A "rorbu" used to be the seasonal accommodation for fishermen who came to Lofoten in small boats during the annual winter cod fisheries in March-April.
Today a "rorbu" is the standard accommodation for tourists (Norwegians and foreign visitors alike) who come to Lofoten.
Foreign tourists expecting good service, room service, breakfasts, personnel on call and luxury for the price are often disappointed.
If you fill up the rorbu with friends and relatives, and use local restuarants or make your own meals or any combination of the two, will find this is the most authentic and cheapest way of lodging in Lofoten and essential in experiencing the place.
A rorbu normally houses 4-8 persons, and it is a self service concept, somewhat like a guest house with a kitchenette. There are normally a joint sitting room and kitchen area (fridge, stove, utensils of all kinds), a wood-fired stove, often a terrace, a bathroom with shower, and two to four bedrooms. Rorbuer (pl) are often located like a chain house right on the harbour for easy. most rorbuer seem to be maintained and upgraded versions of the real thing, so it is real live history at work. You can also find newly-made and well-equipped robuer that lack nothing in terms of comfort, but then it's not the real thing... A rowing boat is often included in the cost, for a fee you get access to small motorboats as well.
Rorbuer are normally family owned, and is a seasonal operation. Can be booked directly, via a travel agent, the local tourist office or a hotel.
Staying in Reine i Lofoten means one thing in terms of accommodation; RORBUER
Self catering wooden houses on the sea shore
We were 5 people that stayed there for 6 days. We were warned that it was little, and it was. The good thing is that it had a nice wiev over the sea. According to the owner it should be a 100 meters away from the nearest building. It was about 20 meters away. The main door was a terrace door with no real lock. It had some kind of padlock fitted on the outside. The door opener was loose and became worse. The paint on the outside was peeling off. It had one combined living room and kitchen about 16 square meters. One little toilet room, a bathroom and two small bedrooms. The beds in the bedrooms were only 190 cm. I am taller and did not sleep well.There were only two hot plates in the kitchen and no stove. It had a working fridge, but a old fridge without a door was used for storing ketteles.The landlady was very positive and helpfull.
Can recommend the place for short people with small demands that loves nature and see.
Seaview is very good.
An idyllic stay for 3 nights in the renovated fisherman's huts was the best accomodation in our entire Norway trip. This kind of accomodation can be found in all parts of Lofoten islands. We have stayed at the rorbus of Å i Lofoten the southernmost village of the Lofoten islands.
The rorbu we stayed in was the best in the complex. Our host, Mr. Lorentzen was a very kind person who helped with a lot of tips in what concerned the southern part of the islands. He also was very happy to help with internet access and with a boat and fishing rods.
Stay three nights of accomodation and you will receive a basket of delightful norwegian waffles!!!
Nice view(mountain and midnight sun) window on the top floor room, no kitchen, free tea & coffee & cookie.
100 nok (dorm--need extra coin for shower) , very friendly place.
Free boat, nice kitchen and common area. Picnic every day :)
very nice hostel owner: Roar
(the owner will offer you more comfortable bed if you stay longer)
If you are staying on Lofoten, we thoroughly recommend spending a few nights in a rorbu, or fisheman's cabin. These are the characteristic small red cabins on stilts by the waterside that you see all over Lofoten. Most of them are not in fact genuine rorbu, but have been build specifically as holiday accommodation. As a result they are usually very comfortable and well appointed (our one even had underfloor heating).
The prices may not seem too cheap, and during peak season rurbuer are often only available for hire for a minimum of a week. However, if there are more than two of you they can be a good option as most sleep four or six (some even eight), with separate bedrooms, bunks, and beds in the loft/roof area.
At Reine rorbuer we got our own cosy cabin, by the water, and with fantastic views. The rorbu had a full kitchen, so we got to cook, which was fun and saves on the expense of eating out.
See here for the full VT tip.
This is a nice place, ideally situated at the end of the island, which gives you more of a feeling of being at a remote place. The cabins are a suitably rustic bright red on the outside and natural wood on the inside. The rooms are clean and modern, the whole place having a well maintained feel to it. We can't compare them to other rorbu in Lofoten so all we can do is say we enjoyed staying there.
The staff (Husband and wife) were nice if a bit aloof but it was the offseason so I guess it was their vacation. We were the only guests there. They were helpful in arranging activities like hiking and boating.
The two things that stand out the most about this rorbu is that they have a log fired hot tob overlooking the quay. Unfortunately they charge to start her up and we weren't willing to spend the money. The other is that they have a cabin on it's own little island. To stay there with a group of friends would be something else.
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General facilities Bed clothes for rental, fish cleaning/preparation area, selfcatering
Leisure activities Boat available, boat trips, fishing possibilities
Open-air facilities Hiking area
Others for hire Boat hire
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General facilities Bed clothes for rental, café, cafeteria, coursefacilities, fish cleaning/preparation area, menu, partially adapted to suit wheelchair users, pub, restaurant, selfcatering, shop
Leisure activities Boat available, fishing, fishing possibilities, playground
Licensed premises Fully licensed
Open-air facilities Hiking area, pier
Others for hire Bicycle hire, boat hire
Opening hours 01.01 - 31.12 Mon-Sun
I did not live in any of these places, but have seen them and they look like a lovely place to have a holiday in.
The landscape is absolutely breathtaking.
* Å Rorbuer, Å. Tel. 76 09 11 21/ 76 09 11 62
* "Stasjonen": Seaview, 2 floors. 50 sq m each.
* Lofoten Stockfish Museum - 4 rooms, 2 - 5 beds/room. Shared shower, toilet, kitchen.
(see below for more accommodation alternatives in Å)
We have rented a cabin with four beds - 400 NOK. No cooking facilities or shower inside the cabin. The kitchen of the campgound had no cooking ustensils. Otherwise the location was very beautiful and in the summer it must be a great spot for fishing.
Very beautiful cabins with large living rooms overlooking the sea.
We have stayed in a cabin with two rooms - four beds. Shower and cooking facilities. No cable tv. Price 700 NOK.
Great views and cosy atmosphere.
* Reinevåg Rorbuer, tel/fax (+47) 76 09 22 92
* Sakrisøy Rorbuer, Tel. 76 09 21 43. Fax 76 09 24 88
* Bollhaugen Sjøhus, Reine tlf. 32 83 01 01 / 958 70 285
* Reinebuen Sjøhus, Reine tlf. 76 09 11 60/97 66 54 58
* Valbua, tel. 900 61566
(see below for more info)
We have rented one little cabin with two bedrooms (one with two beds, the other one with four beds). The cabin had shower and cooking facilities, as well as cable tv. The price was 850 NOK.
Nice view and a splendid rainbow in the morning :)
We only stayed there one night but I wish we had stayed longer. The hostel has all the facilities, which you share with not too many people. The rooms are spacious and well but simply furnished and the views are stunning. Our room overlooked the sea, and we could sunbathe on the cliff that came up straight to our terrace. The owner is extremely friendly and helpful. His cat knows that too, following him around all the time. It's a great place to stay in.
The views are just lovely. If you like fishing, that's the ideal place to be in and Roar will let you use the boat. The atmosphere is very friendly, the host doesn't leave anyone alone. The people get together, prepare fish together and sit and talk on the wooden pier for hours on end.
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