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Nusfjord Arctic Resort

Nusfjord Arctic Resort

The Lofoten Islands, Norway

Once a historic fishing village, Nusfjord Arctic Resort has been converted into an exclusive resort that also functions as a living museum. This seaside stay combines authentic Norwegian fishing cabins (called rorbu) with modern comforts, attentive service, and an Arctic location on the far shores of Flakstadøya.

The exteriors of the cabins retain the classic rorbu look — wooden walls painted a deep red with brilliant white trim. Inside, you’ll find rustic but polished decor featuring a cool white-and-gray palette accented by touches of the original bare wood.Perched on the coastline of one of the lower Lofoten Islands, this is an exceptional base for exploring the most remote reaches of the archipelago. You’re steps from the sea and can choose from a wide menu of activities offered by the hotel.

There are three eateries in Nusfjord, all serving locally inspired cuisine. Restaurant Karoline offers a buffet breakfast and an elevated seasonal dinner menu that’s popular with locals as well as guests. Once the village tavern, Oriana offers a Nordic twist on pizza — salmon is a popular topping. For light meals, you can visit Landhandleriet Café, set in what was once the village general store.

The outdoor Nordic Spa Lofoten balances contemporary Scandinavian design on the exterior with rustic treatment rooms and traditional elements like a wood-fired hot tub and sauna.

OUR OPINION:

With traditional rorbu living, a design-forward sauna, and an exceptional location on a fjord, this living museum and resort is the best stay in the archipelago. We particularly love the understated but impeccable service.

OUR RATING: First Class

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Rooms

You can choose from a wide range of classic rorbuer (the plural of rorbu), all set in converted fishing cabins. Couples can opt for a one-bedroom cabin on the water or in the village, while other options might have up to several bedrooms. All of them share a similar decor, with warm rugs, wool blankets, and crisp white linens. Some offer views of the village while others overlook the water.

Larger parties might want to stay in The House of Dahl, a 1926 house that once belonged to the væreier (owner of the village). The house’s five bedrooms reflect its Jazz Age origins with elegant, patterned wallpaper, draped curtains, and herringbone hardwood floors.

Location

Just a 30-minute drive from Leknes airport, Nusfjord feels remote and isolated without being difficult to reach. It’s perched on a sheltered fjord on the distant island of Flakstadøya in the lower reaches of the Lofoten Islands, well within the Arctic Circle.

Food and drink

  • Restaurant Karoline offers breakfast and dinner with à la carte menu and great views of the ocean.
  • Oriana Tavern serves pizza with a Nordic slant.
  • Light meals and snacks available at Landhandleriet Cafe.

Families

  • Suites with multiple bedrooms available.

Facilities and activities

  • Access to the living museum
  • Spa with extensive menu or services
  • Sauna and hot tub
  • Wide range of activities available seasonally

Accessibility

With rugged terrain, hills, and lots of steps, this property may not be suitable for someone with limited mobility.

Tour ideas in The Lofoten Islands

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