Working here at protel can be pretty tough at times.

Like when we have to decide which great hotels around the globe ought to be featured in our classic calendar. Over 14,000 hotels and only 12 months in the year? Somebody do something – this can’t be right. Here we feature Svinøya Rorbuer, our 2018 entry for January: Vær så god!

Imagine a place full of contrasts. Find yourself in a freezing cold but also beautiful landscape between the open sea and steep mountains. Image a place well-known for its fish specialities and marine life. Further, imagine a day that starts with a sea eagle safari by speedboat, and ends with an aurora hunt in the evening. In the following, we’ll cover Svinøya Rorbuer, THE place to be for adventurers and nature lovers alike.

Spend a night in Svinøya’s rorbu cabins

Svinøya Rorbuer consists of a mix of 35 original and recently-built rorbu cabins. Each cabin has one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen-cum-lounge, and a modern bathroom with a shower and toilet.

A man sitting in a wooden cabin looking though a window at the aurora.
A warm-hearted place, especially when it’s cold outside.  Source: Svinøya

Considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the authenticity of the rorbu cabins. The timber and time-honoured craftsmanship have been preserved to convey the feeling of what a rorbu cabin was like in the old days, when the fishermen harvested the seas of Lofoten with the help of oar and sail. The rorbu cabins are idyllically located between the fish landing station, quayside buildings, fish racks, and other traditional, local buildings. On one side the sea, on the other the spectacular Lofoten mountains.

Experiences for adventurers in Lofoten

The fisheries are still of primary importance to the region, and the Lofoten Cod Fishery has always formed the basis of existence for the people here. Having the opportunity to observe these activities at close quarters in Svinøya is an experience in its own right. There is Børsen Spiseri Restaurant, for those who enjoy good food. The Gunnar Berg (1863-1893) Gallery. Old-fashioned general store from 1828, still intact. Deep-sea rafting, safaris on swift giant rubber dinghies. Tailor-made Lofoten adventures. Open all year round. 1.2 km from Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage and express passenger boat docks. 3.5 km from Svolvær Airport.

And where in the world is Svinøya?

Svolvær is the administrative centre of the Vågan Municipality (9,200 inhabitants) in Lofoten, Nordland County, Norway. Svolvær is a transport hub and a good starting point for tourists visiting the area.

A photo of Svinøya. The hotel is between the open sea and steep mountains. A place to be for adventurers.
We’ve mentioned the frostiness, haven’t we? Source: Svinøya

Many artists have been inspired by the unique light in Lofoten, and there are many artists and galleries in Svolvær. Located in Lofoten on the south coast of Austvågøy, Svolvær faces the open sea to the south and is backed by mountains immediately to the north. Svolvær is partly located on smaller islands, such as Svinøya, connected to the main island by way of the Svinøya Bridge. There is a regional airport near the town, Svolvær Airport, Helle, and Svolvær is a port of call for Hurtigruten.

You like this hotel and its stunning activities? You were here – or know of an equally amazing hotel we could feature in next year’s calendar?

Just reach out now in the comments below, and we will gladly take on the task!

Outreach Coordinator at protel hotelsoftware GmbH, Germany.

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