Lofoten is breathtaking. Towering mountains, draped in emerald-green grass plunge into serene fjords that reflects the shifting hues of the sky. Quaint fishing villages nestle by the water`s edge, and white sand beaches glow against the stark arctic landscape, a surreal contrast. Lofoten’ s culture is woven into its maritime soul, with fish drying racks and red fishermen`s cabins dotting the shores.
A cycling vacation in Lofoten is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, where you connect to the dramatic landscape that changes with the light. With the Midnight Sun from June to mid-July, and the Northern Lights visible from late August this place will amaze you in any season. Along the way you can stop to savor local delicacies, and traditional dishes from Lofoten. Explore old churches, museums that provide insights into Lofoten` s history and culture, or go fishing, hiking, or kayaking.
This unforgettable bike ride starts in Svolvær, where you will be greeted by boats resting on the calm water of the harbor, surrounded by majestic mountains rising straight from the sea.
As you pedal onwards, Lofoten’ s wild beauty unfolds before you. On this self-guided tour, you are free to take breaks, detours and stop for a break or take photos anywhere you would like. The charming fishing village Henningsvær, nestled on a cluster of islets with a backdrop of rugged mountains, is a must-see place. The cultural gem Nusfjord offers a glimpse into Norway`s maritime heritage amidst a stunning natural setting.
The route leads you through lush meadows, where sheep graze in the green grass and rivers wind through the scenery. You`ll pass by small farms and courtyards that provide a glimpse into the everyday life of the locals in this rugged environment. Enjoy the fresh sea breeze as you cycle past small fishing huts and pristine white beaches that seem lost in time. The tour ends in beautiful Reine, surrounded by pointy peaks, fjords, and the traditional fishermen`s cabins.
This is a self-guided adventure, cycling point to point with a digital map and a guidebook. Luggage transfer is included. You will be cycling 20 – 50 km a day and need a minimum of level of fitness for this vacation. Bikes are not included, but we can arrange bike rental.
Please note that Lofoten is a very popular place for a short while during the summer months, with few hotels. Some traffic must be expected, and varied accommodation is offered.
Part of the tour follows the Norwegian Scenic Route Lofoten.
Lofoten is labelled as a sustainable destination with commitments to a more sustainable development of the environment, their unique culture, the local community, and last but not least - your well-being.
Ben Leedham did the Lofoten bike tour with his family in August 2022. Check out the video he made!