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“Something very special...” 5 of 5 stars
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Vasstrandvegen 580, Kvaloya 9108 Tromsø, Norway   |  
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“Something very special...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I stayed here recently with my husband and two adult sons. We absolutely loved it. You really could not find a more beautiful location. There is something very special about this place that is difficult to put into words! When I looked out over the fjord at the beauty of the scenery it almost brought me to tears on several occasions. The cabin itself was large, warm, very comfortable and well equipped. The nearest supermarket which is a fair way off is really excellent - puts Waitrose and M&S to shame! As there are no restaurants nearby we cooked each night and even invented a new recipe which is Cod in Icing Sugar. This was entirely unintentional - the Norwegian word for flour is very similar to icing sugar and I bought the wrong product!

While we were there we went deep sea fishing twice with Marcus from Arctic Fishing Adventures and that was great fun. We caught lots of different fish and the boat was very spacious and comfortable. I would thoroughly recommend this holiday as an excellent escape from the rat race.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We stayed at Lauklines a few weeks ago (early April 2013) and stayed in one of Hanna and Andreas' beautiful cottages right on the Fjord. This was our first visit to Norway, and despite visiting late in the season, we were so happy that we saw the Northern Lights, right from the comfort of our cabin, snugly tucked down with some cocoa! Hanna and Andreas were friendly, extremely professional and helpful throughout the whole visit, from advising and guiding us as how to best see the lights and recommending things we could do on our stay, even lending us sunglasses, which we had forgotten to bring! The scenery was glorious, location perfect and the cabins so homely and welcoming, with plenty of room for our family (we are a family of 4 adults but there was space in the cabin that would fit 2 more adults, comfortably). There is lots to do in the area, from Snow-shoeing and sledging to Husky Sledding, and this can all be arranged from Lauklines. We chose to stay here because Lauklines had such great reviews from other Trip Advisor reviewers and I am so glad we did, since this was the perfect location, I cannot rate it highly enough! I have recommended this to several of my friends looking to visit Norway and will definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Right from my very first e-mail to Andreas and Hanna I felt I was dealing with professional, genuine, helpful and warm people. Now after my week-long stay I can vouch that you would struggle to find more helpful hosts and an accommodation in a more beautiful setting with the added bonus of watching the Aurora from your bed.

We, a family of four ( kids 7 & 12 ) stayed at Lauklines in February 2013. We had decided to stay at self catering facilities to save money and have vegetarian food so my choices were Viking Hotel, Ersfjordbotn Cottages and Lauklines. But when I showed the photos to wife and kids they just refused to consider the other two. I thank them for the great decision !!

All the e-mails were answered promptly. Unfortunately you can't pay by Paypal. Credit card incurs 1.5 % fee and of course Bank Transfer may have more charges depending on your bank.
Website is very good with useful info and the place is easy to find. About 45 minutes drive from TOS airport. All the roads were cleared of snow and the drive from the Sommaroy turn to Lauklines is wonderful with mountains hovering over and the frozen fjord parallel to the road.

You can unload the bags close to the cabin and the car park is just 50 meters away.
There are 6 cabins, all more or less identical. We stayed at #4. One massive bedroom,one double bed room and a decent size bathroom upstairs. Lounge/Diner, kitchen and a single bed room and another big bathroom downstairs.

The kitchen was very well equipped (even salt and pepper mills were there). No Freezer in the cabin but there is a big freezer in the communal area in front of the reception. I was very impressed with the excellent recycling policy. Bathroom shower pressure was decent but slight problem was that if all four of us decided to have shower one after another then the 4th person couldn't have a long shower as the hot water seemed to be running out. Not a major problem as we just had showers at different times.

Lovely sofa with a decent size TV with mostly Norwegian channels, some US shows and BBC World. DVD player and TV can be connected to laptop by cable. Big deck with stupendous views over the fjord.
It is amazing how well insulated this cabin was compared to British houses and we never felt cold or uncomfortable.
We had some problems with the wi-fi as it became patchy. I believe there was a big group of Photographers staying in the cabin and their usage exceeded the bandwidth. Andreas was quickly aware of that and tried his best to rectify the situation.

Natur og Fritid has a branch here and we rented sledges from there. Hanna very kindly allowed our kids to use their bob-sledge free of charge. There is a slope right in front of their house which is perfect for going up and down. There is a beach Vaastrand just 5-0 minutes drive from the cabins which was wonderful to roll in the pristine snow while enjoying the sunset. Sommmaroy is also not too far with another excellent drive.

Shortly after arrival I realised that I had stupidly left my camera battery grip at home. Unbelievable but happens !! Following morning my wife casually mentioned this to Andreas and lo behold : out comes a charger for my battery. I wanted to hug and kiss him there !! Both of them are very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to chat with them to learn about Arctic North.
The Service Centre at Reception was open from 9-11 but the owners were contactable by phone at other times. Andreas even came out to help me when I got stuck in the snow drift but that's another story !!
Now the best part was watching the Aurora. I had booked 2 expensive tours with Marcus and Gunnar and also drove on several nights searching for the lights but the best and a mind-boggling display we watched was right from the front of the cabin. I personally feel if you are staying for one week and the local weather forecast is not too bad then there is no need for you to go out with tours as you are very likely to see it from Lauklines. Also the sunrise over the fjord was just wonderful.

We had carried a lot of food with us so did not really do much food shopping but found the shop Aida Handel on the way to Tromso (just where you turn left to join the road to airport) very conveniently placed and well stocked. Andreas also has a small collection of local produces in the reception.

I have travelled far and wide and stayed in many places but this was one of the most memorable place to stay and it was a pleasure to meet Andreas and Hanna.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We stayed in one of these cabins for a week from the 16th Feb 2013 with our 4 children aged 5 to 11 years.
The cabins are a bit like the Tardis- they look small from the outside but once you get inside there is plenty of room. The single bedroom is rather compact but the other two bedrooms are huge and there would have been enough room to have 4 single beds in each one.
The kitchen is modern and functional and the dining living room area was large enough for the 6 of us too. There is a TV, DVD player ( bring Some films) and good Wifi.
But the best bit of the location is that they are right next to the water, with an adjoining jetty out over the fjord.
The scene just outside your window is stunning and changes with the light, and when it's dark you can only see a few pinpoints of light along the coastline.
The lack of light pollution is one of the reasons that one of these jetties is one of the best places in the world to spot, and photograph, the Northern Lights if you visit at the right time of year and the weather is kind. We were very lucky and got to see the lights 4 out of 7 of nights we were there.
When we arrived there was a good foot of snow on the ground and we had another 10cm arrive overnight on our 4th night. We didn't go anywhere that day, but the kids spent a happy day sledding down the driveway ( they have sleds you can borrow), making forts and snow penguins.
Other days we drove along the fjordside roads to Sommeroya and then to Rekvik and spend a couple of days in Tromso at the polar museum and the polaria.
The idea of driving on snow and ice was a bit daunting but all the vehicles have snow tyres and if you take it slowly, then it is really very easy.
We had a wonderful week at Lauklines Kystferie and the kids loved it too.
The hosts were very friendly and happy to talk about the region and suggest activities. We thought about taking a bus tour to chase the lights but were told not to bother, and just enjoy the view from the jetty or perhaps drive up to the mountain pass one evening in the hope that the lights come out while we were there.
We would recommend these cabins for anyone who wants to see the Lights from their warm, comfortable living room while on holiday.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We have visited end of January 2013 and concluded that everything you read in other reviews is true. It's a fantastic location, with great views over the water (and when lucky see the Northern lights from your deck). Houses are great with plenty of room and very warm. Owners are very friendly and helpfull. We had a great time here.
Highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We spent 2 nights at Lauklines on a visit norway trip. Excellent accomodation, the house is well equiped, everything you need is there. Spectacular view from the house. Nice scenery, lovely people. Very quiet place. We enjoyed it a lot!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We loved our 4 nights at Lauklines Kystferie. The cabin was clean, warm, comfortable and had a well setup kitchen. Andreas and Hannah were very welcoming and answered any questions we had. The cabin decking was a great spot for whale watching and photographing the northern lights (if they decide to appear).

The location is quite remote - about 40 minutes drive from Tromso - and we decided to book a transfer from Tromso to avoid car hire. It worked well, just make sure you buy all the food you will need first. There's a car available for short term hire if you need to duck back to the shops, but it'll be an expensive trip if you just need a forgotten ingredient! The remoteness was a plus for us, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and quite surrounds.

The wifi worked sporadically - if reliable Internet is a must then maybe look elsewhere.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Vasstrandvegen 580, Kvaloya 9108 Tromsø, Norway
Location: Norway > Northern Norway > Troms > Kvaloya
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Kvaloya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lauklines Kystferie is a holiday resort offering high standard fisherman's cabins, situated 35 mins ride southwest of Tromso City, in Kattfjord on the Island of Kvaloya. Cabins are fully equipped for up to 6 persons each, surrounded by beautiful scenery, built directly on the shore line. Enjoy silence, calmness and be active in the pure Arctic nature. Deep sea fishing on your own with rental boats or join a local skipper. Midnight sun trips, hiking, whale safaris, skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, photo safari, bird watching, kayaking in clear water or just enjoy being in nature and let yourself be enhanced. Ideal spot to see the northern lights! Stay relaxed in the warm cozy cabin until the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) appears just in front of your cabindoor, mirroring her flickering beauty on the water. Conference facilities for up to 25-30 persons. Meals can be pre booked from a local partner. Fishing gear, snowshoes, bikes, kick-sleds, clothing etc for rent or sale in reception. Take part in genuine northern Norwegian nature, culture and taste experiences. Explore the Arctic! ... more   less 
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