The Lofoten Islands Bike Tour
Seven nights; six days of cycling on quiet, paved coastal roads with options to hike and sea kayak. In June and July the sun never sets.
“Lodging was...amazing. Guides were the best... It will be hard to find another trip as perfect as this one - the bar has been set very high." - Mike and Joyce D.
Start: Pickup at Narvik/Harstad airport 18:00, day one. Norweigan and SAS offer daily flights from Oslo; they also operate from Bodø back to Oslo at the end of the tour. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Finish: Moskenes ferry terminal, 10:00, day eight. Please note that ferry departures vary; consult the summer ferry schedule for Moskenes to Bodø or contact us before booking your flight.
Start with a late afternoon pickup at the Narvik/Harstad airport for a transfer to your guesthouse in Harstad; home port of the oldest sailing schooner in the world, the Anna Rodge. Harstad will serve as the jumping off point for your adventure in the Lofoten Islands. Guests who arrive at Harstad early will have the opportunity to visit Trondenes Church; the world's northernmost surviving medieval building. Other activities for early arrivals include horseback riding, golf and hiking. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only).
Thon Hotel, or
Clarion Collections Hotel Arcticus; Harstad
Harstad to Sortland via Gullesfjorden 55km to 88km; 15 min ferry
Leaving Harstad you will begin your week of island hopping by riding from the island of Hinnøya to the island of Langøya via Gullesfjorden; a 35km long fjord that cuts deep into Hinnøya. A short ferry that runs every hour will help you with the first of many fjord crossings in the coming days. BLD
Vesterålen Sjøhus, Sortland
Sortland to Stokmarknes 64km
Following a recognized cycling route today, you will ride along the edge of Eidsfjorden. Large peaks dot the horizon to the north as you cycle through many small villages on your way to your lodging on the small island of Børøya. BLD
Vesterålen Kysthotell, or
Turistsenteret Hotel; Stokmarknes
Stokmarknes to Svolvær 76km; 25 min ferry
Leaving Børøya you will cross over to Hadseløya island and through the village of Stokmarknes. From here your ride will take you down the eastern coast of the island to the ferry terminal in Melbu where you will catch a 25 minute ferry across Hadselfjorden to the island of Austvågøya. Placid lakes reflect mountain scenes along this afternoons route into Svolvær. BLD
Anker Brygge, or
Scandic Svolvær; Svolvær
Svolvær to Henningsvær 22km plus options
A short ride this morning will take you to the fishing village of Henningsvær. Located on a small archipelago off of the southern coast of Austvågøy, the quaintness of this village is juxtaposed by a mountainous backdrop. This small community of winter fisheries thrived in the early 1800's and not much has changed to this day. Other options include kayaking, a 3 hr boat cruise to nearby Trollfjord, or simply relaxing at your inn. B
Henningsvær to Ballstad 56km with short van transfer
Begin today with a short van transfer to your starting point on Vestvågøya. From here continue along the southern coast of the island passing through many more villages and coves. Your ride will finish at your inn in Ballstad, a picturesque village that lies in the shadow of nearby Skottinden; a 700m peak that looms over head. BLD
Solsiden Brygge Rorbuer, or
Kræmmervika Havn; Ballstad
Ballstad to Reine via Nusfjord 41km plus Ferry
An 11am ferry takes you to neighboring village Nusfjord where you will start your ride to Reine; a village of 300 inhabitants situated near the southern tip of the Lofoten Archipelago. Reine is praised as the most beautiful fishing village in all of Norway and we are sure you will agree. A late afternoon or evening hike to a lofty perch atop Reinebringen is highly recommended. BLD
Sakrisøy Rorbuer, or
After breakfast at your inn you will be transferred by van to Moskenes ferry terminal where you can catch a 3hr ferry to Bodø. Norweigan and SAS offer daily flights from Bodø to Oslo. B
Note about the route:
22-85km/day (14-52mi.) on mainly paved extremely quiet coastal roads; some rolling hills and lots of level riding. The riding ease is often wind-dependent, but we endeavour to ride downwind in most cases. This is a remote area and happily not focussed on tourism. Dinners are predominantly seafood. Past guests have said that it is an ideal venue for cycling. Come prepared to enjoy anything.
North of the Arctic Circle, lying between the 68th and 69th parallel, the Lofoten Islands is the furthest north Freewheeling has ever adventured. What lies upon this archipelago of craggy, often snow-capped peaks jutting into the Norwegian Sea is one of the best kept secrets in the cycling world. Long fjords, narrow waterways, and picturesque fishing communities dot the landscape and make the beauty of these islands staggering.
With the aid of ferries, your ride will take you across all four of the main islands; Austvågøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy and Moskenesøy. Your route follows quiet, paved coastal roads that link one fishing village to the next, and although mountains loom overhead, the route is relatively flat. Despite being so far north, the warm currents of the Gulf Stream, prevailing tailwinds, and the long days of summer create an ideal climate for cycling. Accommodations each evening reflect the charm and humility of the Norwegian people, and are often in the form of a fisherman's cabin set on stilts at the end of a wharf.
We recommend catching a flight from Oslo to the Narvik/Harstad airport, where we will pick you up on day one and transfer you to your first inn and the starting point of your adventure. Harstad is a small town and a pleasant place to acclimatize following your travels; if you decide to arrive early, please ask for help securing lodging. At the end of your bike tour, you will want to arrange a flight from Bodø back to Oslo; both routes are operated by Norweigan and SAS.
Maps & Elevations
"We chose an extra day in Harstead and a day in Reine at the beginning and end... Excellent choice, but both our days were Sundays, and everything closes! We would do it again. We also stayed in Oslo. Walked through Vigeland Sculpture Park (easy train/trolley ride from airport hotel); Norwegian Folk Museum, and Oslo Opera House." - Mike & Joyce D.
Consider extending your Scandinavian adventure by joining one of Freewheeling's Iceland tours.
An extra day of activity in Reine at the end of your trip is recommended before catching the ferry to Bodø.
Norweigan and SAS offer daily flights from Oslo to Harstad/Narvik airport at the begining of your trip and flights from Bodø to Oslo at the end.
Pickup at Narvik/Harstad airport 18:00, day one. Norweigan and SAS offer daily flights from Oslo; they also operate from Bodø back to Oslo at the end of the tour. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Moskenes ferry terminal, 10:00, day eight. Please note that ferry departures vary; consult the summer ferry schedule for Moskenes to Bodø or contact us before booking your flight.
US 3895 C 4595(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners, van and guide support, maps and route notes, VAT)
US 3385 C 3995(per person, 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, maps and route notes, emergency on-call support, VAT)
US 845 C 995
US 250 C 295
US 420 C 495
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Custom or Private Tours
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Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
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We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.