Norway’s Lofoten Islands Hiking Adventure
Explore the majestic mountains, deep fjords, and pristine beaches above the Arctic Circle on our Women-Only hiking tour in the Lofoten Islands of Norway.
Over the course of 8 days, you’ll hike steep trails to iconic summits, sleep in colorful fishermen cabins (restored Rorbu) and coastal hotels, strengthen your body with local Norse cuisine, kayak deep into the heart of a fjord, and spend hours at sea catching the freshest dinner of your life.
The Lofoten Islands are slung across the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. The untamed wilderness gifts outdoor enthusiasts with its rugged beauty.
You’ll be glad you stair-climbed to so many episodes of Vikings – the rugged terrain thrusts you high above fjords, beaches, and vibrant villages with exhilarating exposure and bits of scrambling. All the curse words on the ascent will be a faint memory when you strike your best Norse Goddess pose from the summits of Reinebringen, Mount Ryten, and Festvågtind.
Of course you’ll satiate that hiker hunger dining on traditional and locally sourced meals every day (expect lots of fish – the foundation of Lofoton’s civilization) and try your best to pronounce hårføner after few glasses of Akvavit.
On your final day, trade hiking pants for fisherman’s coveralls as you reel in your own catch. In the evening, we’ll be invited into the home of locals to cook it all up with the family and with your Explorer Chick sistas.
And those bright, colorful cabins hanging over the sea? Those are old fishermen cabins that have been restored as lodging for guests called Rorbu. You’re darn skippy we’ll be staying in them. Be sure to keep your eyes to the skies too! If we are really lucky and the skies cooperate, there’s a chance we’ll even catch the Northern Lights!
- Discover the imposing landscapes of the Lofoten Islands of Norway by land and water
- Hike steep, rugged, exposed trails to mountain summits
- Peep pristine beaches, dramatic fjords, and colorful villages.
- Paddle into the heart of a fjord to explore the mountain from below.
- Fish like a local! Enjoy a home stay while dining on your catch.
- Sleep 4 nights in Rorbu – the traditional (restored!) fishermen cabins dotting the shore
- Keep an eye out for the Northern Lights.
- Dare to swim in the waters above the Arctic Circle.
- Relax with a comprehensive itinerary that makes the logistics, transportation, navigation, meal planning, lodging, and everything in-between easy.
- Geek out with supportive and encouraging Explorer Chicks on a private, women-only, small group adventure tour.
Day 1 – Arrivals to Bodø
Welcome to northern Norway – the gateway to the Lofoten Islands! Meet as a group in the lobby of our waterfront hotel for evening introductions and to share an invigorating dinner. Your Explorer Chick guide and local Norwegian guide will review the upcoming week and kickstart the SHE-nanigans.
Jet lag doesn’t stand a chance.
Accommodation: Waterfront hotel
Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2 – Ferry to Lofoten and Hike to Reinebringen
Rise and shine Explorer Chicks – it’s island time! Grab packed breakfasts and lunches before a short walk to catch the ferry. Kick back for the 3-4 hour journey as we cruise across the Vestfjorden.
We’ll arrive in Moskenes ready to start our hiking adventure. Our objective? Reinebringen – one of the most iconic views in Lofoten. Thanks to a government funded project, the hike is a power stair climb with steps expertly constructed by Sherpas from Nepal. After freaking out over the summit view, we’ll kick back at the local cafe enjoying coffee or a beer.
Day 1 in Lofoten closes out with a drive to our first Rorbu – a traditional fishermen cabin that hugs the shores of the fjords beneath the mountains. (We won’t judge you for Instagramming the crap out of it.) Rorbu housed fishermen from all over Norway as far back as 1890. Don’t worry – they’ve been restored to the point of not smelling like cod.
Hiking – Distance: 2 miles RT, Gain: 1,677′, Time: 4 hours
Accommodation: Rorbuer (A colorful restored Fisherman Cabin)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3 – Kayaking the Reinefjorden
Pump up your paddling arms with a hearty breakfast. You’ll explore the secret inner-most curves of a fjord via kayak over the course of 4 hours. Peep mountaintops, birds of prey, and rugged beach shores from sea level while wondering how your life got so freaking good.
Come afternoon, return to the Rorbu for a traditional, locally sourced dinner.
Accommodation: Rorbuer (Same as Day 2)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4 – Hike to Kvalvika Beach and Mount Ryten
It’s another iconic day in Lofoten . Enjoy a drive to Kvalvika beach for a 45-minute hike before the ascent to Ryten. This summit has everything Lofoten is famous for – ridiculous beaches, towering mountains, turquoise fjords, and a perfectly jutted rock you can hook your legs over for the Gram.
If your muscles are hatin’ on you from yesterday, no worries! You can chill on the beach and enjoy the crashing waves. JUST DON’T FORGET ABOUT US.
Next, we carry on to our new digs for two nights, where we finish out the day in a steamy hot tub. Rest up with a modern hotel experience with incredible waterfront views. Bonus – they alert us if and when the Northern Lights make an appearance.
Hiking – Distance: 5 miles RT, Gain: 1,805′, Time: 5 hours
Accommodation: Hotel (and with a little luck catch the Northern Lights)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 5 – Hike Mount Hoven and Kick it on the Beach
Enjoy a slower morning with a relaxed breakfast. Lace up your boots for the second-to-last hiking adventure to the top of Mount Hoven. A direct path up and down gives us plenty of beach time. Grab your swimmie if you’re feeling bold to dip above the Arctic Circle! If you’d rather stay dry, sip on a coffee and soak up the scenery.
Dinner is super-special this evening with a 3 course Norwegian meal.
Hiking – Distance: 2.5 miles RT, Gain: 1,205′, Time: 4 hours
Accommodation: Hotel (same as Day 4)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 6 – Hiking and Exploring Henningsvær
Final gains day! Hike to the tippy-top of Festvågtind to enjoy a unique view of the small inhabited islands that make up Henningsvær.
After breakfast, take a 30 minute transfer to Henningsvær and the hiking adventure. Today is flexible – if the terrain is too tough or the weather blows, there is an optional viewpoint half way up the hike that feels close enough to a summit. The total hike, if possible, takes 5-6 hours. The viewpoint takes 2-2.5 hours (including time for photos at the top!). The terrain is rocky and steep, with a small amount of exposure to the summit. But the trail is well worn and easy to follow, given it is one of the most famous hikes in Lofoten.
Take the afternoon to explore Henningsvær, one of Lofoten’s most iconic towns with a population of just 500. Henningsvær is home to Norway’s iconic Klatreskole – the school hardcore Norwegians travel to for instruction on climbing, skiing and mountaineering. Of course, it’s also home to shops and bakeries, primed for a carb crawl.
After filling up on mind-blowing seafood, we’ll drive to our second Rorbu and final accommodation change in Kabelvåg. Evening dips in the ocean are encouraged!
Hiking – Distance: 2.5 miles RT, Gain: 1,775′, Time: 5-6 hours
Accommodation: Rurbuer (Your second enchanting old fishermen cabin)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 7 – Fishing and local dinner
The reason people settled on these imposing islands in the first place isn’t the spectacular scenery. Nope it’s what lies below the surface of the bountiful water: THE FISH. After many days of hiking and exploring, we spend a few hours out at sea literally trying to catch our dinner. Wait, what? Yep! After our little fishing expedition, we’ll be invited into a local home to dine – sea to table, baby.
Accommodation: Rurbuer (Same as Day 6)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 8 – Farewell Lofoten
All good things must unfortunately come to an end. During our 2.5 hour drive to Harstad/Narvik Airport, we’ll share our unforgettable memories and bad jokes from our untamed, wild paradise. Love you long time, Lofoten!
Plan departures after 10am.
Transportation: 2.5 hours to Harstad/Narvik Airport
*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, availability, or other unforeseen incidents.
- 3 Nights in hotels. Shared.
- 4 Nights in Rorbuer – Vibrantly painted and refurbished old fishermen cabins. Shared rooms with common living spaces and shared bathrooms.
- Guided hiking throughout with a local expert and your Explorer Chick leader.
- Guided Kayaking tour on Reinefjorden.
- Three hour fishing and tour with a homestay dinner.
- All meals as indicated in itinerary: B-7, L-6, D-7.
- Private Explorer Chick land-transportation throughout itinerary.
- A commemorative Explorer Chick shirt.
- All tips for included meals and local guides.
- A detailed Travel Guide upon booking with everything you need to know for your trip.
- The freedom to enjoy your vacation and mindlessly wander!
- Local English speaking female guide(s) throughout the full itinerary.
- One experienced Explorer Chick Leader ensuring your trip is seamless and unforgettable!
- Small Group experience! Your Explorer Chick Adventure is exclusive and limited to 14 women.
*Packages do NOT include your airfare, alcoholic beverages, costs for additional activities, Travel Insurance, and Explorer Chick Leader tips.
*A passport that is valid for at least 6 months past your arrival date is required.
*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, or other unforeseen incidents.
You will receive a travel guide attached to your booking confirmation with all the information you’ll need to prepare for your epic trip.
Your Adventure begins in Bodø, Norway. (BOO)
Your Adventure ends in Harstad-Narvik, Norway. (EVE)
Day 1: Arrival Day. Arrive in Bodø, Norway at any time today with our official rendezvous and a Welcome dinner at 8pm. You are responsible for your own transportation to the hotel. It is a 15 minute walk or a 3 minute taxi drive from the airport to the hotel.
(SAS and Norwegian serve Bodø. There is also a train from Oslo/Trondheim (NSB)).
Day 8: Departure Day. You can depart Harstad-Narvik, Norway anytime after 10am today. It is an 2.5 hour drive from our hotel to the airport. One group transfer will be made.
(SAS and Norwegian serve Harstad-Narvik).
We require a minimum of 4 Explorer Chicks for this trip. Please confirm your trip is guaranteed before booking airfare.
Your trip is lovingly riddled with rugged mountain trails with rocky steep paths that are often exposed. Expect scrambling and the use of chains. Fear of heights? You will be tested on this trip.
Don’t let the shorter distances fool you! You will be hiking up the steep mountains reaching high above the fjords. Be sure you are training for both the climbing and the descent. (Yep, these are 2 different muscle groups).
Hike Profiles: (Please note short distances but big elevation gains. These are STEEP, rugged, EXPOSED TRAILS!)
- Distance: 2 miles RT, Gain: 1,677′, Time: 4 hours
- Distance: 5 miles RT, Gain: 1,805′, Time: 5 hours
- Distance: 2.5 miles RT, Gain: 1,205′, Time: 4 hours
- Distance: 2.5 miles RT, Gain: 1,775′, Time: 5-6 hours
Just as you would a marathon, you must train prior to your adventure. You should very easily be able to hike on rough terrain at 2 miles per hour. Please read the itinerary thoroughly with the stated hikes.
You should be training on rough and rugged terrain – not always perfectly paved sidewalks. Train how you play!
Find steps, a hill, or the Stairmaster and get to climbing! Your quads, booty, and calves will thank you. Train in all the weather – This even means rain! Please consider the physical demands carefully as it is for the safety and enjoyment of the group.
Train your tootsies! Do NOT show up with brand new hiking boots or trail shoes. You should be spending hours upon hours in your boots leading up to your adventure to break them in. Better to suffer blisters at home than to miss out on a hike due to painful hot spots on your feet. This is our number one injury. Do not let it happen to you!
Please consider your ability to meet the physical demands very seriously. It is for the safety of both you and our group. All Explorer Chicks will be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Physical Demands as part of their waiver upon booking.
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