Our most recommended things to do in Nordland County

From Narvik: Round-Trip Arctic Train Ride on Ofoten Railway

1. From Narvik: Round-Trip Arctic Train Ride on Ofoten Railway

The Ofot line stretches from Narvik in Nordland to Kiruna in Sweden, making it Norway's northernmost railway line. The Arctic Train transports you 43 kilometers through a beautiful and wild scenery, from the fjord in Narvik, passing the gorgeous mountain landscape up to Bjørnfjell. The historic events dating back to WW2 serves as a dramatic backdrop for the experience. Majestic mountains, beautiful waterfalls and stunning views are just some of the things you get to experience on this journey. The train slows down several times during the trip to ensure you catch all the highlights along the tracks. Download the "Voice of Norway" app, and listen to the stories about the area you are travelling through.

From Svolvaer: Trollfjorden Wildlife RIB Cruise

2. 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.

Svolvær: Lofoten Northern Lights Hunt by Van with Snacks

3. Svolvær: Lofoten Northern Lights Hunt by Van with Snacks

Increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights with this guided tour with a professional photographer from Svolvær. Take a break along the way to warm up with a hot drink and some tasty snacks. Meet your guide at the Svinøya Rorbuer hotel and hop aboard a spacious and climate-controlled van. Relax on the drive to strategic spots in Lofoten which is just under the center of the auroral oval (the belt that encircles the geomagnetic poles where there is the best chance of spotting the lights). Have a guide that will use their knowledge of the terrestrial weather systems in Lofoten and space weather information in search of the most amazing show on earth. Get a detailed explanation of the mechanics of the aurora. Listen to stories throughout history that explain how different cultures perceived the northern lights, including what is it known as in Lofoten. Capture the best shots of the lights with the help of your professional photographer guide. Return to your starting point at the end of the tour.

From Svolvaer: Sea Eagle Safari to Trollfjord

4. From Svolvaer: Sea Eagle Safari to Trollfjord

Immerse yourself in the dramatic scenery of Trollfjorden on a scenic boat trip from Svolvaer. Admire the sea eagles flying above you and learn about the area's Viking history as you travel through the fjord. Be sure to take some great photos to help you remember this unique experience. Begin your sea eagle safari from the quayside in Svolaerr. Travel by boat through the beautiful Raftsundet Strait before entering Trollfjorden. Take advantage of the open boat to appreciate its spectacular natural beauty. Hear about the Trollfjord battle and the major locations of the Viking Age. See if you can spot the majestic sea eagles, with the largest wingspan in the world, at a length of up to 2.65 meters. Keep your camera ready to snap photos of these birds, and, if you are lucky, see them circle above the boat.

Lofoten: Guided Horse Riding Tour Over Hov and Hovsund

5. Lofoten: Guided Horse Riding Tour Over Hov and Hovsund

Ride by Icelandic horse from the Hov Gård stable, and take in a scenic ride along Gimsøya Island’s coastline with your guide. See an Arctic beach, a fishing village, and Viking remnants. First, meet your guide and get introduced to your horse for the tour. Get fitted for your helmet, and hear a quick introduction form your guide about how to handle the reins. Then, begin your ride over Hov, an Arctic beach, at a slow pace. We sometimes get lucky enough to observe our local bird life in the summer, including the majestic sea eagle. Next, head towards the fishing village of Hovsund. After a gentle climb and more spectacular views, you can catch a glimpse of the traditional fish-drying racks while riding past ancient remnants from the Viking age before heading back to the stable.

Svolvær: RIB sea eagle safari & Trollfjord Cruise

6. Svolvær: RIB sea eagle safari & Trollfjord Cruise

We can guarantee you the experience of a lifetime! Join our fantastic RIB trip to the magical Trollfjord, where you will have the chance to see many sea eagles up close. The area offers one of the largest populations in all of Europe, so the probability of seeing sea eagles is very high. Of course, the trip has more to offer than just eagles. You will be surrounded by the unique Lofoten's nature with thousand meters high mountains plunging directly into the sea , idyllic bays with crystal clear water and chalk white sandy beaches, just to name a few. The RIB boats are another aspect that helps make this trip unique. On larger boats you are just one of the crowd, but in a RIB boat you share the experience with a small group of passengers. You get much closer to both eagles and nature, and the feeling of freedom that a smaller boat will give you is totally different. Along the way, we will stop several times and tell you fun and interesting facts about the nature and history of these unique places. Don't forget to bring your camera or phone! Other things you don't want to take with you on the trip can be handed in to our office.

From Narvik: The Northern Lights Arctic Train Guided Tour

7. From Narvik: The Northern Lights Arctic Train Guided Tour

Join an exciting Northern Lights chase on board the Northern Lights Train! Far up in the mountains, away from the bright city lights, you have a great chance of catching the Green Lady dancing in the sky. The first stop on the journey is Bjørnfjell, close to the Swedish border. In this area there are many historic events connected to the Second World War. After a short stop, the journey continues to Katterat Station, 374 meters above sea level. We'll get off the train and set off on a hike to search of the Northern Lights. When the sky is dark and clear, we will have a good chance of spotting the beautiful lights shining in the sky. Throughout the trip the guides will share exciting stories, both on and off the train. We also serve baked goods and something warm to drink while we relax around the bonfire. Remember to pack warm clothes and a camera before joining this exciting Northern Lights chase along the tracks.

Skrova Island : 3hours guided kayak tour

8. Skrova Island : 3hours guided kayak tour

Explore the magnificent surroundigs of Skrova island in Lofoten while paddling a sea kayak. With the transparent blue ocean around you and the sea eagles overhead this adventure creates an eye catching journey you will keep in your heart. To begin your adventure, first hop aboard the Svolvær-Skrova ferry, which is free to all passengers. Once you arrive at the harbour of Skrova, you will meet your guide by the Heimbrygga restaurant. You will receive a comprehensive introduction to the equipment you will be using, as well as important safety information.This will insure that you feel confident and prepare before heading out to explore. Now that you are comfortably seated in your kayak , it is time to set out and explore the beautiful surroundings of Skrova Island. Get ready for new adventures and unique experiences. Lear about Skrova island history while spying on the wild life around you. Remember to keep your eyes wide open while paddling through the crystal clear shallow waters to ensure you don't miss any fish swimming underneath your kayak. Put your sunglasses on, take a leisurely stroll, or simply relax on one of the white sand beaches before heading back to Skova harbour...

Svolvær: Luxury Lofoten Islands Fishing Trip

9. Svolvær: Luxury Lofoten Islands Fishing Trip

This three hour fishing trip is a scenic, luxury boating experience in the Lofoten Islands out from Svolvær into the open sea. Learn the skills of deep sea fishing with a fishing rod to try catching cod, pollock, haddock, mackerel, halibut and more. This is a great activity for families, small groups or couples who want to go on a small group boat trip in Lofoten on a big, safe, stable, and luxurious yacht with local and experienced guides. All fishing equipment is provided onboard. A vegetable soup with fresh bread will be served, and if you catch a fish, it can be added to your soup. Please indicate in the booking if you have any dietary restrictions. Enjoy this tour aboard S/Y Stella Oceana with professional, experienced and friendly crew. With 2 outer decks and a large interior saloon, there is more than enough space for only 12 guests to enjoy the tour themselves or with each other. The yacht weighs 118 tons, is 34 meters long, 5 meters wide and has an ice classification. All of these features, along with the yacht's former Norwegian Navy Sea Captain, make it the most safe, stable and luxurious ship to go on a fishing trip in Lofoten.

From Svolvaer: Searching for the Northern Lights

10. 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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Great and cold experience!!They provided us a warm uniform, goggles and gloves to be put on your personal ones. It was a very good experience out there! Big waves and a snow storm made it more unique and fun. Of course we got a bit wet but the scenario is breathtaking and you get to see many eagles. The duration is enough, I was exhausted and cold at the end. I suggest warmer stickers for feet and to cover very well all your face.

Great guiding from Lawrence, who was full of interesting information about the local area, the natural world around us and life in Norway generally. Despite the unseasonally warm weather, we walked in snow to a local summit with beautiful views of the sunsetting over the sea. Lawrence looked after us beautifully, and was attentive to every member of the group’s needs. A really enjoyable way to get closer to the landscape.

Eric was very knowledgeable of where to spot the lights from and very patient in wanting to stay as long as others wanted. He was an excellent photographer and made sure everyone got the best photo tips and photos throughout the night. Highly recommended!

The tour was amazing, the guide was very prepared, he shared with us a lot of interesting information about the lofoten islands during the tour, he offered us very good places for amazing photos

Really good tour with Andrea who took us to the right spots and we saw the most beautiful display of lights. Highly recommend taking this tour if you are in Lofoten!