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About the Lofoten Islands

A delightfully remote Arctic archipelago, the Lofoten Islands offer a vista of natural beauty spectacular even by Norways high standards. Yet it was as recently as 1984 that the first cruise ship called at any of its ports: Leknes, Svolvaer and Stamsund.

A latecomer to Norwegian cruising, the Lofoten Islands have quickly become popular because of their picturesque fishing villages, awesome views of pristine fjords and huge variety of birdlife. There are even some beautiful white sand beaches which are much appreciated in the islands remarkably mild, Gulf Stream-influenced climate.

Roads link five of the islands by bridge or tunnel so it is possible to see many of the best sights in one visit.  There is a fishing museum to reflect the life that continues to dominate the island as well as a fascinating Viking Museum inside Scandinavias largest reconstructed Viking Longhouse.

 

Shore excursions in Lofoten Islands

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Landscapes, Local Art and Ice Bar

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the dramatic and scenic beauty of the Lofoten Islands before enjoying a drink in the icy surroundings of a unique ice bar.

Embark on a scenic journey to the pretty fishing village of Henningsvær, one of the most picturesque in the Lofoten Islands. With its backdrop of mountain peaks and its unique light and beauty of the surrounding nature, artists have been drawn to these islands for years. A stop will be made at the local Lofoten House Gallery to watch ‘The Magical Island Realm’ slideshow, which captures Lofoten through all 4 spectacular seasons. The gallery also houses an interesting permanent collection which includes works by various painters and photographers.

Travelling on towards the historic town of Svolvær, you’ll see dramatic landscapes surrounded by the striking mountain peaks of Vågekallen. In Svolvær, you’ll visit the Magic Ice Bar and Gallery for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink. The unique bar has sculptures and installations made entirely of ice, which are cleverly lit and presented with sound, music and images that tell the story of nature, traditions and the life of the fishermen.

Return to the port via Vestvågøy Island, viewing the remarkable Lofoten mountain range, which forms a natural breakwater for the well-protected harbours of the eastern side.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The slideshow is located on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. The paintings are located on 1st floor and the photography is located on the 2nd floor (each with 12 steps). There are no lifts in the gallery and photography is not permitted. The Ice Bar is not suitable for passengers with medical problems that could be affected by the extreme cold. Warm coats and gloves will be provided. The Ice Bar is completely wheelchair accessible.

Lofoten Heritage Trail

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Gain a perspective on the countryside and way of life in the Lofoten Islands.

Drive along the Flakstad Bay to the small 18th century Flakstad Church, take a peek inside this charming red church before heading to the old fishing hamlet of Sund. Take a closer look at the works of the local craftsmen at the Sund Museum. The museum displays various objects, brought together with much thought and affection, including boats of various kinds, utensils from fishermen's homes, as well as boat engines (still in working order), all dating from the last century.

Nusfjord is one of the most idyllic and best-preserved fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands, and recently it has been turned into an Open-Air Museum. Here, you can observe the architecture of the picturesque wooden fishermen's dwellings, which today are popular holiday homes for tourists who come here to seek peace and quiet.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The itinerary includes an underwater tunnel.There are 4 steps to enter the church. There is a 60 yard walk along a steep gravel road to reach Nusfjord fishing village. Approximately 40 minutes is spend at Nusfjord.

Lofoten Panorama

Activity low

Duration: 2 hours

Discover the beauty of the Lofoten Islands on a leisurely drive through panoramic scenery and quaint fishing villages.

Ballstad is one of the largest and most modern fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands. Home to approximately 1,000 residents, you’ll make a photo stop here to enjoy the views.

As in many of Lofoten’s fishing villages, there are picturesque, traditional, small fishermen’s dwellings, which have been converted into holiday homes. Enjoy the scenic landscape and stop for a photo by Haukland Beach – looking a bit like a tropical island, but not the right temperature for a swim! It is a surprising sight: a white sandy beach in between the green hills and mountains.

Head towards Utakleiv, a small community facing the ocean, before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. The itinerary includes a tunnel. The majority of sightseeing is seen from the comfort of your coach with 3 photo stops along the way.

 

A selection of cruises to Lofoten Islands

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