Itinerary of two weeks on the Lofoten Islands in midsummer. We stayed in Leknes for 9 days and in Henningsvær for 5 days. Flights directly to the islands can be expensive so you may check connections and rental car rates for Tromsø. It’s a 6h drive but saved us a lot of money.
|Our 2 Week Lofoten Itinerary|
|1. Himmeltindan and Haukland Beach|
|2. Å i Lofoten and Reine|
|3. Ryten and Kvalvika Beach|
|4. Around Leknes|
|5. Nesland to Nusfjord|
1. Himmeltindan and Haukland Beach
Behind the tunnel at Haukland Beach are some houses on the right side where you can also park your car. A trail leads directly from the old school to the top of Himmeltindan. The hike takes around 2.5 hours for each way.
After the hike you can walk around the small mountain to Haukland Beach or drive there by car.
2. Å i Lofoten and Reine
Å is the last village on the chain of islands and the starting point for a hike to the Munkebu Hut. It can be done in a day depending how you will proceed afterwards.
On the way back to Leknes we stopped at Reine which is one of the most popular photo places on the Lofoten.
3. Ryten and Kvalvika Beach
Kvalvika Beach can only be reached by foot and on the way you can hike up to Ryten from where you have a beautiful view down to the famous beach. You can park your car at the few houses of Indresand and then make your way up to the top of Ryten.
4. Around Leknes
Leknes is a relaxed little town where you find everything for daily life. There are also some nice hikes in the area like the one to the top of Steinetinden or from Ballstad to Nonstinden.
Unstad which is famous for arctic surfing can also be reached in half an hour.
5. Nesland to Nusfjord
Nusfjord is a nice little village. You can either go there by car or walk a little bit on the shore for about two hours from Nesland.
Raftsundet is the water channel that separates the north from the south of the Lofoten and to get there from Henningsvær means you have to drive a longer way since there is only one bridge.
A nice walk is up to Keiservarden from Digermulen. Its a very quiet area with nice views to the Trollfjord.
You may have seen the famous picture from a soccer field which just fits on a little island and that place is in Henningsvær. It it a charming little village and a good place to stay.
You should definitely hike up the Festvågtind from where you have an insane view over the village, all islands, the Lofoten and the mainland.
Andenes is located on the island of Vesterålen and one of the best places in the world to see whales. There is a company who gives a 100% whale guarantee. You go out by boat and they call each other when they have located some whales. The whales have to come up to get air from time to time so we saw several big whales there.
The boat tours to Trollfjord start from Svolværs harbor and you can choose between a slower boat and speed boats. The speed boat is of course way more fun and after being inside the fjord the take you to a place where you can see sea eagles. It’s definetly worth the extra money.