Self-Guided Hiking in the Lofoten Islands

Self-Guided Hiking in the Lofoten Islands

The dramatic Lofoten Islands lie anchored beyond the Arctic Circle. In a world where rugged mountains, white sandy beaches and colourful fishing villages intertwine with the Norwegian Sea, you can go hiking, try wild camping and explore the area freely with your own rental vehicle. Discover one of the wildest regions in Europe, home to a whole host of flora and fauna including many famous sea birds and eagles!

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Welcome to Norway

    Welcome to Norway Collect your rental vehicle at Bodø airport. Settle into your accommodation and explore the town. Bodø is the northernmost point of the stunning Kystriksveien Coastal Route.

    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 2 Sørvagen ferry to Å

    This morning you board the ferry to the Lofoten Islands and the village of Å, found at the end of the road. Further south, there are no roads and boats are necessary to travel through the mountainous terrain. From Å, you can enjoy two days hiking in the mountains. Today, you walk along a large lake surrounded by steep peaks, then, climb a pass with stunning views.

    4 hours of hiking
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Day 3 Climbing Munkan

    Today you summit one of the iconic peaks of the archipelago, Munkan (798 m). Get ready for extraordinary views of the dramatic Lofoten islands...

    6 hours of hiking
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Day 4 Fredvang

    Fredvang Today you travel to Fredvang, a small Lofoten fishing port. After eating, you embark on a superb hike. You journey successively through the moor, across white sand beaches and on a ridge top path which dominates the Norwegian Sea. Today is a great opportunity to observe a variety of sea birds (Eiders, Skuas, Gulls...) as you stroll through a world of omnipresent ocean, mountains and fjords. You spend three nights in the Leknes area.

    5 hours of hiking
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Day 5 Whale Bay - Kvalvika Beach

    Whale Bay - Kvalvika Beach Whale Bay earned its name because, in the 19th century, it housed a family of whalers. Today you explore an amazing natural setting, truly worthy of Jules Verne's novels. A striking white sand beach surrounded by dark imposing granite cliffs... Having soaked in this incredible Norwegian ambiance, you head back along Fredvang Fjord and it is a short transfer to the delightful small village of Mortsund.

    5 hours of hiking
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Day 6 Ballstad - Nonstinden Summit - Mortsund

    The Lofoten archipelago is truly stunning in the late afternoon light. Return to the seaside at the end of the day and this evening you can choose to visit the only bar in the village whcich comes complete with a Norwegian fishing bar atmosphere and a terrace...

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
    From Kabelvåg (Lofoten center), you can go kayaking or mountain biking. Consult us.

    5 hours of hiking
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Day 7 Trolltindan pass - ferry to Bodø

    Trolltindan pass - ferry to Bodø Early this morning you leave to hike in the picturesque Kyllingdal Valley and cross Trolltindan pass. From the top, you can admire suberb panoramic views of this remarkable string of islands. On they way down, you head to the port of Moskenes and take the ferry back to Bodø.

    4 hours of hiking
    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 8 Bodø

    Return your rental vehicle at Bodø airport.

The details in this programme are regularly updated but imponderables and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. This will in no case give rise to refunds or compensation.

The Norwegian Sea at this latitude (68 ° -70 ° North) can be agitated in any season. For this reason and for the safety of everyone, we reserve the right to move or cancel any nautical activities, without notice, depending on the state of the sea. Please note that June departures enable the observation of the midnight sun and departures after mid-August offer a good chance of observing the aurora borealis.

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Price

From € 695 per person for 2 travellers

The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.

Included

  • Tents and camping gear for 5 nights*
  • 2 nights in hotel accommodation in Bodø
  • A detailed roadbook including a selection of the most beautiful hikes in the Lofoten Islands
  • A rental vehicle, category A with CDW insurance and ulimited km
  • Return ferry journey Bodø / Moskenes with your vehicle

*This trip is also possible using rorbu accommodation, please contact us for more information and prices

Not included

  • Your international flights
  • Registration fee: €18 (free for under 12s)
  • Meals and drinks (campsites and rorbus include kitchen access, anticipate between €10 and €50 per person per meal)
  • Campsite fees (approx €10 per person per night)
  • Showers in campsites (€1 or €2 per shower)

Please note that wild camping is allowed in Norway providing you are at least 100m from houses.

Notes

Explanantion of difficulty level:


LEVEL 3 Moderate

Pace: Moderate 
Daily walking time: 5 to 6 hours 
Daily elevation: 500 to 800 m 
Preparation: You practice endurance sporting activity at least once a week. 
Experience: You walk regularly and you are in good physical condition.
You are in good physical condition. You like to walk several days in a row, at an average of 5 to 6 hours per day (15 to 20 km) with vertical differences of up to 800 meters.You prefer nights in camping bivouac camping or wild, to be in the heart of nature.


Please note: As this is a self-guided trip, this active adventure can be adapted by yourself to be as challenging or relaxing as you wish.

Terms and conditions

Please see our terms and condition and information about insurances by clicking the following link: norway.altaibasecamp.com/en/terms

Practical info

Staff

Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Altai Norway team know the country inside out. They are here to assist and support you any time in the run up to your trip, during your holiday and after your adventure.

Food

You will find lots of recommendations for shops, restaurants and cafés in your detailed roadbook.
Do not forget that alcohol and cigarettes are heavily taxed and expensive in Scandinavia but you can purchase duty-free products at the airport.

Accommodation

Camping
A fantastic way to connect to the natural environment. Norwegian campsites are always clean, well located and usual amenities (hot shower fees between €1 and €4 per shower). We provide you with all technical camping equipment. Please note that it is not possible to reserve campsites in advance and a fee of around €10 per person is normally charged. Also, wild camping is legal in Norway as long as you are at least 100m away from the nearest houses.

Sjøhus - Rorbu or Hotel Accommodation
Rorbus are comfortable traditional houses used by fishermen from January to April. One house suits 2 to 4 people and includes kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Please note that in the wilder regions of Norway, accommodation is scarce and often small. Moreover, the beautiful summer season is short (about two months) making it difficult to find places to stay during the summer. Despite a permanent effort in the choice of accommodation, the level of comfort and equipment provided remains variable.
If you would like to stay in hotel or rorbu accommodation please contact us.

Transportation

To hire a vehicle you will need a valid drivers liscence, issued for a minimum of 12 months. Minimum age: 19 (or 25 for vehicle categories E, I, K & L).

Budget & exchange

The currency is the Norwegian Krone (kr)
Visit http://www.xe.com for the latest currency converter and exchange rates.
You can withdraw the local currency from in-country ATMs and payment by card is widely accepted. Please budget for meals and transport as necessary, drinks, tips, museum entry fees and other personal expenses.

Tips

Although the custom is not widespread here, if you are satisfied with the services of your local team, tipping is always appreciated - it is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.

Supplied equipment

If you choose the camping option, we will supply you with quality tents and technical camping gear.

Vital equipment

  • A sleeping bag (comfort 0°C for camping)
  • A thinner sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner is recommended for nights in rorbus
  • Sunglasses (high quality protection)
  • A wind and waterproof jacket (breathable, sealed seams)
  • Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
  • Hiking boots (high-rise, strudy soles)
  • Warm jumper(s) and jacket(s)
  • Sun cream
  • A headtorch and spare batteries
  • Warm thick socks
  • Gloves
  • A warm hat
  • Any personal medication
  • Towel & toiletries
  • A thermos/suitable water bottle(s)

Material

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Our advice for keeping warm
Winter in Norway can be very cold, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, although we will provide warm outer layers, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference. We recommend:
  • No cotton
  • Bring dry spares of everything, even underwear and gloves
  • Wear multiple layers including:
    1. A warm breathable base layer
    2. A second thermal layer
    3. Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide an additional quality jacket and over trousers.

Helpful equipment

You may also consider packing
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for evenings in towns
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Your swim stuff
  • Walking poles
  • Tupperware and cutlery for picnics
  • Extra layers
  • Wetwipes
  • Blister plasters
  • A suitable camera
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper & a lighter

Luggage

Please bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the aeroplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag. You will also need a larger bag to store your other clothes and belongings in, please ensure that this is a soft bag like a rucksack or holdall rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical to transport. We recommend packing all of your clothes in plastic bags so that they stay dry in the event of wet weather.

Medicine

We recommend that you bring your medications: 
  • Personal medication
  • Anti pain medication Paracetamol 
  • Diarrhoea drugs 
  • Intestinal dressing 
  • Sun screen with strong protection for the lips and the skin 
  • Eye drops for the eyes 
  • Moisturizing cream for the treatment of superficial burns (blisters and sunburns) 
  • An adhesive elastic banda box of adhesive plasters and disinfectant compresses 
  • Double skin for blisters

Passport

Most travellers require a passport that is valid for at least three months after the return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required. You can check your requierements on the website provided by the Norwegian government: www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/persons-who-do-not-need-a-visa-to-visit-norway-/#link-709

Visa

Most travellers of EU states do not need a VISA to visit Norway, as Norway is part  of the Schengen agreement. This does not apply to travellers of other nations. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements. You can check the following web site of the Norwegian government: www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/persons-who-do-not-need-a-visa-to-visit-norway-/#link-709

Mandatory vaccines

There are no specific health risks.

Weather

In winter, the weather in Northern Norway is subject to frequent changes. This part of Norway, the Arctic Zone, benefits from a surprisingly pleasant micro climate. At a latitude of 68° North and 300km North of the Arctc Circle, summer here is relatively mild with average temperatures of around 14°C (57°F). However, it is humid and does rain regularly. Good quality (breathable with sealed seams) rain clothing, jacket and trousers are paramount.

Keep in mind this Norwegian proverb when packing: 'There is no bad weather, only bad clothing'

Electricity

In Norway, the standard Europlug (Type C & F) with two round prongs is used and most of Scandinavia uses 220 volts.

Local time

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1. Daylight Savings Time (DST) is observed.

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.


If you have any questions regarding how to be a responsable traveller or concerning any other subject, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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  • Studied Travel and Tourism management
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Region
The Lofoten Islands
Activity
Hiking Summer
Duration
8 days
Code
ENORL13VA
Price
From €695
Level
3/5
Comfort
3/5

Strengths

  • A selection of the most beautiful hikes in the Lofoten Islands
  • Breathtaking Norwegian landscapes, dramatic peaks and fishing villages
  • This trip includes vehicle hire and tent or rorbu accommodation for maximum freedom

Required level

LEVEL 3 Moderate
This active adventure can be adapted by yourself to be as challenging or relaxing as you wish.
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