Welcome to the picturesque and charming world of Lofoten Links in Norway. Nestled amidst a breathtaking landscape of towering mountains, a pristine beach, and crystal-clear waters, this golf destination offers much more than just an exceptional game.
Lofoten Links is a true haven for both avid golfers and travel enthusiasts. Whether you’re aiming for a hole-in-one or simply seeking solace in the stunning surroundings, get ready to immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience that combines sport with unparalleled natural beauty.
Lofoten Links Lodges
My overnight stay in one of the Lofoten Links Lodges was at the tail end of my trip to Lofoten in July. We hadn’t originally planned to be here, but sadly, my flight to Oslo was cancelled, and we needed a place to stay before flying to Oslo the next day. Being summer, most places in Lofoten were booked solid, including the Nusfjord Arctic Resort, where we had been staying, so there was no chance of staying there any longer.
After trawling the internet, we found a room available in one of the luxury Lofoten Links Lodges. Within minutes, we booked it!
Arriving on the island of Gimsøya, the weather was a little overcast, but that didn’t detract from the breathtaking location of the lodges overlooking the Norwegian Sea and surrounded by majestic mountains.
How to get to Lofoten Links
If you aren’t already in the Lofoten Islands and are coming from Oslo, you can fly with SAS or Norwegian Air into Harstad/Narvik Evenes Airport, rent a car, and drive for three hours to Lofoten Links. Or fly with Woderoe into Leknes or Svolvaer, rent a car and drive 45 minutes to Lofoten Links.
What are the Lofoten Lodges like?
Lofoten Links’ accommodation caters to various group sizes and budgets. Most lodges have beds to comfortably sleep up to 7 or 8 people in separate bedrooms, offering a perfect place to stay for families, friends, or golf enthusiasts. Other lodges feature a mix of ensuite and shared bathrooms, and some even have saunas and hot tubs.
Be aware that you may have to share with strangers, as was the case with us. The bedrooms are private, but the living room and kitchen area are communal spaces shared with fellow housemates.
We ended up sitting in the lounge chatting with a lady and her son, who had come from Scotland to play golf. Meanwhile, another couple, who had been cycling across Lofoten, were busy cooking dinner for themselves while I sat in my armchair looking out at the spectacular view towards the sea.
While I am always happy being around other travellers, if that’s not your thing, you may want to think twice about booking a stay at Lofoten Links Lodges.
During our stay, we enjoyed the endless light of the Midnight Sun. If you visit during winter, Lofoten Links Lodges offers an amazing chance to witness the mesmerising Northern Lights. With minimal light pollution and clear skies, you can step outside your lodge and marvel at nature’s dazzling light show. I can only imagine how cool that would be.
How close is the beach?
While golfing isn’t our thing, beach walks are and at nearby Hov Beach, we were able to do just that. While the beach looked deserted on our evening stroll under the midnight sun, we heard it was popular with families during the day.
Culinary delights at Restaurant Låven
While the lodges provide self-catering facilities, allowing you to prepare your own meals, a short walk away leads to Restaurant Låven. With a heritage spanning more than 70 years, this beautifully redecorated barn house serves as a unique venue for indulging in traditional local cuisine as well as modern culinary delights.
Just remember to book ahead. We turned up looking forward to dinner, and it was full. The worst part was that there were no shops or other restaurants nearby (yes, you really are in a remote area), so we ended up eating snacks we had picked up earlier in our travels!
Play a round at Lofoten Links Golf Course
While neither of us are golfers, we went for a wander to look at the course and had to admit that it is a spectacular golfing destination. After all, how many golf courses are located in the Arctic Circle?
For golfers reading this post, here are some interesting facts and information about this stunning course:
Location: Situated on the island of Gimsøya, the Lofoten Links course is surrounded by nature at its finest, making it one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world.
Design: Designed by renowned golf course architect Jeremy Turner, Lofoten Links beautifully blends into its natural surroundings. It features 18 holes that wind through undulating terrain, sandy dunes, and even stretches along the coastline – providing players with an unforgettable golfing experience.
Challenging yet Playable: Despite its scenic beauty, Lofoten Links is not just a walk in the park for experienced golfers. With strategic bunkering, fast greens, and unpredictable coastal winds adding to the challenge factor, it requires careful shot selection and accuracy. However, multiple tee boxes cater to players of all skill levels – making it equally enjoyable for beginners or high handicappers.
Sustainability: The management at Lofoten Links emphasizes sustainability practices throughout their operations. From employing organic maintenance techniques to minimizing water consumption and protecting wildlife habitats on-site – they strive towards being an eco-friendly facility while preserving their natural environment.
Midnight Sun Golf
One of the unique aspects of playing at Lofoten Links is experiencing midnight sun golf during the summer months (June to early August). Due to its location above the Arctic Circle, visitors have the opportunity to play under sunlight throughout the night – creating an extraordinary atmosphere for a round of golf.
Is it worth visiting Lofoten Links?
While the golf course itself promises an exceptional experience, Lofoten Links is not just a destination for golf enthusiasts. The lodges and their surroundings make it an ideal year-round destination, allowing guests to revel in the beauty of the Lofoten Islands during every season.
In conclusion, Lofoten Links Golf Course and its lodges offer more than just a golfing escape. They’re a place for those seeking a distinctive and immersive travel experience in Norway’s enchanting landscape. I, for one, would recommend a stay in a luxury standard lodge.
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