Visiting Lofoten must include a trip on the Lofoten sea. This is where you experience the real Lofoten, the dramatic mountain walls, the magnificent Malstrom and the abandoned fishing villages. In our boats we take you to places you only before have dreamt of. Our trips run every day, all year, as long as the weather lets us and we have enough guests.
The cave of Refsvika and 3000 year old cave paintings
Let us take you 3000 years back in time. We will visit vacated fishing villages, Moskstraumen (tidal current) and Kollhellaren (cave). With its old cave paintings this is our main attraction on this trip. A fantastic hike along the coast is necessary to get there, so good shoes are required. The natural cathedral we will visit reaches 115 meters into the mountain and is over 50 meters high under the ceiling. The cave is naturally shaped as a cross and was probably used for ritual ceremonies during the Stone Age. In the summer time, when the midnight sun sits on the horizon and shines through the cave opening it creates a magical atmosphere you wouldn’t want to miss.
The cave of Refsvika is a sight in the Norwegian Heritage system, and it is closed for public unless you join our guided tour. A certified guide and an experienced boat driver will be at your assistance throughout the trip.
In the summer season we prefer to start in the evening, when the amazing light from the midnight sun guides us into the cave. The later on in the season we get, the earlier does the trip start.
Participants on this trip shoed be able to walk a fear distance on medium tough natural trail. Good hiking shoes and warm clothes are recommended even on warm sunny days.
The northern Norway will be served. Please bring some food for yourself.
Up until the late 1700s people believed that the Earth was drinking water, and they believed that this particular area outside the tip of Lofoten was one of the main mouths of the Earth. After drinking the water, the Earth spat out what she did not need. This is why the people were so afraid of the Great Malstrom. They were afraid of disappearing into the inner Earth and not come back. In our days we know that the reason of the sea level sinking and rising is because of the tidal water, and today we can say that the Malstrom is the strongest tidal current in the world in open sea.
In our days people have lived in the areas around the Malstrom from as early as 1567 up until 1950. The villages close to the rich fishing areas was the most popular and it was an absolute must living close to these areas while rowing for fish.
Our locally known boat driver will take you on an unforgettable excursion on the Arctic waters.
The trip lasts about three hours. Wear warm clothes.
Værøy is the second most western island in Lofoten and it is not connected to any other island by road. To get to Værøy we need to pass through the Malstrom, and our first stop will be the islets of Svarvane. Fishing around Svarvane was not just a job, but it was a piece of art. Hard work and generations of knowledge was ingredients in this type of fishing Between Svarvane and Værøy we will pass the paradise of Mosken. Mosken is a Sami word, meaning closed compartment. This is the island that has given the name to the maelstrom, Moskstraumen. Kepp your eyes open and look for seals, eagles, cormorants, puffin and the most elegant of them all, the havsule. Arriving in Værøy, we will find our seats in a minibus that takes us to som eof the historic sights on the island, the chocolate fabric and Værøy Old Church being two of them. There will be time to explore on your own before we eat lunch in the harbor. Going back to Reine, just sit back and reflect over your day’s adventure.
The trip lasts about 6 hours. Bring warm clothes and good hiking shoes.
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