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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 Hov, Nusfjord and Reine. Your luggage will be transferred 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:

Travel to the Arctic city of Bodo where your cycling adventure begins. Here you’ll collect your cycle and make your way to the port for the afternoon departure of the Hurtigruten coastal express ship. The scenic six hour voyage crosses the Vestfjord and arrives to the Lofoten Islands in the evening. On arrival to the town of Svolvaer, your luggage will be transferred the short distance to your accommodation in Storvagan. Your first ride from Svolvaer to Storvagan will be short and easy making the most of 24 hour daylight at this time of year. You’ll stay two nights in a Rorbu Cabin at Nyvagar.

Today's ride is approximately 7 km (5 miles).

DAY 2:

Today’s ride is completely flexible allowing you to set your own pace. Our suggestions include:

  • Enjoy an easy ride back to Svolvaer and a boat tour to the Trollfjord where you may spot sea eagles circling overhead.
  • Cycle to the nearby fishing village of Kabelvag and visit the Lofoten Cathedral. Extend your ride to the picturesque fishing village of Henningsvaer where you can visit an art gallery and enjoy lunch in one of the relaxed eateries. This would be a 40 km (25 mile) roundtrip.
  • Leave the bike behind and instead do a hike in one of the peaks close to Storvagan.
  • If you’d prefer a more challenging cycle today, then you could ride the northern part of the island of Austvagoy visiting sandy beaches and tiny fishing villages. This would be around 100km (63 miles).

DAY 3:

Today you’ll cycle from Storvagan to Hov on the island of Gimsoya. The route is largely flat but there is some traffic at busier times. If you’re feeling active, opt for one of our suggested detours which include a scenic coastal ride to Brenna (23 km/14 miles) or a visit to Henningsvaer village (18 km/11 miles). You’ll cycle through a tunnel today and eventually reach the western coast overlooking the mighty Atlantic ocean. This is a perfect spot to view the midnight sun if the weather conditions allow. We suggest taking an early evening hike to the top of mount Hoven (362m/1190 ft) for a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding area and the islands of Vesteralan beyond. You’ll stay in an ocean facing lodge at Lofoten Links for one night.

Today's ride is approximately 34 km (21 miles).

DAY 4:

Today’s ride will be longer on relatively flat terrain. There’ll be many opportunities to visit fishing villages and viewing points en route. We recommend riding to the villages of Stamsund and Steine (14 km/9 miles) or enjoy stunning views at Sennesvika and Ramsvika (12 km/7.5 miles). You’ll stay for two nights in the small town of Leknes.

Today's ride is approximately 53 km (33 miles).

DAY 5:

Enjoy today at your own pace as you uncover the wild and rugged side of the Lofoten Islands. Your day can be as relaxed or active as you choose. We can recommend the following activities:

  • Cycle to the most photographed beach in the Lofoten Islands, Uttakleiv and experience a wide open horizon to the west and north (27 km/ 17 miles).
  • Cycle to Unstad beach and watch the surfers (42 km/26 miles).
  • Visit the Lofoten Viking Museum in Borg featuring a replica of an impressive Viking-era house (28 km/17.5 miles round trip).
  • Cycle to Eggum on the national tourist route and visit the rocky coastline.

DAY 6:

Today will be an early start in order to take the bicycle ferry at 10am. Your day begins with a ride of about one hour to Kremmervika where you’ll board the ferry and arrive to Nusfjord an hour later. Nusfjord is one of Lofoten’s oldest and best preserved fishing villages, so be sure to spend some time wandering around the rorbuer cabins which are surrounded by steep mountain peaks. Then you’ll cycle to Reine which is a distance of about 41 km (25 miles). You’ll be cycling on the main road E10 which has some traffic. You can avoid the tunnels by cycling on the old road routes. The final two nights of the trip will be spent at Reine Rorbuer.

Today's ride is approximately 53 km (33 miles).

DAY 7:

Today you can complete your Lofoten odyssey with a cycle ride to the village of A at the southern tip of the Lofoten Islands (20 km / 12.5 mile roundtrip). If you’d prefer a day off the saddle, you could instead take a fjord cruise in Kjerkfjorden, walking to the pristine beach, Bunesstranda. It is also possible to hike to the summit of Helvetestinden (513 m, 168 ft). Other adventures on offer from Reine include sea rafting, sea fishing and kayaking.

DAY 8:

Your final day in the saddle begins with a ride from Reine to Moskenes (5 km, 3 miles) where you’ll board the ferry to Bodo at 7am or 11am, depending on the season. Your cycle holiday comes to an end in Bodo where you’ll return your cycles. If you wish we can extend your trip with a stay in Bodo or elsewhere in Norway.

ABOUT THIS TRIP

Difficulty level: This trip is active and we recommend that you have a good fitness level and that you are comfortable with cycling for around 30 – 40km (20 – 30 miles per day). 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: 152 km (95 miles) excluding optional detours and cycle rides.

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 private 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 Friday 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 £1745 per person (excluding flights) when sharing a double/twin room.

£1745.00 GBP roughly converts to: 1,920 EUR | 2,286 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: Fri

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

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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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