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Highlights
  • The famous Trollfjord in Lofoten

  • Spot white-tailed eagles soaring overhead

  • See below the fjord with our underwater drone

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A Trollfjord Cruise from Svolvær

We depart from Svolvaer, our hometown in Lofoten. Our destination is the magnificent Trollfjord. It is only accessible by boat or a 10km hike across the mountains. On our way out of the harbour, we will pass by the “Fiskerkona” (the Fisherman’s Wife statue) that has waved goodbye and welcomed back the fishermen of Lofoten for decades. Our guides will share their stories and information about nature, history and local culture along the way.

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Explore wildlife above and below the fjord

At the start of Raftsundet, we will if conditions allow deploy our sub-water drone to explore the world under the surface of the water in Norway’s fjords. Waving through the kelp forests or scouring the seabed, we hope to encounter some of the fish that have been the lifeline and income for the communities like Svolvær and has made Lofoten famous.

While we continue through the strait of Rafsundet, the views will gradually get more and more impressive. Keep your eyes peeled, as this is also where we are likely to first start seeing White-tailed eagles. We will pass by dotted houses along the way with some surprising typical Norwegian history that our guides will share.

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Silence and serenity in Trollfjord

Trollfjord has long been a highlight of a visit to Lofoten and with good reason. The opening of Trollfjord is only 100m wide with mountains of over 1000m on the side of the fjord going straight down deep into the fjord. Once through the narrow 1 km opening, Trollfjord opens up in a cul-de-sac and you get rewarded with lush green views 360 degrees around.

In Trollfjord you can join our guide outside. They will put down their microphone and guide in person to enhance the serenity. We’re in eagles paradise so keep an eye out in the sky. Our guides will talk and share stories about the nature, history, wildlife and trolls of trollfjorden. We’ll pass by the waterfall before we turn back towards Svolvær. On the way back our café will be opened for lunch.

Know before you go

Tour info

  • Time & Duration

    09:00 - 12:30
    14:00-17:30 (June - August)
    3 - 4 hours

  • Meeting point

    Meet 15 minutes before departure at the pier on the main square, next to Paleo Arctic Restaurant in Svolvær (Torget 22)

  • Group size (min-max)

    8 - 130

  • Season

    Daily
    14 February 2022 - 25 September 2022

  • Important things to note

    We do not feed wildlife on our tour

  • Cancellation policy

    More than 48 hours in advance – 100% refund.
    Less than 48 hours in advance - No refund

  • Dogs & Cats on board

    Dogs & cats are welcome on board.

Inclusions & facilities

  • Cruise to Trollfjord

  • English and Norwegian speaking guides

  • Cafe with food & beverages for purchase

  • Free tap water

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Should you need any assistance?

    Email us at info@brimexplorer.com if you require assistance with reduced mobility and impaired vision/hearing.

  • Toilets

  • Warm indoor saloons

Price

  • Adult (17+)

    1190 NOK

  • Youth (12-16)

    990 NOK

  • Student

    990 NOK

  • Child (3-11)

    790 NOK

  • Infant (0-2)

    0 NOK

The origin of the name Trollfjord

It is unknown where the name “Trollfjord” originated, but there are legends and stories both fictional and other. One legend says that Trollfjord used to be a lake named “Trollsjoen”. A troll name Hinnøy was angry with another trolls cows were grazing on his fields around the lake. Running over with his axe, he tripped, and the axe flew out and landed in between the lake and raftsundet. When taking out the axe, the lake connected with Raftsundet, creating what we now know as Trollfjord.

Regardless or the origin of the name, Trollfjord seems an appropriate name for the impressive and overwhelming feeling one gets upon entering the fjord. Magnificent, impressive and a little frightening as you cruise in Trollfjord below the towering mountains that are threatening overhead and plunge deep into the fjord. It is certainly one of the most impressive fjords of Norway.

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White-tailed eagles; the wildlife highlight of Trollfjord

What white-tailed eagles in Trollfjord look like

The white-tailed eagles are commonly seen on our Trollfjord Cruise. They are the largest eagle in Europe. They measure anywhere from 66 to 94 cm (26 to 37 inch) in total length with a typical wingspan of 1.78 to 2.45 m (5.10 – 8 feet). You can easily identify a white-tailed eagle by its, surprise, white tail. Juveniles are harder to distinguish as their tails are not (completely) white yet. They are also known as “sea eagles” as they feed primarily on fish. They are also known to attack livestock such as sheep and goats, which nearly caused humans to eradicate them from Lofoten.

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The history of white-tailed eagle hunting in Lofoten

Lofoten used to have a large population of white-tailed eagle (and golden eagles). Sadly, the population is now only a fraction of what it was. The main reason for this is ‘eagle hunting’. It was accepted for farmers and others to hunt and kill the eagles as they formed a threat for their livestock. As early as 1655 eagle hunting was recorded in Lofoten. In particular because of the unusual catching technique; by hand. In 1845 the government even paid people for each kill and between then and 1968 when the law was abolished, an estimated 114.000 eagles are believed to have been killed in Norway.

Nowadays, the pendulum has swung the other side and white-tailed eagles are a tourist attraction. It is now a common practice to feed the eagles in Trollfjord to get them to come close, a practice we believe is not appropriate and something we have decided not to partake in.

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Frequently asked questions about the Silent Trollfjord Cruise

How long is the Trollfjord Cruise?

Is it common to see sea eagles on the Trollfjord Cruise?

What happens if it is raining all day?

Is the Trollfjord Cruise suitable for families?

Is there lunch available on the Trollfjord Cruise?

Is there a minimum number of participants for the tour?

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Check availability for Silent Trollfjord Cruise in Lofoten

Join our Silent Trollfjord Cruise this summer! We know you want to! That bright orange “Book this tour” button has been following you all down this page, just ready to be clicked! A trollfjord tour with us will not disappoint! Our hybrid-electric ship is designed for sightseeing. Its comfortable and will provide great views of the majestic trollfjord from nearly everywhere on the boat! With our silent electric engine, we limit the noise and disturbance to nature, providing a calmer experience for both you and the fantastic wildlife.