hrs

Hiking

2hrs · 368m up · 368m down

Back on the boat today for a unique sail to Skrova island, nicknamed Lofoten’s Hawaii which will make sense as you approach on the boat. Enjoy a cup of coffee sitting on deck before the white sand beaches, huge mountains and crystal clear waters come into view - it looks like a location from Jurassic Park. Soak up the island with short hikes to the best beaches and maybe a cold sea dip if you're brave. You’ll then sail back to Svolvær, hop in the van and drive to the island of Gimsøya. Hike up to Mt. Hoven for an amazing viewpoint before gathering round a bonfire on the beach and tucking into a barbecue and drinks beneath the midnight sun. Later, you’ll drive on to your next base at the fishing village of Henningsvær.

Day 4

Hikes and saunas

Hiking

4hrs · 541m up · 541m down

Wake up in this iconic spot, tuck into a relaxed breakfast at your base and enjoy a lazy morning. You’ll head out for a hike around midday to get to the top of Festvågtind for more awesome views. Then back to your base for a couple of hours of traditional Nordic sauna time (and take a cold plunge in the sea right outside) in the late afternoon before dinner.

Day 5

Lofoten road trip and SUP

Stand Up Paddleboarding

1-2hrs

Driving

3hrs

A lighter day today as you soak up the last of your magical base in Henningsvær in the morning before setting off for a Lofoten road trip. You’ll gradually weave south, taking in the epic sights as you cross over to Vestvågøya Island and eventually reach Moskenesøya Island, stopping en route for another outing on the SUPs. Arrive at your final base in the postcard perfect fishing village of Hamnøy and settle into your Rorbuer a renovated traditional fisherman's cottage. Later you’ll enjoy an evening barbecue at your host's HQ around the corner.

Day 6

Kayak and hike to Bunes Beach

Kayaking

3hrs

Hiking

2hrs · 210m up · 210m down

Enjoy the best backdrop to a morning coffee you've likely ever had, then get ready to jump in a kayak to paddle and hike your way to one of Lofoten's most stunning beaches, Bunes Beach. Tackle a calm paddle through secluded fjords, heading east before a short hours hike to reach Bunes on the other side of Moskenesøya Island. The secluded white sand beach is framed by looming peaks. If the seas are calm you can take a bracing dip in the Arctic Ocean here, or just relax and soak in the views. Retrace your steps with a hike and kayak back to Hamnøy and reward your efforts with a relaxing sauna at your hosts' base around the corner from your fisherman's cottage. Take in one last night here with some evening downtime and maybe head out to one of Hamnøy's restaurants.

Day 7

Journey back to Svolvær Airport

A final breakfast in Hamnøy as you bid your haven farewell, hop in the van for the drive north, retracing your steps to reach Svolvær where it all began. Your host will drop you off at the airport in time for your onward flight home, unless you are lucky enough to be extending your stay in the Lofoten Islands.

Included

Guides

Catamaran skipper and guides for all activities

Accommodation

2 nights in a Nordic hotel, 2 in a harbourside apartment and 2 in traditional fishing huts

Meals

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

Transfers

All transport throughout the trip and departure airport transfer

Equipment

All your kayaking and paddle boarding equipment

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Apartment · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Apartment · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5 – Day 6

Rorbuer · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfast is included each day at your various bases with a focus on local and organic produce. Expect the classic breakfast options of yogurt, cereals, muesli, fruit, freshly baked breads and cold cut meats. Lunches vary throughout the trip, from local fish dishes such as bacalao (cod stew in tomatoes) and vegetable soup, to packed sandwiches on the move, to beach barbecues with veggie and meat hotdogs. You'll also get to try your host's signature fish soup, which has a legendary status. Two dinners are included, one of which is a visit to your host's favourite secret restaurant in Svolvær with a wide menu. You'll also tuck into a barbecue under the midnight sun with hotdogs and vegetable skewers. For the dinners not included, you can venture out to local restaurants in Svolvær, Henningsvær and Hamnøy. You should budget £25-£30 / $30-$35 per dinner, not including alcoholic drinks.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Svolvær

Your first two nights are in the Scandic Hotel in Lofoten's capital of Svolvær. There is restaurant and bar housed in a boat-shaped building with sweeping views over the harbour and the mountains across the water. The breakfast here gets rave reviews. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with ensuite bathroom.

Henningsvær

In the iconic fishing village of Henningsvær you'll stay at Tobiasbrygga; a network of cool apartments on the harbour front. The decor in each apartment is modern and cosy, with sofas and a fully equipped kitchen to make a cup of coffee to take out onto the waterfront with you. Rooms are twin-share basis with private bathrooms.

Hamnøy

We saved the best for last on this trip, with the final two nights in another classic Lofoten fishing village; Hamnøy on the island of Moskenesøya. You'll stay in a 'Rorbuer', a traditional fisherman's cottage, the kind you see on pretty much any picture if you simply google 'Lofoten Islands'. The rorbuers in Hamnøy have been renovated to a high modern standard while retaining their rustic charm, and each cottage has a cosy living room, bathroom and kitchen. They could not be in a more spectacular location, overlooking Hamnøy harbour, the Vest Fjord, Reine Fjord and the surrounding mountains.

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Scandic Hotel, Svolvær

Anytime on Day 1

Ends

Svolvær Airport, Lofoten Islands

Anytime on Day 7

Transfers

You are free to arrive at the Scandic Hotel in Svolvær anytime on Day 1. The hotel is just a 5 minute drive from the airport - you should take a taxi from outside arrivals which will cost you £5/€6/$6. There is a group meal in the evening from around 8pm so try to arrive before then. On Day 7 your host will transfer you to Svolvær Airport in time for your return flight. Drop offs are also possible at Leknes Airport en route if you happen to be flying on from there. Alternatively you can be dropped off in Svolvær and make your own arrangements from there if you are staying on longer in Lofoten.

Travel options

Svolvær Airport is accessible by various flights from the UK, Europe and North America. You'll need to transit via Oslo, and some routes may also touch down in Bodø in between Oslo and Svolvær. It looks long-winded on paper, but the transits are short and the scenery is stunning as you reach the far north of Norway. Travel time from London to Svolvær can be as low as 5hr 45mins including both transits. If you overnight in Oslo rather than connect through the same day, you can take the direct flight in the morning to Svolvær, avoiding the short touchdown in Bodø.

With extra time on your hands (and some extra cash) it is possible to catch the train to the Lofoten Islands. From Oslo, you can take a train via Trondheim and Fauske to Bodø which takes approximately 10 hours. Once in Bodø, you can take a ferry or speedboat to Lofoten.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • Twin and single Prijon sea kayaks with spray skirt and paddle
  • Touring paddle boards
  • Wetsuits and PFDs (Personal flotation device)

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Waterproof liner for daypack
  • Small drybag for phones and cameras on the kayak and SUP trips

CLOTHES

Due to the varying conditions in Lofoten from May-September, some of the warm clothing items below, such as down jacket, gloves and thermals may not be needed for certain departures depending on the forecast, but we suggest you plan for all weather

  • Down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Thermals (merino best)
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts / skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear & socks
  • Swimwear - multiple sets for the saunas and any Arctic Ocean dips
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots (worn-in)
  • Sandals/trainers/anything to wear around the bases

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellant
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle (1 litre)
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 218kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

This is a very accessible trip, doable by anyone with basic fitness levels. You won't need any kayaking or paddle boarding experience, as full instruction and support will be provided by your guides. We do suggest if you have never been on a paddle board before that you have a go somewhere in the lead up to your trip - paddleboarding is hugely popular and it's easy to hire a board in all but the most rural areas in most countries. This will allow you to enjoy the two paddle board outings on this trip to the fullest. The hikes are manageable with relatively basic fitness, though you are hiking up to reach viewpoints so the going is steep at times. There is some downtime built in to this trip with a couple of leisurely mornings to allow you to soak up the amazing bases you are staying in, however a couple of the days are long to allow you to pack in as much of the magical Lofoten as you can, particularly with 24hrs of daylight to play with.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tap water is perfectly safe in the Lofoten Islands - you can fill up your water bottle at each of the bases and at various refill spots each day.

The Lofoten Islands is the kind of place where you need to prepare for all-weathers. In the summer you'll find 25-degree scorchers to chilly evenings, blazing sunshine to windswept downpours. The months with the lowest rainfall are April, May and June, followed closely by July and August. Average temperatures in June and September see lows of 6°C / 43°F and highs of 12°C / 54°F. For July and August expect lows of 7°C / 45°F and highs of 16°C / 61°F. The average water temperature in summer is 11°C / 52°F.

You'll be able to leave your luggage at each of your bases while you head out venturing each day.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

No. You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you in between the three bases for this trip, and then have a small daysack to carry personal items during the land and boat based activities, plus a small drybag for the kayaking and paddleboarding trips.

The group will be split into a mixture of single and double sea kayaks - you can state your preference to your guide if you have one and they will try to accommodate you. Sea kayaks come with a spray skirt to help keep the boat dry inside. You'll be kitted out with thick wetsuits as the water is cold in Lofoten, though the vast majority of outings happen without anyone falling into the water and you'll be perfectly safe and in expert hands.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

From

Full Financial Protection

Your money is safe. Every booking is fully financially protected.

Pay In Installments

You can choose to pay for this trip in as many installments as you like, with no interest or fees.

Similar Trips

From