Leknes, Norway

Introduction to Leknes, Lofoten Island

Leknes looks out over the stunning Lofoten Islands, which are rich in Viking history and Arctic nature. The wild landscape of jagged peaks, cliffs and bright-white sandy beaches makes the area one of the most picturesque in Norway.

One of the first ports of call inside the Arctic Circle, Leknes looks out over the stunning Lofoten Islands. The wild landscape of jagged peaks, cliffs and bright-white sandy beaches makes the area one of the most picturesque in Norway, and a climb up out of town is rewarded with stunning views in all directions.

The nearby village of Borg is home to a Viking museum, based on one of the largest buildings of that era ever discovered (by a farmer ploughing his fields in the early 1980s). The museum is very much alive: partly lit by oil lamps, it has exhibits of gold fertility figures, pottery, and glassware and regular displays of handicrafts. In the outside area are domestic animals, many of which are ancient breeds that might have been raised by the Vikings.

Be sure to explore the other islands of the Lofoten archipelago and discover the historic fishing village of Nusfjord, the attractive pebble beach of Eggum and Unstad and the huge Kollhellaren Cave in Refsvika with its 3000 year old cave paintings. You will also catch glimpses of approximately one quarter of Norway’s seabird population sat amongst the rocks.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS (TOUR C)

  • Enjoy the vistas the Lofoten Islands offer
  • See the unusual fish-drying racks – dried cod is the main export
  • Admire  the small fishing village of Ballstad
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

The Lofoten landscape is striking in its variety with wild marshes, green fields, still lakes, dramatic mountains and white sand beaches, on this tour you can admire impressive the scenery from the comfort of your coach.

The Lofoten Islands appear to be a wall of mountains, dramatically rising from the ocean, yet within the valleys, and even the fishing ports, there is lush, green vegetation. Fishing and agriculture are the main industries. There are approximately 30,000 sheep in the Lofoten Islands, 50 percent on Vestvågøy - the lamb from here is well known for its tenderness and taste - and many types of vegetables and berries are cultivated in the rich soil, aided by the warm Gulf Stream.

On the island of Vestvågøy, travel by coach through Leknes – the municipality’s centre of administration and trade, yet with less than 2,000 residents. Proceed to the small, traditional village of Ballstad for a short photo stop. Interestingly, Ballstad has probably the world’s largest outdoor painting on the walls of its boatyard.

Continuing up to Hagskaret you will admire the wonderful views out to the Norwegian Sea and Vestfjord between the Lofoten Islands, where, at the end of the Vestfjord lies Narvik. Descending, you will travel to Einangen, to enjoy a panoramic view of the Buksnesfjord – where your ship lies, an ideal photo opportunity – before returning to the pier.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves minimal walking, therefore it is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Please note this tour includes several tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia.


LOFOTEN ON HORSEBACK (TOUR F)

  • Enjoy a gentle horseback ride
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views that Gimsøy has to offer
Activity Tour
Price£170.00 - £180.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Discover Lofoten from a unique perspective as you enjoy a scenic horseback ride.

Leaving the quayside, travel to Gimsøy, where you will stop at Hov, to visit to an idyllic farm. Once at the farm, a local guide will greet you and introduce you to the Icelandic horses. These horses are calm and easy to handle. Although they are not very big, they suit riders of all abilities. All saddled up and ready with your guide, you will ride down to the white sandy beach and into the picturesque surrounding hills of Gimsøy. On horseback you can spot the nearby golf course – one of the most beautiful and special golf link courses in the world. Because of the midnight sun, golfers are able to play golf 24 hours a day from early May until late August. Few, if any golf courses offer such a combination of golf and magnificent scenic surroundings. During your ride, you will also see Hoven Mountain, traditional fish drying racks, the northern part of Lofoten and a traditional renovated baothouse.

Back on two legs, once again you will head back for lunch before heading back to your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR NORWAY 2015 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is not recommended for pregnant ladies or guests who suffer from chronic back problems. Please wear comfortable footwear and warm clothing, all guests will be required to wear safety helmets for the full duration of the horseback ride. The minimum age for participation is ten years old and an adult must accompany children over this age. Participants must not exceed 115 kilograms (18 stone) in weight. Please note that there is not a guide on the transfer from the ship and back to the ship, the guide will be met on arrival at Hov. The driver will give out information en route and also show a short safety film on the coach.


LOFOTR VIKING EXPERIENCE

  • Visit Lofotr – site of the largest Viking longhouse ever found
  • Discover what life was like during this era
  • Witness traditional Viking activities, including axe throwing! 
Activity Tour
Price£130.00 - £150.00
Duration3.5 to 4 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Enjoy a unique experience at the Lofotr Viking Museum.

Travel to the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg - an important archaeological find was made here by a farmer in the early 1980’s. While ploughing his land, he discovered an ancient Viking farm, proving that the Lofoten Islands formed a centre of power during this great era. Archaeologists found the largest Viking longhouse so far discovered and the site is now a living museum featuring Vikings, Viking ships, handcrafters and domestic animals.

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a Viking. You will be provided with an audio guide and then it is on to the theatre to view a brief film about the Viking era before viewing the exhibitions where you can admire artefacts dating from the Viking age.

Now comes the highlight of your tour - a visit to the Chieftains House. Upon arrival at the longhouse your guide will escort you to the Great Hall which you will explore. It is then time to take part in Viking activities including axe-throwing and rope-pulling! Back inside you can dress as a Viking, in a cloak, before the lady of the house and her staff will serve you a hearty meal, accompanied by mead. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2014 / 2015 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at the Viking Museum which is wheelchair accessible however there is an uphill gravel path and threshold to enter the longhouse. Paths may possibly be icy or snowy. Due to the steps and activities encountered in this tour, it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please dress warmly (layers are best), as the tour will be indoors and outdoors. The meal usually comprises lamb stew and mead – other refreshments are not included in the cost of this tour, but may be purchased separately at your own cost. The activities and meal on this tour will be exclusive to our group. There is a pre booking deadline for this tour – usually seven days in advance – after this date the tour will be on a request basis, and will be non-refundable.


Lofotr Viking Museum

LOFOTR VIKING MUSEUM

  • Explore the interactive displays at the Museum
  • Visit the reconstructed Viking longhouse
  • Have your camera to hand at Buksnes wooden church

 

Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApprox. 3 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

The Lofotr Viking Museum is the highlight of this tour – the newly renovated exhibition hall houses the history of the area, interesting artefacts and the opportunity to see an atmospheric film.

Pass through this administrative centre of Vestvågøy Island ¬– skirting its little airport. All the while you have the Himmeltindan Mountains in view - the tallest on the island at approximately 1,000 metres above sea level.

Stop at Borg to visit the Lofotr Viking Museum – an important archaeological find was made here by a farmer in the early 1980’s. While ploughing his land, he discovered an ancient Viking farm, proving that the Lofoten Islands formed a centre of power during this great era. The homestead has been reconstructed, and you will see various exhibitions which will enable you to gain a realistic impression of its inhabitants’ living conditions.

Briefly stopping en route to admire a picturesque, ‘dragon style’ wooden church at Buksnes, you return to Leknes is via the same route.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2014 / 2015 NORWAY WINTER SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is a moderate amount of walking during this tour, at the Viking Museum and at Buksnes Church. The Museum is wheelchair accessible, however there is an uphill gravel path, which may possibly have snow or ice, and a threshold to enter the longhouse. There are six or seven steps to enter the church. Therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please dress in warm layers, as the tour will involve walking outdoors. Refreshments are not included but may be purchased at the Viking Museum.


LOFOTR VIKING MUSEUM (TOUR B)

  • Explore the interactive displays at the Museum
  • Visit the reconstructed Viking longhouse
  • Have your camera to hand at Buksnes wooden church
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Enjoy a visit to the Lofotr Viking Museum - the highlight of this tour – the newly renovated exhibition hall houses information on the history of the area, interesting artefacts and offers you the opportunity to see an atmospheric film.

Pass through this administrative centre of Vestvågøy Island. Admire the Himmeltindan Mountains in view - the tallest on the island at approximately 1,000 metres above sea level.

Stop at Borg to visit the Lofotr Viking Museum, an important archaeological find was made here by a farmer in the early 1980’s while ploughing his land, he discovered one of the biggest and most fascinating ancient Viking farm, proving that the Lofoten Islands formed a centre of power during this great era. The homestead has been reconstructed, and you will see various exhibitions which will enable you to gain a realistic impression of its inhabitants’ living conditions.

Briefly stopping en route to admire a picturesque, ‘dragon style’ wooden church at Buksnes. Dragon Style is a national romantic artistic movement that developed around the time Norway’s independence and took inspiration from the Viking age. Your tour continues to the charming village of Ballstad. This is one of the Lofoten Islands’ most important fishing ports, located at the foot of the impressive Skottind Peak. There will be some free time here for you to enjoy a stroll.

Enlightened and invigorated, you return to Leknes via the same route.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is a moderate amount of walking during this tour, at the Viking Centre Museum  and at Buksnes Church. The Museum is wheelchair accessible, however there is an uphill gravel path and threshold to encounter to enter the longhouse. There are six or seven steps to enter the church, therefore this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Refreshments are not included but may be purchased at the Viking Museum at your own expense.


PICTURE PERFECT HENNINGSVÆR

  • Admire the true beauty of Henningsvear
  • The artworks at Gallery Lofoten’s Hus capture the magic of the Lofoten Islands
  • Watch the enthralling film of Lofoten life throughout the changing seasons
Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Henningsvær is a delightful fishing village and home to the Gallery Lofoten’s Hus.

Leave Leknes and proceed in an easterly direction to Henningsvær - one of the most picturesque fishing villages on the islands, with a backdrop of mountain peaks. Artists have been drawn to these islands because of the light and natural beauty. Enjoy a visit to Gallery Lofoten’s Hus – an art gallery which also houses a collection of Art about the Lofoten. Experience a multimedia show about the fisheries, nature and people of the Lofoten Islands through the seasons.

Return via the same route until you reach Vestvågøy Island once more. Now you leave the main road and continue on the interior of the island. The Lofoten mountain range forms a natural breakwater and the harbours on the eastern side of the islands are well protected from the Norwegian Sea, and are consequently important to the population of this region. Reach Hagskaret viewpoint for a photo stop - you can look towards the Norwegian Sea as well as Vestfjord and the mainland.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a small amount of walking and steps at the art gallery. Please dress accordingly; layers are best, as the tour will be both indoors and outdoors. Please note this tour includes several tunnels; therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia


RIB ADVENTURE (TOUR I)

  • Enjoy a thrilling experience in a RIB boat
  • Admire Norway’s dramatic scenery   
  • Keep your eyes peeled for eagles
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£90.00 - £100.00
DurationApproximately 1.45 Hourse
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This tour offers a great opportunityfor you to experience the Lofoten Island from the sea!

Departing on your Rigid inflatable boat, you will pass by one of the largest active fishing villages – Ballstad where cod liver oil is still produced you will also find many traditional fishermen’s cottages standing on stilts as well as the largest mural in Northern Europe on the boatyard walls. Following the inner coast, Admire from the RIB boat visit Nusfjord, which in 1975 became one of three pilot projects aimed at conserving Norway's building heritage.

Travelling out to sea you will enjoy stories about the Storbatshallaren cave – the oldest settlement from the Stone Age found in Lofoten and Vesteralen. Next, you will pass by the Nappstraumen, where if you are lucky you may encounter sea eagles. The fourth largest eagle in the world, the sea eagle is the largest bird of prey, with a wingspan of nearly two and a half metres.

Your return journey will pass via Houkland - a two kilometer long beach which has the shape of a half moon. White sand, shimmering turquoise water and a black frame of surrounding cliffs make an unforgettable view that concludes this unique excursion.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is only suitable for people who are very fit and healthy, as it is an adventure tour and involves waves. It is not considered suitable for pregnant woman and people with back problems.  The minimum age for participation is ten years old and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come suitably dressed in warm and practical clothing, a warm jumper is advisable and a waterproof suits will be provided. An insurance waiver must be signed before participation. Please note that this tour maybe cancelled to bad weather in which case a full refund would be given. We cannot guarantee sightings of any wildlife.


TRADITIONAL LOFOTEN (TOUR D)

  • Uncover the best of the Lofoten Island
  • Visit the reconstructed longhouse at the Lofotr Viking Museum
  • Explore the UNESCO - listed Nusfjord fishing village
  • Be enthralled by the blacksmith at Sund as he creates one of his trademark pieces
Activity Tour
Price£120.00 - £140.00
DurationApproximately 6.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

The Lofoten Islands were voted by National Geographic as one of the most appealing destinations in the world. This tour allows you the chance to admire the stunning landscapes as well as learn about the history of the Islands.

Setting off from Leknes, you can admire the Himmeltindan Mountains in view - the tallest mountains on Vestvågøy Island at approximately 1,000 metres above sea level. Stop at Borg to visit the Lofotr Viking Museum. An important archaeological find was made here by a farmer in the early 1980’s, while ploughing his land, he discovered an ancient Viking farm, proving that the Lofoten Islands formed a centre of power during this great era. The homestead has been reconstructed, and you will see various exhibitions which will enable you to gain a realistic impression of its inhabitants’ living conditions. Lofotr was the largest Viking longhouse found in the world and the site is now a living museum featuring Vikings, handcrafters and domestic animals.

Pass the nearby scenic Ramberg Beach and continue towards Sund. Here you can take the opportunity to enjoy a close look at the works and collections of the local blacksmith. He has collected various objects, brought together with much thought and affection: boats of various kinds, utensils from fishermen's homes as well as boat engines from the beginning of the last century. It is fascinating to see a blacksmith at work, perhaps creating a cormorant - the bird that made the former blacksmith Hans Gjertsen famous in Norway. This bird is a symbol of the fishermen in this region and is therefore of great significance.

Driving back to Ramberg, you will proceed to the idyllic fishing village of Nusfjord – protected by UNESCO. Explore and study the architecture of the colourful fishermen’s dwellings. These houses are now popular holiday homes for tourists who want to take part in the many outdoor activities arranged in the region. Enjoy lunch and some free time in this picturesque village.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at each of the stops, some of it over hilly and gravel ground, and there will be a few steps to negotiate. Lunch will be a typical Norwegian buffet with hot and cold choices, dessert, tea or coffee and mineral water. Please note this tour includes several tunnels, therefore it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.


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