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1. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member, 301 posts) 8 Feb '14 07:05

Hi, I'm looking for advice from someone who's been around the Lofoten Islands in Norway.

We've a day there as part of a cruise, in Leknes from 9am till 6pm. Thinking of hiring a car to explore, and wondering what to try and see. But I can't find a lot of information out there.

I think it would take about an hour to drive down to Å. Is the fishing village museum recommended? Also looking for short hikes for good scenery.

What should we try to see?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4394 posts) 8 Feb '14 07:18

What I remember from my visit to the Lofoten back in 2007 (besides how gorgeous all the steep mountain tops were) was disappointment at not finding any hiking trails while there. (They might exist, but if so, they're seriously well hidden.) The steep cliff faces make the mountains effectively impassable, which probably is the main reason for the lack of hiking trails - although we did just walk up some lower slopes from the side of the road somewhere in order to do at least some hiking (and get an overview of the pretty town at the base). More general, I thought there was very little tourist/recreational infrastructure.

The individual towns were the main attraction for me; they create such contrast with the gorgeous scenery - it's really all around. I don't recall any museum in Å, but do think the drive down there (with stops at any and all villages) is worth it for getting an overview of the charms of the islands.

3. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru, 340 posts) 8 Feb '14 08:14

Quoting Andyf

Hi, I'm looking for advice from someone who's been around the Lofoten Islands in Norway.

We've a day there as part of a cruise, in Leknes from 9am till 6pm. Thinking of hiring a car to explore, and wondering what to try and see. But I can't find a lot of information out there.

I think it would take about an hour to drive down to Å. Is the fishing village museum recommended? Also looking for short hikes for good scenery.

What should we try to see?

Hi, I will be on a cruise starting June 6 that stops there too.

I posted this on Cruise Critics roll calls & did not come up with much.

scroll down to entry 130

I eventually opted for the ships tour to Flakstad Church, Sund & Nusfjord as it looks like a nice ride

Steve

4. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member, 301 posts) 8 Feb '14 10:07

Thanks guys.

I've found this hike on the way down there, which my gang may be up for:

1. Reinebringen (from Reine; short but challenging)
This viewpoint is one the biggest on all the Islands—a steep scramble to an epic panorama of Reinefjorden and the improbable Lofoten Wall. Reinebringen is only 448 meters high but the hike is essentially straight up, sometimes slippery, and challenging overall (2–3 hours round trip; leave plenty of time to enjoy the views at the top). From the parking area just outside of town toward the village of Å, the E10 passes through a tunnel (Ramsvikstunnelen). The hiking trail can be found on the other side of the tunnel where the paved footpath connects back to the road.

That was from a site called switchback travel, and had a good link to a Norwegian mapping site with terrain overlays. Google maps doesn't appear to have coverage there!

Any lunch stop recommendations? Most places in Norway I need to speak to the mortgage advisor if I want to eat there. :-)

5. Posted by staaleand (Full Member, 23 posts) 9 Feb '14 12:20

Hi.
You could try the website

http://ut.no/kart

The website is in Norwegian, but you can click on the map to get tips about hikes.

I Guess Google translate might come in useful, as I can not Write a Complete Norwegian Dictionary here,
but Topptur is summit hike
Utkikkstur is Scenic hike
familietur is, of course, an easy hike suitable for families.
I am Norwegian, even from Northern Norway, but I do not know the Lofoten area very well, but feel free to ask if you have a more specific question.

Have a Nice trip!

6. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member, 301 posts) 9 Feb '14 15:38

Thanks for that, staaleand. Very useful - as well as Lofoten I'm researching various other places for the same trip. Torghatten. Spitsbergen. Geiranger. Etc. That site will be very helpful.

I studied Norwegian about 15 years ago so I can still cope with some basics - and as you say Google translate the rest!

Mange tak :-)

7. Posted by louisjanus (Budding Member, 2 posts) 7 Jul '14 09:04

I just got home from few days on the Lofotens, staying at the Rorbuer at Henningsvær (highly recommended). My brother and sister-in-law were with us. They are very active hikers. I suggest buying a good map of the islands and asking at one of the tourist bureaus in Leknes or Svolvær. The trails are not so well marked (as ones in southern Norway), but with some good sniffing around, you can find good paths.

Louis Janus

8. Posted by WernerXtra (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 4 Aug '14 06:41

I just came back from the Lofoten and I didn't have the same experience as Sander. We did a lot of hiking when we were there. We used a website called -snip- the most finding our hikes in the Lofoten. The villages are pretty nice to visit but I think the main attraction is hiking in the mountains.;)

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

9. Posted by louisjanus (Budding Member, 2 posts) 4 Aug '14 06:52

we really like the viking village (a reconstruction of a chieftan's home) at Lofotr. Well done exhibits. I expected to be underwhelmed but really it as good.