This summer, Thon Hotels opened a brand new hotel right on the waterfront in Svolvær. We headed up to the north of Norway for a late summer getaway to experience the beauty of the Lofoten islands for the first time. Thon Hotel Svolvær is in a prime location in the heart of Lofoten, just a seven-minute drive from the Svolvær airport, and only twenty minutes from the trendy Henningsvær area. For the adventurous type, there are lots of hikes nearby, including the famous Svolværgeita (the Svolvær goat). Travelers visiting Thon Hotel Svolvær can expect upscale accommodations, fitness and conference facilities, a rooftop with a view, fishing excursions, and a plethora of dining options. Continue reading to see all that we experienced while in Svolvær.
Looking for restaurant recommendations in Lofoten? Check out our reviews of Kvitnes Gård and Lofoten Food Studio.
Things to Do in Svolvær
Lofoten is one of the most beautiful destinations in Norway. The nature here is unparalleled, with steep mountains and deep fjords. There are lots of hiking trails nearby, including the Fløya mountain, where you can find the Djeveltrappa (the Devil’s stairs), Djevelporten (the Devil’s gate), and the Svolværgeita (the Svolvær goat), where the most adventurous rock climbers dare to jump between two rock formations that resemble the horns of a goat. (Note: for this part of the hike you will need some climbing experience, and some parts even require hiring a tour guide.) We didn’t dare to take this leap of faith, but we did climb to the top of the Sherpa stairs and got a nice view from the top overlooking Vestfjord and Svolvær. But have no fear – if you’re not an experienced hiker, the hotel also has a gym with plenty of exercise equipment.
Fishing Trips in Svolvær
Lofoten is famous for its fish; lots of tourists come on vacations primarily centered around fishing. One unique feature of the Thon Hotel Svolvær is that you can book an excursion on a fishing boat. The boat will come pick you up at the dock of the hotel, take you out to sea, and help you catch your own fish. Afterwards, you can return to the hotel where you can help hoist the fish ashore, and learn how to filet the fish yourself, with the help of an expert. Once your fish is ready to cook, you can bring it to the chef in the restaurant and he will prepare it for you for dinner. It doesn’t get fresher than that!
Dining at Thon Hotel Svolvær
You’re never far away from food at the Thon Hotel Svolvær. The breakfast buffet offers a variety of hot and cold items. There are freshly pressed juices and smoothies, bacon, eggs, sausages. You can also get hot svele (Norwegian buttermilk pancakes) with brunost (brown cheese), and omelettes made-to-order. Craving breakfast in bed? Room service is also possible!
Between meals, the lobby is outfitted with a free coffee and tea bar, and there are always fresh pastries from the bakery for those looking for a snack. If you’re thirsty, Brasseriet Bar is also located on the lobby level all day long, serving hot and cold drinks. The hotel’s brand new wood-fired pizza oven is at the center of the lunch menu. Choose from classics like margherita, marinara, and spicy diavola pizza. There’s an outdoor patio with ample seating along the water when the weather is nice.
For a more upscale dining experience, visit Brasseriet, the hotel’s bistro, where the Spanish Josper grill is the star of the show. Lots of the herbs and vegetables are grown right on the hotel’s rooftop garden. On our visit, we loved the fresh salmon tataki with bok choy and ponzu, the plaice with brown butter and black garlic crumble, but probably the stand-out dish was the cod we caught ourselves! Our dinner ended on a sweet note with a visit from the dessert trolley.
In the neighboring building, Thon Hotel Lofoten, restaurant Paleo Arctic is also worth a visit. The menu here is also Nordic in style, highlighting ingredients from the region like seafood and lamb. Don’t miss the Norwegian potato waffles!
After a long day of hiking and fishing and wining and dining, relax in the comfort of your hotel room. All of the rooms at Thon Hotel Svolvær have glass windows, so you can take in the breathtaking surroundings – you almost feel like you’re floating over the water! The stylish suites are outfitted with floral wallpaper and a charming velvet couch in the living room area, and a large dining room table – which could also serve as a private conference room, if needed.
Have you ever been to Svolvær? Let us know in the comments below.
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