Rorbuers are fishermen's cabins beside the water, and much more fun to stay in than the average hotel room. There is a bedroom (small but adequate), bathroom with shower and a living/dining room (with kitchenette) to spread out in. They are very warm and cosy, and a short walk from the hotel restaurant, and a 10 minute walk over the bridge from the town of Svolvaer. The WW2 museum is a must and the owner full of interesting and entertaining stories about his many (often rare) exhibits.
The restaurant was great - a good spread for breakfast, and very tasty evening meals. Cod was usually on the menu in some form for starter or main (cod drying racks are all over the island), amnd we also had smoked reindeer, pork neck and chicken breasts - all in delicious sauces. The chef made a real effort to cater for the individual needs of some members of our group. The waiter, Andre, was very entertaining and helpful.
We were lucky enough to see the Aurora Borealis while we were there, and also went on a Sea Eagle trip by boat. The eagles fly over and alongside the boat to collect fish that is thrown for them and so it is a great photo opportunity.
As everyone has said Norway is VERY expensive, so you do need to budget for this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Svolvaer and Svinoya Rorbuer | Open all year round Our Rorbu Resort is located in the harbor of Svolvaer the capital of Lofoten, and we provide accommodation, dining and activities on both land and sea. Our Rorbu cabins are beautifully located on the waterfront. We are Lofoten in a miniature, with a walking distance to the town center and a short drive to all transportation hubs. On our island you find the sea on one side and the dramatic mountains on the other, offering great views everywhere you lookWe also offer package deals for individuals, groups and cooperation's with accommodation in our original Rorbu cabins, newly built Rorbu Suites and Suite Hotel. We have excellent conference facilities and our renowned restaurant Borsen Spiseri serves locally produced food. With our local identity, knowledge, network and experience, we deliver world class experiences and memories for life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Svinoya Rorbuer Hotel Svolvaer