Day 1 Arrive Bodø
Welcome to the Arctic Circle!
Bodø is easily accessible from Oslo airport by plane (approx. 1.5 hours) and is the main point of entry for those travelling to the Lofoten Islands.
The town has a picturesque harbour, so enjoy a drink on the heated terrace of one of the waterside bars or cafés.
Day 2 Ferry to Moskenes
Your hire car will be delivered to your Bodø hotel today. Take a 3-hour ferry journey across Vestfjorden to reach the ferry terminal on Moskenesøya island. The ferry crossing is an experience in itself and is a great way to start your adventure. Enjoy views of the ’Lofoten Wall’, the name given to the archipelago, as it juts out of the sea like a dramatic granite wall.
Arrive in Mosekenes and drive 10 minutes to the village of Reine. Check into your Rorbuer and make yourself at home for the next three nights.
Day 3 Reinebringen Summit, Lake Ågvatnet and the village of Å
Start your day with a true Lofoten classic; the Reinebringen summit. Towering over the town, the view from the summit is iconic and probably the most well-known image of the islands. Descend the way you came, hop in your car and head south to the village of Å (approx. 15 mins), the last stop on the E10 main road which snakes its way through the archipelago. Visit the Stockfish Museum or the Fishing Village Museum to learn all about Lofoten’s strong connection to fishing, and in particular, cod. Take a short walk out to Lake Ågvatnet, and enjoy a picnic on the small pebble beach.
Reinebringen Walk: 6.5km, ascent/descent: 625m/625m
Lake Agvatnet Walk: 3km, ascent/descent: negligible
Day 4 Kvalvika Bay & Ryten Summit, Munkan Summit
A choice of walk awaits, or both could be completed with an early start. Drive from Reine to the start of the Kvalvika Bay hike (approx. 30 min drive) in the north of Moskenesøya. Take in views of the bay, which translates as ‘Whale Creek’ and of the Norwegian Sea.
Munkan summit can be found in the south of the island (20 min drive from Reine). This hike follows good paths passing countless lakes to reach the summit of Munkan. Sitting at 769m above sea-level, the views are breath taking.
Kvalvika Bay/Ryten Summit Walk: 10 km, ascent/descent: 900m/900m
Munkan Summit Walk: 13 km, ascent/descent: 950m/950m
Day 5 Ballstadheia Plateau, drive to Nusfjord
Check out of your Reine Rorbuer and follow the E10 road to Ballstad (1 hour 10 mins) on Vestvågøya island. The E10 is unique road linking most of the islands of the archipelago and is also a National Scenic Route. Pull into various laybys for stunning viewpoints and white sandy beaches.
Hike to the Ballstad Pleateau and Nortinden summit (459m). Follow a coastal path around protruding headlands, keeping an eye out for seals in Grænvika bay before ascending on grassy paths to the plateau. You are likely to find sheep grazing here. Continue to ascend gently to Nonstinden summit. The view really packs a punch.
Drive to Nusfjord on Flakstadøya island (30 mins); your base for the next two nights. Nusfjord is one of the best-preserved fishing villages of Lofoten, and has a shop, a cod-liver oil workshop, a sawmill and a forge.
Walk: 8km, ascent/descent: 440m/440m
Day 6 Haukland Beach Circuit, Nesheia Summit
Drive to Haukland beach (40 mins), voted the best beach in Norway, with its sandy white shores and dramatic backdrop it’s easy to see why. A relaxed loop walk takes you from the beach, over an ancient pass to Uttakleiv, another sleepy fishing village with its own impressive beach. Return to Haukland via a good coastal path which hugs the Veggen headland.
Another option is a hike to the Nesheia summit for wide open views over the Nusfjord.
Haulkland Beach Walk: 8 km, ascent/descent: 220m/220m
Nesheia Summit Walk: 8 km, ascent/descent: 450m/450m
Day 7 Tjeldbergtinden Hike
Drive to Svolvær/Kabelvåg from Nusfjord (1 hr 30 mins), your overnight location for the last two nights of your adventure. Svolvær is the capital of the Lofoten islands, and although it is the biggest town on the archipelago, it still has a charming small town feel.
Take a bus to Vagan, where today’s hike begins. Follow a trail through lakes and forests, all the way back to Svolvær. At the summit of Tjeldbergtinden (367m), enjoy beautiful views over the Vestfjorden, and the town.
Walk: 8 km, ascent/descent 380m/380m
Overnight: Svolvær or Kabelvåg
Day 8 Svarttinden Summit
Drive to the village of Gravermarka (40 mins) for the start of the trail to Svarttinden summit (736m). A long but steady ascent rewards with the most stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Up here the terrain seems almost Alpine, and you have a real sense of being on top of the world.
Drive back to Svolvær and enjoy your final night on the Lofoten Islands.
Walk: 8 km, ascent/descent: 750m/750m
Day 9 Onward Travel
Enjoy a final breakfast in Svolvær and reflect on your Lofoten adventure before checking out of your Rorbuer and starting your onward travel.
Drop your hire car off at Svolvær airport or ferry terminal and head back to the mainland by boat or plane. If you need any additional nights in Bodø we are happy to arrange this for you.
Time of Year & Availability
You can start your Lofoten adventure on any day between the beginning of June and the beginning of September. The weather on Lofoten is extremely changeable, and one should be prepared for 4 seasons in one day, at any time of the year. Generally speaking, you can expect an oceanic climate in summer, with fine sunny days with mild temperatures, combined with cold showers. June tends to be the driest period, and July and August are the warmest. The famous midnight sun (permanent light) happens from the end of May until mid July, and offers lovely long days ideal for hiking. Peak tourist season runs from mid-July to mid-August.
Grade & Terrain
This tour is rated moderate. Walks tend to be on the shorter side (longest walking day is less than 13km) but the rough, and sometimes steep, terrain can make for slow progress, so shouldn’t be underestimated. Paths are a mixture of rocky, grassy, narrow, boulder-strewn and particularly after bad weather– muddy trails. Some short sections of trail require light scrambling (not exposed), this is detailed in your daily route notes. The ascent/descent is considerable, ranging between 220-950m each day. To get the most from this tour you should be in good physical shape and be an all-weather hiker! Be prepared with the right equipment; waterproof boots, walking poles and gaiters are a necessity.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
Hiking trails on Lofoten are still quite primitive and way-marking is sparse. However we will provide you with turn-by-turn instructions for each walk, maps and access to our GPS smartphone navigation app, so you will have no problem finding your way.
Travel during the trip
8 days compact car hire (similar to a VW Golf) is included in the cost of this trip. You can opt for an upgrade to a larger car if desired (recommended for parties of 3+ people). Your car will be dropped off at your hotel in Bodø and you will take it on the car ferry to Lofoten. At the end of your trip, you will drop it off at Svolvær airport or ferry terminal, whichever suits your plans best. The cost of a Sat-Nav is also included in your car hire cost.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which ncludes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
How fit do I need to be?
This tour is rated moderate. Distances tend to be on the shorter side (longest walking day is 13km) but the rough terrain can make for slow progress, so they shouldn’t be underestimated. Paths are a mixture of rocky, grassy, narrow, boulder-strewn and particularly after bad weather– muddy trails. Be prepared with the right equipment; waterproof boots, walking sticks and gaiters are highly recommended. The ascent/descent is considerable, ranging between 220-950m each day. To get the most from this tour you should be in good physical shape and be an all- weather hiker!
Which is the best airport to fly to?
The closest airport is Bodø
which is served by flights from Europe and around the world, via Oslo.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised. This is a very popular area with holiday makers!
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/trail shoes with a solid sole and good grip, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers a day pack and hats. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack. A detailed kit list is included in your information pack.
When is the best time of year?
The weather on Lofoten is extremely changeable, and one should be prepared for 4 seasons in one day, at any time of the year. Generally speaking, you can expect an oceanic climate in summer, with fine sunny days with mild temperatures.combined with cold showers. June tends to be the driest period, and July and August are the warmest. The famous midnight sun (permanent light) happens from the end of May until mid July, and offers lovely long days ideal for hiking. Peak tourist season runs from mid-July to mid-August.