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Things to do in Lofoten Islands

Our most recommended things to do in Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands: Silent Trollfjord Cruise

1. Lofoten Islands: Silent Trollfjord Cruise

Discover Trollfjord on a nature-oriented but comfortable and relaxing catamaran cruise with an expert guide and crew. Learn about the wildlife you see along the way, including eagles, plus explore what's underwater with the underwater drone. Departing from the Svolvær harbor in the morning, you’ll set out for Trollfjord, about an hour away. On the way, you can take in the breathtaking views in comfortable, panoramic lounges and multi-level decks. Experience a unique perspective on the mysterious depths of this fjord with an incredible underwater drone stream. What do you think hides beneath the surface? Spend some time in Trollfjord, exploring white-tailed eagles soaring against the backdrop of soaring mountains. The engaging crew will tell you about the wildlife, landscape, and history of the resilient communities that live in this epic coastal landscape. Onboard there’s a selection of beverages and local foods for purchase.

From Svolvaer: Sea Eagle Safari to Trollfjord

2. From Svolvaer: Sea Eagle Safari to Trollfjord

Immerse yourself in the dramatic scenery of Trollfjorden on a scenic boat trip from Svolvaer. Admire the sea eagles flying above you and learn about the area's Viking history as you travel through the fjord. Be sure to take some great photos to help you remember this unique experience. Begin your sea eagle safari from the quayside in Svolaerr. Travel by boat through the beautiful Raftsundet Strait before entering Trollfjorden. Take advantage of the open boat to appreciate its spectacular natural beauty. Hear about the Trollfjord battle and the major locations of the Viking Age. See if you can spot the majestic sea eagles, with the largest wingspan in the world, at a length of up to 2.65 meters. Keep your camera ready to snap photos of these birds, and, if you are lucky, see them circle above the boat.

From Svolvaer: Trollfjorden Wildlife RIB Cruise

3. From Svolvaer: Trollfjorden Wildlife RIB Cruise

Experience the mountainous Lofoten Islands from the water and take in the striking natural landscape on a boat trip to Trollfjord. Join your professional guide and board a RIB from Svolvaer to see a variety of birds and wildlife. If you're lucky you might spot both eagles and seals. Depart from the center of Svolvaer and float through the strait of Øyhellsundet, all the way to Trollfjord. Find historic sites, sandy white beaches, and one of the most dramatic fjords of Norway, surrounded by incredibly steep mountains. Visit the whaling island of Skrova with its charming harbor.  Admire the unmatchable Norwegian scenery as your local guide tells you all there is to know about the area, its natural landmarks, and the different species of wildlife you'll see along the way.

Svolvær: Snowshoe Nature Explorer

4. Svolvær: Snowshoe Nature Explorer

To begin, make your way to the local partner's headquarters on the quay side of the harbour in Svolvær. Your guide will welcome you and fit you with the right snowshoes and poles before you set off in a minibus on your way to the starting point close to Svolvær. Snowshoes are an easy way to get close to nature without too much hassle. Everyone can use them. With your experienced guide, embark on a guided 3-hour trip around Lofoten. As you walk through the stunning wilderness, listen to some intriguing stories from your guide. You'll also head to the best locations for views and photos. Don't forget your camera. 

From Svolvaer: Searching for the Northern Lights

5. From Svolvaer: Searching for the Northern Lights

Witness nature’s most dramatic light show in a spectacular natural setting on this Northern Lights tour from Svolvær. Stop along the way at the village of Kabelvåg to warm up with hot drinks and cake at a typical Norwegian pub. During your safari, you will walk among silent forests, frozen lakes and old fishing hamlets. You will enjoy the best spots to admire the “Queen”, the Aurora Borealis. Depending on the solar activity, your guide will select the right place and point of observation for you. Your narrative guide will tell you about the myths and legends of the Northern lights and the impact they have had on the Scandinavian population. This tour is suitable for everybody.

Lofoten: Traditional Fishing Trip

6. Lofoten: Traditional Fishing Trip

Join the MS Symra for an authentic fishing experience in the Lofoten Islands. Depending on the season, you could catch anything from traditional skrei to mackerel, coalfish, haddock and coastal cod. Once onboard, enjoy a brief introduction to the fishing tools and equipment featured. There are 10 fishing stations onboard, so you will share with another guest. After having caught your fares, learn how to fillet the fish on board and feel free to take your catch home with you if you wish. During your trip, you will receive professional guidance from your crew and experience a taste of life in Lofotfisket through stories and anecdotes. No fishing experience is required for this activity.

Svolvær: Northern Lights Lofoten Cruise & Local Tasting Menu

7. Svolvær: Northern Lights Lofoten Cruise & Local Tasting Menu

Experience the raw natural beauty of the Lofoten archipelago on this cruise from Svolvær. Savor local flavors with a tasting menu as you search the sky for a glimpse of the northern lights. Leave the harbor of Svolvær, as your guide checks where the weather forecast is most promising for the evening. Plot a course to the Austnesfjorden fjord, west to the village of Henningsvær, or south around the islands of Skrova and Lille Molla. Take in the natural scenery of the islands and search for a for a gap in the clouds to see the splendor of the northern lights dancing in the sky above and reflected in the water below. If luck strikes, the lights will be visible in the night sky from the ship's outside decks. Enjoy a tapas menu that is carefully crafted by a local chef. Taste your way through centuries of fishing traditions. Hear the history behind the food and industries that Lofoten is famous for. Return to your departure point at the end of the tour.

Winter photography tour to Reine

8. Winter photography tour to Reine

Be picked up at a local hotel before traveling to the Gimsøy Bridge, a bridge between the islands of Austvågøya and Gimsøya for a photo stop. Continue traveling, before stopping in Borg, a village with a beautiful panoramic view. Stop in Flakstadøy, another of the small islands in the Lofoten Archipelago, with beautiful landscapes and mountains, and Moskensøy, another small island home to the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum, and a museum that houses over 2,500 dolls from around Europe. Also stop in Ramberg, the administrative Center of Nordland County. See Hamnøy and Reine, two small fishing villages in the archipelago. Stop in Sakrisøy, a small island at the food of Olstind, one of Lofoten’s most iconic mountains, known for its seafood and beautiful mountains.

Svolvaer: 2-Hour Winter Kayaking Adventure

9. Svolvaer: 2-Hour Winter Kayaking Adventure

Meet your friendly instructor at Svolvær harbor and get kitted out with the necessary kayaking gear. After a brief intro to kayaking, head down to the calm waters where your adventure awaits. As you paddle, admire the shoreline and listen to stories about Svolvær’s fascinating history as well as local customs and traditions. This magical 2-hour tour has been designed to showcase the beauty of the Svolvær at winter, and provide an insight into the area’s culture. Previous experience is not necessary, but please be aware that winter paddling can be demanding.

From Svolvær: Southern Lofoten Islands Photography Tour

10. From Svolvær: Southern Lofoten Islands Photography Tour

Discover the southern side of the Lofoten Islands on this tour designed especially for budding or experienced photographers. After getting picked up from your hotel in Svolvær, head to the Atlantic side of the islands, where nature is in its purest and most untamed state. Visit the area of Flakstad and see its colorful rocks, seaside, and colorful farms. At Ramberg, discover a different side to the island, where surfers flock each year for the best waves.  During your tour, you will discover an area full of history, folklore, and traditions. Visit historical small fishing hamlets full of colors and surrounded by an enchanting landscape that makes these islands a paradise for photographers. Explore towns such as Reine, Nusfjord, Hamnøy with their traditional fishermen’s houses, wooden racks, fishing boats, and historical buildings. Learn more about the culture and traditions of the area from your local photographer guide who will also find the best photo opportunities and teach you how to get the most out of your camera.

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What people are saying about Lofoten Islands

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 939 reviews

Great and cold experience!!They provided us a warm uniform, goggles and gloves to be put on your personal ones. It was a very good experience out there! Big waves and a snow storm made it more unique and fun. Of course we got a bit wet but the scenario is breathtaking and you get to see many eagles. The duration is enough, I was exhausted and cold at the end. I suggest warmer stickers for feet and to cover very well all your face.

Great monring out in the RIB looking for Sea Eagles and exploring the area around Trollfjord. Throughly enjoyed it, saw lots of Sea Eagles, learnt about them and saw amazing scenery. Our guide was very passionate about the eagles and the area and his passion really enthused us all. All delivered with a wonderful sense of humour! Throughly recommened XXLofoten, we had a wonderful excursion.

Really good tour with Andrea who took us to the right spots and we saw the most beautiful display of lights. Highly recommend taking this tour if you are in Lofoten!

Great experience- Lawrence our guide was really nice, encouraging and held lots of knowledge on the landscape and environment.

Good experience. Highly recommended for photographing birds. Little time which makes it very attractive