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summits of the lofoten islands
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summits of the lofoten islands

Summits of the Lofoten Islands

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A one week trip hiking in arguably one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Beyond the Arctic Circle, in the permanent light of summer, we traverse the southern part of the Lofoten Islands, exploring the most mountainous and spectacular part of the archipelago. Colourful fishing villages nestle in emerald coves fringed with white sand beaches. Lush pastures, mysterious moors and rocky summits, with breathtaking panoramic views, set the scene for our excursions. From the unusually-named village of Å to Nusfjord, this programme offers a heady mix of wild nature and adventure, as well as distilling the island's laid back atmosphere, which live by the rhythm of the comings and goings of small fishing boats laden with cod.
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Detailed itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Bodø

The Kandoo team will meet you at Bodø airport and transfer you to your accommodation. Depending on your arrival time there may be time to explore Bodø, the northernmost point of the stunning Kystriksveien Coastal Route.

Accommodation: Guesthouse or hostel

Day 2Ferry transfer to the Lofoten Islands and Å

We will catch an early morning ferry to the Lofoten Islands and the village of Å, the final settlement at the southern end of the road across the archipelago. South of here there are no more roads and boats are the only practical means of transport. Our first hike will be along a large lake, not far from the sea, which is surrounded by steep peaks and waterfalls.

Trekking time: 5 hours - Approx. 6 kms
Accommodation: rorbu / sjøhus

Day 3Climb Munkan

Today we will climb one of the most iconic summits of the archipelago, Munkan (798m). From the top we will have an extraordinary view of the islands. This hike brings us the close to the wild island landscapes and high rugged mountains.

Trekking time: 8 hours - Approx. 15 kms - Highest point 798 meters above sea level
Accommodation: rorbu / sjøhus

Day 4Climb Reinebringen

We begin with a short transfer to Reine, ‘the Venice of the Lofoten’, where we will have time to explore this traditional fishing village. The path to Reinebringen begins on the outskirts of the village. Unlike many mountain paths in the Lofoten Islands, this path has recently been restored, making it a very safe climb. 1664 steps will lead us to the summit, from where there is a picture-perfect view of the Lofoten Islands, with the Floan mountains rising majestically above the Reinefjord. We can either retrace our steps to Reine, or take slightly longer circuit route back. At the end of the day there is an option to take a boat trip to Vinstad for another view of the Reinefjord from the water. The boat trip costs approximately £25.

Trekking time: 4 hours - Approx. 4 kms - Highest point 448 meters above sea level
Accommodation: rorbu / sjøhus

Day 5Kvalvika Beach

After a short transfer we will climb up to a pass above the mythical Kvalvika Beach for panoramic views of Selfjord. Kvalvika Beach ia also known as Whale Beach, as in the 19th century it housed a family of whalers. The geometry of the beach, the colour of the water and the striking black granite cliffs that surround it are unforgettable. At the end of the day we head to a rustic wooden shelter which is usually reserved for locals, so we are very lucky to be allowed to stay here. The refuge is a truly exceptional location above Selfjord with splendid views of the ocean and the surrounding peaks. We will enjoy a meal by the fire and a memorable night in this unique setting.

Trekking time: 5 hours -  Approx. 12 kms - Highest point 543 meters above sea level
Accommodation: refuge

Day 6Plateau of Yttersand and Mulstøa

We leave the refuge on a trail that will take us through moorland and white sandy beaches to explore the isolated hamlet of Mulstøa. We follow an old patch that connects the pastures and peat houses of Ytresand to the former fishing village of Mulstøa, with its charming beach. In addition to the many sheep that populate this path, numerous seabirds also nest in this region, including the famous sea eagle. This afternoon we will head to the ridges overlooking Ytresand Beach, surrounded by ocean, fjords and mountains.

Trekking time: 4 hours - Approx. 8 kms - Highest point 324 meters above sea level
Accommodation: rorbu / sjøhus

Day 7Neisheia Summit

Today’s hike is on an easy path to a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the village of Nusfjord, the Vestfjord coast and Nappstraumen, We will pass countless lakes which on a beautiful summer day look very enticing for swimming! As an optional alternative, it is possible to go on a sea-fishing trip in the fjord. The captain is quite a character and will share his contagious passion for the sea, a vital source of life in the Arctic region. The trip will last 3 hours and costs approximately £70. We will spend our final night on the Lofoten Islands in a rorbu.

Trekking time: 4 hours - Approx. 8 kms - Highest point 425 meters above sea level
Accommodation: rorbu / sjøhus

Day 8Ferry transfer to Bodø. Transfer to airport

We will catch an early morning ferry to travel back to Bodø. Your flight out of Bodø will need to be booked for after 12pm. Depending on your flight time you may have the chance to explore Bodø before we take you back to the airport.

Due to seasonal variations to the ferry timetables to the Lofoten Islands, we may have to make amendments to the timings on the transfer to and from Bodø as we use the Hurtigruten ferry in the low season. When we confirm your booking, we will advise of any itinerary changes.

The details in this programme are regularly updated but 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.

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Last Updated March 12 2020
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  • All accommodation as outlined
  • Full-board except for arrival and departure days
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of an expert guide
  • Local transport
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  • Flights
  • Drinks, snacks and any personal expenses
  • Meals on departure and arrival days (allow 290-390 NOK per meal)
  • Entrance fees for sites and museums
  • Tips
  • Visa fees (if applicable)

Comfort

LEVEL 3 (of 5) Comfortable:

Bodø

We sleep in a guesthouse or hostel accommodation. Rooms are shared between 2 to 8 people, with shared toilets.

Lofoten

We stay in Søjhus or Rorbu accommodation, which are comfortable, traditional cabins used by fishermen from January to April. Rooms are shared between 4 to 6 people. Please note that in the wilder regions of Norway, accommodation is scarce and often small, meaning that the level of comfort and equipment at each cottages does vary. All lodgings have the following facilities: heating, hot showers, toilets, living/dining area and fully-equipped kitchen. When showers are not free, you will receive one token per day per person. Please bring a sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner.

Difficulty

LEVEL 3 (of 5) Moderate Pace:

Moderate daily walking time: 5 to 6 hours

Daily elevation: 500 to 800 m

Preparation: It is preferable that you practice an endurance focused sporting activity at least once a week.

Experience: You enjoy regular hiking and you are in good physical condition. Several days of hiking in a row does not phase you.

Additional note: This trip features a night in a refuge in a remote area.

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