Svolvær – explore Norway’s untamed islands
The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long, surf-swept beaches. If you are seeking unforgettable nature experiences, Lofoten will definitely not let you down. Svolvær is the administrative centre, with many shops, galleries and the Lofoten Kulturhus. The goat-like Svolværgeita looks down on the town, a challenge to climbers. Most of Lofoten’s accommodation is here, and it is one of the most important harbours in North Norway for maritime services.
Fishing has been, and still is, to a degree, the reason why people have lived here and the region is known for its many small fishing villages. The population has always shed all year round, usually alongside running small farms. Yet it is the seasonal fishing for Norwegian cod that has been of the greatest importance.
Hotels in Svolvær
Thon Hotel Lofoten
Beautifully located in the harbour of Svolvær the Thon Hotel Lofoten is in walking distance to the Hurtigruten terminal and all of the town’s attractions. All of the 161 modern and comfortable rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar and air-conditioning and have access to free wireless internet. From several rooms guests get a beautiful view of the fjord or the city centre. Start your day with one of the best hotel breakfasts in Norway with hot and cold dishes, several types of bread, home-made cold cuts and more. The on-site Restaurant Bojer offers guests local specialities like fresh pollock or Lofoten lamb.
The Scandic Svolvær holds a unique location on its own island in the middle of the harbour. The city centre and the Hurtigruten terminal are both in walking distance. Guests reside in one of the 146 comfortable rooms with amenities like free Wi-Fi and some even with sea view. The À-la-carte Restaurant Bauen and the on-site bar are located in a boat-shaped building, which offers a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside.
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