Yes, let's face it, the Lofoten Islands are nowadays a fashionable destination. However, even if a growing number of travelers come to explore the archipelago during the summer season, you will still be able to hike in stunning landscapes and real wilderness, as it is preserved from so-called "mass tourism" .
Discover our new winter trip in the heart of Lapland, Norway
The island of Seiland, a natural pearl located in the extreme north of Norway, is home to a national park still unknown to the general public. Far from mass tourism and even tourism, Seiland offers a thousand possibilities for hiking and snowshoeing in imposing landscapes. In the evening, if the weather and solar activity cooperate, it's the ideal place to observe the northern lights.
We believe that the best time of the year to explore the Lofoten archipelago is from May to mid-July. Early summer in the Lofoten Islands is when you can enjoy permanent daylight because the sun never sets. It is a magical time of year when nature, after the long winter months, offers a magnificent display of colours. The mountains are covered with abundant coloured flora, the seabirds that nest in the fishing ports are busy day and night feeding their young, the valleys resonate with the buzzing bees seeking nectar… the countryside has woken up and seems to live in accelerated modeat high speed to make the most of the fine summer days. In addition to the endless summer days, this time of year has the most settled weather (May and June are the driest months of the year), which is perfect for hiking and exploring the countryside. There are also fewer tourists in early summer, as they prefer to come in July and August.
Join our new trip, for a total immersion in the unspoilt nature of the Lofoten Islands!
The Lofoten Islands are today perceived as a paradise for hiking and the archipelago still attracts more hikers in search of magnificent landscapes and preserved nature. What is less known however, is that the islands are also fantastic for sea kayak trips. Indeed, several fjords, well protected from the wind by the natural walls formed by the surrounding mountains, are perfect for excursions at sea, even for beginners. In the Lofoten you will evolve in turquoise and emerald shallow coastal waters, with for only background noises that of the paddles swashing the surface of the water, the shriek of the seagulls and the lap of the sea against the reefs. Thanks to this silent and ecological transportation mode, marine animals are not very fierce. And you will probably meet a lone seal, or maybe some sea otters, allways curious, who will come to meet you. If you are lucky you may also see a whale in the distance or even killer whales who come to hunt herring and mackerel banks at the end of summer. Kayak also allows you to dock where it would be impossible to go on foot or with another type of transportation, so it is possible to discover preserved places, whether small sandy beaches or rocky creeks where seabirds nest.
This 8-day trip combines mountain hiking and sea kayaking, and allows you to immerse yourself in the grandiose landscapes of the Lofoten.
So why not join one of our hike and kayak tours scheduled this summer?
A 13-day trek in the Lofoten Islands of northern Norway. This tour, which requires a certain level of physical fitness, mixes sea and mountains for those who wish to admire the beauty of the scenery and arctic landscapes. The tour includes ten varied hikes over mountainous terrain during which we explore the archipelago located 300 km north of the Arctic Circle.
"Tresoring - 10 days in the Lofoten Islands" Directed by Natacha (Summer 2016)
"Soleil de minuit aux Lofoten" Directed by Laurent (Summer 2016)
"Journal de 20h de France 2" Produced by France télévision (Summer 2015)
The Exploranor team is made up of approximately ten independent guides who have worked on the Lofoten Islands for many years. They all have very different knowledge and experience of a variety of destinations but they all have one thing in common: their fascination with this tiny area of Norway, the Lofoten Islands.
European Mountain Leader since 2013 Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2015
European Mountain Leader since 2000 Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2011
European Mountain Leader since 1997 Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2012
European Mountain Leader since2013 Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2015
European Mountain Leader since 2002
Co-founder of the Exploranor agency Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2003
A Norwegian guide since 2006
Co-founder of the Exploranor agency Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2006