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Lofoten Islands: Trollfjord Cruise By Silent Electric Ship

1. Lofoten Islands: Trollfjord Cruise By Silent Electric Ship

Departing from the Svolvær harbor in the morning, you’ll set out for Trollfjord, about an hour away. On the way you can take in the breathtaking views in comfortable, panoramic lounges and multi-level decks. Experience a unique perspective on the mysterious depths of this fjord with incredible underwater drone stream. What do you think hides beneath the surface? Spend some time in Trollfjord, exploring white-tailed eagles soaring against the backdrop of soaring mountains. The engaging crew will tell you about the wildlife, landscape and history of the resilient communities that live in this epic coastal landscape. Onboard there’s a selection of beverages and local foods for purchase.

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From Svolvaer: Searching for the Northern Lights

2. From Svolvaer: Searching for the Northern Lights

Witness nature’s most dramatic light show in a spectacular natural setting on this Northern Lights tour from Svolvær. Stop along the way at the village of Kabelvåg to warm up with hot drinks and cake at a typical Norwegian pub. During your safari, you will walk among silent forests, frozen lakes and old fishing hamlets. You will enjoy the best spots to admire the “Queen”, the Aurora Borealis. Depending on the solar activity, your guide will select the right place and point of observation for you. Your narrative guide will tell you about the myths and legends of the Northern lights and the impact they have had on the Scandinavian population. This tour is suitable for everybody.

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Henningsvaer Cultural Tasting Cruise

3. Henningsvaer Cultural Tasting Cruise

Enjoy an evening cruise that takes you from Svolvær to the fishing village and art center of Henningsvær. Take in the majestic wall of the Lofoten mountains from panoramic decks and lounges, getting a new perspective in complete silence. On the way, see the launch of an underwater drone, bringing you closer to the rich marine life that provides both Lofoten and the world with delicacies like sea urchins, kelps and crabs. On arrival in Henningsvær you can make a stop so you can visit one of the galleries or explore the picturesque fishing village on your own. As you board for the return cruise to Svolvær, enjoy an Arctic tapas dinner, with a modern approach to local and traditional foods. With the sun nearing the horizon, the light Arctic night will color the backdrop of craggy peaks, white sandy beaches, islands and skerries.

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Explore the Lofoten Islands

4. Explore the Lofoten Islands

Be picked up at a local hotel before traveling to the Gimsøy Bridge, a bridge between the islands of Austvågøya and Gimsøya for a photo stop. Continue traveling, before stopping in Borg, a village with a beautiful panoramic view. Stop in Flakstadøy, another of the small islands in the Lofoten Archipelago, with beautiful landscapes and mountains, and Moskensøy, another small island home to the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum, and a museum that houses over 2,500 dolls from around Europe. Also stop in Ramberg, the administrative Center of Nordland County. See Hamnøy and Reine, two small fishing villages in the archipelago. Stop in Sakrisøy, a small island at the food of Olstind, one of Lofoten’s most iconic mountains, known for its seafood and beautiful mountains.

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Svolvær: Evening Kayaking Adventure

5. Svolvær: Evening Kayaking Adventure

Navigate Svolvær’s coast, gliding past the Lofoten mountains, and catch breathtaking sunset views on a kayak excursion set in the early evening hours, which is open to all skill levels. Begin your adventure by meeting your guide in the Svolvær harbor. Receive safety instruction and grab your equipment for the day before heading to the open waters.   Jump on board the double-seated kayaks and paddle out of the harbor to enjoy the open waters of the Svolvær coast. Learn about Lofoten’s history and culture and see it dramatic mountains from a wholly new perspective as you paddle along the calm waters.   Get your camera ready as the sunset brings forth the perfect light to capture an unforgettable memory of the natural Norwegian landscapes.

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Lofoten: Traditional Fishing Trip

6. Lofoten: Traditional Fishing Trip

Join the MS Symra for an authentic fishing experience in the Lofoten Islands. Depending on the season, you could catch anything from traditional skrei to mackerel, coalfish, haddock and coastal cod. Once onboard, enjoy a brief introduction to the fishing tools and equipment featured. There are 10 fishing stations onboard, so you will share with another guest. After having caught your fares, learn how to fillet the fish on board and feel free to take your catch home with you if you wish. During your trip, you will receive professional guidance from your crew and experience a taste of life in Lofotfisket through stories and anecdotes. No fishing experience is required for this activity.

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Chase the Northern Lights with a Photographer

7. Chase the Northern Lights with a Photographer

Embark on a dynamic and exciting excursion on this unique guided drive all along the archipelago in search of the aurora—for those who want to chase the magically elusive northern lights. You won’t be just a simple spectator, but an active part of this adventure with a magnificent show that you'll never forget. Over the course of this 5-hour tour, an experienced guide will introduce you to the mystery of the northern lights and the impact they have had on local populations, scientists and philosophers for centuries. A photographer will teach you how to take the best pictures of the aurora borealis with all the necessary photography tips on how to get the best shot, how to use your tripod and how to set up you camera. Not only will you experience the fascinating natural phenomenon of the north, but you'll also learn how to maximize your photography skills and create your own beautiful memories. 

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Svolvaer: Lofoten Islands 5-Hour Tour with Photographer

8. Svolvaer: Lofoten Islands 5-Hour Tour with Photographer

See the most spectacular locations that these islands offer, both natural, historical, and cultural. Sit on pure white beaches facing a crystal sea to admire imposing mountains and magnificent cliffs, where the waves of the North Sea break. Visit archaeological sites and learn the story of the Viking population and the origins of this land. Walk amongst the old Rorbu (fishermen’s houses) in the different, colorful villages of the islands. Take the chance to taste the various typical products of these islands in some characteristic local restaurants. Explore the area's unspoilt nature, the most genuine and extraordinary part of this beautiful archipelago. Drive through Gimsøy Island and its amazing white sandy beaches, lakes, mountains, landscape and historical wooden church. Continue to Bøstad and stop to marvel at the panoramic view. Move on to the Vestfjord side for the chance to visit Henningsvær, the Venice of the north and Kabelvåg. In these old fishing villages, breath in the history and atmosphere of the ancient times, as fishermen used to gather here to participate in the cod fishing season. More and more famous photographers and artists gather up here each year to catch the beauty of these islands. The magnificent northern lights have inspired and continue to inspire artists from all over the world. Search for the best spots and learn you how to use your camera to capture the beautiful sights.

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From Svolvær: Southern Lofoten Islands Photography Tour

9. From Svolvær: Southern Lofoten Islands Photography Tour

Discover the southern side of the Lofoten Islands on this tour designed especially for budding or experienced photographers. After getting picked up from your hotel in Svolvær, head to the Atlantic side of the islands, where nature is in its purest and most untamed state. Visit the area of Flakstad and see its colorful rocks, seaside, and colorful farms. At Ramberg, discover a different side to the island, where surfers flock each year for the best waves.  During your tour, you will discover an area full of history, folklore, and traditions. Visit historical small fishing hamlets full of colors and surrounded by an enchanting landscape that makes these islands a paradise for photographers. Explore towns such as Reine, Nusfjord, Hamnøy with their traditional fishermen’s houses, wooden racks, fishing boats, and historical buildings. Learn more about the culture and traditions of the area from your local photographer guide who will also find the best photo opportunities and teach you how to get the most out of your camera.

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Svolvær: Snowshoe Nature Explorer

10. Svolvær: Snowshoe Nature Explorer

To begin, make your way to the local partner's headquarters on the quay side of the harbour in Svolvær. Your guide will welcome you and fit you with the right snowshoes and poles before you set off in a minibus on your way to the starting point close to Svolvær. Snowshoes are an easy way to get close to nature without too much hassle. Everyone can use them. With your experienced guide, embark on a guided 3-hour trip around Lofoten. As you walk through the stunning wilderness, listen to some intriguing stories from your guide. You'll also head to the best locations for views and photos. Don't forget your camera. 

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What people are saying about Lofoten Islands

Our photographer Eric was super professional! At the beginning of the tour we were a bit nervous because there was nothing to see, but that should change quickly. The sky turned green and Eric started taking pictures. It was great fun and the results were great photos!

Very thankful to our guide/photographer Eric. It may have been a very bad weather with the drizzles, wind and cloudiness of the skies. But luckily we still got great shots with the northern lights in the end. Tusen hjertelig takk ❤️

it was fun! Eric was a good guide, lovely energy. Altough tge weather was not the best he manage to get the best of the nigth and the experience. super recomended

Great experience, great guide! Despite language difficulties on our part, we had a lot of fun on this tour! We actually caught fish !!!

A nice and friendly tour guide. He gave us ample time to take pictures grab lunch and show some scenic viewpoints.