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Lofoten Islands: Silent Trollfjord Cruise

1. Lofoten Islands: Silent Trollfjord Cruise

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. Note that from the 7 August to 30 September we will use a replacement boat. Here are the main differences of the boats: It is a larger boat and can take more passengers than Brim but we will keep this extra space free for your comfort on board. The setup of seating inside the ship is a bit different, with less open space. However the seats are of high quality and comfortable. The boat can sail faster than Brim, giving us the option to spend a little more time in Trollfjord itself and also sail extend the route a bit. That said, the tour itself will remain the same and our own expert guides will as always do their utmost best to make your experience fantastic and to show you the magnificent Trollfjord. While the boat is also very quiet, it is not hybrid-electric and we will not be able to use an extra quiet electric engine while in Trollfjord.

From Svolvaer: Sea Eagle Safari to Trollfjord

2. From Svolvaer: Sea Eagle Safari to Trollfjord

Begin the sea eagle safari from the quayside in Svolaerr. Travel by boat through the beautiful Raftsundet strait before entering Trollfjorden. This is one of the most dramatic sceneries that Norway has to offer, and in an open boat, you can appreciate its spectacular natural beauty. There is a large population of sea eagles in Raftsundet. See if you can spot these majestic birds which have the largest wingspan in the world, at a length of up to 2.65 meters. Keep your camera at the ready to snap photos of the eagles, and if you are lucky, see them circle above the boat.

From Svolvaer: Trollfjorden Wildlife RIB Cruise

3. From Svolvaer: Trollfjorden Wildlife RIB Cruise

Experience the mountainous Lofoten Islands from the water and take in the striking natural landscape on a boat trip to Trollfjord. Join your professional guide and board a RIB from Svolvaer to see a variety of birds and wildlife. If you're lucky you might spot both eagles and seals. Depart from the center of Svolvaer and float through the strait of Øyhellsundet, all the way to Trollfjord. Find historic sites, sandy white beaches, and one of the most dramatic fjords of Norway, surrounded by incredibly steep mountains. Visit the whaling island of Skrova with its charming harbor.  Admire the unmatchable Norwegian scenery as your local guide tells you all there is to know about the area, its natural landmarks, and the different species of wildlife you'll see along the way.

Lofoten: Traditional Fishing Trip

4. 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.

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.

From Svolvaer: Searching for the Northern Lights

6. 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.

Henningsvaer Cultural Tasting Cruise

7. 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, if the weather allows we will launch the 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 tasting, 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.

From Svolvær: Southern Lofoten Islands Photography Tour

8. 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.

Lofoten Islands: Summer Photography Tour to Haukland beach

9. Lofoten Islands: Summer Photography Tour to Haukland beach

Visit the Atlantic coast of the islands, which is the wildest side where nature reveals its purest and most untamed form. See the colorful wooden houses in Eggum, the beautiful tropical beaches at Haukland, and the surfing paradise of Unstad.  Discover the history, culture, and folklore or the Lofoten Islands as you isiting explore ancient fishing hamlets with picturesque architecture including Kabelvåg, and Henningsvær. All these historical sites, together with the beauty of nature and the power of the natural light will capture your eyes and your imagination.

Svolvær: Northern Lights Lofoten Cruise & Local Tasting Menu

10. Svolvær: Northern Lights Lofoten Cruise & Local Tasting Menu

Experience the raw natural beauty of the Lofoten archipelago on this cruise from Svolvær. Savor local flavors with a tasting menu as you search the sky for a glimpse of the northern lights. Leave the harbor of Svolvær, as your guide checks where the weather forecast is most promising for the evening. Plot a course to the Austnesfjorden fjord, west to the village of Henningsvær, or south around the islands of Skrova and Lille Molla. Take in the natural scenery of the islands and search for a for a gap in the clouds to see the splendor of the northern lights dancing in the sky above and reflected in the water below. If luck strikes, the lights will be visible in the night sky from the ship's outside decks. Enjoy a tapas menu that is carefully crafted by a local chef. Taste your way through centuries of fishing traditions. Hear the history behind the food and industries that Lofoten is famous for. Return to your departure point at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Svolvær

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 311 reviews

This was a really relaxing and scenic cruise, we got to see Svolvær from a different perspective and learned a lot about the area along the way. Would absolutely recommend to anyone!

Erik was a wonderful guide. Recommend this trip to everyone who comes to Lofoten to see the view of islands and get to know about culture and history.

Fantastic experience. Good guide who could drive a boat in big waves. We got close-ups of at least 50 eagles.

One of the best experience in my life! Great guys to always help us!!! Really enjoyed ❤️

It was very fun and beautiful, but the prive is mby a bit high