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Reine, the Lofoten Islands

Self-drive tour of the Lofoten Islands

13 days from $15,195pp

Reine, the Lofoten Islands
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Tour highlights

  • Explore the Lofoten Islands by road and spend your nights in a rorbu, one of the region’s traditional fishing cabins.

  • Follow a guide on a hike through the rugged landscape.

  • Seek out wide-winged sea eagles on a boat safari through Steigen.

  • Learn about the region’s rich seafaring heritage on a traditional fishing trip.

Price includes:

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Meet your private driver at Oslo Airport and head to your hotel, where you can spend the rest of the day recuperating and exploring your surroundings.

  • Learn more about Oslo on a private walking tour that includes sights like the Royal Palace, City Hall, and Akershus Fortress.

  • Fly into Svolvær, the largest settlement in the Lofoten Islands, to pick up your rental car and drive to your hotel — a well-preserved fishing village that’s been converted to a comfortable stay. Your time is then your own to walk around the town or perhaps visit the floating sauna on Svolvær’s waterfront.

  • Spend the day exploring in your car, discovering the archipelago. You’ll see jagged mountains, white-sand beaches, towering waterfalls, and vast panoramas of the Norwegian Sea.

  • Board a traditional 39-foot fishing cutter for an authentic sea fishing experience before learning to fillet your catch, then have it prepared by professional chefs as part of a delicious three-course dinner.

  • Drive to Nusfjord, a remote village considered the best-preserved of Norway’s many 19th-century fishing villages. Wander through village walkways seemingly untouched by time before spending the night in your own rorbu.

  • Follow a guide into the mountains on a hike that allows you to soak up the archipelago’s landscape. Back at Nusfjord, you can relax in the sauna while admiring the ocean views.

  • Today you will journey to Reine, a village that still thrives in the shadows of imposing peaks and scattered with traditional white and red rorbuer. Spend the day here at leisure or opt to join a kayaking tour to further afield islands such as Sakrisøy and Hamnøy.

  • Say goodbye to Lofoten as you board a boat to cross the fjord to Manshausen Island, a private island that houses a small number of luxe cabins jutting out of the rugged rock face. After you unpack, spend the day either exploring the island or snug in your cabin gazing out at the landscape through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

  • Join a guide on a private hike through the mountains around Manshausen Island. Your guide will tailor your route to your abilities and energy level that day and ensure that you get the best views.

  • Take to the water of Steigen and the surrounding area in search of sea eagles. These massive raptors, which nest all over the region, have the widest wingspan of any eagle, reaching up to 2.5 m (8 ft). You’ll likely spot them soaring and wheeling overhead and, if you’re lucky, you’ll see one skimming the waters, diving for dinner.

  • Board a passenger ferry from Manshausen to Bodø before taking a short flight to Oslo. Spend the night in the city to break up your journey home.

  • Head to the airport for your trip home.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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