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Walking the Lofoten Islands

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  • Drive the length of the Lofoten Archipelago, from Reine to Svolvær
  • Hike to summits for dramatic views of jagged islands and clear blue sea
  • Explore authentic fishing towns and visit white sandy beaches
  • Stay in unique ‘Rorbuer’, renovated fisherman’s cabins
  • Dine on fresh seafood, washed down with a locally brewed beer
From Reine in the south to the island’s capital, Svolvær, in the north, enjoy classic hikes, sandy beaches, and traditional fishing villages as you explore the magnificent Lofoten Islands. Boarding the ferry at Bodø, the silhouette of the imposing ’Lofoten Wall’ can soon be spotted on the horizon, marking the start of a trip of a lifetime. Travel around the islands by car (not included) and stay in three towns: Reine, Nusfjord and Svolvær, all superb bases for exploration. Moderate walks on rugged terrain take you to summits with far-reaching views of the surrounding towns, mountains, and on a clear day, even as far as mainland Norway. A true experience of the Norwegian “friluftsliv” (literally “life in the fresh air”) Reward yourself with leisurely lunches and dinners, sampling fresh prawns or gourmet fish and chips. The idyllically located Rorbuer cabins are another highlight of this wonderful trip, a real home from home with all the comfort and amenities of a hotel. There, you can relax waterside with a glass of wine and watch the sun disappear behind the towering peaks, ready to do it all over again the next day!
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Perfect for keen walkers looking to explore the Lofoten Islands. Enjoy daily hikes between 3 km and 13km, with significant ascent/descent on rough terrain. Travelling with a car in the Lofoten brings extra flexibility and freedom, and all walks are optional. This trip is ideal for those looking to get away from it all; enjoy a slower pace of life, experience the Norwegian "friluftsliv" (outdoor life) with plenty of fresh air, and build up an appetite for lovely local dishes!

Tour Type:

Classic Routes | If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, who’s interested in taking on the great routes of the world or looking for a challenge, then our Classic Routes are for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name but a few!


Drive and Hike | Exploration of picturesque and remarkable destinations by car combined with walks that highlight the best of a country or region.

Activity Level & 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.


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.


Spend 1 night in a 3* hotel and 7 nights in 3* standard traditional ‘Rorbuer’. These are former fishermen dwellings which have been lovingly restored and are now used as accommodation. Each have comfortable beds (normally twin beds, double beds are rare), a bathroom, a fridge, table and chairs and normally an outside seating area. Some cabins also have a kitchenette. If you require a twin room, a 2 bedroom cabin will be required in Reine & Nusfjord as the one bedroom cabins only have double beds. There will be a supplement payable for this of approximately $230 per person. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like a double room or 2 room cabin in Reine and Nusfjord (a twin room cabin is available in Svolvaer).You will find an example of the Rorbuer we normally use below. If these accommodations are not available we will use an accommodation of a similar or better standard.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers due to the terrain encountered on some walks. Single rooms are not available on this trip.


7 breakfasts are included in the cost of your trip. Breakfast is always buffet-style with various options available. Expect a continental breakfast with bread, jams, pastries, yoghurt and muesli available. Usually there are also local meats and cheeses, eggs and fruit on offer. Dinners and lunches are not included so you have the freedom to choose from what’s on offer each day. There are plenty of options for dinner each night, most Rorbuer have an on-site restaurant and there will be restaurants near by. Lunch can be picked up from the local supermarket or bakery, and all cabins have a fridge to keep packed lunch items nice and fresh. Food in Lofoten features fish quite heavily, although there is usually always at least one meat and vegetarian option available on restaurant menus. The restaurants on Lofoten use locally sourced and fresh produce with pride -delicious!

  • 1 night in a 3* hotel and 7 nights in high-quality Rorbuer
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Car ferry from Bodø to Moskenes (Day 2)
  • Detailed information pack, route notes, maps and access to our navigation app
  • 24/7 support from our UK office
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Bodø and from Svolvær
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Car hire
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

When To Go

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.

Getting to the Start

Getting from the End

From Svolvær, you can take a ferry (3.5 hours) or a plane (30 mins) back to Bodø. There is one boat a day, and several flights. Wideroe is the only airline operating flights between Svolvær and Bodø. From Svolvær, there are also direct flights to Oslo, although these don't operate everyday. Check for more information.

General Information

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.

Car Hire

You will ned to arrange 8 days of car hire from Bodø and you will take it on the car ferry to Lofoten (booked by Macs). At the end of your trip, you will drop it off at Svolvær airport or ferry terminal, whichever suits your plans best.

Travel Insurance

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.

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Day 1 Arrive Bodø Day 2: Ferry to Moskenes Day 3: Reinebringen Summit, Lake Ågvatnet and the village of Å 4 miles / 6.5 km Day 4: Kvalvika Bay & Ryten Summit, Munkan Summit 8 miles / 13 km Day 5: Ballstadheia Plateau, drive to Nusfjord 5 miles / 8 km Day 6: Haukland Beach Circuit, Nesheia Summit 5 miles / 8 km Day 7: Tjeldbergtinden Hike 5 miles / 8 km Day 8: Svarttinden Summit 5 miles / 8 km Day 9: Onward Travel

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