Heading north-east, the landscape changes continuously, with fields and forests, lakes and fjords, views of the open sea and scattered settlements, bringing you to your first stop, the village of Henningsvær. Like many villages in Lofoten, Henningsvær is built on a number of linked islands. Unlike many villages, however, rather than nestling beneath sheltering mountains, Henningsvær is surrounded by the sea. This is just one aspect of what makes Henningsvær unique among Lofoten’s fishing villages. The climbing school attracts an extremely varied international clientele, so the picturesque little village also boasts some cosmopolitan elements among its attractions, including Gallery Lofotens Hus. An expression of its founder’s love for north-Norwegian art and photography, the pieces on display date largely from the late 19th century, and depict mostly the landscapes of, and life in, Lofoten. This theme continues in the multimedia presentation, Magic Island Kingdom, a love letter to Lofoten in photography and music. It’s up to you how you spend your time in Henningsvær, of course, but there is time to explore both the gallery and the village itself.
In Svolvær is the world’s first permanent ice gallery. A poncho and gloves will keep your body warm from the outside, while a special signature drink served in an ice glass will warm you up from the inside!

Back on the island where you began is the Lofotr Viking Museum. Built around the discovery of the largest Viking longhouse ever found, the centrepiece is a reconstruction of that longhouse. Oil lamps flicker, smoke curls up from the fireplace, statues of the old gods stand among intricate wood carvings and walls hung with furs. Craftspeople weave, work leather and carve. It’s only the flash of cameras that remind you you’re still in the present. And because the objects in the longhouse are replicas, you can get a little bit closer to the past by donning chainmail and a helmet, and brandishing the weapon of your choice. The museum’s other building houses the archeaological finds from the site, as well as an exhibition on the site’s discovery, the souvenir shop, and a café. After your time with the Vikings, Leknes is only half an hour away.

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Practical information

Availability

All year

When

Upon request

Duration

7 hours

Price


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Activity level

Steps on and off the bus, 80 metre (87 yard) walk uphill between reception area and longhouse, 80 metre walk down to parking area.

Mobility

People with disabilities need to notify us if special transport needs are required. Such requirements will be subject to the availability of suitable transport.

Language

Upon request.

Meal

No Meal. Can be added if desired.

Included

Includes AGS guide, entry to Magic Ice and the Viking Museum.

Entry to Lofoten's House Gallery optional & at own expense.

Add-ons

Dress for changeable weather.

This excursion is subject to availability of entrance tickets on the attractions.

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