Norway Lofoten Islands Hiking

Trip Length 9 Days
Group Size 6–12
Activity level
Starting from
$5,199 for REI Members
$5,699 for non-members
Departures Jul 2021-Aug 2021

The remote Lofoten archipelago offers unparalleled beauty for hiking, kayaking and fishing in the land of the midnight sun.

The Lofoten Islands provide a unique opportunity to explore secluded beaches, mountains and villages above the Arctic Circle. The surreal landscape is dotted with glacier-carved mountains, white-sand beaches and fisherman villages tucked into sheltered bays and fjords. Kayak to a small island, go fishing for dinner, and camp in a luxurious lavvu tent. Hikes up the craggy island peaks reveal incredible viewpoints, overlooking jagged islands and the clear blue sea. We stay in renovated traditional fisherman’s cabins called "rorbuer," as well as quaint lodges with spectacular views of the midnight sun and the Arctic Ocean. The villages of the islands are iconic with their red and white fisherman’s huts hugging the shoreline, surrounded by granite peaks. A ferry delivers us to one of the outermost, wildest islands—Værøy. Experience life like the locals while having your breath repeatedly taken away by the beauty on our hikes. At this time of year, the days never end, so by the light of the midnight sun we hike into Lofoten backcountry. A helicopter ride takes us back to the mainland, giving us a bird’s eye view for our last glimpse of this incredible island chain. A true arctic paradise.

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Trip Highlights

  • Hikes overlooking colorful fishing villages, deep fjords and white sand beaches
  • Overnight in traditional fisherman cabins perched above the Norwegian Sea
  • Glamping on the small island nicknamed "Little Hawaii"
  • Kayak to a remote island surrounded by turquoise clear waters
  • See the region’s grandeur from above on a helicopter ride back to the mainland


This trip is rated Moderate Plus [3–4]. Trip members should be capable of hiking 2–7 miles (2–6 hours) without major discomfort over terrain with some steep grades, very rocky and uneven terrain, including brief sections where use of hands may be required for balance. Conditions can be very muddy and slippery in wet conditions. Elevation gain/loss varies between 850' to 3173'. Some hikes also involve short stretches of exposed, narrow trail. Trip members should be comfortable kayaking up to 3 hours. Paddling distance may be shortened if required due to weather conditions or group preferences.

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking

What's Included

Double occupancy tent accommodations on 2 nights; double occupancy lodge accommodations on 3 nights; double occupancy fisherman's huts on 3 nights; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; professional guides; private vehicle transportation within Norway; one group airport transfer on Day 1 and Day 9; helicopter flight Værøy to Bodø; kayaking gear; fishing gear.


Luxury tents, 2 nights; Lodge, 3 nights; Fisherman's huts, 3 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Lofoten beach glamping

This trip begins in Bodø, Norway, the gateway to the Lofoten Islands. We meet our guides and traveling companions at the Bodø airport or at our host hotel in Bodø city center. Before boarding the ferry to Skrova Island, we take time to explore the waterfront and maybe grab a coffee. Enjoy views of the rugged Stigen coastline and across Vestfjorden to Skrova. We have a light dinner upon arrival, then take a short hike to our glamping accommodations on a beautiful, secluded beach. Our cozy tents come equipped with beds, bedside tables and solar lamps. Dinner included.

Ferry transfer: 3 hours 10 minutes; Hiking: 1 mile.

Day 2

Kayaking and fishing around the islands of Skrova

After a peaceful night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, we have a short hike out of camp to our kayak put-in. Skrova is a small island with approximately 250 inhabitants and surrounded by many uninhabited tiny islands. From our two-person kayaks we soon discover why this area is nicknamed "Lofoten’s Little Hawaii." Tropically turquoise water, white-sand beaches, and islands emerging from the sea surround us. Stopping at one of the islands, we eat our packed lunch and take time for a swim or a walk on the beach. Next, we board a small private fishing boat and prepare to catch our dinner this evening. In Skrova, a chef prepares our freshly caught fish at a local restaurant. Afterward, we hike back to camp and relax with a hot tub soak in the glow of the midnight sun. All meals included

Hiking: 2 miles; Kayaking: 3–4 hours; Fishing: 2 hours

Day 3

Morning hike and dramatic fjord nature cruise

Wake up to hot coffee and breathe in the fresh sea air. Today we hike from camp to a small peak called Høgskrova, with impressive views of the unique arctic landscape. After our hike and a lunch break, we cruise through the dramatic Trollfjorden (The Troll’s Fjord). One of the steepest and narrowest fjords in Norway, the mountains surrounding it rise as high as 3,600'. Keep an eye out for soaring sea eagles, the largest eagle in Europe. We end at Svolvær pier, then head to our accommodations on the island of Gimsoy on the west coast. Our cabins for the next three nights face north, offering pristine views of the sea and beach. All meals included.

Hiking: 2.4 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +846'/-846'; Cruising: 2 hours

Day 4

Henningsvær and hiking under the midnight sun

Henningsvær is a small group of islands that sits between the impressive Mount Vågakallen and the "Lofoten Wall." It was a prosperous fishing village in the 1800s during the Lofoten Winter Fishery. The bridges connecting the islands to Lofoten weren’t built until 1981, so most of the traditional architecture has been preserved. We can explore the village and have lunch on our own before our hike. The trail is a bit steep and rocky in places, but we’re rewarded with panoramic views of lakes, the city of Svolvaer and stunning Mount Vågakallen. We enjoy a hearty dinner and have the evening to relax on the deck outside our cabins. This evening, we have the option to go for a hike under the midnight sun. It will take us up the imposing peak on the horizon just behind our cabins. Breakfast and dinner included.

Hiking: 3.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,213'/-1,213'; Optional midnight sun hiking: 2.4 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,207'/-1,207'; Van transfer: 1 hour

Day 5

From sea to summit on Lofoten

This morning, we hop on a trailhead at a white-sand beach, heading toward the summit of Lofoten’s Himmeltinden (3,163'). The climb is steep and steady with rewarding views at every turn. After our start on a sandy beach, we follow an old gravel road for a while, until we arrive at a steep trail that takes us to the peak. If it’s not too windy, the summit is the best place to refuel with our packed lunches. Afterwards, take a cold-water swim at Lofoten’s famous Haukland Beach, consistently voted one of Norway’s most beautiful beaches. Back at our cabins, the afternoon is free to check out the Icelandic horses at a local farm, spend more time at the beach, or just relax. Tonight, we walk to dinner at a restaurant in a rustic and beautifully restored Lofoten hay barn, enjoying tasty dishes based on favorite recipes from the farm. All meals included.

Hiking: 2.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +3,163'/-3,163'; Van transfer: 2 hours

Day 6

Hike to Norway’s most beautiful viewpoint and sleep in traditional fishing cabins

We continue our Lofoten journey with a two-hour van ride south to the colorful fishing village of Reine. Today’s hike is epic and will surely test our quad strength. The first three-quarters of the trail is comprised of 1,566 stone stairs, followed by a rocky, steep trail up to an amazing viewpoint of Reine and the surrounding peaks. Reinebringen is one of the most popular hikes in the islands due to its iconic view, so be prepared to share the trail with other hikers from around the world. After making our way down we walk to the village of Reine, with time to explore. Perched above the sound, our lodging tonight is in traditional fisherman's cabins, also called "rorbuer." We walk to dinner at a restaurant serving fresh fish and other regional specialties. All meals included.

Hiking: 1.8 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,470’/-1,470' (3,132 stone stairs up/down); Van transfer: 2 hours; Note on lodging: fisherman's cabins have private bedrooms, but one shared bathroom per cabin (4 people max)

Day 7

Ferry ride to the island of Værøy and hike to Håen

This morning we take a ferry to Værøy, an island about 20 miles south of the mainland Lofoten archipelago. The island is completely surrounded by a Caribbean-esque turquoise sea and boasts a unique landscape of jagged peaks, barren mountains and white-sand beaches. All this is complemented by tiny villages, wooden churches and cozy red and yellow homes. It’s also a birdwatcher’s paradise, as one Værøy mountain is the nesting place for more than 1.5 million seabirds that breed from May–August each year, including sea eagles, auks, puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, cormorants, arctic terns and more. We hike the well-marked trail of Håen in the middle of the island and, weather-permitting, we should have far-reaching views of the mountain spires and the sea. Tonight is another wonderful opportunity to view the midnight sun, especially since we get a late start the next morning. All meals included.

Hiking: 4.3 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,437'/-1,437'; Ferry transfer: 1.5 hours; Note on lodging: fisherman's cabins have private bedrooms, but one shared bathroom per cabin (4 people max)

Day 8

Arctic coastal hike to Måstad

We enjoy a leisurely morning before heading out for our final hike on the Lofoten archipelago. Today’s hike takes us along the coast to Måstad, an old, uninhabited small village. The terrain switches between sandy beaches, rocky beaches, gravel roads and proper trails. Other than by boat, this used to be the only way for the people who lived in Måstad to reach the center of Værøy. This afternoon, we have our last chance for a true Norwegian cold-water swim in the Arctic Ocean! Later, join our guides and fellow travelers in the guesthouse dining room for a farewell dinner and a toast to our amazing Lofoten adventure. All meals included.

Hiking: 7 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +460’/-460' (shorter option available)

Day 9

Helicopter flight to Bodø, where our adventure ends

We head to the village of Nordlund this morning, visiting Lofoten’s oldest wooden church. Built in 1714, Old Værøy Church is still used for services on the fourth Sunday of every month. We discover more of Værøy’s history in the museum, then meander around this once very busy port town. Next, we board a helicopter for our incredible journey back to Bodø. The flight across Vestfjorden gives us a chance to see the fjord and the islands from a bird’s eye view before saying goodbye to this arctic paradise. We arrive at Bodø airport around 6pm, so all departing flights should be scheduled for later than 7:30pm. Breakfast and lunch included.

Helicopter ride: 25 mins

Gear List

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