Three people snowshoeing in Lofoten with views of Svolvær

Experiencing the Winter Wonders of Lofoten

Lofoten, a mesmerizing archipelago within the Arctic Circle of Norway, transforms into a winter wonderland, offering a lot of unforgettable experiences. Among the activities available, XXLofoten stands out for providing authentic and immersive experiences, allowing visitors to connect deeply with the natural and cultural heritage of this region. From traditional fishing trips aboard historic fishing boat to snowshoe hikes, and from chasing the Northern Lights to kayaking in clear winter waters, XXLofoten invites adventurers to experience Lofoten's winter magic firsthand.

Traditional Norwegian Fishing Experience

Imagine setting sail from Svolvær aboard the MS Symra, a traditional fishing boat dating back to 1917, for an authentic Norwegian fishing adventure. As you navigate past iconic landmarks like the Fisherman's Wife, the experienced crew of XXLofoten will guide you to the prime fishing grounds, offering a hands-on experience in catching and filleting fish. The vessel, protected by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage, offers a cozy and intimate fishing experience, with just 20 guests aboard each trip. This journey not only promises an opportunity to reel in your catch but also serves as an educational voyage into the heart of Lofoten's fishing traditions.

Fishing trip with MS Symra during the traditional Lofoten fishery
Photo by Carl Filip Olsson

Snowshoeing Through Silent Landscapes

With XXLofoten, embark on a guided snowshoe trip that unveils the nature and enchanting winter light of Lofoten. Led by local guides, this 3-hour excursion is accessible to all, requiring no prior experience. Snowshoeing offers a way to explore the untouched beauty of the archipelago, with routes chosen based on daily weather conditions to ensure a safe encounter with Lofoten's wilderness. This journey is not just about the physical trek; it's a chance to absorb the rich stories and breathtaking views that make Lofoten truly unique.

Snowshoeing in the mountains of Lofoten
Photo by Carl Filip Olsson

Chasing the Northern Lights

Lofoten's geographical position just below the auroral oval creates the perfect backdrop for Northern Lights viewing. XXLofoten's guided tours are tailored to chase this spectacular natural phenomenon, offering guests the chance to witness the mesmerizing dance of lights across the night sky. With tours primarily conducted on the north side of the islands, away from artificial light pollution, the conditions are ideal for an unforgettable auroral display. The guides are not only experts in finding the best viewing spots but also in photography, ensuring that guests take home personal mementos of the magical experience.

Woman taking photo of the Northern Lights
Photo by Bob Engelsen

RIB Safari to Trollfjorden

Embark on a thrilling RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) safari with XXLofoten to explore the majestic Trollfjorden and witness the awe-inspiring sea eagles of Raftsundet. This adventure offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe these magnificent birds up close, with guides skilled in attracting them nearer to the boat. The safari also delves into the heart of Trollfjorden, where guests can hear stories of its history and natural beauty. This two-hour journey is a blend of adrenaline, wildlife observation, and cultural immersion, suitable for families and adventurers alike.

RIB boat close to sea eagles

Winter Kayaking in Svolvær

For a serene and intimate experience, XXLofoten's winter kayaking trip invites guests to glide through the calm waters of Svolvær. This guided two-hour adventure provides a unique perspective of Lofoten's landscapes, seated at sea level in stable, double kayaks. It's an opportunity to quietly explore the nooks and crannies of the coastline while listening to tales from the rich cultural tapestry of the area. With all equipment provided and no prior experience required, this kayaking trip is a peaceful way to connect with the natural beauty of Lofoten.

In conclusion, Lofoten offers a winter experience like no other, and XXLofoten is at the forefront of bringing these authentic Norwegian adventures to life. Whether it's through the thrill of fishing, the silence of snowshoeing, the magic of the Northern Lights, the excitement of a RIB safari, or the tranquility of kayaking, each activity is a doorway to the heart of Lofoten's unparalleled winter beauty.