Salt and pepper coloured mountains erupt from the ground behind the pretty port of Svolvaer, which opens up the extraordinary beauty of the Lofoten Islands. You'll never quite get over the majesty of the mountainous backdrop as you explore, although with natural wonders like the rippling Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun, and cruising pods of orcas to admire, there are plenty of distractions. The Gulf Stream shuffles warmer air here, so the climate is surprisingly mild considering how northerly the town is. View more
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Experience the history, beauty and art of Norway during this picturesque, half-day excursion to Svolvær and Henningsvær.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute sightseeing drive to Henningsvær. En route, pass through Svolvær, and see the yellow-painted Vågan Church. One of the biggest wooden buildings in the northern part of Norway, it is capable of holding up to 1,200 people. Upon arrival in Henningsvær, discover why it is known as the 'Venice of Lofoten'.
This headland fishing village has a unique atmosphere and scenery that has attracted many artists wishing to capture its beauty on canvas. During your visit, take a guided tour of the Lofoten House Gallery. Marvel at the collection of paintings by Karl Erik Harr, one of Norway's most celebrated pictorial artists. The gallery also features paintings by other renowned 19th- and early-20th-century artists from Nordland, along with Frank A. Jenssen's captivating multimedia show bringing to life the changing seasons of the Lofoten Islands.
Following your tour of the Lofoten House Gallery, some free time is made available to stroll around Henningsvær. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 601 yards (550 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and stairs at the Lofoten House Gallery. Walking in Henningsvær is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended.
Experience the stunning coast of Svolvær in an exciting new way during this exhilarating speedboat excursion to the Lofoten skerries.
Depart the pier for the short walk to your awaiting rigid inflatable boat (RIB). Upon arrival, receive your safety and tour instructions, don your waterproof safety suit and begin your exciting adventure.
Leaving Svolvær Harbour, cruise past sweeping vistas of steep mountains and lagoons with white-sand beaches. Look out for sea eagles, and pass by the busy fishing villages of Mortsund and Ballstad. In addition, see a salmon farm and learn more about the fishing process before heading back to Svolvær.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to get embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with back and/or neck problems, who are pregnant, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Discover the splendid natural beauty and Viking history of the Lofoten Islands during this picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Svolvær, Lofoten Islands, Granite and Volcanic Mountains, Green Valleys, Villages
Depart the pier from Svolvær, the capital of the Lofoten Islands, for the scenic, approximately 70-minute drive to the tiny hamlet of Borg. The Lofoten Islands are a breath-taking sight to behold; approximately 100 miles (about 161 kilometres) of rugged granite and volcanic mountains, green valleys and charming villages. In days of old, the Lofoten Islands were quite isolated from one another, and accessible only by ferry. Today, bridges and undersea tunnels link the islands.
Borg, Lofotr Viking Museum, Exhibitions, Reconstructions and Video
Upon arrival in Borg, head for the Lofotr Viking Museum, the site of an ancient Viking farm that was accidently discovered in the late-20th century, and has since been reconstructed. It has been proven that the Lofoten Islands were already a centre of power at the time of the Vikings. The main building has a length of approximately 272 feet (about 83 meters). During your guided visit, view a variety of exhibitions and reconstructions, along with a video about Viking history.
Nusfjord Fishing Village, Free Time, Fishermen's Dwellings, Lunch
Next, re-board your coach and continue on to Nusfjord, one of the most idyllic and best-preserved fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands. Today, it operates as a private, open-air museum. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to explore Nusfjord at your leisure, and admire the architecture of the fishermen's dwellings. Following your visit, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven, gravel, and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the Viking Museum; ramps are available. Walking in Nusfjord is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Discover the stunning scenery and fascinating Viking heritage of the Lofoten Islands during this half-day sightseeing excursion.
Borg and Lofotr Viking Museum
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Borg. Upon arrival, proceed for a visit to the Lofotr Viking Museum, site of an ancient Viking farm accidently discovered at the end of the last century. Today, it has been reconstructed adjacent to where the remains of the original building were found, and is considered to be an archaeological sensation.
Located up a small hill, the Lofotr Viking Museum is an actual replica of a Viking home, with narrow doors, high thresholds and stone paths. The main building itself is approximately 272 feet (83 metres) in length, surrounded by various exhibitions and reconstructions, and offers a very realistic impression of life during those harsh times.
Next, re-board your coach and drive to a nearby viewpoint for stunning oceanfront vistas over Unstad. After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 656 yards (600 metres), at time over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and a few steps at the Lofotor Viking Museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended.