- Tasting the fresh Lofoten Islands’ air as you cycle along
- Relaxing on the beach and taking a brave dip in the icy waters of the Lofoten
- Looking out for sea eagles during your days on the bike
- Marvelling at the incredible light of the midnight sun
- Spending your nights in the quaint island rorbus
- Visiting the Viking Museum of Borg and picture postcard Nusfjord
All was very well organised and communication by email went really well. We loved the flexibility provided for my daughter!
Arrival at Bodø Airport (BOO), following the scheduled flights from either Oslo, Bergen or Stavanger. Once you have collected your baggage you will make your own way in a taxi to the quayside, to catch the 15.00 Coastal Steamer to Svolvær. This journey takes around 7 hours and will give you great views of the Borvasstindene Mountains as you leave Bodø. Alternatively, you can catch the speed ferry, which leaves at 17.25 and takes approx. 4 hours.
You will be met on arrival in Svolvær, where we have a short transfer arranged to take you to your rorbu. Svolvær has a nice brygge (quayside) with some excellent restaurants and bars and is a great place to relax after your travels today. Should there be enough time (after all, it won’t be getting dark!) you might like a walk in the midnight light.
Your accommodation for the night will be in a traditional fisherman’s rorbu, one per family! With 2 bedrooms and one bathroom.
- Meals: Breakfast
Following a tasty Norwegian breakfast, you will be met by our representative who will brief you about the cycling to come and provide you with your route notes and maps. Today’s ride is a gentle start to your trip, with less miles to pedal, so you can take some time to visit Kabelvåg.
Heading out on your bikes, you’ll ride for 3.7miles/6 kms along a cyclepath, until you reach the charming town of Kabelvåg. Kabelvåg has a relaxed feel to it and is now home to some lovely art galleries and museums at Storvågen. Amongst the highlights are the sea-front Lofoten Aquarium, Rural Museum and one of Norway’s most worthwhile galleries – Gallery Espolin. The town is also home to a delicious bakery, offering up some sweet treats to fuel your family’s cycling!
Leaving Kabelvåg, you’ll follow the main road for 6.8miles/11 kms, before joining a gravel side road that will take you over a small pass with breathtaking views. The gravel section is short, so you can walk for this section should you prefer. You’ll then join another side road that will lead you to Henningsvær. You’ll soon reach a wonderful beach at Rørvika from where you’ll be able to take an invigorating dip in the clear waters. Back on your bikes, you’ll cycle the final 8 kms to Henningsvær on a beautiful stretch of road, with mountain on one side and the ocean on the other.
Henningsvær is a beautiful town, known as the Venice of the North. You’ll have some down-time in the afternoon to soak up the atmosphere of the fishing port and spend time in some of the interesting museums and art galleries. Tonight’s evening meal can be taken either in the famous Fiskekrogen restaurant (booking advisable!) with seafood undoubtedly the order of the day. Or for those in search of more relaxed surroundings Klatrekafeen (the Climbers Bar) offers delicious food at more reasonable prices.
- Meals: Breakfast
Leaving behind the cod-drying racks that the Lofoten is often known for, you’ll start with a little back-tracking to the beach at Rørvika (8 kms). Once here you’ll head west, following the main road for 2miles/3 kms until you reach the “shower curtain” on your left. The “shower curtain” is an interesting sculpture, that’s well worth stopping to look at.
Today’s cycle is a nice ride along the coast on a flat or, at times, gently-undulating road. After pedalling for 3.7miles/6 kms you’ll reach the Gimsøy bridge, where you’ll have a climb to the top of the bridge. From here the views are truly spectacular, and offer the perfect opportunity for a photo! From here the road is straight, but you’ll take a left and bike back underneath the bridge, to reach Gimsøy Island. You can stop here for a snack should you like. Back on your bikes you’ll continue around the island, marvelling at the Gimsøy church en route. A coastal road will take you the last 3miles/5 kms, until you reach your accommodation for the night.
- Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast you’ll finish the Gimsøy circle, bringing you back to the main road, for a short section. You’ll go back over the bridge, and then take a left onto a secondary road, from where there’s a beautiful stretch that covers 24miles/40 kms along the coast. This is a truly breathtaking ride. Fancy some extra miles? You can cycle to the small town of Stamsund, to bike the circle around Steine. The route is on quiet, flat roads, and will add an extra 12miles/20 kms to today’s riding.
You’ll continue on towards Leknes, soon reaching the pass over Hagskaret. From here you can spot awe-inspiring Justadtinden, the highest peak on the eastern side of Vestvågøy. From here it’s 6miles/10 kms to your destination for the night. Passing through Leknes, you’ll have your last opportunity to buy any supplies you might like for the evening, as there’s a few shops. From Leknes, a bike path will take you to Ballstad, which is your destination for today.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you can take the opportunity to properly explore the nearby town of Leknes, on your way to the spectacular Viking museum. In northern Norway during the Iron-age, there were about 10-15 Chiefdoms, one of which was at Borg in the Lofoten Isles. This is the only place where a Chieftain’s farm is to be found. Here, you can experience the reconstructed longhouse, see craftsmen at work in the smithy, and see an exhibition of original artefacts and ancient breeds of animals.
You’ll make your way back to your rorbu in Ballstad in the afternoon, but if you still have energy there are some optional routes that take you to the beautiful Haukland Stranda beach.
Today can also be used as a rest day if you need a break from the bikes! You could rent a car and explore the local area, head to the beach, do some fishing or just spend a lazy day at the rorbu watching the fishing boats.
- Meals: Breakfast
Heading to the pier, your first transport of the day will be waiting to take you to Nusfjord (approx. 45 minute ferry ride). Nusfjord is a well-preserved fishing village nestling amidst dramatic mountain scenery and the boat ride to get to it is a delight. The local shop is a characteristic, old-fashioned general store and a good place to buy your postcards and souvenirs. You can also visit Italian silversmith Michele, who has worked here for almost 20 years.
On your bikes, the ride out of Nusfjord will warm up your legs, with a cheeky climb as you make your way to the main road. Cycling west, you’ll pass several beautiful beaches, as you head towards the tiny hamlet of Flakstad, famous for its church. Built in 1780 from Siberian driftwood, this red-onion domed church is well worth a visit. Stunning views of the Arctic Ocean and long sandy beaches along the northern Coast of Flaktadoya are the setting for your cycle to the beautiful Ramberg. A vast arch of white sand along a sparkling green / blue bay, with a backdrop of Arctic peaks. In Ramberg you can stop to visit a grocery store or cafe.
Continuing on, you’ll find yourselves on Flakstad Island and will have Sakrisøy in your sights. A brief de-tour and you can visit the blacksmiths at Sund or you can just continue along on a more direct route. Following a fantastic downhill you’ll reach Hamnøy and then Sakrisøy where you’ll hear, and then see, the densely-populated cliffside nesting colony of Kittiwakes. These picture-postcard fishing villages are at the narrow neck of the Reine fjord and flanked by sheer mountains on three sides. You will spend tonight in Sakrisøy.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today is another loop ride, so you can spend the day as you please!
If you decide to ride, you’ll visit Moskenes, Reine, Tind and Å, a string of picturesque fishing hamlets with their red and ochre fishermen’s shanties perching on poles, characteristic of the scenery you’ve seen during your cycling. To round off your time on the islands you’ll spend time in Å, an entire fishing village preserved as a museum and at the very end of the road. Here there are a number of buildings of cultural and historical interest, which date back to the 1800’s.
After lunch you’ll cycle back to your accommodation in Sakrisøy where you can explore for the remainder of the day.
If you don’t want to cycle as far you can just head to Reine and its only coffee shop! Or you could go kayaking, hiking or fishing if you’d prefer.
- Meals: Breakfast
This morning we begin with a transfer to Moskenes, where we will bid you farewell for your onward journey. You can take the ferry back to Bodø, taking around 3 hours and 15 minutes. The ferries run fairly regularly, and will give you great views of the islands of Væroy and Røst, and Borvasstindene Mountains as you return to Bodø, plus a superb view of the Lofoten Wall as you leave the islands. The first ferry from Moskenes is at 6am, so for those looking to head home today then this is possible; alternatively, you can take a later ferry back and spend the rest of the day and evening here.
For those planning a little extra time away, Bodo is a compact place to make your way around and with all the hotels centrally situated, getting to them from the port is easy to do. For those with some energy left, then a hike or ride to the top of Mount Rønvik is possible. This is Bodø’s Midnight Sun viewpoint providing a dramatic panoramic view of Bodø and the surrounding mountains. Alternatively the views from the bar at the top of the SAS Radisson are equally as stunning and you’ll get assistance to this lofty viewpoint in the hotel’s lift. Contact us for advice on extending your stay.
You’ll predominantly be riding along undulating / rolling roads, however there are a couple of steeper climbs and descents along the way. The roads aren’t ‘city busy‘, but can at certain times of year be filled with camper vans and tourists in rental cars, so it’s best to ride in single file, and ensure younger children are comfortable cycling in this kind of environment.
Family Cycling Grade
Distances generally of between 15-30 miles / 24-48 kms per day
For those looking for an easy-going route
Mainly on the flat
Some undulations and the odd cheeky climb
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Maybe you and your family have recently got into cycling and would like to do more over consecutive days, or maybe you‘re looking for a more energetic alternative to your usual holiday? If you’re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet, safe roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these holidays might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 holiday to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, occasionally heading out as a family for some leisurely rides at the weekend.
Dates & Prices
2021 Sunday departures available as follows:
June 06th, 13th, 20th and 27th
August 15th, 22nd and 29th
September 05th (Please note – Autumn north of the arctic circle can be the most beautiful time to travel, but weather can be variable)
We are able to offer a 50% discount for children under 13 years old and this price is based on sharing a rorbu / family room with 2 fully-paying passengers.
A) All accommodation during the trip (shared rooms – usually twin share)
B) Meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
C) English-speaking local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Route notes and maps
E) Luggage transfers
F) Transfer from Svolvær ferry port to your rorbu (Day 1)
G) Ferry to Nusfjord (Day 6)
H) Transfer to Moskenes (Day 8)
What's not Included
A) Bike hire (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike
C) Meals not stated in the itinerary
D) Travel insurance
E) Single room (available if required, on request)
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills etc)
H) Entrance fees to attractions en route
I) Transfers between Bodø Airport and Bodø ferry port
J) Ferry fares from Bodø to Svolvær and Moskenes to Bodø
K) Tourist taxes, to be paid locally where applicable
Family fun in Norway
A customer story filled with incredible photos and a video!
Engelien, DubaiWe loved all days!
All was very well organised and communication by email went really well. We loved the flexibility provided for my daughter. She just moved from a 20inch bike at home to a 24inch bike and he provided both options, just to make sure the right bike would be available for her. Skedaddle also arranged for a tag-along bike to be there for the 3rd long cycle day. She enjoys cycling, but this distance was a bit too much and it provided us the flexibility to add even a loop to the standard route, since we did not have to worry about her. My daughter was delighted she had a bunkbed at 4 out of 5 locations we stayed. This is heaven for 8-year olds! All very cosy and small scale accommodation and very nice locations.
We loved all days, especially the long one. Skedaddle provided on the non cycling days some options, but it was all voluntarily and not organised by Skedaddle. Day by day explanation of the route and what to watch out for was really good. Tips were given for stops and bypass routes to bypass tunnels or busier roads. All luggage was already in the rooms when we arrived after a day of cycling. We had a child car seat with us, which we did not needed while cycling. This was kept with Skedaddle and returned to use at the end of our trip, since we had an extra week in Norway not organised by Skedaddle. It was all very well organised.