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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.

Part of the tour follows Norwegian Scenic Route Lofoten.

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Day by day program

Day 1 - Friday: Arrival in Svolvær 

How to travel to Svolvær (not included)
Flight to Svolvær airport and bus/taxi to Svolvær
Flight to Harstad/Narvik airport and bus to Svolvær
Flight to Bodø airport and boat from Bodø to Svolvær
- Hurtigruten / Coastal Steamer from Bodø 15.00, arrive in Svolvær 21.00
- Express boat from Bodø  at 18.00 arriving Svolvær 21.25
Accommodation at Thon Hotel Lofoten

Day 2 - Saturday: Discover the northern part of Lofoten
Some suggestions: 
- Make a boat trip from Svolvær to see the famous Troll fjord, do some fishing and spot Sea eagles.
- Visit the fishing village Kabelvåg and the Lofoten Cathedral.
- Bike trip to the picturesque Fishing Village, Henningsvær (48 km round trip).
- Visit the museums in Storvågan (not September). 
- Hike one of the peaks close to Svolvær.
- Bike the northern part of Austvågøy (97 km round trip)
Accommodation at Thon Hotel Lofoten

Day 3 - Sunday: Bike Svolvær - Hov / Gimsøya, 40 km
Easy day trip with some traffic. A tunel just before the exit to Henningsvær.
Possible detours along the way:
- Henningsvær (Picturesque Fishing Village) - 18 km
- Brenna (Bike along the fjord/ocean front) - 23 km
Accommodation in lodges at Lofoten Links. 

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 - Monday: Bike Hov - Leknes, 53 km
Longer day trip in relatively flat terrain. 
Possible detours along the way:
- Stamsund and Steine (Fishing Villages) - 14 km
- Sennesvika and Ramsvika (Great views) - 12 km
Accommodation at Scandic Leknes Lofoten 

Day 5 - Tuesday: Discover the central- and seaward side of Lofoten
Some suggestions: 
- Bike to Uttakleiv the most photographed beach in Lofoten. With the horizon open to the west and north, Uttakleiv is a good location to see the Midnight sun (27 km round trip).
- Bike to Unstad beach, Lofoten’s most popular surfing destinations (42 km round trip).
- Visit the Lofoten Viking Museum in Borg featuring a copy of the largest Viking-era house ever found (28 km round trip).
- Bike to Eggum and visit the rocky coastline past the village (50 km round trip). 
Accommodation at Scandic Leknes Lofoten 

Day 6 - Wednesday: Leknes - Reine
Early breakfast to make the Bicycle ferry at 10:00.
- Bike Leknes - Kremmervika, 12 km / about 1 hour.
- Bicycle ferry from Kremmervika, departure at 10:00, arriving in Nusfjord approx. 11:00. We recommend spending some time in Nusfjord. This is one of the oldest and best-preserved fishing villages in Lofoten, located in scenic surroundings encircled by steep mountains. 
- Bike Nusfjord - Reine, 41 km. You bike most of the distance on E10, with some traffic. There are a few tunnels, but you can bike on the old road outside the tunnels.
Accommodation at Reine Rorbuer (Rorbu Cabins) 

Day 7 - Thursday: Discover the southern part of Lofoten
Some suggestions: 
- Make a day trip to the small village of Å, at the end of the road E10 (20 km round trip). 
- Take a fjord cruise in Kjerkfjorden, walking over to the wonderful beach, Bunesstranda. It is also possible to hike the summit of Helvetestinden (the mountain of Hell), (513 m).
- You can also join adventures like sea rafting, sea fishing or kayak trips in Reine. 
Accommodation at Reine Rorbuer (Rorbu Cabins) 

Day 8 - Friday: Departure
Breakfast and departure

How to travel from Reine:
Bus from Reine to Moskenes: Departure at 10:30, arrival at 10:40
Ferry from Moskenes to Bodø:
- From 7 June to 25 August: Departure at 11:00, arrival at 15:00
- After 25 August: Departure at 07:00, arrival at 10.15 (Taxi from Reine to Moskenes).
Bus to Leknes and flight from Leknes airport.

NB! The indicated timetables can be changed in 2020.

Reine - Accommodation in Rorbu Cabins (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 Rorbu 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 Rorbu 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 Rorbu 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 Rorbu 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
You stay in Rorbu Cabins in Storågan and Reine. When you stay overnight in Rorbu 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 Rorbu 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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Departures and prices

Tour dates 2020: Starts every Friday from 5 June to 26 June, and 31 July to 4 September.
Level of difficulty: Level 2 - see useful Information
Number of days: 8
Distance: 158 km + detours, and daytrips on day 2, 5 and 7.

Number of participants:
We need a minimum of 2 participants on each date to complete the tour.

Price 2020: 
Per person in double room: NOK 14 950.-

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

Included in package:
7 x accommodation incl. breakfast, self-packed lunch and refill thermos 
3 x 3 course dinner (day 3, 6 and 7)
Bicycle ferry Ballstad - Nusfjord (day 6)
Map and tour description (1 set per booking)
Luggage transfers

Bike rental 2020:
Touring/Trekking bike, 7 days: NOK 1 800.-  
E-bike, 7 days: NOK 2 800.-
Pannier: NOK  250.- each
Double pannier: NOK 400.- 

Included in the bike rental: Helmet, pump, lock, and tool kit. Extra inner tube (must be paid for if used.)
The bikes will be delivered at your hotel in Svolvær.

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 also combining the biking tour with a 'Hurtigruten' cruise, along the coast of Norway.

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

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