Lofoten Islands
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Our most recommended Lofoten Islands Day Trips

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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Explore the Lofoten Islands

2. 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

3. 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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Chase the Northern Lights with a Photographer

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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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Lofoten: 2-to-3-Hour Snowshoe Tour

7. Lofoten: 2-to-3-Hour Snowshoe Tour

Just a few kilometers from Svolvær, experience the untouched beauty of the Norwegian wilderness via a snowshoe tour. After convenient pickup from your accommodation in Svolvær or Kabelvåg, head to the vast forests, frozen lakes, and wide, snowy plateaus that make the region a portrait of Arctic beauty. The 3-hour experience is possible for almost anyone, with your local snowshoe guide providing tips and tricks for those uninitiated to snowshoeing. After a tour of the stark and beautiful wilderness, complete with historical details and information about the unique ecosystem, enjoy a hot beverage to warm up—the perfect way to cap off your Arctic adventure.

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Photography Tour of the Lofoten Islands

8. Photography Tour of the Lofoten Islands

Situated 200 kilometers above the Polar Circle, the Lofoten Islands archipelago offers the perfect location to take unforgettable photos of the Arctic lights. Inhabited since the Viking age, these islands offer steep peaks rising directly from the sea, white sand beaches and a sea so blue that it is hard to believe that you are in the Arctic. During this tour you will visit the Atlantic side of the archipelago—the wild side—where nature shows its purest and untamed form. The fantastic fishing villages of Kabelvåg and Henningsvær remind visitors of a glorious past while Henningsvær captivates with picturesque architecture. In Kabelvåg the well-preserved buildings from the Middles Ages tell the story of local culture and agriculture—all these historical sites will capture your photographic eye and your imagination. An English-speaking guide will lead the tour over seven hours, weather permitting, to give you all the time and light necessary to take home amazing photos of the archipelago's enchanting hidden corners. 

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Svolvaer: Lofoten Islands 5-Hour Tour with Photographer

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

On this 5-hour excursion, discover the Lofoten archipelago with a professional guide in comfortable transportation. You'll not only visit some of the characteristic fishing villages which have made these islands famous, but you'll also visit areas of unspoiled nature, the most extraordinary parts of this beautiful set of islands. First, you'll drive through the Gimsøy island and take in its amazing white sandy beaches, lakes, mountains, landscapes, and its historical wooden church. Then, continue on to Bøstad where you'll stop at a panoramic viewpoint. The tour continues to the Vestfjord side where you have the chance to visit Henningsvær, the Venice of the North, as well as Kabelvåg. Both are fishing villages where you can breathe in the history and atmosphere of ancient times when fishermen used to gather here to participate in the cod fishing season. Don't miss out on this opportunity to see the best that these islands can offer.

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From Svolvær: Midnight Sun Photography Tour

10. From Svolvær: Midnight Sun Photography Tour

Try your hand at nocturnal photography in the Arctic region of Norway and admire the golden light at midnight. Take unforgettable pictures with a photographer/guide at your disposal who will drive you to the perfect spots throughout the Lofoten Archipelago so you can capture the stunning Arctic scenery the unique midnight summer colors. Travel to the Atlantic side of the Lofoten Islands, the wildest, most untamed part of the coastline where the sun shines throughout the night. The white nights are a special phenomenon that can be observed at this latitude from May until the end of July. If you don't have a camera, let your guide shoot for you. You don't have to be a professional photographer, just a real lover of untamed nature. Your guide will send you the memorable shots they snap by email at no additional cost.

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What people are saying about Lofoten Islands

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 41 reviews

Worth every penny. We were lucky and had fantastic weather. The staff is super friendly and explains everything you need to know. There are blankets and lambskins on the boat to keep you warm outside - but inside you almost feel like you are outside through the large panes. We were able to see and photograph many many eagles. It was the highlight of my trip in Lofoten :)

Wonderful trip to the Trollfjord on a modern vessel. We enjoyed amazing views on the mountains and the fjord. We had a little stop and watched a live stream from an underwater drone, the crew was super friendly, ready to help and to provide information. An absolute recommendation.

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 ❤️

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