ESN Norway Lofoten Adventures

This is ESN Norway’s National Spring Event. Together with the Norwegian ESN sections, we will explore the breathtaking landscape of the Lofoten Islands with majestic mountains, deep fjords, historical fishing villages and long, scenic beaches. Expect amazing days with a lot of fun together with international and exchange students from different universities in Norway. The main base of the event will be in Å, the village with the shortest name, with great hiking opportunities as well as fishing and kayaking close by. You will not only experience the stunning scenery, which is often described as the most beautiful area of Norway, but also have the possibility to do fun adventure activities.
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Tour dates: 4 - 7 April
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Price with ESN card: 299 EUR

*With no ESNcard/Student Union card, you pay 5 Euro extra. Bring your ESNcard/Student Union card to the departure. If you like to get an ESNcard/Student Union card you should contact your ESN section.
Starting point: Bodø
Group size: 30-50 pax (minimum 30 persons should sign up, for the tour to take place)
• Bus transportation on the islands
• Ferry tickets Bodø – Moskenes - Bodø
• Accommodation 3 nights in hostel rooms and cabins for 4-8 persons, incl. cooking facilities, bedlinen and towel
• Guided tours
• Service from Scanbalt tour manager
• Boat cruise on Trollfjord (including fishing and lunch)
• Visit to Lofoten Stockfish Museum
Not included:
• Meals (there are cooking facilities provided for your own cooking)
• Optional activities
PS! You have to book your travel to Bodø yourself!


Day 1
We meet in Bodø and take a ferry to Lofoten, Moskenes (15:30-19:00). After arrival we drive to our camping site, where we spend the first evening. We stay in a village called Å, Lofoten's most westerly point. Let's enjoy the views and get to know each other!
Day 2
Full-day trip to some of the Lofoten Islands. We travel all the way to Svolvær, stopping in traditional fishing villages and scenic beaches, hearing stories of local lifestyle as well as the famous Vikings. In the afternoon, we take a boat cruise on stunning Trollfjord. During the boat cruise, there will be a possibility to try fishing, spot some sea-eagles and taste some local fish soup.
Day 3
We start the day with a visit to Lofoten Stockfish Museum dedicated to Lofoten's most famous, thousand years old export. Made from the plentiful cod that spawn around Lofoten's shallow waters, stockfish is everywhere on the islands. The afternoon is free for optional activities – hiking and sea kayaking are some of the possible activities.
Day 4
Early check out from the rooms and boarding the ferry back to Bodø (07:00 – 10:15), where we say our goodbyes.

Optional Activitites

Sea Kayaking
When: Day 3
Departure from Å
Duration: about 3 hours
Price: 850 NOK
We will have a guided kayaking excursion on the incredible Reinefjord, starting from the village called Reine, not far from Å. The adventure offers a spectacular experience of paddling along deep fjords surrounded by tall mountains that reach to the heavens reflecting on the water. It creates the perfect feeling of peace and meditation. All the equipment for kayaking is provided by the local company, but you are recommended to bring waterproof clothes. The transportation between the accommodation and Reine, is included in the price

PS! Organiser reserves the right to cancel the sea kayking due to difficult weather conditions. If the organiser has to cancel the excursion for the safety reasons, full refund will be made.
Hiking (independent activities)
Sørvågvannet Lake
Time: about 60 minutes
Category: easy (green)
Start: From Sørvågen, an illuminated trail runs around Sørvågvannet lake. You can also go fishing for trout in the lake. For a longer walk, there is a detour up to the Studalen valley.
Bunesstranda Beach
Height difference: 0-75 meters above sea level
Time: about 4 hours
Category: medium (blue)
Start: From Reine, take the boat to Vindstad. Follow the road from Vindstad to the end of the fjord and across a small strip of land down to Bunesstranda beach. This incredible sandy beach is worth the effort! The whole trip, including the boat, takes about 4 hours.
Height: 514 meters above sea level
Time: about 3.5 hours
Category: medium (blue)
Start: From Å, follow the path along Ågvannet lake
Some parts are quite steep and can be challenging, though an amazing view is waiting for you at the top.
Height: 490 meters above sea level
Time: about 3 hours
Category: challenging (red)
Start: From Sørvågen, follow the path around Sørvågvannet lake and take off towards Studalsvannet lake. At the top you are greeted by a most stunning view.
Fishing (independent activity):
There are many opportunities to go fishing in the area around Å, both in lakes and in the ocean. You can fish trout and char in most of the lakes in the area. Some of the lakes are listed below: 
Trout – Sørvågvannet, Trolldalsvannet, Krokvannet
Char – Studalsvannet, Tridalsvannet, Fjerdalsvannet

Norwegian Fishing Village Museum
Located in Å
Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri)

Norwegian Telecom Museum
Located in a building built 1914 in Sørvågen
Can open on requests from groups
Student price 20 NOK
Adults 40 NOK
Administered by the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum in Å

Useful Info

What to bring:
• ID card / passport
• Valid ESNcard
• Clothes and shoes for hiking (remember it can be quite cold, rainy/snowy and windy)
• Hat and gloves
• Small backpack for hikes and water bottle
• Something warm to put on in the evenings
You will stay in hostel rooms and cabins for 4-8 persons. Rooming list will be made on the way to Lofoten.
About the Lofoten Islands
Here you can read on Wikipedia about the Lofoten Islands.