This lightly-trafficked, summertime road trip is a great way to experience Northern Norway's stunning coastline from late May to early September. The adventure starts with a half-day in Tromsø—"Paris of the North"—before you continue to Sommarøy, the first of many islands. You'll then take car ferries to Senja island and Andoya island to enjoy remote nature where fewer travelers venture. Finish the adventure in Lofoten's stunning, and yes, more popular, islands for hiking and kayaking while based in the charming village of Reine.
Easily the most scenic way to jaunt between the islands is by kayak, and this excursion accommodates even those with little or no kayaking experience, as your guide will teach you basic paddling techniques and safety tips before you hit the water. Then it's time to paddle away to Lofoten's smaller islands, bays, and beaches. The trip leaves from the village of Reine, and once you're on the water, you'll be treated to landscapes and seascapes you would never have thought could exist so far north. Some waters around the Lofotens are rich Caribbean blue and front white-sand beaches, just like you'd find in the tropics.
Along the way, there will be ample opportunity to spot lots of seabirds, including the largest bird of Europe, the white-tailed sea eagle, as well as seals and otters. In addition, the excursion includes a stop on the route for a scenic picnic lunch.
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Itineraries with Lofoten Islands Sea Kayaking Tour
Expect uninterrupted snowscapes and Northern Lights sightings on this Arctic adventure. The trip starts in Tromsø, the 'Paris of the North' and your base for several snow activities. Then set sail on the Hurtigruten to the Lofoten Islands before heading to Trondheim, the UNESCO-listed village called Røros, and finally a night in cosmopolitan Oslo.
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.