Autumn Lights, Lofoten Islands and Tromso – 8 days Private Guided Tour
Discover Wild Lofoten Islands: Steep Mountains Meet Deep Fjords
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About de Trip
An exclusive route in which we travel through the spectacular Lofoten Islands, located above the Arctic Circle, with totally wild landscapes formed by steep mountains that plunge into deep fjords. This spectacular landscape and the mild temperatures make this archipelago the perfect place to see and photograph the Northern Lights in all their splendor. In addition, we add a multitude of experiences, such as spending an afternoon with a Sami family and visiting their reindeer farm, visiting picturesque fishing villages such as Å and Reine, learning more about Viking culture, or staying in the fishermen’s cabins , known as rorbuer. Without forgetting the visit to the nicknamed ‘Paris of the North’, the city of Tromsø.
- An exceptional route to explore the most attractive archipelago in the north of the country.
- Very small groups so that you can fully enjoy your experience.
- Accommodation in double rooms and typical cabins.
- Excursions included in the price to avoid expenses at the destination.
- Professional guides with extensive experience in Norway.
- A careful selection of rural type accommodation with a lot of charm.
The trip includes
Welcome to Tromso!
Lying 69 degrees north, Tromsø is 320 km above the Arctic Circle. Visitors are surprised to discover that this city has hotels of international standards, lively cafes, world-class seafood restaurants, an active cultural life, exciting nightlife, captivating museums and art galleries. Transfer from the airport in regular Bussring service (possibility of booking a private transfer with a supplement). Rest of the day free.
Accommodation in Tromso.
In the morning and after breakfast, we will have free time to explore and tour the island of Tromsøya, where we recommend visiting its main attractions, such as its impressive Arctic Cathedral, its many museums, the Polaria Aquarium or the Polar Museum. At mid-morning, we will hike to the 451-meter-high Storsteinen viewpoint, from where we will get a beautiful panoramic view of the city and the fjords that surround it. We will go down in the cable car. In the early afternoon, we will transfer to the port to take our Expressboat to Harstad through the Andfjorden fjord.
Accommodation in Harstad or surroundings.
After breakfast, we will leave Harstad and spend a good part of the morning getting to know one of the most important and genuine products of the country’s gastronomy, Norwegian salmon. We will head to the small town of Blokken where, aboard a speedboat, we will arrive at the salmon production plant in the middle of the sea and they will tell us everything about its cultivation, we will visit the exhibition and taste this wonderful delicacy.
Next, we will go to Sortland, the largest town in the Vesterålen Islands, with its beautiful Blåbrygge pier with blue houses, where we will have free time for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will get to know a Saami family dedicated to reindeer breeding; They will tell us everything related to their culture, their customs and folklore, and we will get to know these impressive creatures more closely.
At night, if we are lucky and the necessary conditions are met, we will go in search of the Northern Lights with our guide.
Accommodation on the island of Hadseløya.
Breakfast at our accommodation and departure to take the ferry to the island of Austvagø and towards Svolvær, the artists’ village. The Trollfjord is short and narrow, but it is surrounded by high mountains that exceed 1,100 meters in height. We will equip ourselves and take a speedboat that will take us through the Øyhellsundet strait, to Raftsundet and finally, to the magnificent fjord. This has a large population of sea eagles, the largest in the world, with a wingspan of more than 2.5 meters; we will be able to see them orbit above our heads. Rest of the afternoon free in Svolvaer to visit it and get to know its impressive Svolværgeita (the Svolvær goat), the most symbolic mountain in the city and a real challenge for climbers.
Dinner and accommodation on the island of Austvagøya.
Breakfast. Today we are going to travel one of the most famous panoramic roads in Norway, with more than 200 km and which crosses the Lofoten Islands from north to south, the picturesque King Olav V Route.
We will cross emblematic fishing villages of the archipelago observing how the Norwegians have been able to adapt to a totally wild and hostile territory. On our tour, we will cross the island Vestvågøy where we will stop to visit the Borg Viking Museum. We will learn about the culture of this beautiful archipelago and its strong connection to the Viking era.
And already on the island of Flakstadøya, we will be able to visit the picturesque town of Nusfjord, a fantastic corner chosen as a pilot project for the conservation of architectural styles in 1975, with beautiful houses from the 19th century that illustrate the development of fish factories dedicated to cod.
To end the day we will go to Ramberg beach on the north coast of the archipelago, where we can take a relaxing walk along a beautiful beach that gives us an incredible panoramic view of arctic peaks as a backdrop.
Today we will also go in search of the Northern Lights with our guide. The island of Moskenesøya is probably the one where we will find less light pollution and where we will be more likely to see them if the night is clear.
Dinner and accommodation on the island of Moskenesøya.
After breakfast, we will tour the island of Moskenesøy a, the most spectacular and rugged of all of them, admiring one of the most impressive landscapes in the north and interrupted by islands and islets that mix with high mountains and beautiful fjords. We will start the day by walking until we reach a wonder of nature, the hidden beach of Kvalvika, or “the beach of the whales”. Here we will enjoy a panoramic view that will leave us speechless, with views of its paradisiacal crystalline turquoise waters and white sand.
After our walk we will go to the most picturesque towns on the island. We will visit the town of Reine, considered the most beautiful in all of Lofoten, with its old houses of such an intense red color that they make it indescribable and later, we will go to Å, the most isolated and remote town in the archipelago where we will see how fishing and traditional uses are still alive, with its cod dryers.
Before leaving the island of Austvagø now, we will stop at Henningsvær also called “The Venice of the North”, for the image of its islands connected by bridges, for the beauty of its canals and for the small fishing boats that go out year after year. of the archipelago to look for the skrei, a wild cod that arrives in this area at the beginning of the year to spawn and that brings fishermen from all over the world to go in search of it. Its main street is, of course, in the port. The small town has glass and ceramic workshops, with a permanent exhibition.
Accommodation on the island of Hinnoya.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Narvik, a destination surrounded by a beautiful arctic landscape and an exciting history linked to World War II. In the immediate vicinity of this city, one of the largest naval battles took place, where the allied forces of Great Britain, France, Norway and Poland experienced their first victory over Nazi Germany. We will reach the city through the Hålogalandbrua bridge to cross the Rombakenfjord. We continue our trip to Tromsø, but we will make one more stop on the way to visit the Polar Park, the park of
northernmost animals in the world where you can see large predators such as bears, wolves, lynx and other arctic animals. At night, as a finishing touch, at the agreed time, we will go on an excursion in which we will combine the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights with sailing on a catamaran. Accompanied by our skipper and guide, who have hours of experience, we will sail in search of the northern lights, following the weather forecast at all times. During the tour we will be able to taste a delicious and typical fish soup.
Accommodation in Tromso.
Free time until the transfer to the airport.
Note: The itinerary can be done in one direction or another without distinction. For logistics reasons in the country, some location or accommodation may change without prior notice. This does not usually happen, but Norway is one of the world destinations with the greatest increase in travelers in recent years and on certain occasions we have had to make small changes on the fly for external reasons. This does not affect the visits to be made and the guides always try to include as much as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions about Autumn Lights, Lofoten Islands and Tromso – 8 days Private Guided Tour
Wear comfortable and waterproof clothing, it does not matter if it is summer or winter. Include comfortable footwear such as boots with good grip and travel with several changes of socks. It is convenient to take an umbrella if you go in the rainy season, and if you travel in winter, take warm clothes and a windbreaker.
It is not always possible to see the puffins, but if you travel in the summer or in the closer months it is very likely that we will see some.
Yes, it is an excursion suitable for children, although you must bear in mind that it lasts 10 hours.
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