Sea kayak and fishing huts
Perhaps one of the most beautiful activities is sea kayaking, given the clear waters and interesting fauna (sea urchins, whales, white-tailed eagles) and the picturesque cliff scenery, even in winter: participants get dry suits protect against water spray. A kayak tour is possible with up to 80 people at the same time.
We started our kayaking tour in Kabelvåg just behind the Nyvågar Rorbuhotel - for me this was the most picturesque meeting location with very nice accommodations and meeting rooms on the waterfront with a very nice view. The complex offers accommodation in 30 apartments with kitchen and two bedrooms each - space for 60 persons in single and 120 persons in double room. In addition, the hotel has four meeting rooms for between eight and 50 persons as well as two conference rooms for each 120 persons maximum.
Rib boat tours are also offered: the groups are equipped with warming protective suits, but it can not be insignificantly cold due to the driving wind. In a racy trip, for example, you will head to the famous Trollfjord, where XXLofoten can also organize events in the winter (appropriate protective clothing also plays a role).
On the way you can see white-tailed eagles and maybe also whales. I'm usually not a fan of this speed boat tours, but here a lot of attention was paid to safety precautions and -belehrungen, there was also in contrast to other tested providers handles and an exit signal.
Flexible depending on the weather
What impressed me is that XXLofoten knows how to adapt perfectly to the weather conditions. Because, sales manager May-Britt Paulsen explains to me, you have to be flexible, everything depends on sophisticated logistics. In Lofoten, the weather can change almost every hour and differs from place to place. “If the weather turns bad, we reschedule, move the activities to another location or organize something indoors. We will, of course, cover the costs, ”said Paulsen.
In the event that outdoor activities are absolutely not possible, exciting indoor activities are also surprising. For example, in Henningsvær, a former fishing village that was built into the sea to be faster in the fishing grounds.
As an extraordinary meeting and event location, the old fish factory Riksheim is an ideal place to try fresh caviar, for example, and enjoy home-made cod liver oil - all accompanied in true style by Kalle Mentzen.
In addition, you can learn a lot about fishing in the area, which was low in begging before the oil was discovered. In addition, a small, just completed, modern cinema is available for presentations and film screenings.
International art at the end of the world
The caviar factory is even more exciting because it is so unusual for the place: art collector Venke Hoff has converted an old caviar factory into an extraordinary art museum - and exhibits works by world-famous artists such as Ai Weiwei or Garda Eide Einarsson.
Their extraordinary gallery at the end of the world was included in the BMW Art Guide by independent collectors. She lives in an old lighthouse house on the cliff, where she also invites selected guests. Meetings with up to 12 persons are also possible here. The exclusive frame is however correspondingly expensive: 30.000 - 40.000 Norwegian kroner costs it per day.
Meetings are also possible in the Kavierfabrik, in the middle of the exhibits: for 30 people in the classroom structure and for up to 80 people in the reception style. With the WLAN however there are so far problems in both rooms.
Hotel and meetings on the river
In general, Henningsvær is more suitable for accommodating smaller groups. There are only two hotels with 25 or 30 beds. Right by the river, the Henningsvær Bryggehotell has 30 single rooms and two meeting rooms for 26 and 10 persons. 1995 was initially built as a house for private summer guests, but then converted into a hotel for reasons of cost. The hotel has a nice sauna with window.
In the very good restaurant can eat up to 85 persons, besides, the whole house can be booked completely. In this case, the restaurant is also available as a meeting room for up to 80 persons. Approximately 40.000 Norwegian kroner costs a complete rental including breakfast - depending on the season.
Shops and cafes
In Henningsvær there are also numerous small shops and cafes - such as the pottery at the Engelskmannsbrygga with attached Glasbläserei, which also offers courses in glass blowing. Highly recommended is the LysstÃ¸periet Cafe. The owner initially made candles and then gradually offered home-baked cakes, tea and coffee.
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