Svinøya Rorbuer – BaseCamp Lofoten

Rorbu? What is that?

In Norway, rorbu (plural: rorbuer) is a traditional type of seasonal house used by fishermen, normally located in a fishing village. The buildings are built on land, but with the one end on poles in the water, allowing easy access to boats. The style and term is used along the coast of Western Norway and Northern Norway, and is most common on Lofoten and northwards to eastern Finnmark. The use of rorbu for fishing has diminished and the style of housing is now largely used to rent out to tourists.

And where in the world is Svolvær?

Svolvær is the administrative center of 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. 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 Svinøy Bridge. There is a regional airport near the town, Svolvær Airport, Helle, and Svolvær is a port of call for Hurtigruten.

Svinøya Rorbuer – BaseCamp Lofoten

Svinøya Rorbuer is centrally situated in Svolvær harbor. The island is accassible by a bridge and is within easy walking distance of the city center. 

All of the 30 original and the more recently-built rorbu cabins are of high standard. Each cabin has one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen-cum-lounge, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet.

Considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the authenticity of the rorbu cabins. The timber and time-honoured craftmanship 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. There is the sea on one side, and the spectacular Lofoten mountains on the other.

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.

Svinøya Rorbuer’s site has all the details on available activities, prices, easy booking forms, and contact information.


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3 Responses to Svinøya Rorbuer – BaseCamp Lofoten

  1. Looks like heaven to me! Lofoten is stunningly beautiful.

  2. Pingback: Rorbu? What is That? | Holtermann Design LLC

  3. A great place for Topp Turen…

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