Dramatic, snow-covered mountains and the Northern Lights are highlights of this 6-day adventure above the Arctic Circle. Starting in Bodø, you'll ferry to the stunning Lofoten Islands and drive at your own pace through some of Norway's oldest and most colorful fishing towns. Then, exchange your rental car for an overnight coastal steamer where you'll travel to Tromsø for some urban culture and dog sledding.
Two of the most popular fishing villages on Moskenesøya Island are Reine and Hamnøy. Reine is particularly scenic from the highway, with its red and white fishermen’s huts from the late 1800s—called rorbuer—dotting the shoreline. You can also admire the surrounding peaks of granite shooting out of the Reinefjorden. It's a quiet village, but many of the best hiking trails on the Lofoten Islands are within a short distance. Stop at the local market and stock up on food and supplies if you plan to enjoy an outdoor adventure!
The small neighboring town of Hamnøy is the oldest fishing village in the Lofoten archipelago. It's an unbelievably beautiful town, and you'll probably recognize it! Many photos depicting this region of Norway feature this iconic fishing village. If you're traveling in the winter months, try some of the local cod, which is in season at this time of the year.
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Itineraries with Explore Lofoten by Car
This self-guided summer road trip travels at a relaxed pace through gorgeous scenery above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. Explore two distinct archipelagos offering hiking trails, peaceful beaches, guided excursions, and a seaside teeming with whales—not to mention constant daylight hours during the 'Midnight Sun' to soak it in. Start and end the trip in Bodø, a cool little city with street art and a charming harbor.
This fun and fast-paced itinerary explores the best of Norway's stunning Arctic coast. Starting from Tromsø, the 'Paris of the North', you'll head to Senja island, the Vesterålen Islands, and Lofoten Islands, respectively. Choose between a number of scenic outdoor activities as you travel by rental car and Hurtigruten cruise—all under the extended daylight hours of the 'Midnight Sun'—for the ultimate summer adventure.