5 Gorgeous Norwegian Islands You Must See

Norwegian Islands

Travel to Norway usually involves excursions into the fjords, and rightfully so. But along with the mighty fjords are the innumerable islands that dot the Norwegian coast.

Many of these islands link together to form a chain or archipelago. Intrepid travelers with a sense of adventure travel to Norway to kayak among the archipelago islands. Hikers can take one of the many hiking trails that criss-cross the islands.

If you will be traveling by car, it is possible to take a scenic road trip between some of the islands in a Norwegian archipelago, stopping along the way for pictures.

No matter your preferred mode of transport, you will find many beautiful islands and amazing archipelagos in Norway to stir your travel dreams. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started.

Head To One Of The Largest Norwegian Islands

Beautiful Senja island is the second largest of the Norwegian islands. The island is surrounded by mountains and covered in hiking trails. Perhaps the most popular hike is Segla, a strenuous hike of 5 km roundtrip.

Here are just a few things to look forward to when you visit Senja:

  • Check out the viewpoint at Bergsbotn for the perfect spot to see the stunning scenery
  • That tiny island you can see just south is Dyroya island; it’s Senja’s little sister
  • The small fishing village of Husoy offers visitors a chance to stay in one of the traditional fishing cabins on the water’s edge

Senja is also home to Anderdalen National Park. When you visit the park, plan to take the “Senja pa langs” (Senja from north to south) hiking route that cuts through the middle of the park. The route is relatively flat. You will likely see an abundance of reindeer and may even glimpse a moose.

Norwegian Islands - Senja

Vagsoy – The Island Of Lighthouses

If lighthouses are your thing, then Vagsoy island is for you. Vagsoy is home to Krakenes, Skongenes, Hendanes, and Ulvesun lighthouses. If you like, it is even possible to stay in Krakenes or Skongenes lighthouse.

Vagsoy’s tiny town of Maloy is one of Norway’s most important fishing ports. Each year Maloy is responsible for preserving, processing, and exporting almost 200,000 tons of fish.

On the north side of the island lies Refvik beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Norwegian islands. Refvik beach is 1.5 km of beautiful white sand. Perfect for a lazy summer holiday.

Check Out The Fishing Villages On Moskenesoya In The Lofoten Islands

For stunning scenery and quaint fishing villages in the Norwegian islands, look no further than Moskenesoya.

The village of Hamnoy is postcard perfect. The village is on the eastern side of Moskenesoya, in the Loften Islands, a 5.3 km drive northeast of the town of Reine. Most of the stunning Instagram pictures you see of quaint red fishing huts perched on the water’s edge are taken here.

Another famous fishing village in the Lofotens is the town of Reine. From Reine’s Reinebringen viewpoint, you can see the three fishing villages of Hamnoy, Reine, and Sakrisoy. Getting to the viewpoint involves a steep climb up 1560 stone stairs, but who’s counting? If you can do the climb, the view is well worth the effort.

Get back to nature by taking the trail to beautiful Kvalvika beach. The beach can only be accessed on foot. The hike can be slippery, so stone steps and a wooden walkway have been added to make the path safer.

Norwegian Islands - Reine Fishing Village

Summer Golfing 24 Hours A Day In The Lofoten Archipelago

There is a remote spot on the island of Gimsoy, where golf can be played 24 hours a day during the months of June and July. The midnight sun shines its light over Lofoten Links and gives golfers a unique chance to play 18 holes during the time when most golfers are sleeping.

If you enjoy seeing quaint local villages, then check out the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. By wandering through the authentic buildings and looking through the exhibits, you will better understand what daily life was like for Norwegian fishermen.

After visiting the museum, check out the Nusfjord historic fishing village. Nusfjord is one of the best-preserved Norwegian fishing villages and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From the north side of the island, you can have a stunning view of the Norwegian Sea. The area is a popular spot to sit and admire the midnight sun.

Norwegian Islands - Lofoten Archipelago

Austvagoy – The Northernmost Island In The Lofoten Archipelago

The lovely island of Austvagoy provides an excellent gateway to the archipelago. Visitors can fly into the small, regional Svolvaer Airport and stay in the town of Svolvaer before heading out to the islands.

If you are traveling on one of the Hurtigruten ships, there is a port call at Svolvaer. Ferry connections can be made to the nearby island of Skrova.

Traditional fishing cabins are available for accommodations that give you that fully immersive travel experience.

Time To Get Out There On An Adventure Of Your Own

If you are an adventurous traveler with a keen sense of wanderlust, then let us plan the perfect kayak tour for you. Since the late 1990s, we have planned, outfitted, and guided sea kayak adventures in Norway.

We will provide everything you need, including:

  • Equipment
  • Food
  • Detailed route maps
  • Climate and sea conditions
  • Paddling instructions with local tides and currents
  • Our full support from the start to the finish of your tour

We specialize in self-guided sea kayaking trips to:

  • The Lofoten Islands
  • Helgeland’s Coast
  • Norway’s Western Fjords

Kayak among the Norwegian islands! Book your kayaking in Norway to get started on your next great adventure!

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EPIC ITINERARIES BY OUR WORLD RENOWN TRIP DESIGNERS! Personalized trips are always in high demand at Kayak More Tomorrow. Our exceptional guides are in high demand for solo travelers, couples, families, and private groups. Going with a guide is both cost-effective and enables you to get more out of your precious holiday time. Our tailor-made trips are one of our best-selling programs so booking well in advance is not only prudent it is necessary.

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The Nordland Sea Kayak Challenge

Pursuant to Kayak More Tomorrow’s leading role in the sea kayaking industry it is our obligation to challenge our product line and the industry as a whole. We bring to you Expedition Sea Kayaking, a trip that is designed for those who are looking for the next level in guided sea kayak trips.

Expedition Sea Kayaking will give you the opportunity to explore a coastline with an Expedition Leader, an accomplished professional sea kayaker who has logged thousands of sea kayaking miles exploring the world’s coastlines. KMT expedition leaders are intimately knowledgeable of Nordland’s coastline and its waterways.

An Expedition Sea Kayak Trip requires the right location with, challenging waterways, protected harbors, majestic vistas, and intriguing wildlife encounters. Kayak More Tomorrow’s sea kayak specialists after having explored a world of waterways have found that the Providence of Nordland in Norway’s Arctic is the perfect venue for a Sea Kayak Expedition Challenge.

North Norway’s Providence of Nordland is a seemingly endless island world with giant fjords, immense plains, and remote mountain borders. The landscape in Northern Norway is ceaselessly varied, unspoiled, magnificent, awe-inspiring and beautiful; the perfect backdrop for a month-long sea kayak expedition.

Nordland, Norway a sea kayaking eldorado, to the west lie the islands some only visible at low tide others tower more than a thousand meters above the sea. A long Helgeland’s coast there are thousands of tiny islands tens of kilometers from the shore whereas most are flat, but some rise up in strange mountain formations. The Lofoten Islands, dark violet, ancient craggy peaks rise like pyramids; these large islands lie like miniature continents with their mountains, forests and agricultural land, surrounded by the seaways of this awe-inspiring archipelago. Steeped in myths, sagas, fairy tales, and folklore Nordland’s many famous landmarks have contributed to these telling’s, Torghatten, Seven Sisters of Alsten, Hestmannen, Rødøyløve, Landego, Vestfjorden & Vågakallen are just a few that we will discover while paddling Nordland’s spectacular coast.

The Nordland Sea Kayak challenge begins at the southernmost end of the providence where we paddle North to the Northern border of the Troms, Providence in the Lofoten Islands. We meet in Brønnøysund, Nordland’s most southern city. Brønnøysund is a quaint coastal city that once was a major trading center on the sailing route from Bergen to the Lofoten Islands; it is here we do the final preparations of our sea kayak journey through Nordland.

The Nordland Challenge is unlike any other sea kayaking trip. There is no set route, planned stopping places or scheduled overnight campsites. This is a journey, a discovery in its truest sense with everyday unique and undetermined waiting to unfold as we navigate our way through numerous archipelagos, fjords & charming northern settlements

Your KMT expedition leader will lay out a general plan for the challenge with sectional breakdowns and daily objectives. You will discover hidden places and uncover the secrets of this ancient coastal culture. You will camp, stay in cabins, guesthouses, and rorbus and enjoy camp meals, picnics, and local specialty dishes prepared by the region’s best chefs as you paddle your way north.

This is an unprecedented trip in which bragging rights belong to those who paddle this journey; tales from the challenge will be the envy of the cocktail circuit.

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Highlights Of Ålesund’s Archipelago

This Ålesund tour highlights both place and activity; the whole experience comes together when elements of intimate local knowledge combine with a professional adventure trip designer.

The glistening waterways surrounding Ålesund entice and adventure beckons! Ålesund is a fairytale setting of green grassy parks, lush leafy hillsides, Art Nouveau facades with torrents and sexy curves, historical maritime landmarks, bustling marinas with gentle waves lapping the rocky shores. Here we slip into a sea kayak and glide along glistening waterways that give way to specular fjords dotted with a plethora of islands.

We reach a secluded campsite where a delicious supper of local delicacies prepared with natural ingredients is served in the great outdoors. A crackling fire, good company, and warming night-cap rounds off the evening before retiring to a cozy tent for a well-deserved rest. The smell of fresh-brewed coffee draws you from your tent and a wholesome breakfast energizes, pushing-off, sea kayaks aimed down the fjord to our inevitable entry back into urbanization and the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture.

An intricate archipelago that boasts untold secrets, a hidden campsite known only to an exclusive few, the eminent ingredients for micro-adventure. A visit to Ålesund is not complete without exploring the archipelago the city is built on! So make sure you save some time during your visit for KMT’s micro-tour (24 hours), paddle a sea kayak and camp out in the archipelago.

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Sea Kayak Norway’s Coast – 3-Day Paddle Mania of Island & Lights

The waterways of Ålesund’s archipelago boast an eldorado of magnificent paddling opportunities; gliding amongst picturesque islands, paddling along steep granite walls of jade green fjords or challenging the rolling waves of the North Atlantic where white sandy beaches speckle outer islands that abound in bird and sea life.

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Arctic Summer Solstice & Wild Fjords – 8 Day Multi Sport Trip

Bike, hike, and paddle for eight days through Western Norway; discover an adventure landscape that will leave you spellbound.

Imagine riding down narrow, winding backroads with lush green-leafy hillsides, slender valleys dotted with pasturelands where lazy livestock graze on the steps of sleepy farm villages and then launch a sea kayak onto a paddlers paradise, with rock gardens, white sandy beaches, playful seals, kelp forests, surging tides, soaring sea eagles, historical lighthouses, funky currents, long narrow winding fjords, before hiking rugged mountain trails past ancient huts to grand vistas. This is the essence of a spectacular multi-sport adventure that begins with celebrating the birth of John the Baptist before venturing into the wild fjords of the Sunnmøre Alps.

People powered we peddle, paddle and hike seeking out the highlights of Norway’s New Style city, it’s wild fjords and majestic mountains. See first-hand colorful blossoming parks, lush leafy green hillsides, a skyline of art nouveau interspersed with modern architecture, a blazing inferno and a spectacle of merry-making locals celebrating the longest spring nights upon a backdrop of pleasure-crafts bobbing on glistening fjords. Before, jumping on bikes and heading into the fjords, riding down slender valleys dotted with verdant pastures, quaint farms and grazing livestock lined by towering jagged peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps. The days fly by as we paddle, peddle and wander through these wild fjords which have cut their path deep into the Sunnmøre Alps, creating a surreal landscape that is both awe-inspiring and breathtaking.

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Sea Kayaking Norway – 5 Days Sea Kayaking Norwegian Fjords

A Quintessential Fjord Paddle – Go Kayaking in Norway!

This Classic Fjords paddle is a must do for every paddler; is well suited for beginners to advanced sea kayakers alike. Join an IFSKGIA certified Guide on a sea kayak/camping journey down Norway’s Wold-Famous Western Fjords. We have guides avaialbe for weekly departures during the summer months of July and August; we provide everything for a fabulous 5 day fully catered paddling & camping trip down Majestic Arctic Fjords.

A marvellous trip with fun-loving professional guides and best of all priced for a ‘backpacker’s’ budget!

The highlights are numerous, from gliding along jade green fjords, tasting fresh sweet water from sparkling creeks, friendly conversation around campfires, delicious camp meals, stretching our legs on well trodden footpaths, taking in majestic vistas, the catch of the day, tales and sagas of days gone by, unbelievable mountain ledge farms, long Scandinavian summer days, and friendly fun-loving KMT guides.

The journey encompasses 100 km with an average paddling duration of 5-6 hours per day, not including breaks; your guide(s) will lead you on a discovery of the world-Famous fjords where you will experience the history and culture of a rugged mountain people and the waterways that connected them.