Tour dates 2018 : August 11-17 (9 places left)
Price: from £2,425pp
OVERVIEWIf you are a keen swimmer, looking for something completely different and like the idea of swimming in the Arctic Circle, then read on …
ABOUT LOFOTENA chain of mountainous outposts off the Arctic coast of Norway, the Lofoten islands are one of the world’s most spectacular archipelagos, with their jagged cliffs rising sheer from the sea. Despite Lofoten’s location, temperatures are not as bone-chilling as you might expect. The sea surface ranges from 11 to 15°C due to the Gulf Stream, which creates an accessible environment for some truly unique swims.
Renowned for an abundance of wildlife including sea eagles, puffins, otters, seals and whales, these far-flung islands are ideal for anyone looking for a challenging and inspiring week of swimming. Lofoten’s underwater world is fascinating: floating above glossy, peaceful kelp will make you feel at one with nature – and with the sun on the water, it’s easy to fall in love with the landscape as you swim amongst shoals of fish. We are proud the partner with our friends at The Arctic Triple, who help us provide the safety cover to bring you this unique holiday.
AT A GLANCE:
- Places available from £2,425pp
- This trip is ideal for anyone looking for an adventurous week away, with a combination of swimming, wonderful food and time to relax.
- Swim distances from 1km -4km (adaptable, swim as much or as little as you like)
- This trip runs from Saturday – Friday (6 nights)
- Non-swimmers are welcome to join the trip and can be on the boat if space allows. A 10% discount is offered to non-swimmers.
- Max group size 12
- Water temperature in August is usually between 11oC and 15oC
- Everything included except transport to Svolvaer airport, any alcohol purchases, and evening meals
- Accommodation in Hagan Villa
- A full swimming itinerary, two swims a day
- Breakfasts and lunches, plus a BBQ evening mid week
- Safety boat/s
- Swim guide/s
- Boat refreshments
- Transfers to and from Svolvaer airport
- Transport as required during the week, between swims
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Travel to and from Svolvaer airport
- Evening meals (except one evening meal, when we will have a BBQ at the villa)
- Wetsuit hire / wetsuit
ITINERARYThere are two planned swims per day based on how you progress during the week. Please realise that the below is a very rough guide and that that we will adapt the week carefully for each individual. Swim guides will advise you each day on what is best for you, but in all cases the main objective will be to encourage you to achieve your personal goals.
SaturdayA SwimQuest representative will meet you at Svolvaer airport and drive you to the villa. You can settle into your room, and meet your fellow guests and guides over a drink before we take your out for dinner in a local nearby restaurant.
SundayAfter breakfast we will drive to Kabelvag for a gentle bay swim, allowing to to acclimatise to the ocean and get to know your fellow swimmers. After lunch, we will continue round the coastline, swimming from Kabelvag towards Ørsvågvær. Keep an out of for gigantic sea eagles circling above this section of coastline.
MondayAn early start for breakfast before we hop in the boat and travel to Ornses. This mornings swim takes us alongside imposing mountains, and eventually bends round into Kalle harbour, where if you’re lucky – we can hop into Kalle’s sauna to warm up before lunch. After lunch, we will swim from geitvika bay, north – under Henninsgsvaer bridge and back towards Hagan Villa.
TuesdayIn the morning, we will head north to visit Lilje Bjønnerøya. This morning’s swim will be circumnavigation of this island, potentially crossing to Lilje Bjønnerøya before boarding the boat to head back to the villa for a warm lunch. In the afternoon, we will head back to the white beaches and shallow bay north of Hagan villa, to enjoy the scenery with some easy bay to bay swims.
WednesdayAfter breakfast we start from the beach in Kalle and finish with a dramatic swim into Henningsvær Harbour. Enjoy the dramatic Svolvær coastline and neighbouring islands with lunch in between the swims. The route soon approaches the myriad of uninhabited islands around Henningsvær Harbour where we swim directly into the town completing our swim by the Brygge Hotel. We will then change and return to the vill afor much deserved R&R, and an evening BBQ.
ThursdayToday will be a big day, with lots of swimming! We start by the bridge to Grundstadvelen, and swim with the tide through the wonderful rocky outcrops and small islands out into the Norwegian Sea. This open section of the swim allows you stunning, panoramic views of the Arctic Circle, passing Rødholmen Island where you will finish in Sineset Bay for a welcome lunch. The final swim of the week is a short coastal swim where you finish on the sandy beach in Kleivan Harbour – a fine swim to complete a great week. We then motor back to the cabins at Kale for a relaxing evening and final dinner.
FridayYour guides will walk you up early and take you down to the ocean for a bracing dip and sauna, before a leisurely breakfast and departures.
ACCOMMODATIONVilla Hagan is a beautiful property in Festvag, near Henningsvaer. Recently renovated with a modern but cosy finish, Hagan villa boasts ocean views from the lounge area, and almost all rooms. Backing onto stunning mountain vistas, the villa is a perfect base to explore this stunning part of the world. The villa accommodates a maximum of 12 SwimQuest guests.
The main dining and seating area opens out onto a private terrace, complete with wooden decking, fire pit and BBQ area.
There are three types of room available to you:
Double / twin share rooms £2,525pp, or £3,875 sole useOur double and twin share rooms in Hagan Villa are spacious, warm and comfortable. They can be set up as either twin or double rooms.
Twin share cabin room £2,425pp, or £3,725pp sole useA slightly cheaper option, this room consists of two bunkbed style beds, two on each wall. We recommend this room as a twin share room, meaning both guests can take the lower, larger beds and store their belongings on the top bed.
Snug, single room £2,525 sole useThis is a small, box room, with a single bed and a low level window.
GETTING THEREOur accommodation is a 20 minute drive from Svolvaer. We will meet you at the airport and will take you to the villa. Do get in touch if you need to be flexible with your arrival / travel arrangements and we will do our very best to help you.
getting thereLofoten is most easily reached by air. The best aiport to fly into is Svolvaer (via Oslo and Bodø). Most guests fly into Oslo, and then through to Bodø via Norwegian airlines, and then make a short hop to – Svolvaer via Widerøe airlines. Widerøe airlines operates the final flight to Lofoten, with multiple daily flights available. Tickets can be booked individually, or via SAS airlines or other Star Alliance partners to keep the journey as a single booking – which may be beneficial in the case of delays or lost luggage.
We recommend booking at least your original destination through to Bodø as one booking. You may wish to serach for flights through a slight search engine such as www.skyscanner.net before booking to find your cheapest options.
By ferry from Bodø to SvolvaerBodø – Stamsund/Svolvær: The Hurtigruten coastal ferry proves a link from Bodø – Stamsund and Svolvær. The northbound Hurtigruten leaves Bodø at 15:00 – Arrives in Svolvær at 21:00. Southbound Hurtigruten leaves Svolvær at 20:30, Stamsund at 22:30 – Arrives in Bodø at 02:30.
In Bodø, the Hurtigruten and Bodø-Moskenes ferry share the same terminal building and waiting room. The waiting room is open 24 hours, heated and contains toilets and luggage lockers. In summer there is a small cafe and gift shop also in operation.
If walking from the airport, it is a distance of roughly 2.5 kilometers. The train station is just around the corner.
Bodø – Svolvær: Operated by Torghatten Nord. This is a passenger only express boat connecting Bodø – Svolvær. The express ferry terminal is located at the tourist information center/bus station in the center of town.
What do I pack?
- At least three swimming costumes (putting on a wet cossie is never fun!)
- Wetsuit (please ask the office if you need help with this)
- Two pairs of swim goggles – one clear and one tinted
- Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day (please note, you will receive a SwimQuest 10L dry bag)
- Sandals/aqua shoes/flip flops – for getting wet
- Warm clothes! Fleece or warm jumper, tracksuit trousers/sweat pants, warm coat, hat, gloves and warm shoes are essential
- Dryrobe / similar may be useful
- Warm shoes for before and after your swim, preferable suitable for walking short distances
- Sun hat, sun cream and glasses
- Waterproof watch (optional)
READY TO BOOK?We’re excited about meeting you on tour. To book your Lofoten trip, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements.
A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer.
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TRAVEL INSURANCEAs a SwimQuest guest, you are required to have in place travel insurance that covers you for all activities you will be taking part in during your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully covered for these activities. Whatever travel policy you decide on, you will need to bring a copy of your current Certificate of Insurance to the safety briefing at the start of your SwimQuest holiday. Your Swim Guides will need to take a note of your insurer, policy number and the number to call in case of an emergency claim.