LOFOTEN ARCTIC 4X4 OUTDOOR EXPEDITION (MAY)
If you like to hike and snowshoe and visit remote places where hardly ever people go, then this Lofoten Islands expedition is the right choice for you. We will visit nature areas with superb surroundings like dramatic mountains, waterfalls, snug fjords, forests and remote beaches. If you like to see the islands from a different perspective we also bring our kayaks for some awesome paddling in the fjords (option). We explore with a 4x4 land rover defender and stay overnight in mountain cabins, cottages en tipi tent (option). Great meals, hanging out will locals and more. Superb expedition for photographers. You can join a similar expedition also in other months. Costs are 1375 Euro (9 days).
This is a very adventurous road trip in which we explore nature and visit scenic areas. We will hike up some snow capped mountains during this expedition. A road trip expedition is a great way of travelling and enjoying wild nature.
FACTS, DATES, COSTS AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Here are the facts of this expedition. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or if you want to discuss your plans. Check also our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for answers on general questions.
Dates and booking information
14 May 2019 - 22 May 2019 (9 days)
Expedition name: LOFOTEN 4X4 OUTDOOR EXPEDITION MAY
Booking code: DUTCH05D
This expedition is also organised in other months. Snow conditions are the best in the period November to April. Northern lights are visible in the period September to April. The period of the midnight sun is from the end of May until the end of July. The polar night is from the beginning of December until the beginning of January. Choose a month and check the details.
The costs of joining this expedition is 1375 Euro.
Flights and transfers are not included. Costs of overnight stays in mountain cabins, traditional fisherman cabins (rørbua) are shared among participants and staff (estimated approximately 30-35 Euro per night per person). Daily expenses like food, drinks, diesel, ferries are shared among the participants and the staff. See the FAQ for more details.
LOCATION and how to get there
This expedition starts in Bodo in the north of Norway. You fly on Bodo (usually with a stop and a change of flight at Oslo). Bodo is a small and convenient airport and you can walk to the city center or take a bus. At the end of the expedition, you take a catamaran ferry from Svolvaer to Bodo. This takes 3,5 hours and you will sail through some great fjords. In the week before the start of this expedition, you will receive detailed information about transfers and other useful things.
Travelling through Norway by train
Another option to get from Oslo to Bodo is to enjoy a 17 hours train ride. We advise an overnight stay in Trondheim and break the trip into two parts. So, you can travel both parts in the daytime and enjoy the scenery. Check nsb.no for more information about traveling by train. The so-called minipris ticket can be an economical way to travel (only online available and you have to buy it well in advance).
Take your time
We recommend that you arrive 1 day before the start of this expedition in Bodo and take some time to acclimatize and get rid of travel and work stress. We can give you suggestions for (budget) hostels or hotels in Bodo if you like.
LEVEL AND SKILLS
Easy to moderate, but can be a bit tougher when we got heavy snow, wind or rain. You need good and warm outdoor clothing,. The hikes will be 1,5 to 4 hours. There will not always be trails, so this can make it a bit tougher, but also fun.
We teach you the basics of snowshoeing or hiking if that's new for you.
We will stay in traditional fisherman's houses, (mountain) cabins and in a tipi tent with a wood stove (option). We cook our own meals and like to work with local products like dried fish and our own catch. If weather permits we also cook outside on a fire or make our own flatbread.
In the evenings you have time to relax, go out for a stroll, read a book and of course, we will check frequently if the northern lights are visible and go out for an evening trip.
Number of participants: Max 4
We like to have an international team for this expedition. Minimum age is 18 years.
Great hiking and outdoor expedition for people that like to explore remote nature areas that are not often visited on the Lofoten islands. We will hike through a variety of landscapes. Superb beaches, impressive fjords, dramatic mountains and coastal trails are main ingredients of this expeditions.
There are no northern lights in this time of year, but in the end of May the midnight sun arrives and we won't have darkness until August.
If (mountain) hiking and snowshoeing is new for you, then we will teach you everything you need to know.
This expedition takes place in areas that are off-the-beaten-track.
Great expedition if you are interested in photography.
gear and preparations
This expedition is organized north of the Arctic Circle. So, you need warm clothing, good shoes and outdoor gear like sleeping bags and more. You receive a detailed packing list after you made your booking. This packing list tells you about the things you need to have and also gives you a lot of practical information. In case you do not have all the gear or if you do not want to invest, you can rent gear from us, like backpacks, sleeping mattresses, snowshoes and more.
THE ROUGH SKETCH OF THE LOFOTEN 4X4 OUTDOOR EXPEDITION
The Lofoten Islands are world famous, but often also filled up with tourists and that might be a reason you like to skip this area. We have an alternative! We organise in Spring this outdoor expedition to rare visited places on the Lofoten Islands. We take you to breathtaking Arctic scenery with snow capped mountains and outstanding views. We leave literally the paved roads and explore with our 4x4 land rover defender remote areas with jagged mountains, empty beaches, snug fjords and valleys with pine and birch forests. Every day we travel to different areas and the drives are never too long. We explore on foot or snowshoes (depending on the conditions). We stay overnight in small mountain cabins, fisherman cottages and tents (option). We invite you to do some paddling with us. We know some great spots to explore with our kayaks.
If we have fair weather you will experience impressive sunrises and sunsets So, there is a lot to shoot if photography is your thing.
THE ROADS LESS TRAVELLED ON THE LOFOTEN
Our road trip starts in Bodo on the mainland. After crossing the broad Vestfjord from Bodo with the ferry, we will arrive in the village of Moskenes and travel slowly in a north-easterly direction. So from the small village of Å to the lively town Svolvær where this expedition ends. If we are determined, we can do a detour to explore the Moysalen National Park, but this depends on road conditions, weather and time. Although the main road is absolute scenic, we aim for the small roads that lead to remote areas that we like to explore during this expedition. In May spring will arrive, but we never know when. So we can have icy roads or maybe no snow at all on sealevel.
The actual weather has a significant impact on our day-to-day plans. So you need to be able to handle fast-changing scenarios and understand that we cannot look far ahead. Besides forecasts and road conditions, we plan activities and routes based on the interests of all participants.
Adventurous hikes, mountain trips and snowshoeing
We have some great trails in mind for hiking. Some are between mountains, and others are along the rugged coastline of the Lofoten Islands. In case we have deep snow on sea level we will use snowshoes during the hikes. It is also possible that we use snowshoes higher up in the mountains in this time of year. We teach you the basics if snowshoeing is new to you.
If you like to do some kayaking along the coast of the Lofoten, we take some kayaks with us. Let us know when you make the reservation and we start packing. We organise a short beginners course during this expedition if you are new beginner in kayaking.
Curious? HERE ARE More details....
Here are some more details about the route we plan to travel and the areas we plan to visit for some hikes or snowshoeing.
about The route of this roadtrip
This expedition will start in Bodo (on the mainland) and we will take the car ferry to the Lofoten islands and start our trip in the village Moskenes. This expedition ends in the lively village of Svolvaer and a catamaran ferry will take you back to Bodo in a 3-hour awesome boat trip over the wide Vestfjord and between Hamaroya and Steigen.
The Lofoten Islands are connected with bridges and tunnels and there is one main road that leads from the village A (on the island Moskenes) to Svolvaer (on the island Austvagoy). This road (E10) is about 130 km long and leads through very mountainous and scenic areas. It is also full of bends and can be quite slippery in this time of year, but with our studded tires (spikes) we will manage. During this trip we will explore nature areas along this road. So we take the small and sometimes dirty roads that takes us to wild places, frozen lakes, mountains and beaches.
areas where we plan to do hiking
We have some great trails in mountainous areas in mind near the village of Å (Ågvatnet), Sagfjorden (Moskenesøya), Vigjorden (Vestvågøya), Kalle (Austvågøya), Laukvika (Austvågøya) and many more.
Staying overnight in great surroundings
After a day of exploring we will search for a place to spend the night. Usually, we end up in a charming cabin in wild surroundings or a cosy fishermen's cottage in a small village. If you like to be closer to nature during the night, we can pitch our tipi tent (optional). We think that next to exploring the Norwegian wilderness, an essential part of an expedition is to connect with locals. Life in the North is unique and we know the area and the locals good. So, you will learn a lot about local history, culture and life in the Arctic. In the evening we like to cook healthy simple meals, including our version of traditional Norwegian dishes.
We love cooking in the outdoors. So, prepare for cosy evening around a fire on a beach or close to a cabin.
Map of the area
Here is a map of the area in which this expedition takes place. Take a look and you get an idea of the natural environment, distances and possibilities.
Background information about the Lofoten Islands
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nature of the lofoten islands
So, here is some information about the area that we explore during this expedition. The Lofoten Islands cover an area of 1225 km2 and have a variety of landscapes and terrain.
The coastline is exposed to the weather systems of the Atlantic Ocean and characterized by steep jagged mountains that reach sea level. Along the coast of the islands, you will find sandy beaches and deep fjords. The water is crystal clear and is full of life, cod and pollock are among them. There is also a lot of history and remains of older times (Viking age). There are interesting fjords to explore and just a short hike up a hill will give you a breathtaking view over the wide Vestfjord with the mainland in the background. There are a lot of fishing villages along the coast and they are a main attraction for the summer tourists. The islands of the Lofoten archipelago are connected with bridges and tunnels. It is an enjoyable and scenic road trip to travel from the village Å to Svolvær. We will leave the main road frequently to travel to areas and explore places that are off-the-beaten-track.
The Mountains of the Lofoten
The mountains are steep, but there are trails that also can be done in wintertime (we take crampons and snowshoes with us). The views are magnificent and there are cozy cabins in the mountains and also in the lower areas that we can use for staying overnight. Many lakes freeze in the winter and offer possibilities for ice fishing.
The valleys and forests
The valleys on the Lofoten Islands offer great opportunities for treks or snowshoeing on sea level. If the temperatures are above zero the lower areas can be quite wet and swampy with small streams to cross. So hiking is quite adventurous out here. There are a lot of waterfalls and some of them will be frozen in the winter. Encounters with foxes, otter or moose are quite common. Because of the wild climate here the pine forests are not large, but we know some great places to have a stroll and enjoy the smell of pine trees. If we find a nice spot we can pinch our tipi tents (optional) somewhere in the wild.
Nature reserves and national park
In the north of the Lofoten (on the border with the Vesterålen) we find the Møysalen National Park. A very interesting park to visit, but we don't know yet if we can reach it (depending on weather and road conditions).
midnight sun (NO Northern lights)
There are no northern lights in this period. We have the midnight sun with endless days and 24/24 hours daylight in the end of the month.
facts about the WEATHER AND CLIMATE here
The temperatures in this period are from 0 - 20 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperatures are around minus 5, but that is rare.
Weather changes quickly in the Arctic, so we have to be prepared for all kinds of weather. Because our plans are depending on weather conditions we make daily plans for our activities. So you need a flexible mindset and expect that the plans we make can change due to weather or road conditions.
wildlife in the area
If we are lucky we can observe quite some wildlife. Near the sea we can spot seals and otter. In remote areas we can spot moose, foxes, hare and grouse. There are of course a variety of birds to observe, including sea eagles with a wing span up to 2,5 meters!