Photo: John Stenersen The journey with a different
Svinøya Rorbu Hotel – Base camp Lofoten, is your place to stay for the ultimate short break or MICE
adventure which will tantalize your senses. How about a nature safari by big boat, get closer to the
elements, be amazed of the arctic light, watch the sea eagles when it grab the fish just a few meters
from you and keep your eyes open for the orcas. Perhaps you are of those who are looking for a skiing
destination with a different, then the Lofoten Alps are some of Europe most spectacular. This is the
place where you can go skiing down some of the steepest peaks you can imagine. Lofoten Islands and
Svinøya Rorbuer Hotel is where it all happens. and 300 000 visitors every year can't be wrong.
Picturesque Svinøya Rorbuer Hotel is situated on the island Svinøya with a bridge connection to the main
town in The Lofoten Islands, Svolvær.
"The wild nature and the mysterious wonders will mesmerise you ", syas Anders Lovik, born and raised
in the area he has an everlasting love for his home and a part of the team Basecamp Lofoten.
"Nothing compares to the surroundings and nature here, the light and silence you can experience are
unmatched. I've travelled and lived elsewhere for a few years but this is where I belong."
Anders Lovik, in charge of the early winter activities from December until March guides you through
exotic birds safaris, where you will see the biggest population of the white sea eagles in the world, and
the very popular killer walrus safari and kayaking.
Svinøya is the oldest district of the town where the first trading activities began in 1828. During the
early 19th century, a row of cabins were built to accommodate the visiting fishermen during the Lofoten
winter cod season. These cabins have been restored to perfection and all have three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen cum lounge, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet. One of these 30
cabins could potentially be your home during your stay in this exotic part of the world. Located between
the fish landing station, quayside buildings, fish racks and other traditional, local buildings, here you can
enjoy the sea on one side, and the spectacular Lofoten mountains on the other.
The peak season to visit this wondrous place is during the summer but Anders Lovik and his colleagues
have focused on attracting visitors during the winter time.
"Coming to Lofoten in the wintertime is a different experience altogether and is recommended for the
advanced traveller, it requires research and experience as the climate can be challenging, as well as the
adjustment to the limited hours of daylight.
Anders Alvik, is in charge of the late winter activities, which commence in March and end in April. This
is the time when snow is a guaranteed, there is no secret that Lofoten is a the one stop destination for
alpine skiing, and a much loved passion for Mr Alvik who will guide you down the peaks, if needed.
"Visiting Lofoten in the winter time is very much more relaxed than in the summertime as it's less
crowded and you will pretty much have the mountains to yourself", says Mr Alvik.
Foto: Ronny Nilsen
British actress Joanna Lumley recently pursued a lifelong dream and experienced the northern lights for
herself. This publicity resulted in a boom in the amount of new visitors. People travel from all corners of
the world to experience the famed aurora borealis, often with a great longing wishing to see what is said
to be one of the world's most stunning spectacle.
Basecamp Lofoten welcome large groups of up to 500 people, there are excellent conference facilities
and events packages available for companies. Brits, Germans, Italians and French are the predominant
nationalities who come to Lofoten.
Fishing is another big part of the activities during the late winter and a must is to test the traditional cod
The fisheries are still of primary importance of this area, and the Lofoten Cod Fishery has always formed
the basis of existence for the people here. Having the opportunity of observing these activities at close
quarters in Svinøya and of course, try the dried codfish, is an unforgettable experience.