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Review 3000: Svin°ya Rorbuer, Rorbuer

Review by Davidx from England

Reproductions of Fishermen Cabins near Svolvaer, Norway


May 2002, 2 days


This is on the largest and most northerly of the mountainous and enormously scenic Lofoten Islands, several hours by boat from Bod° on the mainland and well inside the Arctic Circle.

Svin°ya is a separate island, reached by a bridge from Svolvaer, the island capital. There are terrific views of coast and mountains.

Rorbuer either are or are built to resemble (these are real ones) the seasonal accommodation for fishermen in the past. There are numerous rorbuer here and some have four beds, others two. There is no feeling of being cramped.

Nearby Amenities

There is an excellent restaurant with the same owners next to the Reception Office. They will provide a breakfast to take back to the rorbu, which can easily be stretched to cover lunch as well.

Anything else must be bought in Svolvaer about 25 minutes walk or five by car.

The House/Apartment

As stated these rorbuer (singular - rorbu) were genuinely made for fishing and whaling. The Reception Office is like a living museum and includes numerous photos of when the fishing industry was very much alive.


Only a small veranda.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

No separate dining room but adequate furniture.


This was only a two bed rorbu so one bathroom was quite adequate. Bedrooms and bathroom very pleasant.


We were only staying for two nights as the main part of our holiday was spent on the coastal voyage. We so enjoyed our restaurant meal the first night that we went the second night as well. Hence we didn't really use the self-catering facility adequately.

I would say it was quite sufficient but fairly basic stoves - well provided with cutlery and crockery.

Problems or Bonuses

Not really a surprise but still a feeling of delight at the sheer beauty of the location.

The one bad surprise wasn't the fault of the accommodation - no bus service on 1 May! (Labour Day).

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The owner was most helpful and very pleasant. I can't remember the price but it wasn't particularly cheap - comparable with a hotel.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I should certainly recommend it to any kindred spirits - not for seekers after luxury though.

Things to do in this area

┼°rsen Spiseri, with the same owners as the rorbuer, is excellent. We spent 1 May looking round the immediate area and Svolvaer - more or less obligatory because of the lack of buses but certainly nothing to complain about.

The following day we made the shortish bus trip to the old fishing village of Henningsvaer.

It's possible to get right down the islands and back by bus in a day but I should suggest about four days here and then somewhere further south - Stamsund or ┼ perhaps (no, I've not spelt it wrong!) Except in spring (when there is a strong danger of rock falls) there are marvellous boat trips on the Trollfjord.

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