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Lofoten Islands Autumn Aurora Self Drive

Break Available: Break Available: Sept – End Oct
4 Night Break

Price: From £1395 per person (London Gatwick)

This self-drive programme takes you to one of Norway’s most beautiful corners – the Majestic Lofoten islands at the time of year when the colours of autumn merge with the northern lights to create a truly exceptional experience.

We believe having the freedom to explore the islands in your own vehicle is the best way of discovering the land of the Vikings which for over 1000 years was the economic pulse of Norway due to its fishing industry.

There is a 250km stretch of islands linked by tunnels and bridges which pass fertile farms flanked by majestic peaks soaring thousands of feet out of the crystal blue sea and sand beaches.

Your base is the unique and traditional Svinoya Rorbuer accommodation in Svolvaer, one of the most scenic locations in the area

Highlights

  • 4 nights in traditional fishing village houses in Svolvaer, one the most majestic locations in Lofoten
  • Self- drive or  exploration of the islands and the truly magnificent scenery
  • Seeing the northern lights in a time when the weather is very stable
  • Fjord Boat tour to see Trollfjord and Sea Eagles
  • Aurora Hunt
  • Northern Lights hunt with the ‘ Aurora Meastro’
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 
 

Day 1:
Fly to Harsted. Pick up Rental Car and drive to Svolvaer

Day 1:
Fly to Harsted. Pick up Rental Car and drive to Svolvaer

Fly from London Heathrow or Oslo to Harsted airport , the entry point to the Lofoten islands. Pick up your hire car and drive to Svolvaer mid-way down the islands  (circa 2.5 hour drive). The drive is very scenic and you will no doubt be stopping to take pictures. The islands are connected by a range of tunnels and bridges some of which are many miles long.

Once you arrive at Svolvaer find your way over the bridge to the island which houses Svinoya your base for the next 4 nights. Svinoya is an amalgamation of traditional Rorbuer (fisherman) accommodation, which are all historic buildings protected by Norwegian Heritage. They provide an authentic and comfortable base for your northern lights holiday.

Enjoy Dinner in the very atmospheric log restaurant which has a front to the harbour. The food is excellent.

The rest of the evening at leisure to search for the northern lights from various vantage points on the island and then overnight in your traditional cabin.

Meals Included: Dinner

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Day 2
See The Majestic Trollfjord on a sea eagle Rib boat safari

Day 2
See The Majestic Trollfjord on a sea eagle Rib boat safari

Today after breakfast explore one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords with high mountainsides rising directly from the sea. The Trollfjorden is a narrow arm of the Raftsundet that cuts nearly 3 km into the landscape and is less than 100 m wide as its narrowest point.

Lofoten has an exciting bird life, and the region is visited by several hundred bird species during the year. The archipelago is also the resting place for rarer species and birding enthusiasts can look forward to the diversity of species in the varied landscape. The largest species of them all is the majestic white-tailed sea eagle, with its  2.7 m wingspan. These are seen on every trip and occasionally Golden eagles are also found in the fjord.

Pack a picnic lunch which is included in your full board arrangement with the cabins.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the local area. Dinner and overnight at Svinoya. The auroras can be witnessed from your accommodation or you could do your own aurora hunt in your hire car

Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch and Dinner

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Day 3
Self Drive Exploration of Lofoten's Changing Colours

Day 3
Self Drive Exploration of Lofoten's Changing Colours

Today explore the Lofoten islands under your own steam and be mesmerised by the beauty of the landscape and the colours of the trees as they show their final glory before the winter arrives.

We suggest heading south towards the intriguingly named ‘A’ which is at the southern tip of the Lofoten islands. You may not choose to go all the way down but two places of note to stop and see are the Viking Museum at Bostad, housed in a perfect reconstruction of the original long house found on the site that dates back to the 5th century. This is a living museum in a fabulous setting and well worth a visit.

The other place, especialy if it is a lovely day, is the most northerly surfing beach in the world at Unstad . Sit on the beautiful white sands, have your picnic lunch and absorb the atmosphere flanked by mountains with a quaint wooden church in an area of outstanding beauty. Come snow or sunshine there always seems to be surfers on hand to provide some entertainment.

Drive Back to Svolvaer for relaxation before dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch and Dinner

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Day 4
Self Exploration of Lofoten and a night with the Aurora Maestro

Day 4
Self Exploration of Lofoten and a night with the Aurora Maestro

Today we would recommend heading north from Svolvaer on a circular route into the interior with a ferry ride between islands on the way back to Svinoya.

Tonight after dinner join the Aurora Maestro (Aurora Jäger) , Petter Tanke Jensen is a local man born and raised in Kabelvåg who spends his life hunting the northern lights and that’s the reason why he is so good at getting clients to see them!

Lofoten is made up by 8 or 9 different weather zones, which means local knowledge is invaluable. He knows where to go on the difficult nights to find open skies.

To give you some idea last season he was out every single night during the Aurora season from 15th August to 17th April and of the 240 nights he only had 11 nights with no aurora sightings.

This could be a long night as the Meastro knows how important seeing the lights are to you and wants to give you the best chances!

Overnight at Svinoya

Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch and Dinner

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Day 5
Fly Home or Extend Break to see Oslo

Day 5
Fly Home or Extend Break to see Oslo

After your last night of aurora hunting with the Aurora Jäger  take a leisurely start to the day before driving back to Harsted for your flight home which departs mid afternoon.

Why not extend your stay to see Norway’s capital city – Oslo, with its fascinating maritime history.

Meals included: Breakfast

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Mini City Break in Oslo
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Mini City Break in Oslo

This is a 2 night extension to your holiday staying at the Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo Norway’s capital city. The hotel is well located near the city centre and transport links.

Both the Norwegian Parliament and the Royal Palace are in Oslo, the latter being situated at the end of Karl Johan Street Oslo’s main street.

The city limits encompass wilderness areas as well as an array of restaurants and nightlife as such. In winter, the city has an artificial skating rink nearby the National Theatre and the University.

Oslo’s City Hall is located in the city centre only a few hundred metres from the city’s main street and overlooks the Oslo Fjord.

The Aker Brygge pier with all its restaurants and shopping is in close vicinity of Oslo City Hall.  You can also catch the ferry to the main islands in the Oslo Fjord. Oslo abounds with sights of interest, and most of these sights are within walking distance of each other.

Norway’s maritime history is represented by 3 unique museums, The Viking Ship Museum, The Fram Polar explorer museum and the Kon Tiki Museum.

For those interested in culture and art there is the Akershus Fortress, The Munch museum or the Norwegian Museum of cultural history

Cost: £250 per person to include private airport transfers and 2 nights bed and breakfast in the Thon Hotel Opera

Oslo Norway in snow
Oslo Harbour, Norway
Oslo Norway wheel in snow
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Thon Hotel Svolvaer

Thon Hotel Svolvaer
Room at Thon hotel Svolvaer
Thon Hotel Svolvaer
Lobby at Thon Hotel - Svolvaer

Thon Hotel Svolvaer

Thon Hotel Lofoten is located right on the harbour front in Svolvær. It is a  few metres away from the Hurtigruten ferry disembarkation point and within walking distance of the many attractions of Svolvaer, the Lofoten islands.

There are panoramic views over the mountains that encase Svolvaer and the rooms have views over the sea or the mountains.

This is a flagship Thon Hotel with all modern facilities including excellent restaurant and bars. Restaurant Boje serves dishes  made from locally sourced produce so has a strong emphasis on foods like Cod, Halibut and Stockfish caught by local fishermen and magnificent organic Lofoten lamb.

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Svinøya Rorbuer

Svinoya Rorbuer Svolvaer Lofoten, Norway
Inside cabin at Svinoya
Svinoya Rorbuer Svolvaer
Svinoya in Svolvaer Norway

Svinøya Rorbuer

A 250 year old fishing settlement on an island in Svolvaer harbour has been converted into one of the most charming and authentic Rorbuer style accommodations. Grouped in batches around the island and with commanding views each ‘ fisherman’s cottage’ has been restored but keeps their traditional wooden features. Recognised by the Norwegian cultural bureau as a place of national heritage it offers a uniquely Norwegian experience.

All 30 original, and the more recently-built rorbu cabins, are of high standard. Each cabin has one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen-cum-lounge, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet.

The main building that houses both reception and the atmospheric restaurant where all meals are taken is a short walk away. Breakfasts are hearty and dinners based on local ingredients of fish and lamb.

Considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the authenticity of the rorbu cabins. The timber and time-honoured craftmanship have been preserved to convey the feeling of what a rorbu cabin was like in the old days, when the fishermen harvested the seas of Lofoten with the help of oar and sail.

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Optional Extras
Mini City Break in Oslo
Oslo Norway in snow

This is a 2 night extension to your holiday staying at the Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo Norway’s capital city. The hotel is well located near the city centre and transport links.

Both the Norwegian Parliament and the Royal Palace are in Oslo, the latter being situated at the end of Karl Johan Street Oslo’s main street.

The city limits encompass wilderness areas as well as an array of restaurants and nightlife as such. In winter, the city has an artificial skating rink nearby the National Theatre and the University.

Oslo’s City Hall is located in the city centre only a few hundred metres from the city’s main street and overlooks the Oslo Fjord.

The Aker Brygge pier with all its restaurants and shopping is in close vicinity of Oslo City Hall.  You can also catch the ferry to the main islands in the Oslo Fjord. Oslo abounds with sights of interest, and most of these sights are within walking distance of each other.

Norway’s maritime history is represented by 3 unique museums, The Viking Ship Museum, The Fram Polar explorer museum and the Kon Tiki Museum.

For those interested in culture and art there is the Akershus Fortress, The Munch museum or the Norwegian Museum of cultural history

Cost: £250 per person to include private airport transfers and 2 nights bed and breakfast in the Thon Hotel Opera

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Price: From £1395 per person (London Gatwick)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights from the UK with one hold bag per person
  • 4 Night’s accommodation at Svinoya
  • All meals
  • Car hire for 4 days with insurance, unlimited mileage and Satnav
  • Sea Eagle and Trollfjord Rib Boat safari
  • A night Aurora Hunting with the Aurora Maestro

Break Available

September – End October

Departure Airports

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • Stockholm
  • Oslo

For clients wishing to travel from the USA, Australia and Asia we can advise of best options

If you have booked your own flights we can organise ground plans only

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The service & facilities were excellent, the weekend flew by and the holiday achieved exactly what we wanted it do, that was to create a lasting memory to celebrate my Mother's 80th birthday, we are all still talking about it.

Robert

Great hosts, very informative and keen that we got to see as much as we could.
Some excellent off the beaten track drives and will definitely be returning to see more of Norway. It has so much to offer.

Jennifer

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