What to expect
Cycling in the Lofoten Islands is one of those bucket list experiences that you need to try. This once-in-a-lifetime tour will take you through beautiful coastal scenery and picturesque fishing hamlets and towns like Henningsvaer (the Venice of the Lofoten Islands). You will cycle past Stone Age settlements, art galleries, the world's northernmost golf course and old boathouses.
Even though the cycling on this tour is relatively easy, you need to come prepared to experience varied weather conditions. You will come home with fantastic memories of this unique tour. There is also the option to stop over in Oslo before your tour starts.
At a glance
- Unforgettable natural scenery
- Picturesque fishing hamlets and towns
- Untamed coastal landscapes
Day 1 (Mon):
Arrive in Bodø - Coastal steamer to Svolvær
Fly from either Oslo, Bergen or Stavanger to Bodø. Collect your rental bike in Bodø before taking the Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer from Bodø 15.00, arriving at Svolvær 21.00. Stay in Kabelvåg overnight, a gentle 7km bike ride from Svolvær.
Day 2 (Tue):
Svolvær to Henningsvær
11/19 miles (18/31km)
Today is a short and easy bike ride, so take the morning at leisure in Kabelvåg or visit the small harbour town of Svolvær. Follow a cycle path back from Svolvær to Kabelvåg, then on to a road to get to Rørvika. The last 8 km to Henningsvær is on a smaller and quieter winding road. Overnight in Henningsvær.
Day 3 (Wed):
Henningsvær - Hov / Gimsøya
20 miles (32km)
Short and easy day trip, on a paved road with some traffic to Gimsøybrua, before taking a quieter road to Hov, home to the spectacular Lofoten Links golf course. This is the only night on the west coast, where it's possible to see the midnight sun so take the opportunity to experience the 18-hole golf course or enjoy a midnight sun walk up to the top of Hoven, with a wonderful view of the area you have cycled today (362 metres). From here you can also see the island of Vesterålen.
Day 4 (Thu):
Hov - Stamsund - Leknes - Ballstad
41 miles (66km)
Longer day trip. Expect some traffic on the last part of the ride before you arrive at Leknes, but there are bike paths on other parts of the route. It is possible to take the final leg by taxi, 14 km from Leknes to Ballstad. Dinner and accommodation at Fiskarheimen (the fishermans house) or Kremmervika Fishermens house (Rorbuer) in Ballstad.
If you want to cycle more today, we recommend a cycle through Stamsund via Sennesvika over to Ramsvika, with great views of Gravdal and Leknes (+ appr. 20 km).
Day 5 (Fri):
Boat from Ballstad to Nusfjord
Todays it's possible to do some hiking at Ballstadheia with a beautiful view at the top. Travel by bicycle ferry from Ballstad (depart 11.00, arriving Nusfjord appr. 12:00) - a taxi ride through Nappstraumstunnellen if the ferry is unable to sail due to weather conditions. Dinner and accommodation in Fishermens Houses (Rorbuer), Nusfjord.
The rest of the day you can take a walk and relax in this old, historical fisherman's village. It is also possible to do some biking or hiking from Nusfjord.
Day 6 (Sat):
Nusfjord to Reine
25 miles (40km)
Today you will be mainly cycling on the E10 to Reine with some traffic. Dinner and accommodation in Fishermen's Houses (Rorbuer), Reine for 2 nights.
Day 7 (Sun):
Rest day in Reine
Day off in Reine. Spend the day relaxing, cycle to the small village of Å to visit the Stockfish-Museum or take a fjord cruise on Kjerkfjorden, walking over to the wonderful beach Bunesstranda. It is also possible to hike to the top of Helvetestinden (the mountain of Hell), at 602 metres. Dinner and accommodation in Fishermen's Rorbuer, Reine.
Day 8 (Mon):
Reine to Moskenes
3 miles (5km)
Check out and take the ferry from Moskenes to Bodø (depart 11:00, arriving Bodø 15:00). Remember to leave enough time to return your rental bikes! If you want to spend some more time in Lofoten, we recommend spending extra days in Reine, where you can go hiking, fishing or just relax.
Local guesthouses & cabins
We use a pool of local guesthouses and modest fishermen's cabins to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination. The bathroom and living room facilities at the traditional fishermen's cabins are shared with other fellow cyclists.
- 7 breakfasts, 7 self-made packed lunches (and thermos refill) , 6 x three course dinners
- Luggage transferred each day
- Ferries included
- Secure bike storage
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation
- Board basis: 7 breakfasts, 7 self-made packed lunches (and thermos refill) , 6 x three course dinners (no dinner on day 1)
- Ferry 'Hurtigruta' Bodø - Svolvær (day 1)
- Bike ferry Ballstad - Nusfjord (day 5)
- Ferry Moskenes - Bodø (day 8)
- Maps and route information
- Luggage transportation
- Local contact number for assistance
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
Additional nights in Bodø available on request - please enquire
Pannier, repair kit, inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike
How to Get There
Fly to Bodø (Via Oslo)
There is the option for a stop-over in Oslo on your way to Bodø.
Fly from Bodø (Via Oslo)
There is the option for a stop-over in Oslo on your way home.
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A beautiful experience with stunning scenery. Norway is such gorgeous country. Once you have got over the price of things (beer £10 glass of wine £10) you will love it. The people are lovely too. As for the trip it is truly stunning scenery. We had all weathers in August - warm days, cold nights and some rain so come prepared for every situation because no two days are the same. It was great that it never actually got really dark. The cycling was fairly easy, mostly flat. some of the roads were a bit busy with traffic but we never got tooted at once. Food was included on the trip and it was great. 3 courses every night, however no choice just a fixed menu. We did have cod every night because that is their speciality but that didn't bother us at all, we loved it. Some of the accommodation was lovely and some not quite so nice. However, they did warn us about this on some of the notes. The fisherman's cabins (Rorbuer) are a bit of a novelty with them being very posh in Nusfjord to very basic and not very nice in Kraemmervika. The only downside is that on some of them they made you share these cabins assuming we had all booked together. The last two nights in Reine whereby in the notes it did not say we would be sharing, we had to share with a couple we didn't know (although on our trip they weren't cycling) which was a bit of a disappointment. However, a lovely, lovely trip and would definitely recommend it.Marion Keeping, August 2016