My wife decided for her 70th birthday to visit the Lofoten Islands and I booked an individual package tour with Simply Sweden. The highlight of our eight-day tour was the four nights we spent at Svinoya Rorbuer. We arrived by boat from Harstad and it was dark when we reached Svinoya Rorbuer, so we were unable to take cognizance of our surroundings. The welcome we received from Andre was excellent, we booked our evening meal and then made our way to our allocated cabin. We stayed in one of the original fishermen's cabins (I believe that there are newer cabins with additional facilities such as a sauna and bigger bedrooms) and on opening the door we were entranced. The cabin was spotlessly clean, nicely warm and cosy with everything we could need including free Wifi. It had a lovely bathroom with a great shower and under floor heating. The bedroom was on the small side with two twin beds and not a lot of room, but adequate storage space - we were comfortable enough and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The views from the island are just fantastic and we enjoyed our walks into the town centre and around the island itself. If staying there for any length of time I would recommend hiring a car. We hired for three-days and didn't regret the extra expense. We decided that we wouldn't drive for miles and miles but just take our time driving around the islands. The only problem is that you want to stop every 100 yards or so to take more photographs. We were told that it was unusually mild during our stay - we'd packed thermal everything but didn't need them even in late February/early March; a tee-shirt and fleece was all that was needed. (Our Damart, socks, long-johns, vests etc returned home unused). We stayed out of season and there are not that many places open which was a little disappointing, but it didn't spoil our visit. The restaurant attached to Svinoya Rorbuer (Borsen Spiseri) is a little gem and is fabulous inside. Andre was really helpful in helping us decide what to choose. Between us we tried everything on the menu. I loved the Artic Char and Lofoten Lamb as did my wife. The Sockfish Royal (air dried Cod) was very pleasant as was the Reindeer steak. I would suggest trying the Plate of Lofoten Delicacies as a starter: the smoked whale meat was substitute at my request with smoke reindeer. Breakfast is available in the restaurant and is more than adequate, but disappointingly for me there were no fish dishes provided. It's a great place to stay and like another reviewer I would strongly recommend adding it to your bucket-list and also include the Hurtigruten trip from Harstad to Solvaer - 10 hours of shear bliss with endless spectacular views.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Svolvaer and Svinoya Rorbuer | Open all year round Our Rorbu Resort is located in the harbor of Svolvaer the capital of Lofoten, and we provide accommodation, dining and activities on both land and sea. Our Rorbu cabins are beautifully located on the waterfront. We are Lofoten in a miniature, with a walking distance to the town center and a short drive to all transportation hubs. On our island you find the sea on one side and the dramatic mountains on the other, offering great views everywhere you lookWe also offer package deals for individuals, groups and cooperation's with accommodation in our original Rorbu cabins, newly built Rorbu Suites and Suite Hotel. We have excellent conference facilities and our renowned restaurant Borsen Spiseri serves locally produced food. With our local identity, knowledge, network and experience, we deliver world class experiences and memories for life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Svinoya Rorbuer Hotel Svolvaer