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Lofoten Autumn Aurora Panorama and Fjords

Break available: Break Available: September – End October
Duration: 5 Days

This self-drive programme takes you to one of Norway’s most beautiful corners – the Majestic Lofoten islands at the time of year when the colours of autumn merge with the northern lights to create a truly exceptional experience.

We believe having the freedom to explore the islands in your own vehicle is the best way of discovering this the land of the Vikings which for over 1000 years was the economic pulse of Norway due to its fishing industry.

There is a 250km stretch of islands linked by tunnels and bridges which pass fertile farms flanked by majestic peaks soaring thousands of feet out of the crystal blue sea and sand beaches.

Your base is the unique and traditional Svinoya Rorbuer accommodation in Svolvaer, one of the most scenic locations in the area

Highlights

  • 4 nights in traditional fishing village houses in Svolvaer, one the most majestic locations in Lofoten
  • Self- drive or  exploration of the islands and the truly magnificent scenery
  • Seeing the northern lights in a time when the weather is very stable
  • Fjord Boat tour to see Trollfjord and Sea Eagles
  • Aurora Hunt
  • Northern Lights hunt with the ‘ Aurora Meastro’

Departure Airports

  • London Heathrow
  • London Gatwick
  • Oslo
  • Tromso
  • Manchester  (with recommended night in Harsted before driving to Lofoten due to arrival time)
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 
 

Day 1:
Fly to Harsted. Pick up Rental Car and drive to Svolvaer

Fly from London Heathrow or Oslo to Harsted airport , the entry point to the Lofoten islands. Pick up your hire car and drive to Svolvaer mid-way down the islands  (circa 2.5 hour drive). The drive is very scenic and you will no doubt be stopping to take pictures. The islands are connected by a range of tunnels and bridges some of which are many miles long.

Once you arrive at Svolvaer find your way over the bridge to the island which houses Svinoya your base for the next 4 nights. Svinoya is an amalgamation of traditional Rorbuer (fisherman) accommodation, which are all historic buildings protected by Norwegian Heritage. They provide an authentic and comfortable base for your northern lights holiday.

Enjoy Dinner in the very atmospheric log restaurant which has a front to the harbour. The food is excellent.

The rest of the evening at leisure to search for the northern lights from various vantage points on the island and then overnight in your traditional cabin.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2
See The Majestic Trollfjord on a sea eagle Rib boat safari

Today after breakfast explore one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords with high mountainsides rising directly from the sea. The Trollfjorden is a narrow arm of the Raftsundet that cuts nearly 3 km into the landscape and is less than 100 m wide as its narrowest point.

Lofoten has an exciting bird life, and the region is visited by several hundred bird species during the year. The archipelago is also the resting place for rarer species and birding enthusiasts can look forward to the diversity of species in the varied landscape. The largest species of them all is the majestic white-tailed sea eagle, with its  2.7 m wingspan. These are seen on every trip and occasionally Golden eagles are also found in the fjord.

Pack a picnic lunch which is included in your full board arrangement with the cabins.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the local area. Dinner and overnight at Svinoya. The auroras can be witnessed from your accommodation or you could do your own aurora hunt in your hire car

Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch and Dinner

Day 3
Self Drive Exploration of Lofoten's Changing Colours

Today explore the Lofoten islands under your own steam and be mesmerised by the beauty of the landscape and the colours of the trees as they show their final glory before the winter arrives.

We suggest heading south towards the intriguingly named ‘A’ which is at the southern tip of the Lofoten islands. You may not choose to go all the way down but two places of note to stop and see are the Viking Museum at Bostad, housed in a perfect reconstruction of the original long house found on the site that dates back to the 5th century. This is a living museum in a fabulous setting and well worth a visit.

If its a lovely day you may wish to have your picnic lunch on a beach and you have the most northerly surfing beach in the world at Unstad . Sit on the beautiful white sands and absorb the atmosphere flanked by mountains with a quaint wooden church in an area of outstanding beauty. Come snow or sunshine there always seems to be surfers on hand to provide some entertainment.

Drive Back to Svolvaer for relaxation before dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch and Dinner

Day 4
Self Exploration of Lofoten and a night with the Aurora Maestro

Today we would recommend heading north from Svolvaer on a circular route into the interior with a ferry ride between islands on the way back to Svinoya.

Tonight after dinner join the Aurora Maestro (Aurora Jäger) , Petter Tanke Jensen is a local man born and raised in Kabelvåg who spends his life hunting the northern lights and that’s the reason why he is so good at getting clients to see them!

Lofoten is made up by 8 or 9 different weather zones, which means local knowledge is invaluable. He knows where to go on the difficult nights to find open skies.

To give you some idea last season he was out every single night during the Aurora season from 15th August to 17th April and of the 240 nights he only had 11 nights with no aurora sightings.

This could be a long night as the Meastro knows how important seeing the lights are to you and wants to give you the best chances!

Overnight at Svinoya

Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch and Dinner

Day 5
Fly Home

After your last night of aurora hunting with the Aurora Jäger  take a leisurely start to the day before driving back to Harsted for your flight home which departs at 15.45

Meals included: Breakfast

Price: From £1395 per person ( London Gatwick)

What's Included?

  • Flights from the UK with one hold bag per person
  • 4 Night’s accommodation at Svinoya
  • All meals
  • Car hire for 4 days with insurance, unlimited mileage and Satnav
  • Sea Eagle and Trollfjord Rib Boat safari
  • A night Aurora Hunting with the Aurora Maestro

Departure Airports

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • Stockholm
  • Oslo

For clients wishing to travel from the USA, Australia and Asia we can advise of best options

If you have booked your own flights we can organise ground plans only

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Rorbuer svinoya Svolvaer Lofoten
Northern Lights above Svinoya Lofoten
Svinoya Rorbuer at Svolvaer Lofoten
Svinoya Rorbuer Lofoten

Svinøya Rorbuer

A 250 year old fishing settlement on an island in Svolvaer harbour has been converted into one of the most charming and authentic Rorbuer style accommodations. Grouped in batches around the island and with commanding views each ‘ fisherman’s cottage’ has been restored but keep their traditional wooden features. Recognised by the Norwegian cultural bureau as a place of national heritage it offers a uniquely Norwegian experience.

All 30 original, and the more recently-built rorbu cabins, are of high standard. Each cabin has one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen-cum-lounge, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet.

The main building that houses both reception and the atmospheric restaurant where all meals are taken is a short walk away. Breakfasts are hearty and Dinners based on local ingredients of fish and lamb.

Considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the authenticity of the rorbu cabins. The timber and time-honoured craftmanship have been preserved to convey the feeling of what a rorbu cabin was like in the old days, when the fishermen harvested the seas of Lofoten with the help of oar and sail.

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