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Lofoten Islands: Trollfjord Cruise By Silent Electric Ship

1. Lofoten Islands: Trollfjord Cruise By Silent Electric Ship

Departing from the Svolvær harbor in the morning, you’ll set out for Trollfjord, about an hour away. On the way you can take in the breathtaking views in comfortable, panoramic lounges and multi-level decks. Experience a unique perspective on the mysterious depths of this fjord with incredible underwater drone stream. What do you think hides beneath the surface? Spend some time in Trollfjord, exploring white-tailed eagles soaring against the backdrop of soaring mountains. The engaging crew will tell you about the wildlife, landscape and history of the resilient communities that live in this epic coastal landscape. Onboard there’s a selection of beverages and local foods for purchase.

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From Svolvaer: Searching for the Northern Lights

2. From Svolvaer: Searching for the Northern Lights

Witness nature’s most dramatic light show in a spectacular natural setting on this Northern Lights tour from Svolvær. Stop along the way at the village of Kabelvåg to warm up with hot drinks and cake at a typical Norwegian pub. During your safari, you will walk among silent forests, frozen lakes and old fishing hamlets. You will enjoy the best spots to admire the “Queen”, the Aurora Borealis. Depending on the solar activity, your guide will select the right place and point of observation for you. Your narrative guide will tell you about the myths and legends of the Northern lights and the impact they have had on the Scandinavian population. This tour is suitable for everybody.

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Henningsvaer Cultural Tasting Cruise

3. Henningsvaer Cultural Tasting Cruise

Enjoy an evening cruise that takes you from Svolvær to the fishing village and art center of Henningsvær. Take in the majestic wall of the Lofoten mountains from panoramic decks and lounges, getting a new perspective in complete silence. On the way, see the launch of an underwater drone, bringing you closer to the rich marine life that provides both Lofoten and the world with delicacies like sea urchins, kelps and crabs. On arrival in Henningsvær you can make a stop so you can visit one of the galleries or explore the picturesque fishing village on your own. As you board for the return cruise to Svolvær, enjoy an Arctic tapas dinner, with a modern approach to local and traditional foods. With the sun nearing the horizon, the light Arctic night will color the backdrop of craggy peaks, white sandy beaches, islands and skerries.

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Lofoten: Traditional Fishing Trip

4. Lofoten: Traditional Fishing Trip

Join the MS Symra for an authentic fishing experience in the Lofoten Islands. Depending on the season, you could catch anything from traditional skrei to mackerel, coalfish, haddock and coastal cod. Once onboard, enjoy a brief introduction to the fishing tools and equipment featured. There are 10 fishing stations onboard, so you will share with another guest. After having caught your fares, learn how to fillet the fish on board and feel free to take your catch home with you if you wish. During your trip, you will receive professional guidance from your crew and experience a taste of life in Lofotfisket through stories and anecdotes. No fishing experience is required for this activity.

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Svolvaer: Lofoten Islands 5-Hour Tour with Photographer

5. Svolvaer: Lofoten Islands 5-Hour Tour with Photographer

See the most spectacular locations that these islands offer, both natural, historical, and cultural. Sit on pure white beaches facing a crystal sea to admire imposing mountains and magnificent cliffs, where the waves of the North Sea break. Visit archaeological sites and learn the story of the Viking population and the origins of this land. Walk amongst the old Rorbu (fishermen’s houses) in the different, colorful villages of the islands. Take the chance to taste the various typical products of these islands in some characteristic local restaurants. Explore the area's unspoilt nature, the most genuine and extraordinary part of this beautiful archipelago. Drive through Gimsøy Island and its amazing white sandy beaches, lakes, mountains, landscape and historical wooden church. Continue to Bøstad and stop to marvel at the panoramic view. Move on to the Vestfjord side for the chance to visit Henningsvær, the Venice of the north and Kabelvåg. In these old fishing villages, breath in the history and atmosphere of the ancient times, as fishermen used to gather here to participate in the cod fishing season. More and more famous photographers and artists gather up here each year to catch the beauty of these islands. The magnificent northern lights have inspired and continue to inspire artists from all over the world. Search for the best spots and learn you how to use your camera to capture the beautiful sights.

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From Svolvær: Southern Lofoten Islands Photography Tour

6. From Svolvær: Southern Lofoten Islands Photography Tour

Discover the southern side of the Lofoten Islands on this tour designed especially for budding or experienced photographers. After getting picked up from your hotel in Svolvær, head to the Atlantic side of the islands, where nature is in its purest and most untamed state. Visit the area of Flakstad and see its colorful rocks, seaside, and colorful farms. At Ramberg, discover a different side to the island, where surfers flock each year for the best waves.  During your tour, you will discover an area full of history, folklore, and traditions. Visit historical small fishing hamlets full of colors and surrounded by an enchanting landscape that makes these islands a paradise for photographers. Explore towns such as Reine, Nusfjord, Hamnøy with their traditional fishermen’s houses, wooden racks, fishing boats, and historical buildings. Learn more about the culture and traditions of the area from your local photographer guide who will also find the best photo opportunities and teach you how to get the most out of your camera.

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Lofoten: 2-to-3-Hour Snowshoe Tour

7. Lofoten: 2-to-3-Hour Snowshoe Tour

Just a few kilometers from Svolvær, experience the untouched beauty of the Norwegian wilderness via a snowshoe tour. After convenient pickup from your accommodation in Svolvær or Kabelvåg, head to the vast forests, frozen lakes, and wide, snowy plateaus that make the region a portrait of Arctic beauty. The 3-hour experience is possible for almost anyone, with your local snowshoe guide providing tips and tricks for those uninitiated to snowshoeing. After a tour of the stark and beautiful wilderness, complete with historical details and information about the unique ecosystem, enjoy a hot beverage to warm up—the perfect way to cap off your Arctic adventure.

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Svolvaer: Lofoten Islands 5-Hour Tour with Photographer

8. Svolvaer: Lofoten Islands 5-Hour Tour with Photographer

On this 5-hour excursion, discover the Lofoten archipelago with a professional guide in comfortable transportation. You'll not only visit some of the characteristic fishing villages which have made these islands famous, but you'll also visit areas of unspoiled nature, the most extraordinary parts of this beautiful set of islands. First, you'll drive through the Gimsøy island and take in its amazing white sandy beaches, lakes, mountains, landscapes, and its historical wooden church. Then, continue on to Bøstad where you'll stop at a panoramic viewpoint. The tour continues to the Vestfjord side where you have the chance to visit Henningsvær, the Venice of the North, as well as Kabelvåg. Both are fishing villages where you can breathe in the history and atmosphere of ancient times when fishermen used to gather here to participate in the cod fishing season. Don't miss out on this opportunity to see the best that these islands can offer.

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From Svolvær: Midnight Sun Photography Tour

9. From Svolvær: Midnight Sun Photography Tour

Try your hand at nocturnal photography in the Arctic region of Norway and admire the golden light at midnight. Take unforgettable pictures with a photographer/guide at your disposal who will drive you to the perfect spots throughout the Lofoten Archipelago so you can capture the stunning Arctic scenery the unique midnight summer colors. Travel to the Atlantic side of the Lofoten Islands, the wildest, most untamed part of the coastline where the sun shines throughout the night. The white nights are a special phenomenon that can be observed at this latitude from May until the end of July. If you don't have a camera, let your guide shoot for you. You don't have to be a professional photographer, just a real lover of untamed nature. Your guide will send you the memorable shots they snap by email at no additional cost.

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What people are saying about Svolvær

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Worth every penny. We were lucky and had fantastic weather. The staff is super friendly and explains everything you need to know. There are blankets and lambskins on the boat to keep you warm outside - but inside you almost feel like you are outside through the large panes. We were able to see and photograph many many eagles. It was the highlight of my trip in Lofoten :)

Wonderful trip to the Trollfjord on a modern vessel. We enjoyed amazing views on the mountains and the fjord. We had a little stop and watched a live stream from an underwater drone, the crew was super friendly, ready to help and to provide information. An absolute recommendation.

it was fun! Eric was a good guide, lovely energy. Altough tge weather was not the best he manage to get the best of the nigth and the experience. super recomended

Great experience, great guide! Despite language difficulties on our part, we had a lot of fun on this tour! We actually caught fish !!!

A nice and friendly tour guide. He gave us ample time to take pictures grab lunch and show some scenic viewpoints.