Located on the east coast of Moskenesoy is the small fishing village of Hamnoy which is supposedly the oldest and arguably the most picturesque fishing village in the Lofoten Islands.
Like many other of the original fishing villages across the islands, Eliassen Rorbeur today inhabits 35 of the original traditional fisherman’s cabins on Hamnoy which have been converted into beautiful accommodation for visitors. At the entrance to the Fiord of Reinefjord, Eliassen Rorbeur is relatively sheltered and surrounded by some of the most jaw dropping scenery imaginable and it was for this reason, along with its beautiful accommodation and central location on the Island of Hamnoy, that we made them our base for a few days. Fortunately for Eliassen Rorbeur, the setup of the rorbeurs along the water’s edge, in the forefront of a stunning backdrop, makes it one of the most photographed spots throughout the Lofoten Islands, and deservedly so.
Fully equipped with its own living and dining areas, the warm wooden interior provides a real traditional and comfortable experience which was lovely and cosy when wanting to get away from the cold and wet weather. Each built with their own private decked patios in front of the rorbeurs, it enables guests to really admire and appreciate the magnificent surroundings or provide the perfect platform to endure those long clear chilly nights in hope to catch the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
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Things to do from Eliassen Rorbeur
On the opposing side of the Reinefjord entrance is the slightly larger fishing village of Reine. Despite being a quiet village, the manner in which the traditional rorbeurs have been retained along the fjord’s shoreline, really gives it its charm and character and in our opinion is probably the most scenic village throughout the islands (if we had to choose).
A number of the best hikes are also within touching distance from Reine, including the renowned Hike Reinebringen which gives you unprecedented panoramic views of the entire Reinefjord and surrounding villages. Unfortunately for us, travelling during the winter months and chancing the weather when it came to the slightly more challenging hikes, a few days of sporadic heavy snow fall, strong winds and poor visibility, meant we were unable to take on the 450m steep scramble of Reinebringen to the peak. Despite being unable to get a birds eye view of the Fiord, there are however a number of great vantage points which offer some stunning views along the vast granite peaks shooting out of Reinefjord which are greatly enhanced by the densely scattered red and yellow cabins which line the shores in and around Reine.
Hike Reinebringen which gives you unprecedented panoramic views
Less than 10 kilometres south of Reine is the end of the road and the final stop of Å (pronounced "Oh"), which is fittingly the last letter in the Norwegian alphabet. As a preserved fishing village which was once a significant fishing port, it provides an insight into the everyday life of these villages and the Lofoten fisheries over the centuries and is today somewhat of a living museum. Across the village you will find the popular sight of the red fishermen cabins and cod-drying racks as well as the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum which exhibits it’s 19th century boathouses, store houses, bakery and oldest cod liver oil factory in Europe.