What to expect
Cycling in the Lofoten Islands is certainly one of those bucket list experiences that you need to try. This once-in-a-lifetime tour will take you through beautiful coastal scenery with towering peaks rising straight from the sea, small farms and picturesque fishing hamlets. Visit towns like Henningsvaer, the Venice of the Lofoten Islands, and Nusfjord, a UNESCO protected historic fishermen's village. 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 flat and 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
- Midnight sun and unforgettable natural scenery
- Picturesque fishing hamlets and towns
- Untamed coastal landscapes
- Mainly flat cycling with options to extend cycling or to take rest days
Day 1 (Fri):
Arrive in Bodø - Coastal steamer to Svolvær - Storvågan
Fly from either Oslo, Bergen or Stavanger to Bodø. Collect your rental bike in Bodø in plenty of time before taking the Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer from Bodø at 15.00, arriving at Svolvær at 21.00. Enjoy a gentle 4 mile (7km) bike ride from Svolvær to Storvågan and stay overnight in a spacious and comfortable Rorbu cabin with shared bathroom and living room for 2 nights.
Day 2 (Sat):
Storvågan - Loop ride to Henningsvær or optional boat trip
25 miles (40km)
Hop on your bike and head south to visit the pretty fishing village of Henningsvær where the last 8 km to Henningsvær is on a smaller and quieter winding road.
Alternatively, take a boat trip to the famous Troll fjord (not included), visit the fishinging village of Kabelvåg or try to spot some sea eagles.
Day 3 (Sun):
Svolvær - Hov / Gimsøya
21/32 miles (34/52km)
If you didn’t visit Henningsvær on yesterday’s ride then take a detour of 11 miles (18km) to visit it today. Alternatively, head through 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 this opportunity and walk up to the top of Hoven (362 metres), with a wonderful view of the area you have cycled today. From here you can also see the island of Vesterålen. Overnight in a lodge with private bedroom and bathroom but shared living room and terrace with spectacular views
Day 4 (Mon):
Hov – Leknes
33 miles (53km)
Cycle along relatively flat terrain today, with the option of detouring through Stamsund and Steine (14 miles (9km)) or Sennesvika over to Ramsvika (12 miles (7km)) to Leknes.
Day 5 (Tue):
Leknes - Loop ride or rest day
17 to 31 miles (27 to 50km)
Today you have various round trips to choose from; ride to Uttakleiv, the most photographed beach in Lofoten (17 miles (27km)). Alternatively, visit the Lofoten Viking Museum in Borg featuring a copy of the largest Viking-era house ever found (17 miles (28km)) or cycle to Eggum along the rocky coastline.
Day 6 (Wed):
Leknes – Reine
33 miles (53km)
Take a short ride to Kremmervika, where you take ferry at 10am to Nusfjord, one of the oldest and best-preserved fishing villages in Lofoten. From here your route to Reine will be mainly on the E10 with some traffic. Dinner and accommodation in fishermen's cabins (Rorbuer) with shared bathroom and living room for 2 nights.
Day 7 (Thu):
Reine - Loop ride or rest day
13 miles (20km)
Spend the day relaxing or 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 513 metres. Dinner and accommodation in Fishermen's Rorbuer, Reine.
Day 8 (Fri):
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
There are not many hotels on Lofoten. On this tour you will stay in local guesthouses and in "Rorbu" fishermen's cabins. The "Rorbu" are an important part of Lofoten's heritage and were built originally in 1100 by the King to accommodate the fishermen. With two to three bedrooms in each cabin, you will have your own bedroom but on one night will share the living area and on four nights share both the bathroom and living room with fellow cyclists.
- 7 breakfasts, 7 self-made packed lunches (and thermos refill) & 6 x three course dinners
- Luggage transfer
- Ferries included
- Secure bike storage
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation in local guesthouses & cabins - see accommodation for more details
- Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch (and thermos refill) & three course dinner (6 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. However, a lovely, lovely trip and would definitely recommend it.Marion Keeping, August 2016