Lofoten, Norway – Nusfjord Arctic Resort
This scenic, sleepy part of Norway known for its jaw-dropping fjords and quaint fishing villages.
Like most of our trips these days, our time in Norway was planned very last minute. When we found out we would be making our way to Svalbard, I hopped online to see if we could make a stopover in Lofoten. This scenic, sleepy part of Norway known for its jaw-dropping fjords and quaint fishing villages has been at the top of our list to visit for as long as we can remember.
After doing some quick research I learned we could fly into Leknes airport, which is less than half an hour drive from the old fishing village of Nusfjord. Lately our trips have involved a lot of moving around, so I really wanted to stay put for a few nights and have a good base to travel from. Nusfjord Arctic Resort is just the spot for that. Located in between Reine, A and Henningsvær (all of which were the most photographed towns in Lofoten), the resort is made up of 19 converted red fishermen’s cabins that look quintessentially Norwegian. The buildings date back to around 1850 when the fishing village was in its heyday.
Luckily the hotel had 2 rooms left, one of which faced the mountains and the fjord. I booked it right away and emailed them just to make sure I had chosen the right one. We arrived in the late afternoon and checked into our room just as the sun was starting to set. It didn’t take long for the surrounding mountains and cabins to get bathed in a golden glow. This little town is known for seasonal cod fishing, and as you walk around you can still see fish hanging out to dry.
Nusfjord only has three restaurants, and since we were jet lagged we decided to stay in that night and try the nicest one on the water, Restaurant Karoline. Our hotel made the booking for us. The food was incredible — I had the local cod and Jacob ordered the truffle pasta. We shared a bowl of mussels, which was delicious. I slept so well the first night, despite my usual habit of waking up at least three times as I adjust to the time change. The bed here is honestly one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in, I sunk into it and didn’t want to get up!
Though Nusfjord is open to visitors, it’s the only town in Lofoten that charges an entrance fee. You don’t have to pay if you’re staying in the resort. The best part about this is it allows visitors to filter in and out throughout the day, leaving the town virtually empty in the morning and evening. Taking photos with no one around was magical, and we also had the sauna all to ourselves when we visited (it’s also for hotel guests only).
Nusfjord ended up being the perfect base for us to explore from. On the first full day we headed west and drove to the very tip of Lofoten. We didn’t even plan on hiking that day, but we ended up staying out late in the evening since the sun sets around 11pm. We ended up hiking Reinebringen that night, one of Lofoten’s most famous hikes. That meant we were free to spend the next couple of days driving east and exploring the beaches in the north. Coming back to sunsets in the evening at Nusfjord Arctic Resort was wonderful. I was debating between this hotel and another one that was more east, and I’m so glad we were in the middle since it made our daily road trips so relaxed.
Like many of our stays, we booked Nusfjord Arctic Resort ourselves.