Northern winter in the Lofoten Islands

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8 DAYS - Difficulty level: MODERATE


Tour code: LOFOT-08 Rq

  Detailed hiking guide of the tour


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 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: We head out to the beautiful peak of Ryten overlooks Kvalvika beach. This large sand beach of about 1km long recently inspired two young Norwegian filmmakers who spent nine months (during the coldest period of the year) in a hut built with their own hands. From the top you’ll get a clear view of the Norwegian Sea and the island of Flakstadøya. In the evening we will, depending on the season, warm up in a traditional wood-fired sauna near a small lake.

Day 4: 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 5: We depart for an easy hike to discover the alpine plateau of Slettheia. Despite its a low altitude, this top offers nice views over the turquoise waters around the reefs in the bay bellow. You’ll also get a nice view over the plain of Leknes and the different mountains of the southern part of Vestvågøya.

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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24/02/2019 03/03/2019 1290€/pers. Check our other snowshoe trip guaranteed
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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).

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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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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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Traveller reviews

Northern winter in the Lofoten (guided) - Alain & Elisabeth
departure 25/02/2018 - Rating: 10/10  

Tres satisfait  "A beautiful trip orchestrated by our top guide Cedric. He was very attentive, interesting and pleasant, knowing well the terrain and the country. A guige we really enjoyed. Having the opportunity to eat fresh fish almost every day was also a plus."


Northern winter in the Lofoten (guided) - Pascal
departure 25/02/2018 - Rating: 09/10  

Tres satisfait  "A very interesting journey, with favorable weather to enjoy the northern lights. A beautiful trip. We had two different but unique rorbuer; both authentic and beautiful places to stay. The experience of having picnics on the peaks was at first surprising for me - even if the cold is not that intense, the cold is present - but it is really an experience to live, just like the superb rorbu in stamsund with its wood stove."


Northern winter in the Lofoten (guided) - Sandrine
departure 19/02/2017 - Rating: 09/10  

Tres satisfait  "Very satisfied with the trip, the guide was very dedicated and conscientious. The landscapes are great, only the northern lights were a little shy, but that's nothing you could help."

Northern winter in the Lofoten (guided) - Sophie
departure 12/03/2017 - Rating: 07/10  

satisfait  "Very beautiful hikes. In case of bad weather, it would have been nice to have a car, as a plan B."

Northern winter in the Lofoten (guided) - Thierry
departure 12/03/2017 - Rating: 09/10  

  Tres satisfait"The quite complicated weather conditions led the guide to shorten 3 snowshoe outings. The last one, on Saturday was lived as a real reward, delivering all the clichés of Norway in winter. It is this last day that will remain in our memories and gives the overall score to this stay."


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