Winter in the Lofotens, a selfguided tour!

Self guided trip - 6 days or more (Norway)

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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" .

The verdant landscapes, with their turquoise waters, attract the majority of visitors from May to September. The arctic winter - with its crystal clear light, snow-capped peaks and northern lights – attracts professional photographers from all over the world but is still relativly unknown to a majority of travelers. Yet the archipelago is definitely worth a detour at this time of year. Indeed, it is in winter that the islands awaken from their calm torpor, with the start of the fishing season. From February onwards, the blue waters of the Vestfjord are covered with a constellation of small fishing boats.

The Norwegians have managed to keep the fishing quite artisanal (few large trawlers). And it is by millions that the Skrei - a cod from the Barents Sea - comes to spawn in the waters warmed up by the Gulf Stream, before they suddenly return in April. This seasonal fishing has always been the main activity of the islands. And although it has given way to tourism (economically), this activity is still totally part of the life of the inhabitants.
This trip in the middle of the fishing season, will allow you to observe the daily life of the villages in full activity! For a more complete immersion in these magnificent landscapes, you can also take part in all kinds of winter activities: sea kayaking, killer whale and sea eagle watching, snowshoeing or skiing ...

It is from two comfortable lodgings, traditional rorbu, located in the north and south of the archipelago, that you will set out to discover these islands with its unique Arctic atmosphere.
Finally, we remind the chilly birds that despite its northern geographical position, the archipelago enjoys a relatively mild climate in winter (around -5 ° to + 5 ° C), and that it is possible to enjoy long sunny days already from the beginning of March.

Discover our new self-guided trip! (soon available in English)
6 days/ 5 nights self-guided trip

Weather Forcast

Breezy

-2°C

Leknes

Breezy

Humidity: 52%

Wind: 51.50 km/h

  • 19 Jan 2018

    Breezy 1°C -7°C

  • 20 Jan 2018

    Mostly Cloudy -3°C -6°C

"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 Guides

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.

 

 

Bruno Froidurot

Bruno F

European Mountain Leader since 2013
Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2015


 Stéphane Martineau

Stephane M

European Mountain Leader since 2000
Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2011


 Eric Bibollet-Ruche

Eric BR

European Mountain Leader since 1997
Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2012


Cédric Deslex

Cedric D

European Mountain Leader since 2013
Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2015

 


David Souyris

David 1
European Mountain Leader since  2002

Co-founder of the Exploranor agency
Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2003


Magdalena Brede

Magdalena B
A Norwegian guide since 2006

Co-founder of the Exploranor agency
Has guided groups in the Lofoten Islands since 2006

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