Reine, Lofoten Islands, Norway
descending from the top of the mountain Helvetestinden, in the Lofoten islands in Norway
Sheep in Lofoten, Norway
Panoramic view of the Bunes beach. Lofoten island.
Nusfjord fishing village The Famous Place in Lofoten Island, Norway
Waterfall Trollfjord (Trollfjorden) in the Lofoten Islands, Norway.
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Henningsvær Vågan Municipality in Nordland county, Lofoten islands, Norway
Beautiful norwegian landscape with famous top peak Reinbringen, Lofoten Islands, with a group of hikers tourists
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Lofoten Summer Landscape
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Horseid beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway
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Norway's Lofoten Islands Hiking Tour

Dramatic Peaks & Waterways above the Arctic Circle

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 3-5

Casual Hotels

From: $4,399 - $4,599 pp dbl occ

($1,000 for sgl occ)

Escape to an island paradise unlike any other. Follow trails past jagged peaks reflected in mesmerizingly blue fjords. Gaze upon white-sand beaches that dazzle under a midnight sun. Dream about hiking here for years to come. Captivating historic villages, charming hotels and breathtaking natural beauty await in Norway's incomparable Lofoten Islands. Above the Arctic Circle, paradise is calling. 

Norway Lofoten Islands Walking and Hiking Tour
Norway Lofoten Islands Walking and Hiking Tour

Norway

Start Svolvaer / End Bodø

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Hike in Norway's Lofoten islands, a remote region rich in seafaring history, welcoming locals and incredibly fresh seafood 
  • Relax in historic rorbuer, cozy waterfront cabins with modern amenities, nestled in the sheltered bays of traditional villages 
  • Trek epic routes to secluded Bunes Beach and Monkebu hut for breathtaking views and spectacular photos 
  • Ferry along sapphire waters to Reine and Nusfjord, two legendary coastal villages surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks 
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1
Description

Get to know the Lofoten Islands, a spectacular region to explore on foot | Climb amid craggy mountains that plunge into emerald waters | Ride through glistening Trollfjorden on a high-speed Zodiac boat | Savor impossibly fresh, locally caught seafood. 

Accommodations
Thon Hotel Lofoten, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Thon Hotel Lofoten
Svolvær
| Casual Hotel

Set on the water's edge, this stylish contemporary hotel offers beautiful views of Svolvær and its harbor. 

Days 2-3
Description

Make your way to the western side of the islands to trek along the rock-strewn slopes of verdant foothills with a dramatic backdrop of sawtooth peaks—likely still veined with snow—in the distance | Enjoy a private tour of Nusfjord, one of best preserved fishing villages in Norway | Hike to Kvalvika beach through a classic Lofoten landscape of shimmering waterways, white sand and towering peaks | Relish breathtaking vistas of the rugged coastline | Looking for more miles? Climb to Roren Lookout for views of the village below | Kick back at our cozy quayside rorbuer cabins beneath the ethereal glow of the midnight sun. 

Accommodations
Nusfjord Rorbuer, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Nusfjord Rorbuer
Nusfjord​
| Casual Hotel

Nestled in the Lofoten's best preserved fishing village, these rorbuer blend historic charm with modern comforts. 

Days 4-6
Description

Hike to pristine Bunes Beach, one of the most isolated and scenic in the Lofoten | Tackle the ascent to Helvetestinden (Hell Peak) for incredible views—and some amazing photos!—of Bunes, the North Sea and Vestfjord | In stunning Reine, red and white cabins dot the shore and granite peaks rise dramatically from the fjord | Sample local dishes like smoked Lofoten cod and lamb | Climb to Monkebu Hut, surrounded by beautiful alpine lakes that sit below walls of granite | Celebrate our Lofoten adventure with a farewell toast—skål! | In Å, amble over to the local stone-oven bakery, famed for delectable kanelboller (cinnamon buns) | Visit a historic cod liver oil factory | Cruise across the sprawling Vestfjorden to Bodø.

Accommodations
Reine Rorbuer, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Reine Rorbuer
Reine
| Casual Hotel

Soak in breathtaking views of sparkling fjords and jagged cliffs from these recently restored rorbuer

Activity Level: 3-5

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes rugged mountain trails with rocky steep paths that are often exposed to sheer slopes. Some sections require scrambling and the use of chains; this terrain may not be suitable for those with a fear of heights. The substantial elevation gain and loss (as well as the rocky uneven paths) can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 4 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 5 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 3 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Other
Henningsvær Exploration (1.5 hours)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 6 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 5 | 6 miles | 3000 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 5 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 5 | 8 miles | 2700 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 4 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 7 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Day 6
Other
Å Bakery & Museum Visit (1 hour)

What's Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain & Trail Support

Our hikes through Lofoten's captivating rugged terrain climb rocky, uneven paths with some steep sections, many of which are spotted with mud or boulders. Vehicles or boats will get us to and from the trailheads, but the remote nature of these trails means we offer fewer route options. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.

Two Leaders

We ordinarily staff our trips with three leaders: two leaders out on the trail offering support—allowing everyone to have the experience they want, whether it's an easygoing interpretative walk or a rigorous hike—while the third leader moves the van from trailhead to trail end. This trip is a little different in that our routes are a combination of loop hikes and out-and-back trails that begin and end in the same location. This means that you'll still have the same two leaders providing excellent trail support without the need for a third leader to move the van. Occasionally we also hike with local guides, allowing us to offer even more support options on these routes.

Accommodations

The Lofoten Islands are rich in heritage and rustic charm, and while Backroads has selected the best properties in the places we visit, history and character often outweigh elegance and luxury in this remote corner of Norway. While two of our hotels, Nusfjord Rorbuer and Reiner Rorbuer—traditional waterfront rorbuer (fishermen's cabins)—offer simpler amenities than the typical Backroads property, they provide us with the greatest access to the best hiking in the region. It's also worth noting that these cabins are set up more like shared apartments, with private bedrooms and bathrooms, and a common living room area that includes a small kitchen, rather than typical hotel room—all part of the charm!

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