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Lofoten Islands: Trollfjord Cruise on Hybrid-Electric Ship

1. Lofoten Islands: Trollfjord Cruise on Hybrid-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.

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.

Lofoten: Wildlife Sightseeing to Værøy

3. Lofoten: Wildlife Sightseeing to Værøy

From the Southern tip of Lofoten (Lofotodden National park), sail through the Moskenes current towards the island of Værøy. Cross one of the strongest currents in the world and sail along the shores of several little islands. Pass through the habitats of marine wildlife and seabird, with chances to see eagles, puffins, seals, killer whales, and more. During the trip, the guides on board will be on the lookout and share their knowledge of the wildlife, history, and geography of this specific area. When arriving at Værøy, the boat will be docked for about 4 hours to provide the freedom to choose how to spend your time there. One of the options is to hike Håen (Håheia), the second highest peak on the island. The start of this hike is located about 3,5 km from the harbour. The actual hike up the mountain (highest point 438m) can take up to one hour and once you have reached the top you will get to enjoy the most incredible views. You can as well explore the island on your own either by foot or bicycle. Walk around the small town center of Sørland, head for Røssnesvåg and the lighthouse, cycle along the coast towards Nordland and visit the oldest church in Lofoten that is still in use or pass by the abandoned airport runway. Within the given time, you could also sign up for guided tours and activities provided by local businesses. The boat will depart again from Værøy at 3:30 PM. On the way back the search for wildlife continues and the kiosk on board will be open, serving food and drinks. Same as on departure, you can choose which place you want to disembark, from Å, Reine or Hamnøy.

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.

From Svolvaer: Trollfjord Wildlife Sightseeing Cruise

5. From Svolvaer: Trollfjord Wildlife Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the magnificent Lofoten Islands by sea! If you are lucky, you can see both eagles and seals, and a great variation of bird life on a trip to the Trollfjord.  We drive up through the strait of Øyhellsundet and to the spectacular Trollfjord. Here we find historic sites, sandy white beaches and one of the most dramatic fjords of Norway. We also visit the whaling island Skrova with its charming harbor.  All passengers will be outfitted with floatation suits. We recommend wearing warm clothes as a base layer underneath and good shoes.  The tour will run with a minimum of 2 persons. Note that the route may be altered or canceled at short notice due to climatic conditions, or other unforseen events.  The tour departs from Svolvær center every day all summer at 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 and 15:40 from June – August. 10:30 and 13:00 from October - June.  Be an explorer!  Meet 30 minutes prior to departure. Lofoten Explorer is located on the quay side.

Svolvær: Evening Kayaking Adventure

6. 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.

Lofoten: Reinefjorden Sightseeing Cruise

7. Lofoten: Reinefjorden Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the beauty of Lofoten’s fjords on a cruise from Reine Hamnøy. Marvel at some of the area's memorable mountain formations, high peaks, waterfalls, shallow turquoise waters, and small fishing villages. This roundtrip cruise leaves from both Reine and Hamnøy several times a day. From there, sail into Reinefjorden and Kjerkfjorden (5.7 km long), past the shallow Bunesfjorden, and disappear into the silence of Forsfjorden to then head back towards Reine. You can get comfortable on board and relax as you go through the fjords on the full roundtrip. For those of you who want to combine the roundtrip with a more active way of exploring the fjords, the trip will pass several docking places for you to go on land. Stop at Rostad (on request) or head to Kjerkfjord to hike to Horseidstranda. At Vindstad, you can visit the small village cafe or hike to Bunes Beach and Helvetestinden. Forsfjorden also offers a hike to Hermannsdalstinden with a cross-over to Munken/Sørvågen. As there are several departures a day, when deciding to go on land, you can continue the roundtrip when our boat is back at the dock on one of our later departures.

Henningsvaer Cultural Tasting Cruise

8. 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.

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.

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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What people are saying about Nordland County

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 356 reviews

The weather was disappointing but we were still pleased we had gone on this trip, made special by the excellent commentary given by our guide - so knowledgeable and good humoured, The lunch of cauliflower soup and bread was unexpected but very good. The boat is modern and of high quality.

Min mand og jeg glæder os til en safari med ørerne, og vi blev ikke skuffet! Vi sejlede i en Zotac og havde rigtig gode dragter på, som blev uddelt af firmaet! Vi så mange Ørne - både flyvende, fiskefangende og svævende det var en meget stor oplevelse!.

My husband and I absolutely love the experience. Then length of the activity was just right. Our guide was highly knowledgeable and friendly, The ship was accommodating. We absolute had a great time.

Super nice team! They answer a lot of questions and provide good information about everything :) we were also lucky enough to see orcas :)

This was amazing and so worth the money. Best part of our trip!