Day 1 - 1 Mar 2019
Content: We arrived in the early evening to Harstad airport from Oslo and took a bus to Harstad. We choose Harstad as the starting point of our Lofoten exploration because of cheaper car rental prices comparing to the airport, and secondly, at the end of our Lofoten trip, We were heading to Tromso by Hurtigruten cruise ship from Harstad.
Content: Great hotel. Good location. Modern rooms and a excellent breakfast. The restaurant is also great and convenient if you don’t feel like venturing out in the evening. Large menu with a lot of variety. Would highly recommend this hotel.
Content: Very good service and good food. We had a great time and enjoyed halibut and baccalao. Can only be recommended when you are in Harstad and want a good dining experience.
Day 2 - 2 Mar 2019
Content: After breakfast, we picked up our car from Hertz car rental. Our Volvo V90 D5 Cross Country was our best mechanic travel mate we ever have had. So our road trip officially started.
Content: Harstad is located on Hinnøya Island, which is not a part of Lofoten, so first we had to drive about 120 kilometres across Hinnøya island to get by Raftsund Bridge to the first Lofoten island Austvågøya. Make sure that on your way to the biggest town of Lofoten, Svolvær you make a stop at Austnesfjorden rest area south of Sildpollen, and stroll its wooden walkway. It offers fantastic views of the stunning mountains and the Sildpollneset chapel.
Day 2 - 2 Mar 2019
Content: It was our first stay at rorbuer in Svolvær, namely, Lofoten Rorbuer hotel with nice views and a chance to explore what rorbuer actually is. Small rooms along the corridor where fishermen stayed in the early days often come without an ensuite bathroom and with a big common dining room with cooking facilities, which is very convenient, taking into account the food prices in local restaurants.
Content: A friendly place to dine. Creamy pasta was delicious. Large Pizza was huge, also great that it’s not burnt. Kebabs has generous portions.
Day 3 - 3 Mar 2019
Content: We wanted to take a hike near Henningsvær, for the coolest views from Festvågtind, one of Lofoten's most scenic peaks. We were not very successful. First, it was not easy to even find the starting point of the hike.
Content: Then we continued our way to the Henningsvær village. That village, built on several tiny islands, is one of Lofoten’s best-known places. We think the village is a must-do on any Lofoten trip. It’s home to a couple of art galleries and stunning waterside views from pretty much every spot.
Content: Our next stop was Nusfjord. Nusfjord is often regarded as one of the oldest and best preserved fishing villages in Norway and is situated about 6 kilometres from the E10 road. For more than 2000 years, Nusfjord was home to up to 1500 fishermen. Many of the old buildings related to the fishing industry have been renovated and taken care of, and today the fish oil factory, old smokey, blacksmith, boathouses and other buildings allow you to make a short historical tour and have a glimpse of the old Lofoten life.
Day 3 - 3 Mar 2019
Content: The distance between Henningsvær and Reine is 112.2 km took us almost 2.5 hours to reach Reine.
Day 3 - 3 Mar 2019
Content: It is like staying in a open air museum; the cabins you stay in are reconstructed old fisherman’s cottages. The cabins are spacious, comfortable and are decorated in such a way that you can relive the atmosphere of the old days.
Content: Nice pub style restaurant with quite big terrace. Food was good and price level little but high even in Norway.
Day 4 - 4 Mar 2019
Content: Our main goal for the day was to make a Reinebringen climb. The weather was sunny, so we were able to fulfill our plans. It is arguably the most popular hike in the Lofoten Islands. A short but steep trail leads up the mountain to a ridge high above the Reine village.
Content: After the climb, we decided to drive some eight kilometres more towards the end of E10 road, to the village of Å. Å, surprisingly or not, is the last letter of the Norwegian alphabet. The small village serves a dual purpose, also being a fishing village museum. The museum's purpose is to preserve the look of the old fishing village. The old boathouse has been converted to keep the museum’s exhibits, but the real exhibition is the village itself.
Content: Beautiful beach, but not the biggest one. There are not so many people like in Flakstad beach. So you can take pictures of the landscape. Nice tour if you start your walk from the tourist info.
Content: Such a great place! The owners and staff are very friendly and accommodating. Very cozy, clean, and inviting. Delicious food &, beverage. We especially enjoyed the peanut butter cake which helped me get through a long hike that day.
Day 5 - 5 Mar 2019
Content: We learned of this place from watching a short documented film in the Banf film festival a few years ago and dreamed of hiking in to find the driftwood bothy that the two young Norwegian surfers built there. It did not disappoint, the whole of Lofoten is pretty special but this is a place of dreams and inspiration. Take care on the path down as it's super slippery and awkward after rain.
Content: Beautiful place to spend time with family. It's also possibility to hike on the mountains around. Amazing sunsets during autumn, and midnight sun in summertime. Big parking place on the side. On the way to this beach you passing cafe shop. Silent and wind- everything what you need.
Content: The hike starts off with a short but beautiful walk through tall wildflowers. The trail takes a turn to the right and then we climbed the stile to cross over the fence. After a little more hiking, we begin the first climb of the day. At the start of this climb, the trail from the Peat Museum joins the main trail. Once at the top of Ryten, enjoy the spectacular views across the Lofoten Islands. From here, you can see Kvalvika Beach, the Fredvang Bridges, and out across the mountains of the Lofoten Islands.
Day 6 - 6 Mar 2019
Content: Unfortunately, the rain was pouring all day long and we just drove back to Harstad, cancelling our plans for a few nice stops on the way. Anyway, we can say we were quite lucky in terms of the weather because it was the only day like that on our short trip. As you can understand, this kind of trip is heavily dependent on weather, so we would suggest planning one extra day just in case of such kind of travel. The total driving distance in a day was about 250 kilometres.