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Self-guided Cycling Holiday in the Lofoten Islands

Enjoy an eight day self-guided cycling holiday in the Lofoten Islands with the freedom to travel a spectacular designated national tourist route at your own pace. Explore picturesque fishing villages and Stone Age settlements and marvel at the jagged peaks and pristine beaches your route takes you past. During the trip you’ll follow our route from Svolvaer in the North to Å at the southern tip, via Nusfjord, Reine and Sakrisøy. Your luggage will be transferred each day allowing you to cycle at the speed you’re most comfortable with and you’ll enjoy comfortable accommodation at the end of an active day. With little or no darkness at this time of year, you’ll be energised by the round-the-clock daylight and you’ll have the chance to experience the midnight sun. 

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

DAY 1:

Arrival to Bodo. In Bodo, you will collect your cycles and take the Hurtigruten ship to the village of Svolvaer on the Lofoten Islands arriving in the late evening. You will stay overnight in Svolvaer.
Meals: n/a

DAY 2:

Your first day in the saddle is easy-going to settle you in gently to your cycling trip. The journey follows an off-road bicycle and footpath from Svolvær to Kabelvåg and continues on a quiet road to Rørvika. You’ll stay overnight in Rørvika.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3:

Today’s route travels through the pretty fishing village of Henningsvær to Hov and Gimsøya, a total distance of approximately 32 km. It is a short and easy day trip, on tarmac with some traffic on the roads.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4:

Today’s route is a little more challenging with a distance of 52 km from Hov to Leknes, via Stamsund. The final stretch is on a road which may be a little more busy than you have already experienced, but there are also some bicycle paths available for part of the route. There is also an option to extend the route today by cycling to Ramsvika to enjoy great views of Gravdal and Leknes.
Dinner and overnight Hotel in Leknes.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5:

Today you’ll cycle from Leknes to Ballstad, a route of 14km. Towards the final part of the trip there will be some rolling hills and varied road conditions. There is also a chance to go hiking after you arrive in Ballstad.
Dinner and overnight in Fishermens Rorbuer.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6:

Today will be a little more active as you set out from Ballstad taking the cycle ferry across to Nusfjord and continuing to Reine. This is a distance of approximately 40 km. The viewing point at Reinehalsen offers one of Norway's best known panoramic views to the jagged peaks and coastal scenery.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 7:

Day off at Reine. We highly recommend a day trip to the end of the road at Å or to the Stockfish-Museum in Å. We can also arrange a guided sea-kayaking trip in Reine.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8:

Cycle to Moskenes for your final day in the saddle. You’ll take the ferry boat to Bodø, departing at 06:00, 10:30 or 14:00, arriving to Bodø at 09:15, 14:30 or 17:15. Return the bikes before your onward flight from Bodø. Or why not extend your stay with a night in the city.
Meals: breakfast, lunch

ABOUT THIS TRIP

Difficulty level: This trip is active and we recommend that you have a normal fitness level and that you are comfortable with cycling for around 30 – 40km (20 – 30 miles per day). Some days will be less and some days will be more. Much of the route is reasonably flat, with undulating hills in places. We recommend a minimum age of 14 years for this trip. Total distance: 180 km.

Weather and climate: Temperatures in Norway are usually around +10 - + 25ºC in the summer and usually nice weather for biking! However the weather can also be very unstable and change quickly from warm, wonderful summer weather to cold wind and rain. The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon which means that the sun does not set during the summer months. In other words, given fair weather, you can see the sun for a continuous 24 hours.

Accommodation and meals: Most of the bicycle tours go through areas with a limited number of accommodation facilities. This means that the standard of the rooms/cabins will vary. In Northern Norway some of the accommodations are seahouses or rorbuer (fishermans’ cabins) and you may have to share the cabin and also the bathroom with other cyclists. You will always have your own bedroom. The price includes full board, (dinner, breakfast, lunch pack and thermos refill). You will need to bring your own thermos. Your luggage will be collected each day and transported to the next stop en route ready for when you arrive.

This trip departs every Monday between June and August. Please get in touch with us to check availability for your preferred travel dates.

Image credits: Mattias Fredriksson Photography AB, Credits: CH - Visitnorway.com, Frithjof Fure

PRICE

From £1945 per person (excluding flights) when sharing a double/twin room.

£1945.00 GBP roughly converts to: 2,140 EUR | 2,626 USD

Price conversions are indicative only, payment is in GBP.

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Price Includes

  • Bicycle rental (high standard hybrid bicycle)
  • 7 night’s accommodation 
  • Meals: 6 x dinner, 7x breakfast and 7x packed lunch with thermos refill 
  • Ferry 'Hurtigruta' Bodø - Svolvær (day 1)
  • Bike ferry Ballstad – Nusfjord
  • Ferry Moskenes - Bodø (day 8)
  • Map and tour description


All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client website at www.arctic-collection.com where you'll find destination guides, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration

Price Excludes

  • Flights

 

 

Additional Info

This trip has weekly set arrival and departure days on: Mon

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.

AIRPORT ARRIVAL

Bodo (BOO)

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Reviews

Self-guided Cycling Holiday in the Lofoten Islands

4/5

We had a lovely break in beautiful surroundings. Oue evenings were quiet chatting to fellow guests & reading up on the next day as you end up in remote places. We were not regular cyclists but were fit , so the long rides were not a problem . We encountered plenty of opportunity for photo stops and enjoyed the company of others doing the same tour as we ate together in the evenings. The food was generally very good - all 2 courses (not 3 as listed) . Take some energy bars and treats as not all had fruit for packed lunch and you do get hungry! There were few places to stock up & Norway is twice London prices £10 for a well earned beer! Filling up flasks in the morning was easy but take your favourite tea bags as English breakfast tea only appeared in a few places. Coffee or green tea & lemon was in plentiful supply. The maps & guide bòok were excellent. All the accomodation was very good and although we shared lodges or cabins we still had privacy, with the exception of Ballstad which was more like a youth hostel and it was dirty (our party saw rats faeces). The pub next door Krammervika Havn was lovely to sit in. Having experienced a slashed tyre we lost a days cycling. Although this was near the end and Borghid was great & in touch and arranged a taxi to the ferry. I think how to access repairs when needed has to be communicated/ sorted for future travellers to get up and running again as you could be really stuck. Perhaps a back up number to ring for repairs would have been a good option for future cyclists. The weather was kind to us so we had amazing views with no rain except the final day when we all visited A for Cinnamon buns. A courtesy taxi from pick up & to the bike shop (which was hard to find ) instead of us walking to the shop would be an improvement to build in. All in all a wonderful holiday.

by Frances, London on Aug 01 .

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