In summer, absolute heaven! Wild flowers make the most of their short season, all trying to out-compete each other. Sitting by the sea at midnight, watching white tailed sea eagles and reading your book by the light of the sun you may even experience an algal bloom turning the warm sea to an unbelievably brilliant turquoise.
In winter, a wonderful place to see the Northern Lights with (relatively!) mild temperatures due to the Gulf Stream. From February to May you may find the smell of drying cod, ‘Stockfish’ somewhat overpowering.
The down side: you’ll always suffer from the urge to go back there!
We had a lovely stay here in June this year. The location is super convenient, with both Reine and Svolvær within easy reach of the rorbu, and plenty of opportunities for good hikes in the area (Stamsundsheia for great vistas for example). The rorbu itself is cosy, and features all mod cons. Plus the people who run the place are friendly and helpful, and make every effort to ensure your stay there is a pleasant one. They certainly did with us. We spent six nights there but could easily have spent a month! Thoroughly recommended :-)
The Lofoten Islands is the perfect place for a family holiday.
Norway is really child friendly, safe and in Lofoten there is loads of fun things to do for everyone.
You can go whale watching in sea kayaks, go rock climbing, and above all fishing!
There's nothing catching and cooking your supper yourself and the children will definitely love it too.
The nature in Lofoten is so beautiful, and it gets quite hot in the summers too - with the midnight sun shining 24hours a day.
Norway offers many spectacular ferry journeys. But few match the crossing from Bodo to Stamsund. It was the original section of the Hurtigrute (set up by the once remote Lofoten islanders to get their fish to more lucrative markets further south). Now it's increasingly part of the Bergen-North Cape cruise route, but the lower decks of the boats are still ferries, shipping goods and passengers at the many ports en route.
There's a long stop and much loading and unloading at Bodo as it's the end of the rail line from Oslo (on which I travelled) so most grades of accommodation, including B&B, are not difficult to find there.
Like most ferry crossings a fine day helps. Views of distant island peaks 40 miles away stretch half way across the northern horizon soon after leaving port. It's also a two-hour journey open to the Atlantic, so it can be rough. For me it was calm and sunny.
The peaks of the Lofoten Islands became more distinct, more jagged, more enticing, 1000 metre peaks touched with snow here and there, as the ship plods towards them. By half-way across they are a child's picture book of fairy tale mountains surrounded by sea of many shades and hues spanning the horizon and with hints of the bright yellows and reds of the traditional fishing villages just visible along the shore. Everyone's on deck to savour the view.
Alas Stamsund arrives all too soon. Alas as not only is it this journey's end (the ship continues its equally spectacular route through the islands eastwards), but it's not much of a place either. It has a youth hostel and a hotel, but is mainly a small working port. However, a bus service connects it to the rest of the Lofotens for those who want to adventure further.
Bodo is just north of the Artic circle on the Norwegian coast.
Details of the Hutigrute and timetable can be found on the web.
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