Begin the self-drive journey in Bodø, the gateway to the Lofoten Islands and explore this beautiful Arctic landscape, a combination of deep fjords, sky-high mountains, an array of sea birds and stretched coastlines. Spend two nights in a rorbu, one of the Lofoten Island's distinctive red-painted cabins in a picturesque colourful fishing village, on the shores of Nusfjord before visiting the Lofotr Viking Museum near Borg and concluding your journey in the harbour town of Svolvær.
Day 1: Bodo
Fly to Bodo via Oslo, and check in to the Scandic Havet – the finest hotel in Bodo. As northern Norway's tallest building, its elegant rooms and sky-bar offer dramatic views over the coast. Depending on your time of arrival, venture into Bodo for an excursion to Saltsraumen, the world's strongest maelstrom (whirlpool), or perhaps a visit to the Norwegian Aviation Museum. If you would rather relax, take a visit to the beautiful steam sauna in the hotel, before enjoying a dinner of soup, salad, a warm dish and dessert.
Days 2-3: Nusfjord
After the generous breakfast buffet, fly to Leknes in the Lofoten Islands and collect your hire car. Drive to Nusfjord, the oldest and best-preserved fishing village in Norway. Check in at Nusfjord Rorbuer for two nights, a collection of traditional red-painted fishermen's cabins locate at the edge of the fjord. The following day can be spent as you wish; rowboats come with the price of the room, allowing you to take to the water by yourself. If you're looking to explore the surrounding mountains, hiking, climbing and mountain biking are all popular activities.
Days 4-5: Henningsvær
After breakfast, drive to the charming fishing village Henningsvaer, via the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg, and observe a reconstruction of the largest Viking-era building ever found in Europe. Upon your arrival in Henningsvaer, check in for two nights at the Henningsvaer Bryggehotell. Perched on a pier that commands outstanding views up the fjord, try to request room 223 if you can – it has unobstructed views straight up the fjord towards the setting sun.
Days 6-7: Svolvær
On your fifth day, drive to the harbour town of Svolvaer, located in Lofoten Islands's capital, check in to a rorbu – a traditional fisherman's cabin – at Svinoya Rorbuer and admire the fjord and mountain views from your room. The following day is to be spent as you wish – we recommend taking a boat trip in search of sea eagles, northern Europe's largest birds of prey.
Day 8: Departure
Return your hire car and fly back to the UK from Svolvær, via Bodø and Oslo.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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