Northern winter in the Lofoten Islands

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8 DAYS - Difficulty level: MODERATE

GROUPS OF 5 to 15 PEOPLE - ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE: BODØ

Tour code: LOFOT-08 Rq

  Detailed hiking guide of the tour

PRESENTATION

Despite its high latitude (68°north), the region enjoys relatively mild temperatures in winter (between 0 and -5°C in January, the coldest month) due to the warm Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream also attracts huge shoals of cod that come to spawn in the protected waters of Vestfjord. You will explore this Arctic peninsula on snowshoe hikes when it is at its busiest: during the cod fishing season! The islands in their winter coats are at their height around Easter time. The summits are capped with sparkling snow and bathed in bright sunlight, a precursor of the perpetual days of the Arctic summer to come. Nights are often lit up with the changing colours of the Northern Lights that shed an unreal light on the landscape! Only a few hours away from the heart of Europe, winter in the Lofoten Islands will give you a sense of escapism that is second to none.


DAY to DAY


Day 1: Arrive at Bodø Airport and transfer by ferry to the Lofoten Islands. We will arrive in the Lofoten Islands in the night and transfer to Fredvang, where we settle into our accommodation for the next 4 nights.

Day 2: We begin our first hike that will lead us to the beach of Stokkvika near Yttersand on the island of Moskenesøya. The beach is located in the bottom of a very isolated valley where a handful of fishermen and farmers lived until the beginning of the 20th century. Nowadays, in summer time, sheep only populates this small valley.

Day 3: After a small bus transfer, witch allows us to cross the Island of Flakstadøya; we will reach the village of Ballstad on the great island of Vestvågøya. From there we head towards the valley of Kylingdalen and cross a few isolated farms before walking through a thick conifer forest alongside a beautiful lake. At the end of the lake the more hardened walkers may tackle the summit of Breitinden.

Day 4: We depart for the beautiful beach of Kvalvika. Kvalvika (or “whale bay”) is one of the mythical hikes on the Lofoten Islands. This large white sand beach of about 1km long, is surrounded by huge cliffs of black granite, and seems coming straight out of an adventure novel.

Day 5: Sightseeing of the northern part of the archipelago (crossing of Vestvågøya and Gimsøya, to the island of Austvågøya). On our way, we visit the small fishing harbour of Henningsvær. This beautiful village is extremely active during the cod fishing season (February and March). On our way back, we stop for a small hike on the island of Gimsøya facing the Norwegian Sea.

Day 6: Today we will hike to the summit of Kartstaven. After a short transfer to a place called Nykmarka, we start walking through a small forest of dwarf birch. Later on, we will pass along a large lake where ice fishing is practiced. From there, we will climb to the top of Kartstaven, which offers a beautiful view of the Vestfjord and the island of Vestvågøya.

Day 7: In the morning we start our hike to the top of Guratinden. To begin we cross a forest area before starting the climb towards a pass from where we have a beautiful view over the island of Vestevågøya and the large fjord below. We follow the mountain ridge to the summit, which boasts an outstanding panoramic view. In the evening we will take the “Hurtigruten”, the famous coastal line that has been connecting Bergen to Kirkenes for over a century! If we are lucky, this night crossing will maybe allow us to observe the northern lights above the Vestfjord…

Day 8 : Transfer in the morning to Bodø airport.

 

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Dates and Price

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12/02/2017 19/02/2017 1190€/pers.
From 5 pers. Register 
21/02/2016 28/02/2016 1190€/pers. From 5 pers. Register 
28/02/2016 06/03/2016 1190€/pers. From 5 pers. Register 
13/03/2016 20/03/2016 1190€/pers. From 5 pers. Register
20/03/2016 27/03/2016 1190€/pers.  From 5 pers.  Register
03/04/2016 10/04/2016 1190€/pers.  From 5 pers.  Register
10/04/2016 17/04/2016 1190€/pers.  From 5 pers.  Register
17/04/2016 24/04/2016 1190€/pers.  From 5 pers.  Register 

 

The price includes

  • Guides
  • Accommodation from day 1 to day 7
  • A pair of snowshoes and hiking sticks
  • Transport from and to Bodo and on the Lofoten Islands, as specified in the hiking guide (from day 1 to day 8)
  • Meals, other than those specified as not included in the hiking guide
  • And all the services specified in the hiking guide (see the hiking guide)

 

The price does not include

  • Insurance**
  • Any flights (the price is for travel from Bodo and back to Bodo)
  • Any meals on day 1 and day 8
  • Any tips and drinks

 


* Registration fees are included in the prices. Prices does not include flight and may be subject to changes depending on exchange rate (Euro/NOK).

**You will need to providean insurance certificatewhen you register. Before purchasing a newinsurance that covers this type of trip, you should checkif you are notalready covered byaninsurance  (visa card, home insurance...).

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Travel to Lofoten when you want and with who you want 
With the self-guided tour
"Road Trip in the land of the Midnight sun"
(trip without guide - accommodation and car rental included)

High points

Accommodation in 2 different genuine fishermen’s houses

Trip takes place in the period of the aurora borealis

5 hikes on snowshoes (or normal hikes, depending on the snow)

Official French mountain guide (speaking fluently English)

Arrive on the Islands and return on the famous Hurtigruten

Sight-seeing in the northern part of the archipelago

Level of difficulty?

 moderate - up to 1,000 m of total uphill climb/day. 5 to 7 hours’ walk per day.
> Keys to success: capable of exercising at least 3 x 1 hour each week. Mountain hiking experience. Capable of adapting to new environments.

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 About our prices

No hidden cost will be charged on the bill!
Registration fees?
They are included in the tour prices
Extra airline surcharges?

No, you are taking care of your flights and can therfore choose what suits you best (time and prices*).


*You need to the acces by your own means to the départure place of the trip (Lofoten), but we can help you at no extra cost to arrange your transfer.
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Pre-existing groups

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