On a tiny island in the middle of Svolvær harbor and connected with a bridge to the "mainland," this is one of the most atmospheric lodging choices in the area. The quay-side structure dates from 1880, when it was a fish-landing station with its own "saltery" and barrel factory. In 1996, it was converted into an inn. Guests can stay in individual red-painted cottages that are rustically adorned with timbers but also have all the modern conveniences. Cabins, called rorbu cabin suites, can sleep up to six guests, so they're ideal for families. Each rorbu cabin is distinctively furnished; you may feel as if you're staying at some remote lodge in the wilds of a far northern frontier post. Rorbu suites lie on the quay side or along the shore, with views of the harbor and the Lofoten mountains.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010