When you go on vacation, you often cannot take with you every part of gear you may possibly need. Transportation costs will simply blow your budget. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could rent a few things for a reasonable price right at the base where you stay? Here at Lofoten Guesthouse you may rent some useful gear (limited quantity and sizes).
You may also use my washing machine and dryer to clean your clothes for a small fee. An iron is also available here.
- Snowshoes and walking sticks
- Crampons (light) for hiking in slippery areas
- Ice-climbing crampons and Ice-axe
- Cross-country and mountain skies + boots
(a bit worn, but better than nothing)
- Warm jump-in thermo suits
- Sea kayaks with paddles and rescue vests
- Touring bicycles
- Hiking sticks
- Tripod with mounting plates, for photographers
(Manfrotto 055, 322RC2 Ball head, 2 x 200PL plates)
- Maps and guides
There are a few other people on Lofoten who offer private accomodation. Here is a selection of my favourites. I know the owners peronally and can recommend all of them. A click on each image opens the link in a new browser tab or window.
Find peace and quietness, pick up strength and gain some new inspiration at Vibeke’s Atelier and guesthouse in Laukvik.
Maximize your chance to see the northern lights! Visit Rob and Therese at home in Laukvik on Austvågøya, close to Viva Lofoten
‘The Old Hotel’ in Reine on Moskenesøya with it’s five cosy rooms wishes you a warm welcome all year round.
Activities & Services
In addition to the general recommendations on the Activities page there are some places around that offer special services. Here is my selection of companies whose owners I know and recommend personally. A click on each image opens the link in a new browser tab or window.
Aqua Lofoten Coast Adventure: diving, fishing, snorkelling, RIB safari to the Maelstrom and Stone Age cave paintings.
Explore the Lofoten mountains from the back of beautiful and sturdy icelandic horses at Rolvsfjord, Vestvågøya.
My fellow Åsvar runs a glass manufactory in Vikten. You can buy his goods may even try to create some yourself.
Travel & Photography
In this section you can find various useful weblinks, like travel blogs, sites with more hiking tips and so one. Not the official ones, as you may already have discovered those yourself. All of the links are nicely done websites that I’ve stumbled upon during research for my own trips. Individual selection for each language. Stay tuned, Christian.
A decent selection of hiking tours all over the Lofoten islands, categorized into several levels of difficulty. Top planning resource! Tracks (GPX-format) to download
The (partly) english travel blog by Michael Schaake, a german photographer. You’ll find his thoughts and lots of high quality photos here.
All you need to know about hiking in Norway: tours, cabins and tips for clothing, equipment and proper behaviour on trips into the mountains.
Smartphones and tablets have become essential companions for the modern travellers life. This section lists useful Apps to assist you during your trip. My webmaster has tried them all on several Android devices. Most of them exist for the Apple or Windows Phone universe, too.
A click on an app logo redirects you to its Google Play Store site (in a new window or tab). You find Christians comments under each logo.
When you travel to Norway by car, you may want to know in advance how the road conditions are along your preferred route. Information about traffic jams, construction works, closures is shown in sorted lists or a map. Particularly useful during winter are the integrated webcams.
Initially I almost couldn’t believe that it comes free of charge, because this is simply the best map of Norway available on the Internet. If you have a printed map and find familiar views on Zoom level 14, you’re right: this is the source data for almost any paper map available in stores.
This is the official timetable application for public transport in Northern Norway. You can search for connections to and from Lofoten, look for the nearest bus stop or plan your trips with the included map. Bus stops closest to the guesthouse: Steine kryss or Finstadvn kryss
After 15 trips to Lofoten in over 8 years and myriads of photos taken I have decided to share my favourite ones with you. But not only the pictures, but also the GPS positions of the spots and some personal notes about each location. These may help to plan your trip to the archipelago.
A click on the image to the right opens or downloads the PDF-version of the book, depending on your browser settings. You find a printed copy at Lofoten Guesthouse to judge the quality. I’ll add a link to the online bookstore as soon as possible.