LOFOTEN ARCTIC OUTDOOR ROAD TRIP (january)
If you like hiking, climbing peaks, snowshoeing and visiting remote places where hardly ever people go, then this Lofoten Islands Road Trip 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 then we will also bring our kayaks (optional) for some awesome paddling in the fjords (option). We explore with a 4x4 land rover defender and stay overnight in expedition tents en tipi tent. If that is too adventurous for you, you can upgrade to cabins and cozy fisherman cabins. Superb trip for photographers. You can join this trip also in other months. Costs are 1375 Euro (9 days).
This is a awesome road trip in which we explore nature and visit scenic areas on the Lofoten Islands. We will hike up some snow capped mountains, snowshoe scenic valleys and walk great trails to wild and remote beaches. Travel like an explorer!
A video impression of one of our guests
Alisha Bube (USA), a guest of us, composed this video of her trip with Dutchexplorers.com. The movie was shot in March/April. We think it will give you a good impression of this amazing road trip to the Lofoten islands. Enjoy the views!
To discover the real identity and beauty of the Lofoten Islands it is necessary to leave the paved roads, avoid the tourist traps and get in touch with nature and scenery. We will take you there!
FACTS, DATES, COSTS AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Here are the facts of this outdoor road trip. 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
6 January 2020- 14 January 2020 (9 days)
Name: LOFOTEN 4X4 OUTDOOR ROAD TRIP
Booking code: DUTCH01C
This road trip 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 road trip is 1375 Euro.
Flights and transfers are not included. Daily expenses like food, drinks, diesel, ferries are shared among the participants and the staff. See the FAQ for more details.
We stay overnight in tents and in tipi tents with wood stove.
If you like to upgrade and stay overnight in mountain cabins and traditional fisherman cabins (rørbua) the extra costs are around 35/45 Euro per night per person. We share these rental costs among the participants and the staff. Most people choose for a mix of staying overnight in tents and cabins.
LOCATION and how to get there
This road trip 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 cruise through some great fjords. In the week before the start of this road trip, 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 www.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 road trip in Bodo and take some time to acclimatise 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, kayaking or hiking if that's new for you.
We will stay overnight in expedition tents or a tipi tent with a wood stove. We cook our own meals and like to work with local products like dried fish and other ingredients.
If you like to upgrade and stay overnight in mountain cabins and traditional fisherman cabins (rørbua) the extra costs are around 35/45 Euro per night per person. We share these rental costs among the participants and the staff.
Also a mix of tents and cabins is possible (an option that many of our guests choose).
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 road trip. Minimum age is 18 years. If you like to travel with a family contact us and we make a plan.
Great hiking and outdoor trip 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 road trip.
If (mountain) hiking and snowshoeing is new for you, then we will teach you everything you need to know.
Great trip if you are interested in photography.
Kayaking is an option with no extra costs (you can rent a suit from us if you do not have one). A short kayak course is included.
gear and preparations
This road trip 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, dry-suits for kayaking and more.
THE ROUGH SKETCH OF THE LOFOTEN 4X4 OUTDOOR ROAD TRIP
Our road trip starts in Bodo on the mainland. After crossing the wide 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 journey of 9 days ends. Although the main road is absolute scenic, we aim for the small roads that leads to remote areas. If we are determined, we can do a detour to explore the Moysalen National Park (on the border of the Lofoten and the Vesteralen), but this depends on road conditions, weather and time. Every day we travel to different areas and the drives are never too long. We explore on foot or snowshoes (depending on the amount of snow on sea level).
If we have fair weather you will experience impressive sunrises and sunsets So, there is a lot to shoot if photography is your thing. In the evening we hope for clear skies and good conditions for observing the northern lights.
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.
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. So no worries about that!
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 place or in wild surroundings We sleep in tents or you can choose to upgrade to a cosy fishermen's cottage in a small village or a cabin in the wild. Most of our guest choose for a mix of (expedition and tipi) tents and cabins 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 meet people and 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.
ICE FISHING On THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
Ice fishing is a superb adventure and it is a great way to connect to nature. Drilling a hole in the ice of 50 cm or more is hard work, but after that you can relax and taste the adventure of catching your own meal. Success is not guaranteed and you need to be patient and determined. But in awesome surroundings it is just a pleasure. Watch our movie and get the idea...
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).
In the evening and at nighttime the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, may be visible. We need enough solar activity, no clouds (that's an important thing because it blocks the view) and it is necessary that we frequently check outdoor. It appears at certain times in the evening or at nighttime, but we never know when. Sometimes it lasts for 10 minutes on other times it goes on for hours. Also, the strength might vary every day.
If you are serious about taking pictures then an important accessory is a tripod. So don't forget (it is on the packing list that you receive from us).
We can use our 4x4 Land Rover to go to great spots to watch the northern lights or do a hike on a hill to get a good view.
facts about the WEATHER AND CLIMATE here
The temperatures in this period are between -10 and 10 degrees Celsius probably.
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 and 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!