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Gems of north Norway


This road trip heads north through delightful North Norwegian scenery to Mosjøen then on to Svolvær and Lofoten. Mosjøen is the oldest town in Helgeland and the location of the famous Sjøgata, a charming street with wooden buildings and wharves from the 19th century. The town can also offer attractions such as Dolstad church, Byparken park and the aluminium works.

Svolvær has the highest population among the towns in Lofoten, and Vågan municipality is one of the most important municipalities in North Norway for artists. Svolvær is also well-known for the Svolværgeita mountain peak, a landmark for the town. The first ascent of this characteristic top was in 1910. Another well-known mountain is Vågakallen, situated between Kabelvåg and Henningsvær, towering over Lofoten and the Lofothavet sea at 942 metres above sea level. Ancient legend has it that Vågakallen is the former King of Lofoten, who turned to stone when hit by the sun’s rays.

This short break starts with two nights at Fru Haugans Hotel in Mosjøen, a true home from home.

We recommend flying to Værnes airport in Trondheim then hiring a car from the airport. You have to organise your own flights and car hire. (The drive takes around five hours.)

Recommended itinerary

Drive to Fru Haugans Hotel, where you will receive a warm welcome at North Norway's oldest hotel, a treasure trove of tradition and history. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal in the evening in Ellenstuen restaurant, featuring the building’s original design and décor from 1866.

After a wonderful, long breakfast the next morning, you have all day to explore Mosjøen. Stroll around the town and Sjøgata street, go mountaineering, fishing in Vefsna river with guide or take a dog-sleigh trip through the delightful Helgeland landscape.

End the day with a delightful evening meal.

We recommend an early start the next morning as you head for beautiful Svolvær and Svinøya Rorbuer.

As you drive up Saltfjellet mountain (the road opened all year round in 1968), we recommend stopping at the Arctic Circle Centre. This has a lofty position at around 680 metres above sea level, on the border to the Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park. The area surrounding the centre is rich in Russian and Yugoslavian war memorials from the Second World War. The Arctic Circle Centre is located in a national park area and is surrounded by wonderful countryside for hiking.

We recommend stopping in Bodø for lunch.  

Recommended itinerary

From Bodø, you board the ferry for Moskenes. Check the itinerary and timetables.

The drive from Moskenes to Svolvær takes around two hours.

You arrive in Svolvær in the evening to the welcoming comfort of one of the rorbuer or boathouses on Svinøya island.

Svinøya Rorbuer were first licensed to board guests in 1831. Not much has changed on Svinøya since then. It remains a tiny, vital fishing village on an island in Svolvær harbour, only now with a bridge connecting the island to the mainland and town centre.

The boathouses are very comfortable and have delightful locations between the fish landing facilities, wharves, fish drying platforms or flakes and traditional, local buildings. The scenery is breathtaking with the ocean on one side and the dramatic Lofoten mountains on the other. You could hardly get closer to the Lofoten experience!

Børsen Spiseri restaurant is located in an old trading wharf dating back to 1828. This is the most famous restaurant in Lofoten, and the setting for your evening meal on day 4.

Svolvær is the final destination on this short break. You have to organise your own return journey from Evenes airport.

The package includes:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in a standard room
  • 4 buffet breakfasts
  • 3 three-course menus Drinks with your meals are not included in the package.
  • (Dinner in Svinøya Rorbuer the day after arrival)

 

Photo credits, Svinøya: Tommy Simonsen


  • Available: 01.05–30.09.2019
  • Recommended starting point: Værnes/Trondheim
  • Duration: 4 nights/5 days
  • Highlight: Roadtrip from Mosjøen to Lofoten Islands.
  • Transport: Self-drive (fly to Trondheim/return from Evenes)

All inclusive per person from NOK 5 005,-

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This road trip heads north through delightful North Norwegian scenery to Mosjøen then on to Svolvær and Lofoten. Mosjøen is the oldest town in Helgeland and the location of the famous Sjøgata, a charming street with wooden buildings and wharves from the 19th century. The town can also offer attractions such as Dolstad church, Byparken park and the aluminium works.

Svolvær has the highest population among the towns in Lofoten, and Vågan municipality is one of the most important municipalities in North Norway for artists. Svolvær is also well-known for the Svolværgeita mountain peak, a landmark for the town. The first ascent of this characteristic top was in 1910. Another well-known mountain is Vågakallen, situated between Kabelvåg and Henningsvær, towering over Lofoten and the Lofothavet sea at 942 metres above sea level. Ancient legend has it that Vågakallen is the former King of Lofoten, who turned to stone when hit by the sun’s rays.

This short break starts with two nights at Fru Haugans Hotel in Mosjøen, a true home from home.

We recommend flying to Værnes airport in Trondheim then hiring a car from the airport. You have to organise your own flights and car hire. (The drive takes around five hours.)

Recommended itinerary

Drive to Fru Haugans Hotel, where you will receive a warm welcome at North Norway's oldest hotel, a treasure trove of tradition and history. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal in the evening in Ellenstuen restaurant, featuring the building’s original design and décor from 1866.

After a wonderful, long breakfast the next morning, you have all day to explore Mosjøen. Stroll around the town and Sjøgata street, go mountaineering, fishing in Vefsna river with guide or take a dog-sleigh trip through the delightful Helgeland landscape.

End the day with a delightful evening meal.

We recommend an early start the next morning as you head for beautiful Svolvær and Svinøya Rorbuer.

As you drive up Saltfjellet mountain (the road opened all year round in 1968), we recommend stopping at the Arctic Circle Centre. This has a lofty position at around 680 metres above sea level, on the border to the Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park. The area surrounding the centre is rich in Russian and Yugoslavian war memorials from the Second World War. The Arctic Circle Centre is located in a national park area and is surrounded by wonderful countryside for hiking.

We recommend stopping in Bodø for lunch.  

Recommended itinerary

From Bodø, you board the ferry for Moskenes. Check the itinerary and timetables.

The drive from Moskenes to Svolvær takes around two hours.

You arrive in Svolvær in the evening to the welcoming comfort of one of the rorbuer or boathouses on Svinøya island.

Svinøya Rorbuer were first licensed to board guests in 1831. Not much has changed on Svinøya since then. It remains a tiny, vital fishing village on an island in Svolvær harbour, only now with a bridge connecting the island to the mainland and town centre.

The boathouses are very comfortable and have delightful locations between the fish landing facilities, wharves, fish drying platforms or flakes and traditional, local buildings. The scenery is breathtaking with the ocean on one side and the dramatic Lofoten mountains on the other. You could hardly get closer to the Lofoten experience!

Børsen Spiseri restaurant is located in an old trading wharf dating back to 1828. This is the most famous restaurant in Lofoten, and the setting for your evening meal on day 4.

Svolvær is the final destination on this short break. You have to organise your own return journey from Evenes airport.

The package includes:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in a standard room
  • 4 buffet breakfasts
  • 3 three-course menus Drinks with your meals are not included in the package.
  • (Dinner in Svinøya Rorbuer the day after arrival)

 

Photo credits, Svinøya: Tommy Simonsen

This is the tour:

Day 1:
Dinner Fru Haugans Hotel
Accomodation Fru Haugans Hotel
Day 2:
Breakfast Fru Haugans Hotel
Dinner Fru Haugans Hotel
Accomodation Fru Haugans Hotel
Day 3:
Breakfast Fru Haugans Hotel
Drive from Mosjøen to Svolvær
Accomodation Svinøya Rorbuer
Day 4:
Breakfast Svinøya Rorbuer
Dinner Svinøya Rorbuer
Accomodation Svinøya Rorbuer
Day 5:
Breakfast Svinøya Rorbuer