Lofoten Islands self guided cycling holiday, Norway

“Eight days of glorious point to point cycling through the beautiful Lofoten Archipelago, with luggage transferred. A self guided holiday, so you’re free to pedal each day at your own pace.”


Bodø | Svolvær | Henningsvær | Gimsøya | Ballstad | boat to Nusfjord | Reine | free day in Reine, option to cycle to Å | option to take a cruise in Kjerkfjorden | Moskenes | ferry back to Bodø

Description of Lofoten Islands self guided cycling holiday, Norway

Norway’s Lofoten Archipelago is a glorious string of islands with wonderful scenery, pretty fishing villages, mountains, the midnight sun, museums and art galleries. A cycling break here is a really special experience with new, astonishingly beautiful scenery waiting around every bend in the road. Nature here is big, impressive and dramatic. There are green mountains with lofty peaks rising straight up from the sea, small fjords, marshes, lakes and wooded hillsides tucked in between. At the bottom of the mountains, flat plains are dotted with farms and traditional fishing villages.

This is a self guided adventure, cycling point to point, with a detailed map and guide book supplied and luggage transferred for you. You will be cycling 20-50km each day and need a medium level of fitness for this holiday. Routes are quiet with little traffic. Bikes are not included in this holiday, but we can arrange bike rental for you.

This is a really memorable holiday, packed with wonderful experiences, both natural and cultural. The cycling here is really wonderful, but you can also hop out of the saddle to enjoy the galleries, museums and cafes of the Lofoten Islands. Don’t miss beautiful Nusfjord, either – a historical fisherman’s village, listed on UNESCO’s world heritage list.

The days are long and light in high summer, and from June to mid July you can enjoy cycling in the light of the midnight sun. If you have the energy, it’s possible to ride all night long, with the glowing sun to light your way.

Your accommodation for the seven nights of this holiday is in hotels and atmospheric old fisherman’s cabins, with seven breakfasts, seven self-packed lunches and six dinners included. The food here in the Lofoten Islands feels like an adventure, too – enjoy exploring the fresh, tasty Arctic menu.

If you have more time and would like to explore further, you can combine this biking holiday with travelling down the coast from Bergen to Kirkenes on a Hurtigruten ship.

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Responsible tourism: Lofoten Islands self guided cycling holiday, Norway


We are a small, private owned Norwegian company that offer trips for an active holiday in various places of Norway.

Our biking tours are selfguided and all transport that is needed is local bus or ferry. You stay at private hotels with high focus of environment. Environmental policies are the same in nearly all places you will visit during this tour. The hotels mostly do recycling of waste materials and energy saving. The staff at the hotels will also advise you to turn of the light when you leave the room. Requesting suppliers limit cardboard and the number of deliveries and cleaning materials are ecologically friendly if possible. The hotels advise their guests to use the towels again, and leave it on the floor when it needs to be changed. Most of the hotels also do have the “saving shower” that are reducing the amount of water flowing and they use soap dispensers in the bathrooms.

By biking, you will be a part of the nature in a way, and you don’t destroy anything as long as you never throw away rubbish in the outdoors, and bicycling doesn’t make any sort of pollution itself. Always leave the environment as you would like to find it yourself! The food that you eat in the hotels is normally local produced/local cuisine and some is organic food. The various bicycle tours follow to a large extent existing roads with little vehicle traffic.

The law on the management of nature's diversity (from 1st of July 2009) (Naturmangfoldloven) has been very important for the nature of Norway and also the international perspective to protect the nature and the environment. Different arts in the nature that disappears will disappear forever. Therefore, Norway has a demanding and ambitious goal of halting the loss of biodiversity. This is a new law that will be helpful and taking care of the wildlife and the national parks as well.

This Norwegian law allows you to ride your bike wherever you want, as long as nothing else is announced. This gives you numberless possibilities for exciting excursions! Private ground and cultivated land however, should not be trafficked. The nature must not be damaged! There might be stricter access to protected areas. Stick to paths and roads when you walk/ bike in agricultural and populated areas. Show respect for people and animals.

The conservation law is a general law which includes the use of the environment. "Nature is a national value that must be protected" and that "intervention in nature should only be carried out from a long-term and comprehensive resource optimization, which takes into account the nature of the future is maintained as the basis for human business, health and well-being." The Act provides further rules on the protection of special natural areas and natural resources (National Parks, conservation areas, nature reserves and nature memories).


The trips are self-guided. You receive a guidebook. You meet local staff, the food is local and we’ll use local ferry and bus companies where transport is necessary. As a result of this, the money generated will stay within the local area, and provide local employment. You will get to know local specialties of food. In some of the places the local owner is working at the hotel. Journeys further afield may utilize public transport and the local economy benefits from our groups purchasing supplies and bike rental directly. We use local transport on all our trips.

Lofoten scores high when it comes to a focus on green environment. The countryside is relatively unspoiled and the islands are likely to remain as they are today. Lofoten islands far to the north forms a masterpiece of spectacular mountains in deep and held tradition. Many of the villages rent out pleasant cabins, traditional cottages of the fishermen. At the same time the local efforts to meet the current requirements of the standard, there is great awareness to preserve the original. It offers amazing experiences, including activities and culture in a unique natural landscape. On your way you might passes white beaches close to the open sea, with and changing light and crystal-clear water. An experience you will never forget. One of the most important culture heritages of Lofoten is the famous stockfish. Stockfish is made from spawning cod, and is often the base product in many of the food dishes served in local restaurants.

Artists have always had an attraction to this landscape. In Lofoten, there exist many local industries, with links to art and culture. There are several excellent museums and art galleries. It is possible to visit some of the places along the bike route. The galleries display art collections of renowned North Norwegian painters, present, and from newer and older periods. You will also find many art and craft local shops.

2 Reviews of Lofoten Islands self guided cycling holiday, Norway

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The clean air and indescribably beautiful scenery.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for any weather.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, but environmental impact is a hard one to answer as we all flew there !!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Absolutely excellent.

P.S. Why haven't you asked about any poor aspects of the trip?

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Boat trip to Nusfjord

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you have full waterproof kit and warm clothes!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes-tourism seems to be very important to the islands.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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