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A Winter fairytale in Norway

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from 16 900 NOK
Length 8 days
Travel period Dec - March, optional dates
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The price includes

  • Accommodation – sharing a double room in a cabin/hotel on the waterfront.
  • Spa with hot tub and sauna at Skårungen. Fantastic view!
  • Activities on the programme.
  • Local guides on all activities on the programme.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day in Lofoten and Vesterålen (breakfast only on day of departure).
  • Breakfast during your stay in Oslo.
  • Travel from cabins/hotel to and from the airport in Northern Norway.
  • Return flights from Oslo-Evenes.
  • Tour is covered by the Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund.
Availability : Dec-March, optional dates
A Winter fairytale in Norway
Experience Vesterålen, Lofoten and Northern Light-safari in the North and Oslo in the South

Lofoten and Vesterålen are magical during the winter. From January to March there are plenty of opportunities to experience the unique light in Lofoten – and hopefully the Northern Lights too!

We will stay at the lovely Skårungen, the Melbu Hotel and the Ringstad Resort, which are all perfect bases for our activities and provide comfortable accommodation. You will have a personal host and you’ll enjoy newly refurbished, cosy cabins/hotel rooms situated right on the waterfront. Here it’s all about good food and great experiences.

And we offer a range of great experiences every day. Perhaps you’d like to give yourself an extra challenge by doing a sea kayak trip, a fishing trip in the ocean, or by taking a hike on snow shoes to some of Northern Norway’s most amazing mountain peaks? You can end the day with a sauna, hot tub or jacuzzi with a view out over the sea.  

Ice bathing is also possible nearby…

Winter in Norway
A winter fairytale in beautiful North-Norway / Photo: Skårungen / Shutterstock

A bit about the trip

This trip is perfect for you if you enjoy active holidays full of new experiences. You don’t need to be in peak fitness, but you still like a challenge. If you’re reasonably fit, you’ll be able to do all the activities on the programme, and this time in a winter wonderland.

Our day trips are run by professional and experienced local guides. We start each activity with a safety demonstration and a run through of the equipment. You will receive all the technical equipment you need on site. Please refer to your own equipment list further down the page.

The day trips take approx. 2-6 hours, so each day you will have a few hours to yourself before dinner.  

On this trip, we have included almost everything. All you need to do is arrange your flights to and from Norway.

You won’t find a better plan for an active holiday in Norway.

The trip lasts for 5 days, and in 2022, you can choose between 2 departure dates.
You can, of course, extend your trip and stay a few more days at your own expense, or shorten the trip if you prefer.  

A Winter fairytale in Norway
You won’t find a better plan for an active holiday in Norway / Photo: Expa Travel
Highlights
  • A personal and local host.
  • Experience Oslo in the winter and test local dishes on the streets of Oslo.
  • Panoramic view from mountain tops, on snow shoes.
  • Hot tub, jacuzzi and sauna with a fantastic view.
  • Experience nature in majestic surroundings.
  • The joy of catching a genuine Lofoten cod.
  • Professional local guides.
  • Magical winter light, and possibly the Northern Lights?

Accommodation

Oslo
We have chosen a hotel in central Oslo so that you are within easy reach of the things you want to see.

  • Shared double room when booking for 2.
  • Single rooms available at the hotel.

Lofoten 
We will be staying at Skårungen, in well-equipped, modern cabins and hotel rooms on the waterfront.

Price includes either:

  • A double room at the hotel (Sea view hotel room) when booking for 2. Brand new beds, baths and showers. 
  • Cabins when booking for 4. The cabins have 2 bedrooms; one with a double bed and one with bunk beds. Fully equipped kitchen, living room, bathroom and private parking right outside the door.

You can, of course, upgrade/change your room, however, there will be an additional fee as follows:

  • Cabin for 2 – 1,900NOK / per person / per stay.
  • Cabin for 3 – 900NOK / per person / per stay.
  • Single room at the hotel – 1,900NOK / per person / per stay.

Hadseløya
We will be staying at Melbu Hotel, right next to the ferry.

  • Shared double room when booking for 2.
  • Single room at the hotel 450NOK / per person / per stay.

Bø i Vesterålen 
We will be staying at Ringstad Resort, in new hotel rooms with panoramic views, or in apartments.

The price depends on your preferred room choice at the hotel:

  • Shared double room when booking for 2.
  • Single room at the hotel 800NOK / per person / per stay.

Any additional fees will be invoiced in your second instalment.  

If you would like to upgrade / change your room, you can notify us on your booking form.

There will be welcoming hospitality and you’ll be served delicious local food throughout your stay.

The trip to Norway

Flights

You must book your flights to Norway yourself. We can help you with the flight from Oslo to Evenes in Northern Norway.
Transport to and from the airports is by airport train and bus. We can also help you with this.

Infection control

In collaboration with our partners, we arrange our trips in accordance with the infection control advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. In order for you to feel safe, we have made adjustments to our tours to ensure that we always comply with the advice from the authorities.

It is, of course, also important that you yourself take responsibility and follow the rules at all times, uphold social distancing, wash your hands, use antibacterial hand sanitiser, and wear a mask where necessary.

NB! You must bring your own antibacterial hand sanitiser and masks.

Meals

Meals included in the price:

  • Breakfast every day.
  • Lunch according to the activities programme (packed lunch every day).
  • Dinner every day.
  • Breakfast only during the stay in Oslo.

Exception:
On the day of arrival, only dinner is included. On the day of departure, only breakfast is included.

Drinks with dinner are not included.

A Winter fairytale in Norway
Experience winter kayaking in some fantastic scenery / Photo: Expa Travel
Programme

The programme is preliminary. Expa Travel reserves the right to make any changes to the programme during the trip.

Weather conditions: we may change the order of the activities according to the weather. Some activities can be cancelled due to weather conditions. In the event that an activity is cancelled, alternative activities will be offered.

Day 1Arrival Oslo

Arrive at Oslo Gardermoen and take the airport train to Oslo.

In Oslo, check in at the hotel, which is centrally located, before going out to the magical winter market in Spikersuppa, or visiting the Munch museum, or maybe the Opera? We are happy to help you find options for a concert in the evening.
We can also recommend a number of good restaurants for lunch or dinner.

Day 2Arrival Lofoten

The journey continues to Northern Norway, first by airporttrain then by plane. Powerful scenery awaits!

On arrival at Evenes airport, you take the airport bus to Skårungen (Kabelvåg) – a beautiful place right at the water’s edge with views of the mountains. The staff at Skårungen will be ready to welcome you.
Accommodation in cabins / hotel.
Perhaps you’ll have time for a quick walk around the area and a lovely dip in the hot tub before dinner…

Day 3Fishing trip

Today we will be doing some Lofoten fishing. When you visit Lofoten, getting down to the sea and trying some fishing is a must.

After breakfast, you can take the bus into Svolvær, or hire a car if you prefer. There you will board the MS Symra.
Fishing has always been a central part of Lofoten’s history and has greatly contributed, in many ways, to building our country. Rich Lofoten fishing, where the cod come from the Barents Sea to Lofoten to spawn, has been taking place for many hundreds of years, and has provided Norwegians with life-sustaining food all the way back to the Viking age. Fishing in Lofoten is heavily dependent on the season and time of year. And during the traditional Lofoten fishing season that lasts from the end of February until April, we catch cod. Our fishing trip includes deep sea fishing with a sea reel and/or deep sea fishing rod, and there’s coffee on board our authentic fishing boat.

The afternoon is free for you to do your own activities. Maybe you’d like to stay in Svolvær for some sightseeing and shopping. Or what about the Lofoten Aquarium, or the Lofoten Cathedral in Kabelvåg?

We end the day with a lovely dinner at Skårungen. Maybe you’ll get to see the Northern Lights from the hot tub?

Day 4Vesterålen and search for the Northern Lights

Now it’s time for a new destination, and the trip goes on to Hadseløya in Vesterålen. If you have a car, you’ll have time for a trip out to Henningsvær before taking the ferry over to Vesterålen.
Henningsvær is a fishing village steeped in history. Here you will find art galleries, lovely cafés and even a football pitch situated right at the mouth of the sea. If you’re up for a challenge, you can go up to a mountain top in Henningsvær where the views are stunning, (it should be snow-free if you’re going up).

The tour continues, either by car or bus, to the ferry that takes you over to Melbu. Straight from the pier, you go directly over to Melbu hotel, a simple hotel for keen hikers. There is a 3D map that shows you where the trips go, and with dedicated personal tour guides this is bound to be an unforgettable experience.

After dinner, we are picked up and taken to this evening’s destination. We’ll be hunting for the Northern Lights! We will check the conditions carefully in advance to find the best places to look for the Northern Lights. Take a cup of cocoa and enjoy the scenery while you search for the lights. If you are interested in photography, we can advise on night-time and Northern Lights photography. Take some good warm clothes. Be prepared to take this trip on a different day – the weather conditions are a decisive factor.

Day 5Snow Show Trip

After a good breakfast, there will be a short briefing and run through of equipment (snow shoes) at reception.

Vesterålen has plenty of lovely routes with breathtaking views from fjord to mountain. Today you will meet our local tour guide who will take you to some amazing places. To create the best experiences, we will set our goals for the trip the night before – changes in the weather, landslides and mountain conditions mean that it’s best to be flexible about where the trip will go. These trips take approximately 3-5 hours.

Winter in the north is something you must experience – the weather can change from hour to hour. We create magical experiences, whether there are snow drifts, high winds or if the sun shining in a clear blue sky. With these experiences you quickly understand why Lofoten and Vesterålen are world famous for the their experiences in nature.
Well-deserved dinner in Melbu.

Day 6Kayak Trip or Eagle Safari

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel and driven to Bø i Vesterålen. Today you can experience winter kayaking in some fantastic scenery, or maybe you’d like to go on a sea eagle safari? You’ll be right beside the ocean at the same time as enjoying the view of the snow-covered mountains. There’s a good chance you’ll spot the king of the sea – the eagle.

The kayak trip does not require any previous experience, you’ll receive good instruction from our guides. During the trip, we’ll stop at one of the beautiful beaches. If you’d rather get close to the sea eagles and not have to paddle yourself, you can also take the eagle safari by boat. You can choose before we leave.

After the trip, you can take a well-deserved jacuzzi before dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. You will be served delicious dishes made with local ingredients. If the weather is good, you can take a walk out to the pier. Maybe you’ll see the Northern Lights?

Day 7Snow Shoe or Walking Trip

After a good breakfast, there will be a short briefing with a run through of today’s trip. Today you can choose between a whale safari, sea eagle safari, kayaking or walking. There are plenty of fantastic opportunities. Whatever you choose, it will be an amazing experience in some powerful scenery.

Trips with breathtaking views, or white beaches. Our local guides will take you to some magical places. To ensure the best experiences, we will set our goals for the trip the night before – in case of changes in conditions it’s better to be flexible.
Last chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, maybe you’d like to do another Northern Lights safari?

Day 8Departure

After a good breakfast, it’s time for the journey home, or maybe you want to extend your stay and take a trip to Tromsø?

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Price & dates

Dates

This tour is available from December to March.

Price

The total price for this trip is from NOK 16900,- per person, sharing in a double room.

Included

  • Accommodation – sharing a double room in a cabin/hotel on the waterfront.
  • Spa with hot tub and sauna at Skårungen. Fantastic view!
  • Activities on the programme.
  • Local guides on all activities on the programme.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day in Lofoten and Vesterålen (breakfast only on day of departure).
  • Breakfast during your stay in Oslo.
  • Travel from cabins/hotel to and from the airport in Northern Norway.
  • Return flights from Oslo-Evenes.
  • Tour is covered by the Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund.

Not included

  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory on our tours).
  • Journey to and from Oslo airport.
  • Activities on the last three days.
  • Return flights to/from Oslo/your home country.
  • Drinks with dinner.
  • Any room upgrades / single room fee etc. (See ‘Accommodation’ for more info and prices).

Optional activities

The following activities can be selected for an additional price:

  • Eagle safari from NOK 950,- per person
  • Kayak trip from NOK 1.050,- per person
  • Snowshoeing trip from NOK 700,- per person
  • Whale watching from NOK 1.950,- per person

How to get there

Airline tickets
Can be booked via Norwegian or SAS.

Rental car
We recommend rental car on this trip. You will then have the freedom to experience more places where public transport is difficult – or not possible. Renting a car in Norway is easy, and we can help you find good suppliers. Car hire for a week costs from NOK 4,500 for a small car. Polo size.

Public transport
It is also possible to use public transport. We can help you find the correct times. Payment for the trips is made directly with the carrier.
In total, it will cost approx. NOK 4.000,- per person.

Payment / Conditions

Coronavirus terms and conditions

We make it safe for you to book your travel with us. If the scheduled trip cannot go ahead due to travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we offer a full refund. This means that you will receive a refund directly from us if the Norwegian Directorate of Health/Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travelling to the area where the trip is planned at the time that your trip would have taken place.
This also applies to the paid deposit, minus the administrative fee of 495NOK.
We aim to refund you as soon as possible, and a maximum of one week after a cancelled trip.

If you wish to cancel the trip without the Norwegian Directorate of Health/Ministry of Foreign Affairs having advised against travel to your planned destination, our normal cancellation policy applies (see below).

Cancellation due to your own quarantine?

If you have to cancel your trip due to your own quarantine, insurance such as European Travel Insurance will cover your cancellation.
NB! It is important that you check the terms that apply to you with your own insurance provider.

Normal cancellation policy

FREE REBOOKING or FREE CANCELLATION up to 35 days before departure!

When you book a tour with Expa Travel, you will immediately receive a booking confirmation e-mail. The confirmation will also include login details for ‘My pages’, where you can log in at any time. Here you can monitor your order, make any desired changes or additions, update your details and find all your payment information.

  • The payments are made by bank transfer with a KID number. You will find your KID number on ‘My pages’. All bookings are binding.
  • The first instalment (deposit) of 3,000NOK must be paid within 7 days of your booking. Any unpaid deposit gives Expa Travel the right to cancel the booking.
  • The final payment is made 35 days before departure. You will receive a reminder by mail a few days before the final payment is due. Any unpaid instalment gives Expa Travel the right to cancel the booking.
  • If you book the trip less than 35 days before departure, the full amount will be required on booking.

If, for any reason, you need to cancel the tour, you will receive a 100% refund (minus an administrative charge of 495NOK) up to 35 days before departure You can read our full terms and conditions here.

Tick the box on the registration form to indicate that you have read and accepted our terms and conditions.

There will be an additional fee for a single room/other types of room than those included in the price. See more under ‘single room/room sharing’ further down the page.

Expa Travel’s tours are covered by The Package Travel Act and our membership in the Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund Reisegarantifondet gives you, as a consumer, the best possible protection.

Number of participants

The trip is based on two people travelling together. If there are more or less of you, please contact us and we will tailor the trip to your requirements.

Single room/room sharing

Room sharing
In order for the tour to be both reasonable and sociable, we will stay in double rooms at the hotels. You can indicate who you would like to share a room with in the comments section on the registration form.

Single rooms
Single rooms available on request and according to capacity.
Additional fee for a single room for all nights is 1,000NOK, per person, per tour.

Winter - Lofoten - Norway
Winter in Lofoten / Photo: @stineogjarlen
Practical information

Equipment

For day trips, it’s important to have a good rucksack that sits comfortably and has room for things like extra clothing.
Remember that it should also have room for a lunch box, thermos flask and water bottle.

Here are some suggestions on what to pack:

  • Day trip bag with room for some equipment, a change of clothes, and a lunch box, thermos flask and water bottle (approx. 30-45 litre bag).
  • Water bottle x 2 (min. 2 litres). Or Camel bag with water bottle.
  • Thermos flask (min. 1/2 litre).
  • Comfortable, well worn-in hiking shoes / walking boots (winter version).
  • Big wind jacket with hood (NB! Big enough for a puffer jacket underneath).
  • Thicker puffer jacket with hood for winter use.
  • Warm fleece or thin puffer jacket with hood.
  • Comfortable walking trousers that are rainproof, windproof and suitable for sub-zero conditions.
  • 2 x sets thermal underwear.
  • Warm winter gloves.
  • Light, thinner gloves.
  • 2 x hat.
  • Buff.
  • Swimming costume.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera / mobile phone.
  • Travel-sized first aid kit.
  • Toiletries.
  • Toilet paper for your own use.
  • Comfortable clothes for the evenings (obviously casual).
  • Indoor shoes for evenings.
  • European Health Insurance Card (compulsory on our tours).
  • Powerbank for mobile phone.
  • Small knife.
  • Antibacterial hand sanitiser and face mask for your own use.

You should be prepared for changeable temperatures and weather conditions.

Remember that this is a winter trip where we are outside for more or less the entire day.

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Travel insurance is compulsory on our tours. Read more here.

Help us to help others

One of the organisations close to our heart is “SuperSelma” – a Norwegian organisation that supports children with cancer and their families. Every year, SuperSelma organises various activities that they call Glimmers of Light – a respite in the everyday lives of cancer patients and their families. It’s a fantastic organisation that we are proud to support.
Read more here www.superselma.no.
We organise our own SuperSelma cycling trip in Spain every year, and the proceeds from the trip go directly to SuperSelma.

Everyone who registers for an Expa Travel tour is given the opportunity to donate 100NOK to SuperSelma.
We appreciate all contributions!

Questions?

Contact Aina on +47 918 19 556 or by e-mail aina@expa.no or Eric on +47 926 18 805 or by e-mail eric@expa.no.

Expa Travel reserves the right to make typing errors and currency/price changes. The programme is preliminary and subject to changes.

Send Enquiry
Registration / enquiry?

To register / enquire about this trip, please send an e-mail to info@expa.no.
Your e-mail should include the following information:

  • Your e-mail address.
  • Your mobile phone number.
  • Preferred date for the trip. 
  • Name of participants.
  • Any requests for extra days.

Please feel free to contact Aina for an informal chat. You can reach her at +47 918 19 556.

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