Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard

1 Lofoten – Leknes

Struck by nature

Do you enjoy being blown away by the nature? If so, head for Lofoten.

(Text copyright by CNNS / Erik Joachimsen)

Lofoten has been a cruise destination ever since 1889 and the main attraction has been the nature itself. The are few, if any, other places on earth where you can experience majestic mountains rising directly from the sea, as is the case in Lofoten. The Lofoten Islands also have long fishing traditions, which has formed the basis of riches and growth for centuries. The famous Lofoten fishery every winter takes place in an area with an abundance of resources, and the fishermen have learned how to manage this on nature’s terms. They harvest what the nature provides.

The Port of Leknes can moor the largest ships, while the Port of Svolvær has limitations to its capacity. There are also several smaller ports, which can receive expedition ships.

“In recent years the cruise traffic has increased significantly, particularly the number of expedition cruises,” says The Managing Director of Arctic Guide Service, Remi Solberg. “We are now developing more good shore excursions on the same level as all the other members of CNNS. It is an acknowledgement of the fact that we want to offer a broader range of products which to an ever higher degree is based on our strong culture and beautiful nature.”

Among the products that will be tailor-made for cruise are the glassblower at Vikten, Aaland Farm and Full Steam. “The glassblower’s cabin, the mountain goat farm and the cod liver oil factory represent something unique and will be well adapted for the cruise passengers of the future,” says Solberg, who is also Chairperson of the Lofoten Cruise Network.

Cruise Port Lofoten (Leknes & Svolvær)
Number of calls 2012 (2013) (2014): 103 (90) (76) Estimate 2014: 63
Unique Selling Points: The fishing villages and alpine landscape, where the sea and mountains meet. Most popular shorex product: The historic fishing village of Nusfjord, Lofotr Viking museum and the lively fishing village of Henningsvær
Shorex contact: Arctic Guide Service, Kjellbjørg Mathisen

Product Manual 2015/16: Lofoten

Port information (Source: Cruise Norway)

PORT of Leknes
Distance to nearest pilot station nautical miles/Hours:   nm/1 hour
Visiting address: Storgata 37
Mailing address: Storgata 37
Contact person:  Ann-Helen Ernstsen
Phone /Fax: +47 76 05 60 00

Visiting address: City center
Distance from port: 4 km
Mailing address: Vestgåvøy Tourist Information, N-8370 Leknes / Destination Lofoten, POB. 210, NO-8301 Svolvær
Phone / Fax: +47 76 07 05 75 / +47 76 08 75 53
E-mail: S: / L:

Guide Service: Arctic Guide Service AS,
number of guides and languages required
Terminal/Restrooms in pier area: Yes
Shuttle bus: Yes.
Parking place for buses: Yes, 100 m
Taxi: Yes
Rental cars: Yes
Public transportation : Yes, 1 km
Shopping: At pier and city center 4 km
Local currency: NOK
ATM: Yes, 4 km
Currency exchange: YES
Tax refund: NO
Public telephones in pier area: NO
Internet access in pier area: Yes.
Mailboxes in pier area: Yes
Distances – airport: 5.4 km
Distance to city center: 4 km
Nearest hospital: Nordlands Hospital Lofoten,
+47 76 06 01 00.    3 km

Bunkers delivery /method: Yes, Tanker truck
Supplies: Yes
Waste handling: Yes
Waste water method: Truck
Tugboats: Yes, if ordered in advance DNV
Anchorage: S: N68˚13.29. E014˚33.93 / L: N68°06,9 E13°36; N68°06,6 E13°35,6; N68°06,64 E13°35,03  (in agreement by pilot)
Pontoons: Yes.
Pilot: Channel 13
Emergency: Channel 16
Medical emergency: Phone 113
Charts: Number 72
Tidal movement: 2 – 2.5 m
ISPS approved: Yes
Designated quays for cruise ships: Yes
Ship tenders allowed: Yes
Beam: No limit
Max size ship in port: No limit
Max number of passenger per day in port: 4000
Max number of ships per day in port: 3
Ships stay min /max: No restrictions
Port facilities according to
Cruise Norway`s guidelines: Yes
Maximum ship length:
At pier 230 m
Maximum ship draft and depth in sea: 10 m
Maximum ship air draft if bridge: No limit
Crew Facilities: No

Type of bottom:  Sand
Minimum depth: 35 m
Distance from anchorage to tender pier: About 0.75 nm