Svolvær Travel Guide

  • Svolvaer
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  • Svolvaer - the harbour
    Svolvaer - the harbour
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  • Lofoten landscape
    Lofoten landscape
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Svolvær Things to Do

  • Go Bowling

    One foul-weather choice is the bowling alley. The 6-lane alley has a small stand selling pølse, pizza, hamburgers, french fries, and soft drinks. Prices are NOK 55 for adults, NOK 45 for children, students, and seniors. Opening hours are Monday-Thursday 5-10PM, Friday 5-11 PM, Saturday 4PM-11PM, and Sunday 4-10PM. There's also a "senior-bowling"...

  • Short bus ride to beautiful village -...

    You get buses from Henninsvaer right down to Å [sic] in the south of Lofoten but if you have limited time, a very pleasing trip is to Henninsvaer, a dleightful coastal village spread over a number of islands.

  • Magnificent summer boat trip -...

    The hurtigrute passes close to the fjord's mouth and we were only taken thus far because navigation in the fjord itself is endangered by falling rocks in the spring and hence prohibited.However this would be a most enthralling trip in the summer, when the hurtigrute has to do a three point turn to get out again and when trips are run from Svolvaer.

  • Walk to Svinøya

    A worthwhile diversion is a walk to the nearby island of Svinøya. Walk down the main road (the water should be on your right) until you see a long, arching bridge on your right. Turn right and cross the bridge. On the island, there's a small store, some "Rorbu" fishermen's cabins (you can stay in one of them if you want), and an art museum. You'll...

  • Svolvær Geita

    The "Svolvær Goat" is a unique formation overlooking Svolvær. It is possible to hike here, but in the weather we were experiencing, it was out of the question. We managed to get some good views of it during our wanderings, though.

  • Tourist Office / Art Center

    During the summer, the Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter doubles as the tourist office. Inside, you can get good information on the area, as well as purchase various photography, posters, paintings and knick-knacks. They have tables by the front door, where you can sit and read for awhile. On nice days, there are also benches and tables just outside (Note...


Svolvær Hotels

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  • Thon Hotel Lofoten

    OJ Kaarbos gt. 5, Svolvaer, 8300, Norway

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Norlandia Rainbow Vestfjord Hotel

    Havna Po Box 354, Svolvaer, 8301, NO

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Svinoya Rorbuer

    A rorbu was once a domicile for fisher folk [men - not a sexist term but a matter of fact!] during...


Svolvær Restaurants

  • Fine Pub and Restaurant

    A nice, relaxed place to get some quick but well-prepared food. Come in, pick a seat or sofa, then order your food and drink at the bar. The bartenders will give you your drinks, then deliver your food when it's ready. An inviting place to relax, enjoy a meal and beverages. I have to recommend the fish soup -- it's excellent. The fish sandwich is...

  • Food to match the place

    This restaurant is attached to Svinøya Rorbuer [see separate accom. tip under Svolvaer.]I've no reason to think its meat dishes are any different in quality but we so enjoyed the fish and seafood that in two nights we never tried meat.The housewine was very good and, by Norwegian standards, not too dear.I have not repeated pics from the...

  • Anker Brygge

    Large quayside pub/bar/restaurant/hotel in a 19th century wooden building on a small island in Svolvær harbour. There is a large and very comfortable and cosy nautical themed bar, with an open fire, plus a large conservatory and large outdoor seating area. There is a good selection of bar food (seafood, baked potatoes, huge pizzas etc.), and there...


Svolvær Transportation

  • A magical website

    I took ages getting the url that appears below. Sadly it's in Norwegian only but surely you can make something of timetables in a foreign language.It's good for getting around the whole of Lofoten and beyond.

  • Svolvær Helle Airport

    Svolvær's Helle Airport (Code: SVJ) is approximately 15 minutes from the town center. Widerøe offers 6 daily flights to/from Bodø, and 1 daily flight to/from Stokmarknes. If you are starting or ending your trip in Svolvær, it is possible to book your international flight all the way to Svolvær with connections in Oslo and Bodø. Also, if you're...

  • Hurtigruta (Coastal Steamer)

    Svolvær is a regular stop for the Coastal Steamers enroute between Bergen and Kirkenes. This is unquestionably a very scenic and romatic way to get to Svolvær. The southbound steamer from Kirkenes towards Bodø and Bergen arrives daily at 6:30PM, and departs at 7:30PM. The northbound steamer from Bergen towards Tromsø and Kirkenes arrives daily at...


Svolvær Shopping

  • Convenience Store

    Another name it's good to be familiar with in northern Norway is Narvesen. This chain of convenience stores is akin to what North Americans and Asians would expect in a "Seven-Eleven" store. The store primarily sells various items to eat and drink, including a limited selection of hot food, and a small amount of toiletries and convenience items....

  • "Omigawd! Svolvær Has a Mall!" :)

    Svolvær has a pretty good-sized shopping mall, believe it or not. Just off Svart Nilsens Gate is the AMFI, a well-known mall chain in this part of Norway. Inside, they have just about every type of store you can imagine, from a COOP "Mega" grocery store, to clothing stores, to art and knick-knack shops, to a state-run liquor store. They even have a...

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Svolvær Local Customs

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    Cod Fishing

    by travelfrosch Written Jul 26, 2006

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    As you can probably guess, fishing is a very large part of the economy of the Lofoten Islands. One of the most visible signs of this are the many huge cod drying racks that you'll see around the area. The one in the picture is just outside Svolvær on the island of Svinøya.

    Now that's a whole lot of fish!
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