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Lofoten Islands: Silent Trollfjord Cruise

1. Lofoten Islands: Silent Trollfjord Cruise

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

Begin the sea eagle safari from the quayside in Svolaerr. Travel by boat through the beautiful Raftsundet strait before entering Trollfjorden. This is one of the most dramatic sceneries that Norway has to offer, and in an open boat, you can appreciate its spectacular natural beauty. There is a large population of sea eagles in Raftsundet. See if you can spot these majestic birds which have the largest wingspan in the world, at a length of up to 2.65 meters. Keep your camera at the ready to snap photos of the eagles, 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.

Lofoten: Traditional Fishing Trip

4. 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.

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.

From Svolvær: Southern Lofoten Islands Photography Tour

6. 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.

Winter photography tour to Reine

7. 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.

Henningsvaer Cultural Tasting Cruise

8. Henningsvaer Cultural Tasting Cruise

Enjoy an evening cruise that takes you from Svolvær to the fishing village and art center of Henningsvær. Take in the majestic wall of the Lofoten mountains from panoramic decks and lounges, getting a new perspective in complete silence. On the way, if the weather allows we will launch the underwater drone, bringing you closer to the rich marine life that provides both Lofoten and the world with delicacies like sea urchins, kelps and crabs. On arrival in Henningsvær you can make a stop so you can visit one of the galleries or explore the picturesque fishing village on your own. As you board for the return cruise to Svolvær, enjoy an Arctic tapas tasting, with a modern approach to local and traditional foods. With the sun nearing the horizon, the light Arctic night will color the backdrop of craggy peaks, white sandy beaches, islands and skerries.

From Svolvaer: 2-Day Lofoten Archipelago Photography Trip

9. From Svolvaer: 2-Day Lofoten Archipelago Photography Trip

2 -day photography and sightseeing allows the customer to visit the archipelago and have time to explore it from the northernmost to the southernmost point, crossing the wild of the Atlantic side with its powerful, untamed nature and incedibly stunning landscape together with the the traditional fishing village located on the Vestfjord side, the sheltered one. This tour is always accompanied by a professional photographer; he will drive you through the 5 major islands which compose the archipelago. We run this special photography tour in small groups, maximum 7 adults per group, to ensure an unique and customized experience without stress and rush: we want our customers to have all the time they need to breath the magic of the Lofoten archipelago, to walk, to enjoy and to take as many pictures as they want. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to join this tour. Our photography tour is suitable for everybody: professional photographers, photo lovers, neophytes and Arctic lovers. The Arctic lights and colors, and the natural contrasts of this amazing land make these islands a perfect place to take unique and unrepeatable pictures and enjoy unique panoramas. During the trip, we will search for the best light and best locations. The islands offer unique spots, breath-taking and majestic nature, unforgettable places, steep peaks which rise directly from the sea, white sand beaches and a sea so blue that it is hard to believe that you are in the Arctic. Apart from the main locations already mentioned, you will have the possibility of stopping wherever you wish. A customized experience through which you will get in touch with the whole archipelago.

Svolvaer: 2-Hour Winter Kayaking Adventure

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Lofoten Islands

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 874 reviews

Our guide, Julie, was a fount of knowledge about the culture, stories and the environment that we explore. Having a marine biologist is always a plus, particularly one who is multilingual and genuinely enthusiastic about the experience she was providing. The addition of the underwater drone was fascinating and educational. I appreciate that there was a strong environmental preservation message!

Beautiful tour of the Trollfjord with competent and trained staff. Very good Italian guide, friendly and very nice who illustrated (in English) the peculiarities of the place and the underwater fauna that we saw with an underwater drone. The boat, very beautiful, stopped in all the places of interest making us enjoy the splendid tour to the fullest. Not to be missed!

The tour driver was really nice and took us to some great places, all the famous ones plus others. He also responded to the interests of the group, so I would definitely recommend the tour if you want to see a lot of the islands in a short time!

We had such a fine time with the Silent Trollfjord cruise! The best part was the trollfjord (of course...) and the lovely guide - Julia! The whole crew was so nice and proffesional! highly recommended!

Superb . Knowledgable and professional Saw so many eagles ! Do it