Things to do in Lofoten Islands

Our most recommended things to do in Lofoten Islands

From Svolvaer: Trollfjorden Wildlife RIB Cruise

1. From Svolvaer: Trollfjorden Wildlife RIB Cruise

Experience the mountainous Lofoten Islands from the water and take in the striking natural landscape on a boat trip to Trollfjord. Join your professional guide and board a RIB from Svolvaer to see a variety of birds and wildlife. If you're lucky you might spot both eagles and seals. Depart from the center of Svolvaer and float through the strait of Øyhellsundet, all the way to Trollfjord. Find historic sites, sandy white beaches, and one of the most dramatic fjords of Norway, surrounded by incredibly steep mountains. Visit the whaling island of Skrova with its charming harbor.  Admire the unmatchable Norwegian scenery as your local guide tells you all there is to know about the area, its natural landmarks, and the different species of wildlife you'll see along the way.

From Svolvaer: Sea Eagle Safari to Trollfjord

2. From Svolvaer: Sea Eagle Safari to Trollfjord

Immerse yourself in the dramatic scenery of Trollfjorden on a scenic boat trip from Svolvaer. Admire the sea eagles flying above you and learn about the area's Viking history as you travel through the fjord. Be sure to take some great photos to help you remember this unique experience. Begin your sea eagle safari from the quayside in Svolaerr. Travel by boat through the beautiful Raftsundet Strait before entering Trollfjorden. Take advantage of the open boat to appreciate its spectacular natural beauty. Hear about the Trollfjord battle and the major locations of the Viking Age. See if you can spot the majestic sea eagles, with the largest wingspan in the world, at a length of up to 2.65 meters. Keep your camera ready to snap photos of these birds, and, if you are lucky, see them circle above the boat.

Lofoten Islands: Silent Trollfjord Cruise

3. Lofoten Islands: Silent Trollfjord Cruise

Discover Trollfjord on a nature-oriented but comfortable and relaxing catamaran cruise with an expert guide and crew. Learn about the wildlife you see along the way, including eagles, plus explore what's underwater with the underwater drone. Departing from the Svolvær harbor in the morning, you’ll set out for Trollfjord, about an hour away. On the way, you can take in the breathtaking views in comfortable, panoramic lounges and multi-level decks. Experience a unique perspective on the mysterious depths of this fjord with an incredible underwater drone stream. What do you think hides beneath the surface? Spend some time in Trollfjord, exploring white-tailed eagles soaring against the backdrop of soaring mountains. The engaging crew will tell you about the wildlife, landscape, and history of the resilient communities that live in this epic coastal landscape. Onboard there’s a selection of beverages and local foods for purchase.

Lofoten: Traditional Fishing Trip

4. Lofoten: Traditional Fishing Trip

Join the MS Symra for an authentic fishing experience in the Lofoten Islands. Depending on the season, you could catch anything from traditional skrei to mackerel, coalfish, haddock and coastal cod. Once onboard, enjoy a brief introduction to the fishing tools and equipment featured. There are 10 fishing stations onboard, so you will share with another guest. After having caught your fares, learn how to fillet the fish on board and feel free to take your catch home with you if you wish. During your trip, you will receive professional guidance from your crew and experience a taste of life in Lofotfisket through stories and anecdotes. No fishing experience is required for this activity.

From Svolvaer: Searching for the Northern Lights

5. From Svolvaer: Searching for the Northern Lights

Witness nature’s most dramatic light show in a spectacular natural setting on this Northern Lights tour from Svolvær. Stop along the way at the village of Kabelvåg to warm up with hot drinks and cake at a typical Norwegian pub. During your safari, you will walk among silent forests, frozen lakes and old fishing hamlets. You will enjoy the best spots to admire the “Queen”, the Aurora Borealis. Depending on the solar activity, your guide will select the right place and point of observation for you. Your narrative guide will tell you about the myths and legends of the Northern lights and the impact they have had on the Scandinavian population. This tour is suitable for everybody.

Svolvær: Snowshoe Nature Explorer

6. Svolvær: Snowshoe Nature Explorer

To begin, make your way to the local partner's headquarters on the quay side of the harbour in Svolvær. Your guide will welcome you and fit you with the right snowshoes and poles before you set off in a minibus on your way to the starting point close to Svolvær. Snowshoes are an easy way to get close to nature without too much hassle. Everyone can use them. With your experienced guide, embark on a guided 3-hour trip around Lofoten. As you walk through the stunning wilderness, listen to some intriguing stories from your guide. You'll also head to the best locations for views and photos. Don't forget your camera. 

Svolvær: Northern Lights Lofoten Cruise & Local Tasting Menu

7. Svolvær: Northern Lights Lofoten Cruise & Local Tasting Menu

Experience the raw natural beauty of the Lofoten archipelago on this cruise from Svolvær. Savor local flavors with a tasting menu as you search the sky for a glimpse of the northern lights. Leave the harbor of Svolvær, as your guide checks where the weather forecast is most promising for the evening. Plot a course to the Austnesfjorden fjord, west to the village of Henningsvær, or south around the islands of Skrova and Lille Molla. Take in the natural scenery of the islands and search for a for a gap in the clouds to see the splendor of the northern lights dancing in the sky above and reflected in the water below. If luck strikes, the lights will be visible in the night sky from the ship's outside decks. Enjoy a tapas menu that is carefully crafted by a local chef. Taste your way through centuries of fishing traditions. Hear the history behind the food and industries that Lofoten is famous for. Return to your departure point at the end of the tour.

From Svolvær: Southern Lofoten Islands Photography Tour

8. From Svolvær: Southern Lofoten Islands Photography Tour

Discover the southern side of the Lofoten Islands on this tour designed especially for budding or experienced photographers. After getting picked up from your hotel in Svolvær, head to the Atlantic side of the islands, where nature is in its purest and most untamed state. Visit the area of Flakstad and see its colorful rocks, seaside, and colorful farms. At Ramberg, discover a different side to the island, where surfers flock each year for the best waves.  During your tour, you will discover an area full of history, folklore, and traditions. Visit historical small fishing hamlets full of colors and surrounded by an enchanting landscape that makes these islands a paradise for photographers. Explore towns such as Reine, Nusfjord, Hamnøy with their traditional fishermen’s houses, wooden racks, fishing boats, and historical buildings. Learn more about the culture and traditions of the area from your local photographer guide who will also find the best photo opportunities and teach you how to get the most out of your camera.

From Svolvaer: 2-Day Lofoten Archipelago Photography Trip

9. From Svolvaer: 2-Day Lofoten Archipelago Photography Trip

2 -day photography and sightseeing allows the customer to visit the archipelago and have time to explore it from the northernmost to the southernmost point, crossing the wild of the Atlantic side with its powerful, untamed nature and incedibly stunning landscape together with the the traditional fishing village located on the Vestfjord side, the sheltered one. This tour is always accompanied by a professional photographer; he will drive you through the 5 major islands which compose the archipelago. We run this special photography tour in small groups, maximum 7 adults per group, to ensure an unique and customized experience without stress and rush: we want our customers to have all the time they need to breath the magic of the Lofoten archipelago, to walk, to enjoy and to take as many pictures as they want. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to join this tour. Our photography tour is suitable for everybody: professional photographers, photo lovers, neophytes and Arctic lovers. The Arctic lights and colors, and the natural contrasts of this amazing land make these islands a perfect place to take unique and unrepeatable pictures and enjoy unique panoramas. During the trip, we will search for the best light and best locations. The islands offer unique spots, breath-taking and majestic nature, unforgettable places, steep peaks which rise directly from the sea, white sand beaches and a sea so blue that it is hard to believe that you are in the Arctic. Apart from the main locations already mentioned, you will have the possibility of stopping wherever you wish. A customized experience through which you will get in touch with the whole archipelago.

Henningsvaer Cultural Tasting Cruise

10. Henningsvaer Cultural Tasting Cruise

Enjoy an evening cruise that takes you from Svolvær to the fishing village and art center of Henningsvær. Take in the majestic wall of the Lofoten mountains from panoramic decks and lounges, getting a new perspective in complete silence. On the way, if the weather allows we will launch the underwater drone, bringing you closer to the rich marine life that provides both Lofoten and the world with delicacies like sea urchins, kelps and crabs. On arrival in Henningsvær you can make a stop so you can visit one of the galleries or explore the picturesque fishing village on your own. As you board for the return cruise to Svolvær, enjoy an Arctic tapas tasting, with a modern approach to local and traditional foods. With the sun nearing the horizon, the light Arctic night will color the backdrop of craggy peaks, white sandy beaches, islands and skerries.

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What people are saying about Lofoten Islands

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 874 reviews

It was an amazing experience! Our captain was very nice,the boat was comfortable and we had a great weather. We so lots of sea eagles! And even spotted a few Dolphins on our way back to Svolvaer. We got a thermal suit,goggles and gloves that kept us nice and cozy. Over all it was great

Well organised trip with the guide, Maurizio, thinking of every detail. We knew it was not taken for granted to see the light, but we were lucky. What came as a bonus above my expectations, was that we were offered photos from the event to be sent by mail.

Excellent tour with Lawrence! The company provides all gear to keep you warm ms comfortable during the tour. The sea eagles were beautiful. Fun boat ride with incredible scenic views!

This was a great experience though the ride back through the rain and the chop was a bit rough.

Everything was great. Great guide, great equipment, great trip. Nothing to complain about