Round Retreat


Holiday at the Oil Tank in the Lofoten Islands

What was once an eyesore on an otherwise idyllic Arctic island is now a stunning holiday retreat. Here one man dared to dream that an abandoned oil tank could be re-purposed or upcycled into a cylindrical holiday home with 360 degree views of the surrounding Lofoten Islands with its fjords and jagged peaks. His labour of love rewards guests with a modern, comfortable interior and views to devour all year round - from the summer months of the Midnight Sun through to the Northern Lights of Autumn and Winter. This short break holiday in the Lofoten Islands can be enjoyed all year round, but note that week-long stays in the Oil Tank are mandatory between June to September. Our team will be pleased to tailor your stay.




DAY 1:

Arrival to the fishing harbour town of Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands. We’ll arrange a short transfer to your accommodation. If you arrive during summer, we can recommend a self-drive version of this holiday.

Enjoy exploring Svolvaer at leisure with our recommendations for places to visit and eat in this lively Lofoten town. You’ll stay overnight in a converted fisherman’s cabin (Rorbu) at the edge of the town complete with seaview. After dark, wait to see if the dance of the Aurora Borealis fills the night sky (August - April). If you wish you can join an optional Northern Lights hunt by road.

Staying at: Svinoya Rorbuer

DAY 2:

Breakfast will be delivered to your cabin or served in the nearby restaurant. Enjoy the morning at leisure before departing on the ferry to the island of Skrova - a forty minute crossing. On arrival, a transfer will await to take you to your accommodation at the OilTank which can be viewed from afar. Settle in and enjoy the quirky accommodation which will leave you wondering why there are not more converted oil tanks in the world - such is the level of comfort and sophistication. Enjoy the mountain and sea views whether from the third floor living room window or climb out through the roof hatch to lie back on the hammock and watch the night time skies looking out for any signs of the Northern Lights. Or if you stay in the summer, the hammock is a perfect place to enjoy the endless white nights of the midnight sun, with glass of wine in hand.

Staying at: Oil Tank

DAY 3:

Today is yours to enjoy the island. Due to the unique light of the Lofoten Islands, many artists and photographers are drawn to its shores. Why not wander around the galleries or be inspired to create your own masterpiece. Stroll along white sand beaches with aquamarine blue waters lapping at the shore. Or take a hike into the mountains and follow trails up to 280 metres for yet more awe-inspiring views. In winter you can explore skiing trails in the mountains if you are experienced and bring along your own equipment. Wildlife also flocks to the islands. If you’re lucky you may see whales or sea eagles. You can also enjoy some top quality fishing or rent a fishing boat. The local restaurant on the pier serves some of the freshest sea food you’ll ever taste including salmon sashimi. Overnight in the Oil Tank.

DAY 4:

Today you will bid farewell to the Oil Tank and return to Svolvaer by ferry. Alternatively you can extend your stay with additional nights in the Oil Tank if you wish. On return to Svolvaer, you can join an optional excursion such as a Northern Lights hunt, sea kayak, hike or tour. Overnight in a Rorbu cabin.

DAY 5:

After breakfast depart for the airport. Or why not extend your stay with extra nights or a voyage on board Norway’s coastal express ship, the Hurtigruten. Our team at Magnetic North Travel will assist in creating the perfect holiday in the Lofoten Islands for you.


From £425 per person (based on two travelling) excluding flights

£425.00 GBP roughly converts to: 468 EUR | 557 USD

Price conversions are indicative only, payment is in GBP.


Price Includes

  • Airport and port transfers
  • Two night's accommodation in a Rorbu cabin accommodation in Svolvaer including breakfast 
  • Two night's accommodation at the Oil Tank on a room only basis 


All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration 

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Svolvaer
  • Ferry crossing tickets 
  • Optional excursions 


Images: Finn Martin Otterbeck

Additional Info

This trip has flexible daily departures

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.


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