The best of the Lofoten Islands
Join: Henningsvaer, Sunday 15 July, afternoon.
Leave: Svolvaer, Sunday 22 July, noon.
During the seven days you will experience the ever-changing Lofoten mountains in the magical midnight sun and the beautiful Norwegian summer light. A real visual treat. By sea, we will sail around the archipelago exploring some of the best places Lofoten has to offer. Among our favourites are Troliforden, Kabelvåg, Henningsvaer, Nyvågar, Kalle, Nusfjord, Reine, Unstad.
As we sail along we will hike, fish, kayak, surf and sample local food cooked some days alfresco over an open fire, bathed in the summer light with the backdrop of stunning Lofoten.
Day 1 – Start in Henningsvær
We go through the boat, the program and the safety routines onboard. In the evening we prepare dinner, get to know the boat and the team. Are we ready and the wind good let’s sail the same night. -/-/D
Day 2 – Sail to Reine and the Reine Fjord
After breakfast we hoist sail and set course towards the Lofoten point in the south and to Reine which with it’s beautiful harbour has become one of the most photographed places in Lofoten. We arrive early afternoon and if the tide is low enough we sail into the fjord surrounding Reine, and moore the boat for a hike to the Bunes beach on the north side. On the beach we can make a fire, pancakes, coffee and enjoy life. Those wanting a thrill may hike up to the “Peak of Hell” reaching straight up from the beach 660 meters into the air. B/L/D
Day 3 – Walk or hike around Reine
This morning we explore Reine. In the immediate near the peak Reinebringen is an obvious choice for extraordinary views. You may also rent a kayak for a few hours paddling. In the afternoon we sail further south towards Nusfjord, one of the best preserved traditional fishing villages in Lofoten. This night the crew may eat at the Restaurant Karoline, one of the best places to eat in Lofoten. B/L/-
Day 4 – Sail to the north side and the surf beach Unstad
We enjoy a good breakfast in the atmosphere of Nusfjord, and then we prepare to sail through the Lofoten isles, towards the now pretty famous surf beach Unstad lying on the north coast. We anchor at Tangstad from where we can walk over to Unstad. At Unstad Arctic Surf you can rent surfing gear and board, or do a course. One may also just walk around and take in the beautiful nature of the area. Towards the afternoon we eat dinner here at Unstad or head back to the boat and cook there, before we sleep on anchor in the protected bay. B/L/-
Day 5 – Sail to the island Skrova
After a slow morning we’ll sail and navigate further north and east around this island, before we enter back into the southern pool through the tidal stream of Gimsøy. We then pass Henningsvær on our way and sail further out to the island Skrova. Here we attempt for the peak with it’s great views of all the Lofoten islands towards the west and with the West fjord, Hamarøy and Steigen in east. Dinner we make onboard. B/L/D
Day 6 – Sail for the Trollfjord and the surrounding mountains
After breakfast we’ll sail in the direction of the Trollfjorden and surrounding mountains, passing many cool islands on our way. Lunch in the Trollfjorden will be great! This fjord has become famous for its steep granite walls descending from 500 meters right down into the narrow fjord. In the afternoon we may walk up into the homeland of the Trolls, and feel the trollic atmosphere. Back down in the boats we sail out of the fjord to a nice bay for the evening. B/L/D
Day 7 – Cultural experiences in Nyvågar
In the morning we sail back to Kabelvåg and Nyvågar. Here we find an interesting aquarium, an art gallerie and a few museums, all providing deeper knowledge and background in the traditions and cultures of Lofoten and north-Norway. In the evening we gather in the Restaurant for a last dinner together, or we cook onboard. B/L/D
Day 8 – Check out from Svolvær
An early breakfast and a last one-hour sail back to Svolvær. Here we tidy the boat and pack our gear, before we go for breakfast on the local bakery. Check-out at 1000 o’clock. Thank you for a great week! -/-/-
See you in Henningsvær!