In the land of the midnight sun, the colourful sky stretches out infinitely and frames the majestic mountain peaks, peaceful inlets and untamed seashore of the Lofoten Islands. Nestled here is the picturesque harbour town of Leknes (Gravdal). With its natural surroundings, considered by many to be the most stunning in Norway, the town itself and its neighbouring attractions delight many. Leknes is the most populous town in Lofoten, itself an archipelago north of the Arctic Circle, at the 67th and 68th parallels. View more
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Explore the sea-life and fishing traditions of Lofoten during this picturesque and informative excursion to the Lofoten Aquarium and Museum, with a visit to the Espolin Gallery.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Henningsvær. This fishing village is built on numerous little islands and skerries, and is considered one of the most characteristic fishing villages in Lofoten. After a photo stop in Henningsvaer, re-board your coach and proceed to Kabelvåg.
Lofoten Aquarium and Museum
Next, a stop is made at the Lofoten Aquarium. Upon arrival, you can study the local marine life in 23 aquariums and a seal pond. Following your visit, walk next door to the Lofoten Museum, which concentrates on the fishing traditions on the islands and the development of fish exports during the Middle Ages. The museum also includes a century-old shop.
Your tour concludes with a stop at the art gallery of Espolin Johnson, a renowned Norwegian painter. Here, you can view an exhibition consisting of 130 his paintings.
Afterward, re-board your coach for the brief drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with some steps and inclines.
Explore the natural beauty and art of the Lofoten Islands during this memorable excursion to the Lofotens House Gallery, with a visit to the Ice Bar & Gallery in Svolvær.
Lofotens House Gallery
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Henningsvær, and a visit to the Lofotens House Gallery. Upon arrival, peruse the paintings and photographs of local artists, and view a slide show depicting Lofoten's seasonal beauty, fisheries, nature and people. Some time is also made available to browse the gallery at your leisure. Highlights include paintings by Karl Erik Harr, art from the early-20th-century and sea eagle photographs by Frank A. Jenssen.
Next, re-board your coach for the scenic drive to the city of Svolvær. En route, see the distinguished landmark and peaks of the Vågekallen. Upon arrival in Svolvær, proceed for a visit to the Ice Bar and Gallery.
Ice Bar & Gallery
This 5,000-square-foot (about 465-square-metre) showroom displays a myriad of sculptures in the unique medium of ice, music and light. A warm coat is provided before entering, and a refreshing beverage is offered to you during your visit. The exhibition, bar, glasses and tables are all made of crystal-clear ice.
Following your visit, commence the brief drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. There are nine steps to negotiate to access the first floor at the Lofotens House Gallery, and ten steps to negotiate to access its second floor (not wheelchair-accessible).
Relish the beauty of the Lofoten Islands and her artists on this exhilarating inflatable boat ride to a quaint fishing village, to peruse one of the larger collections of north Norwegian paintings.
Depart the pier on foot for the approximately 15-minute walk to expedition launching area. Here you are issued with your survival suit and listen to a brief safety presentation before climbing aboard the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB).
Leaving the harbour in Svolvær, the captain of the boat navigates towards the village of Henningsvær. A ride aboard a RIB is a thrilling one as the speed and closeness to the water create a rush of adrenalin in most riders. En route make several photo stops before arriving to Henningsvær.
Henningsvær is one of the most picturesque fishing villages on the islands with a backdrop of fantastic peaks. Artists have always been drawn to these islands because of the light and the beauty of the nature. Disembark your RIB and walk to the gallery at Lofoten House. Lofoten House Gallery has the largest collection of North Norwegian paintings from the period around the turn of the century - many called golden age in the northern Norwegian painting. The collection includes works by painter Karl Erik Harr and photographers Frank A. Jenssen and Wilse. Here, a slide show is presented to you illustrating Lofoten through the seasons and the Lofot fisheries, nature and people.
After your visit, re-board the RIB and head back to Svolvær.
Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and guests must be physically fit, agile and able to climb in and out of an inflatable boat while in a survival suit. This tour is not recommended for guests with back or neck problems, limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair. The RIB ride can be bumpy as the RIB reaches high speeds and the sea may cause a spray. This tour generally operates in all weather conditions; however, rough seas, fog or heavy rain could force its cancellation on little notice. Dress in comfortable layers and wear flat shoes with rubber soles that may get wet. Survival suits and sun glasses are provided for the RIB ride. Minimum age to participate is 12 years. Space is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.