Live Lofoten Hotel: Stay in a cosy little hotel in the heart of Lofoten
Text: Ingrid Opstad | Photos: Live Lofoten Hotel
S ituated in the charming fishing village of Stamsund, Live Lofoten Hotel is a hidden gem offering a cosy stay in the heart of Lofoten. Here, you’ll find yourself close to numerous activities as well as the stunning Norwegian nature, while being able to relax in a homely setting.
Live Lofoten Hotel is a newly refurbished hotel located on the south side of Lofoten in one of its oldest fishing harbours, close to the Hurtigruten port. Originally operating as a SAS hotel for many years, it reopened in July 2018 with new owners and a new look. “We are a cosy, little hotel with several new projects lined up in the near future, offering our guests a complete travel experience in a quiet and homely setting. You will be in the heart of Lofoten but away from the busy tourist spots while avoiding the high season rush,” says hotel manager Aiste Østrem, who runs the hotel. Ronny Østrem is the founder and CEO, who takes tourists on all the varied tours the hotel offers.
The hotel consists of 28 modern rooms with everything you need for a comfortable holiday, most of which boast stunning views of the sea and the breathtaking surroundings. “It has a contemporary, Scandinavian style with a touch of Lofoten; the artwork on display throughout is by the local painter Ulf M, who also helped us decorate the rooms,” Østrem explains. “We have minimal lighting around the hotel, so this is really the optimal place to experience the magnificent northern lights dancing across the sky.”
Live Lofoten Hotel also provides the possibility to stay in traditional fisherman’s cabins near the hotel.
Get a taste of the local cuisine
With its own restaurant, Skjærbrygga, located on the harbour only a 200-metre walk from the premises, Live Lofoten Hotel offers its guests breakfast served at the hotel, lunch, as well as an à la carte menu based on local and traditional ingredients. In the cosy pub section, you can enjoy a drink while playing shuffleboard or billiards, and outside, on the terrace, you can taste local dishes from the barbecue when the weather allows it.
“The atmosphere in the restaurant is laid-back, and we focus on serving typical Norwegian food using fresh produce,” Østrem explains. The menu includes a varied selection of seafood. “We do most of the preparations ourselves, from fishing it to smoking the salmon and drying the cod. Much of what we serve is made from scratch here.”
In addition, the hotel has a large room that can accommodate up to 250 people, which you can book for parties, conferences and other events.
A wide range of activities and excursions
Lofoten is a 365-days-a-year destination, offering a wide range of activities and excursions. When staying at Live Lofoten Hotel, you are right in the middle of it all, and it is therefore a prime spot to start your adventure in the north. Whether you fancy being out on the sea or on land discovering the pristine nature, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this amazing part of Norway.
“We offer RIB boat crab tours, fishing trips, northern lights safari, sightseeing, skiing and hiking, among others things, and are keen to help you explore it all,” Østrem smiles. With daily departures for different types of activities and excursions, the hotel caters to your needs whether you prefer going solo or as part of a group. “Our local guides are full of knowledge and ready to give you an experience of a lifetime, like, for instance, through our northern lights safari. We know all the hot-spots and have daily departures in our minivan, hunting for the spectacular aurora borealis!”
Fishing is the oldest and most important tradition in Lofoten, and Østrem recommends taking an Arctic cod fishing trip in one of their local Lofot fishing boats. “These traditional, old boats provide a unique way to travel, and our captain has vast experience of finding the best fishing spots in the area,” she says.
Live Lofoten Hotel is also proud to be the first provider of crab safaris in Lofoten, a one-of-a-kind experience. “On this tour, we will ride out in our RIB boats to the best areas for catching crabs. Here, we will retrieve the crab traps while our guide talks about the traditional crab gathering,” says Østrem. “Once back on land, we prepare the delicious crab so that you get to have a taste of this local delicacy.”
Location: Skjæret 2, 8340 Stamsund, Norway
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