Svolvær – Henningsvær – Brustranda – Ramberg – Reine
Cycling from island to island on the Lofoten is definitely a unique experience to have in nature. This tour is therefore on many a cyclist’s bucket list. This archipelago above the Arctic Circle is covered in rugged mountain ranges and deserted white beaches. The deep waters of the Norwegian Sea are filled with plenty of fish, such as cod, mackerel and other species. These fish were the source of income for the inhabitants for generations. Along the road you will see many wooden structures on which dried fish is waiting to be transported across the entire world. The total distance of the cycling tour is around 165 kilometres. There will be ample opportunity to change the cycling into walking or other activities such as surfing, kayaking or going on a whale tour. Discover the Lofoten with this 6-day cycling holiday.
Lofoten by bike?
A bike is the ideal means of transport to experience the Lofoten. The islands are connected to one another by means of modern-day bridges and long tunnels. The roads are in good condition, making the cycling a smooth experience. You will cycle along mountains villages, beaches, fjords and the Norwegian Sea. The distance per day lies between 40 and 70 kilometres, leaving plenty of room for activities of your own. The travel documents provide tips for short and long distance walks near the accommodation. Prefer an e-bike? Make sure to ask for the possibilities.
Stay overnight in the most beautiful locations!
Sleep in comfortable fishermen’s cabins along the coast and enjoy the surroundings. Overlooking a fjord or the Norwegian Sea from the cabin is simply amazing. Many of the cabins have been restored totheir original state, making sure the stay is a truly unique experience. Each cabin is spacious and has its own bathroom, towels and bed linen. This is especially useful as you can keep your bike load to a minimum this way.
The Lofoten islands are located so far north that the sun does not set during mid-May and June. It is a truly a remarkable experience to watch the setting sun become the rising sun in the middle of the night. The red and yellow painted Norwegian Sea is a spectacular view to behold and one to remember a lifetime.
The ferry from Bodø takes you to the capital city of the Lofoten, home to a mere 4,000 habitants and the gateway to the Lofoten. Surrounded by steep mountains, life fully revolves around fishing and tourism. The city’s rich history and typical authentic characteristics are mixed with the modern architecture of newer buildings. The typically red wooden fishermen cabins ‘rorbuer’ in which fishermen used to spend the night revive old times.
The fisherman village of Reine is situated on the west side of the Lofoten. The red and white wooden houses with a backdrop of granite mountain tops make for some stunning views. Many find this the most beautiful destination of the tour. The area lends itself perfectly to many activities and sights to see. Climb one of the mountain tops here to enjoy the view, or take the ferry to a secluded beach for a walk. It is also possible to spot killer whales and sea eagles here.
For centuries, the waters that are rich with fish have been attracting fishermen who try their luck here. The wooden houses are mostly built on stilts and still show what life used to be like for people who lived and traded here. The age-old tradition of drying cod on sticks is still performed up until today. Along the road you will see many wooden structures with fish drying on them. This type of fish is a delicacy in Spain and Italy. Spend the night in a rorbuer in the historical fisherman town of Nusfjord, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
From the airport of Bodø it is only a short walk to the centre. The ferry leaves in the afternoon and arrives at Svolvær in the evening. The crossing is beautiful and takes you along a number of small islands. If you look into the distance, you will see the impressive mountains of the Lofoten slowly appear. Enjoy the crossing and with a bit of luck you will be able to spot some dolphins and/or sea eagles. Once arrived in Svolvær the accommodation isn’t far and is easy to locate.
Today you will be cycling to the old fisherman town of Henningsvær. Pay a visit to the wooden fisherman cabins and behold the fishing racks along the road. This is also the place to try some of the delicacies from the Norwegian cuisine. Along the way you will pass the small beach of Rørvika. The relatively warm water makes it possible to enjoy a nice swim with good weather. The accommodation for the night is a beautiful rorbu (a traditional fisherman’s cabin) in Henningsvær. The surroundings lend themselves perfectly for a wonderful walk, for example to the Lyngvaerfjellet; a coastal mountaintop at an altitude of 638 metres.
A quiet day in which you can opt to visit the island of Gimsøy. The island hosts Norwegian holiday homes mostly and an occasional exhibition with local art. The islands are interconnected with modern-day bridges. As soon as you have arrived on the island of Vestvågøy, you will be leaving the main road to take the provincial road to reach the accommodation for the night.
The north coast of the island is definitely worth a visit, as it sports a few remote white beaches. High mountains all around and a low position of the sun in the evening make for incredibly beautiful surroundings. Leave the paved road to a number of campervans that will take you over the white beach to find peace and quiet and above all, a magnificent view. At one of the beaches it is also possible to go surfing. You do not need to have previous experience for this and you will be provided with equipment. There is also a hot tub and a sauna to warm up after this arctic experience.
Today you will be cycling to possibly the most beautiful spot of the Lofoten, called Reine. You are leaving the inland and fjords behind to cycle along the North Sea. It pays to stop right outside of Reine, at Hamnøya. This is where the fjords and sea intersect. Looking over the edge of the fjords you are able to see mountain ranges of up to 800 metres tall protruding from the water. With good weather, it is recommended to walk to Reinebringen, a mountain top of 448 metres with spectacular views onto the surroundings.
Today will be the day to take the ferry to Bodø. Make sure to be in Moskenes on time to be able to make the crossing to Bodø. The ferry leaves at 7 am and arrives at 10:15 am. You can return the rental bike within walking distance of the ferry. If you prefer to stay in Reine for an extra day to explore the surroundings further, this of course is very much possible.
Near the center of Svolvær this place is ideal to start the holiday. The accommodation has a beautiful location in a sunny spot on the water with a view of the harbor and the mountains. You spend the night in an authentic fisherman’s hut on wooden posts on a jetty with a terrace. The cabin is equipped for 2 people and has a double bed. The cabin also has a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room.
Rorbuer AS consists of several wooden fishing huts that have been modernized over the years. The cabins stand on wooden posts in the sea and are surrounded by mountains. The cabins are approximately 25 m2 and have their own kitchen and bathroom. Outside there is a wooden terrace from where you have a good view of the mountains and the sea. A sauna and hot tub are available to use at an additional cost. There is a separate bedroom but it is also possible to sleep in the loft (open loft space).
On the south side of the island of Vestvågøy, this campsite is located in a cove of the sea and surrounded by mountains. The campsite offers space for campers, caravans, tents and has several log cabins. The residence is a wooden house with simple layout and its own kitchen and (small) living room. Located on the water with a beautiful view.
Spend the night in an authentic wooden fishing hut on stilts in the idyllic village of Nusfjord on the harbor. The cabin is very comfortably furnished and has its own bathroom (toilet and shower), kitchen living room and the sleeping area is either a private bedroom with a double bed or a loft. The cabin is well heated and is open all year. Outside there is a private terrace from where you can enjoy the view of the fjord.
The overnight stay is in a 2-person wooden fishing hut by the Reinefjord and the harbor. The cabin has its own kitchen and bathroom and is very comfortable. Outside there is a patio with a terrace where you can enjoy the surroundings.