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Bike the Amazing Lofoten Isles

This tour is on request, please contact us for information and booking

Lofoten is Amazing - Midnight sun, beautiful scenery's, picturesque fishing villages, museums and art galleries.
A biking holiday in Lofoten is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Around virtually every corner you will find new, indescribably beautiful sceneries. The nature in Lofoten is powerful and impressive, with green mountains and towering peaks rising straight from the sea. Small fjords, marshes, lakes and wooded slopes wedges itself in between. On the flat plains, at the foot of the mountains, you find farms and small fishing villages.

As you cycle, we encourage you to combine natural and cultural experiences. Great biking combined with visits to galleries, museums, etc. You also visit Nusfjord, which is an old, historical fisherman’s village, listed on the UNESCO’s world heritage list.

From early June to mid-July you can experience biking under the midnight sun. Ride all night long with the glow of the sun as your guide.

Accommodation in hotels and traditional fisherman's cabins.
Even the food is an adventure. We like to call it a culinary journey or a voyage in the Arctic menu.
We can guarantee a memorable trip with wonderful experiences.

First day - Hurtigruten from Bodø. Departure: 15.00. Arrival in Svolvær 20.00
Last day - Ferry from Moskenes. Departure: 11.00. Arrival in Bodø: 15.00

Tour dates 2018: The tour starts every Monday from 4 June to 20 August
Level of difficulty: Level 2 - see useful Information
Number of days: 8
Distance: 180 km

Price per person 2018: 
Per person in double room: NOK 15 150,-

NB! Book early discount before 1 June: NOK 250,- per person.

Included in package:
7 x accommodation with breakfast
7 x self-packed lunch and refill of brought thermos
6 x dinner (all days except arrival day in Kabelvåg)
Ship 'Hurtigruten' Bodø - Svolvær (day 1) 
Bikeferry Ballstad - Nusfjord (day 5)
Ferry Moskenes - Bodø (day 8)
Luggage transfers
Map and tour description.

Bike rental 2018:
Hybrid bikes with 21 gears and carriers - 8 days: NOK 1 800, - 
Panniers: 175,- each.
The bike comes with: Extra tube (has to be paid for if you use it). pump, lock, and repair kit.

Rental bikes must be picked up and returned in Bodø, and must be booked in advance.
If needed, you can store some of your luggage at the rental shop in Bodø.

NB! There is limited capacity and high demand on our trips in Lofoten during the summer season. We recommend ordering your trip as early as possible.
The deadline for booking this trip is 6 weeks before departure.

You can combine this tour with first cycling the Arctic Coast from Tromsø to Svolvær.
You can allso combining the biking tour with a 'Hurtigruten' cruise, along the coast of Norway.
Part of the tour follows the Norwegian Scenic Routes, Lofoten.

Other tours in Northern Norway:
Arctic Coast Cycling
Senja - Cycling roundtrip
Bike Helgeland - Island jumping


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Day by day program

Day 1 - Monday: Arrival Bodø. Hurtigruten to Svolvær. Bike to Kabelvåg - 7 km.
Arrive in Bodø. Flight from Oslo, Bergen or Stavanger.
Please calculate time to pick up rental bikes.
Hurtigruten / Coastal Steamer from Bodø 15.00, arrive in Svolvær 21.00.
After arrival in Svolvær: Look for taxi/car to bring your luggage from the Hurtigruten quai to your hotel in Kabelvåg. 
Easy and short bike trip from Svolvær to Kabelvåg - 7 km.
Accommodation in Nyvågar Rorbuhotell in Kabelvåg (Fishermen’s cabins).

Day 2 - Tuesday: Kabelvåg (via Svolvær) - Henningsvær - 18 (31) km.
Short and easy bike trip. You have plenty of time for alternative activities in the morning. Art Gallery, Museum and Aakvariarium are located close to the hotel. We also recommend a bike ride back to Svolvær. From there you can join a boat trip to the legendary Trollfjorden (pre-order). There are also nice hiking opportunities in the area.
Between Svolvær and Kabelvåg you go on foot and bike path. Then on the main road, E10, with some traffic. A tunel before Rørvika. The last 8 km before Henningsvær, you follow a narrow and winding road with somewhat less traffic and many nice places to stop.
Accommodation at Henningsvær Bryggehotel.

Day 3 - Wednesday: Henningsvær - Hov / Gimsøya - 32 km.
A short and easy day trip, on tarmac with some traffic to the bridge of Gimsøya, from there less traffic.
Accommodation at Lofoten Links at Hov.
This is the only night you stay at the west coast, so you might see the midnight sun. It is a nice midnight sun tour to hike the top of Hoven (362 m), with a wonderful view of the area you have been biking today. From here you can also see the islands of Vesterålen.

Day 4 - Thursday: Hov - Stamsund - Leknes - Kræmmervika (Ballstad) - 66 km.
Longer day trip today. You'll meet some traffic, but there are some bicycle paths available. It is possible to go by taxi the last leg, 14 km from Leknes to Ballstad.
If you want to bike more kilometers today, we recommend you ride through Stamsund and/or via Sennesvika/Ramsvika, with great views of Gravdal and Leknes (+ up to 21 km).
Accommodation at Kremmervika Fishermen’s cabins (Rorbuer).

Day 5 - Friday: Bicycle boat from Kræmmervika, depart 11:00, arriving Nusfjord approx. 12:00.
Before going to Nusfjord, it’s possible to do a hike in Ballstadheia to get some beautiful views.
The rest of the day you can relax and explore the historical fisherman’s village. It is also possible to do some biking or hiking from Nusfjord. Check in in Nusfjord Fishermen’s cabins from 15:00.
Accommodation at Nusfjord Fishermen’s cabins (Rorbuer).

Day 6 - Saturday: Nusfjord - Reine - 40 km.
Average day trip. Most of the distance on E10, with some traffic.  You are biking through small villages / islands as Ramberg (with a wonderful white beach), Hamnøy, Sakrisøy to Reine.
Accommodation at Reine Fishermen’s cabins (Rorbuer).

Day 7 - Sunday: Day off in Reine.
We highly recommend a day trip to the end of the road, to the small village of Å and the Stockfish-Museum.
Or, you can make a fjord cruise to Kjerkfjorden (roundtrip). Leave the boat at Vinstad and walk to the wonderful beach, Bunesstranda. Boat-trip back to Reine after the hike (Check the timetables before leaving Reine). 
Accommodation at Reine Fishermen’s cabins (Rorbuer).

Day 8 - Monday: Bikinge from Reine to Moskenes - 5 km. 
Ferry boat to Bodø, depart 11:00, arriving Bodø 15:00. 
Remember to calculate enough time to return rental bikes in Bodø.

It's possible to do more biking during the week, just study the map. There are lots of nice detours with almost no traffic.

Accommodation in Fishermen’s cabins (“Rorbu)
You won’t see many hotels in Lofoten. The most common type of accommodation in Lofoten is Fishermen’s cabins, 

It all started in the 1100, as King Øystein Magnusson built so-called rorbu cabins and a church for the fishermen of Vågan. This tells us that even a thousand years ago, the Lofoten Fishery was of considerable importance, and that the Fishermen’s cabins were a well-established form of accommodation.

The cabins were very crowded, and often two or three men would sleep head to feet in the same bed. Up until the mid-1850's, candles were the only lighting in use, together with the flames from the open fire. 

The «finer» cabins had a window in the form of a hole in the wall with a skin made from the stomach of a halibut stretched across it. Stoves and glass window panes did not appear until the late 1800's. In 1896, as many as 2671 Fishermen’s cabins were registered in Lofoten.
Now most of the fishermen stay on board their boats. What were once lodgings for the fishermen during the seasonal cod-rush have now have become overnight accommodations for tourists. In many of the cabins, however, the interior fittings from the turn of the century have still been preserved.

The Fishermen’s cabins are an important part of Lofoten's cultural heritage. It has been important to preserve the environments in their original simple style and to have certain guidelines in terms of refurbishment both indoors and outdoors.
The challenge is to satisfy tourists' increasing demands on standards while maintaining the Fishermen’s cabins as they once were.
The cabins are all different. On your trip in Lofoten, you will experience different standards and very different levels of refurbishment. The cabins now have modern facilities, but the old surfaces are well kept, with holes for tools in the walls, and simple worn floorboards. Where there are two floors, you can expect to find something that looks more like a ladder than a staircase to get upstairs.

Please be aware that you must share the cabin
When you stay overnight in Fishermen’s cabins you get your own sleeping room in accordance to your booking (some with bunk beds), but you’ll most likely have to share the cabin (bathroom, living room etc.) with others, who have booked the same trip with Discover Norway.

Each Fisherman’s cabin contains 2 – 3 bedrooms, one bathroom, and a living room. Lofoten is a very attractive holiday destination during the summer season, and it is hard to get accommodation. We are unfortunately not able to offer a cabin for each. Usually it’s fully booked everywhere and it is impossible to obtain more cabins. 

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