spectacular adventures above the arctic circle

Hiking Norway’s Lofoten Islands and Beyond

Norway

9 Days

From $6,995

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    Overview

    In Norway's north, we explore from the towering peaks and tiny villages of the Lofoten Islands to dreamy Senja Island and onward to the cultural hub of Tromsø, the mountain-ringed Arctic capital. The breathtaking Lofoten archipelago, which includes the jagged spine of the 100-mile-long Lofotenveggen (“Lofoten Wall”), lie above the Arctic Circle but enjoy a mild climate thanks to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. We explore on wonderful hikes, paddle sea kayaks in the crystalline waters of Bergsfjorden, and even visit a reindeer farm of the Sámi! Our overnights include rorbuer—historic fishermen's cabins—and an enchanting waterfront inn on Senja Island.

    Arrive: Bodø, Norway

    Depart: Tromsø, Norway

    Highlights

    • Hike scenic trails above the Arctic Circle, savor the long summer light of the Arctic
    • Paddle sea kayaks in magnificent Bergsfjorden
    • Sample local cuisine—from fresh bacalao (cod) to reindeer soup, chased with schnapps!
    • Stay in converted fishermen's stilt-cottages
    • Explore Tromsø, northern Norway's Arctic capital

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      Itinerary

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      We meet in the lovely town of Bodo, just above the Arctic Circle, and ferry across deep glacial waters to the Lofoten Islands. From the remote village of Vindstad, we hike to the outer coast at Busnesstranden, a magnificent white-sand beach backed by towering granite walls, and see authentic Viking artifacts, including an original Viking house, at the Lofotr Museum.
      Crossing some of Norway's most inspiring landscapes, we'll visit a reindeer farm of the Sámi, the indigenous people of northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Arriving on otherworldly Senja Island, we're in a world of turquoise waters and pearly-white beaches of crushed seashells. We'll paddle sea kayaks through majestic Bergsfjorden and hike above this beautiful fjord to Sukkertoppen (“Sugar Top”) for 360-degree views. Overnights are in the waterfront Hamn i Senja, with its unique hot tub made from a wooden fishing boat.
      After a very scenic hike to the iconic peak of Segla, we head to Tromso, the vibrant “Arctic capital” of northern Norway. Here we'll hike on the mountain above town for incredible views, then descend via cable car to visit the Polar Museum, with its fascinating lore of legendary Norwegian explorers. Depart on Day 9.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and rustic rorbuer
      • All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Reine Rorbuer

      Reine, Norway

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      Originally fishermen's cabins, these converted cottages are on the harbor in Reine and while they are simple, they retain much of their original charm. In the middle of a quiet fishing village, the cabins have wood paneled walls, grass roofs, and a lovely waterfront location.

      Nyvagar Rorbuhotel

      KabelvÅg, Norway

      Day 3 (1 night)

      These comfortable, converted fishing huts feature bright rooms and large windows with views of the Lofoten Sea and surrounding mountains. We'll stay in the seaview rorbuer, each with two second floor bedrooms and twin beds, a small kitchenette, and a downstairs living...

      Hamn i Senja

      Senja, Norway

      Days 4-6 (3 nights)

      Set along the water and framed by grassy hills, Hamn i Senja has an unparalleled location. Enjoy views of Senja Island from the comfort of your room or in the veranda “lighthouse.” Unwind in the cognac saloon or enjoy the hot tub built into a wooden boat!

      Radisson Blu Hotel Tromsø

      Tromsø, Norway

      Days 7-8 (2 nights)

      With fantastic views of the city and harbor, Radisson Blu Hotel is an ideal place to relax after exploring the Arctic capital. Guest rooms are bright and spacious, with nice views of the Tromsø Fjords and modern bathrooms. The hotel has a pizzeria and coffee bar. If you are looking...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Guro Krempig

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      Naoise O Muircheartaigh

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      Stefano Pozzi

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      Mark Tennent

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 6 miles a day, being on your feet for up to 6 hours a day, and hiking on uneven surfaces including downhill over loose scree. You will also need to be able to keep up with the moderate but steady pace of the group as there are no alternative hiking options available.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 4 miles
      • 3 hours
      • 1,300 feet gain/loss
      Challenge Day
      • Day 5: 5 miles, 4 hours, and 2,000 feet gain/loss
      Review Trip Level Details
      Our hikes will traverse coastal, beach, and mountainous terrain. Trails in Norway tend to be fairly narrow and they can be both steep and exposed, so you will need to be in good shape, have solid footing for rough sections on the trails, and have a head for heights, as some trails are along narrow cliff paths. Nothing in Lofoten is flat, and though the hikes are not long in terms of mileage, the terrain can be challenging. Hiking times can vary considerably due to weather, group interests, and other factors.
      These breathtaking islands lie above the Arctic Circle but enjoy a mild climate thanks to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Temperatures should be in the mid 50s°F-60s°F. The weather can provide spectacular clear days but can also be very wet and change quickly. Trip members need to remain flexible and be prepared for a variety of conditions. Hiking and kayaking may need to be changed or substituted in case of inclement weather.
      Some of our accommodations are in charming “rorbuer,” traditional fishermen's cottages that have been converted to small hotels. They are bright and clean, giving you a wonderful sense of Norway's heritage and culture, yet keep in mind that they are more spare in decor than what you may have experienced elsewhere in Europe. You'll likely have shared living rooms, and in some cases, shared bathrooms.
      Lunches will be at local restaurants or packed and enjoyed on the trail. Dinners will most often be at the hotels. We will sample the local cuisine—from fiskesuppe (fish soup) to vafler (Norwegian-style waffles), chased with schnapps!
      Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day). Please note that driving times can vary considerably due to weather conditions.

      Client Testimonials

      "Loved the hiking, the solitude, the quiet."

      Alexander S.

      Chatham, NJ

      "The history, culture, and beauty of Norway's northern islands were amazing. This trip hit it out of the park with great hikes, followed by wonderful food and wine. It was a fabulous time!"

      Ann T.

      Chesterfield, MO

      "I really enjoyed the variety of daily exercise and lots of other interesting activities."

      Darrah H.

      San Rafael, CA

      "This trip had a great balance of active outdoor fun and cultural activities. The sea kayaking among the islands near Senja was really special. And the rorbuer (former fisherman’s cabins) were just lovely!"

      Inge K.

      Concord, MA

      "A well organized and thoughtful trip, with an excellent balance of hiking, boating, and cultural/historical aspects."

      Jim Y.

      Avon, CO

      "This was a truly wonderful trip in a wonderful country, with great landscapes, and our activities helped us learn and experience many dimensions. The hiking was spectacularly good."

      Joan G.

      Portola Valley, CA

      "A very well designed, activity-filled trip with a good balance of hiking and other activities."

      John L.

      Highland Park, IL

      "Our guides were super, hotels and food couldn't be better, hikes were very well chosen both in degree of difficulty and views from the top, cultural events were interesting. And WT ordered up perfect weather—not quite sure how you did that."

      Mark & Cappy N.

      Lebanon, NH

      "I loved the trip and leader. A beautiful place in northern Norway that one could not see without guidance. Wilderness really adds value here."

      Sally S.

      Chatham, NJ

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. Please practice social distancing, steer clear of potential COVID-19 exposure, and take an at-home antigen or lab based PCR test before you depart.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}