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Svinøya Rorbuer – Norway

Svinøya Rorbuer – BaseCamp Lofoten

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.
And where in the world is Svolvær?


Fishrestaurant with stockfish as our speciality

Svinøya Rorbuer includes one of the most distinctive restaurants in the Lofoten Islands. The “Børsen Spiseri” is housed in a venerable quayside warehouse dating back to 1828, and considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the building’s original features. Most of the building’s historical attributes have been preserved, providing an atmosphere with an aroma of tar and rope. The dishes that are served here, are made from Lofoten’s unique and fresh, local ingredients.

Børsen Spiseri is open every day 18:00 – 22:00 and have about 120 seats!

A la carte menu

Børsen Spiseri fit for any occasion

Whether you come alone, with your family, friends or with all your colleagues, we guarantee to do our utmost to ensure that you will be satisfied.

Guaranteed unique and fresh, local ingredients

Both meat and fish dishes are served here, made from Lofoten’s unique and fresh, local ingredients. Our focus is on local produce and our speciality is stockfish delivered from the fish factory 50 meters away.

In the same building we find the former “krambua” or old general store, which is a tiny museum in its own right. Old wares and equipment from bygone times still hang from the ceiling there, taking you 100 years back in time.



Rorbu 1 room / 1 bath


Rorbu cabin with 1 bedroom with 2 beds, 1 bath room with shower and WC, living room and well equipped kitchen. A total of 11 cabins in this category. All original fishermen cabins adapted to modern day standards and comfort.

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



Rorbu 2 rooms / 2 baths


Rorbu cabin with 2 bedrooms with 2 beds in each, bathroom with shower and WC in each bedroom, living room and well equipped kitchen. A total of 10 cabins in this category. All newly built in the traditional style.



Rorbu 3 rooms / 1 bath


Rorbu cabin with 3 bedrooms with 2 beds in each, 1 bathroom with shower and WC, living room and well equipped kitchen. One of the bedrooms has bunk beds. Only 1 cabin in this category. Original fishermen cabin adapted to modern day standards and comfort.



Lofoten Aurora Weekend Special

Photo: Andy Keen - aurorahunters.org

A 4 Night Tour including Aurora hunting and the opportunity to enjoy the stunning Lofoten scenery with the Aurorahunters’ team.

Following the success of our Great Aurora Hunt programme which is almost sold-out, we are introducing a new Lofoten Aurora Weekend Special – under the direction of Andy Keen, and led by an experienced member of his team. This tour includes two nights of aurora-hunting, a Sea Eagle/Nature Safari by boat into the spectacular Trollfjord, and a day-tour of the Lofoten Islands visiting the picturesque fishing village of Henningsvaer with its impressive Lofoten Hus Gallery, and the fascinating Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg.

The tour starts on a Thursday,with flights from London, Heathrow, via Oslo, to Evenes in north Norway, although it is also possible to book the tour without flights if you wish to make your own arrangements from elsewhere. The first night will be spent in a lovely fjord-side location at the Evenes Fjordhotell, and after a good night’s sleep you will be picked up in the morning to enjoy the magnificent scenery on the transfer to Lofoten. In the afternoon Andy Keen, or one of his colleagues, will give a presentation on the Northern Lights, and offer advice on photographing this amazing


The Great Aurora Hunt

Photo: Andy Keen - Aurorahunters


In co-operation with Aurorahunters and  Taber Holidays, we offer a 5 day / 4 night Northern Lights adventure in the magical Lofoten Islands.

Places are strictly limited.

Make your dream of seeing and photographing the Aurora Borealis a reality on the hugely successful Great Aurora Hunt with vetaran Aurora photographer, Andy Keen.