After working for some years as a guide, Jann started his first company , Båtbyggeran, in 1979, doing wooden boat building and guiding. In 1984 He started Janns Adventure Lofoten AS as a Ltd and has since then changed the name to Lofoten Aktiv AS. Owned and run by Jann Engstad and he is using only local guides and coaches when needed. The good experience has always been the main focus, this in combination with a high degree of safety and solid knowledge of our nature and the weather has always been the goal.  

Jann has a long experience with activities, tour production, and facilitation for individuals and groups, and has a unique expertise in environmentally friendly outdoor activities

Jann is a guide and a coach and have been active within has been active in several activities and sports including Norwegian Red Cross Resque, seakayaking, swimming, volleyball, handicap sport, telemark skiing, land hockey and cross country skiing.

All tours led by local approved guides and coaches. Our guides are born or have lived while in Lofoten and is well known in the areas we operate in. They know of the finest venues that will give you the best experiences. We suggest what to do together with our guides; both short day trips or longer overnight trips, itinerary, activities and the best camps
Our knowledge and love of Lofoten and its diversity of nature makes it easy for us to help you realize dreams, goals and desires. Lofoten Aktiv is, since 2008, an Certifies Norwegian Ecotourism company and has a good network of contacts throughout Norway. We direct you to other safe operators after you've visited Lofoten and tried what we have to offer you or your company.


From 25th May we are required by law to obtain your permission to retain your information, we keep your details in a safe manner and they will only be used for our mutual benefit, email, telephone delivery address etc, if you do not approve of us retaining information that you have given to us then please let us know and you will be deleted from our database immediately.

Due to the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which take effect from 25 May 2018, Lofoten Aktiv AS are contacting all our customers to inform them of what data we collect and how it is stored as a result of our trading activities with yourselves.

We ask that you read the following and tick to confirm your agreement. Please return this letter by email to post(at)lofoten-aktiv.on or by post, for the attention of Jann to the above address.


We will keep your data secure and only store it for as long as necessary for the purposes of our current trading activities with your organisation. Once the data is no longer required, we will destroy it securely.


We will retain your data on file for any future trading purposes. The data will be stored on paper and/or digital format at our secure site and only accessed by persons authorised to do so. We will only hold the minimum amount of data required and when the data is no longer required for our trading purposes it will be deleted/destroyed securely.
Please note that you can withdraw your consent to either or both of the above uses of your data at any time. If you elect to do so, please inform us in writing either by email to [email protected] or post, marked for the attention of Jann, to the address above. If you require any further information, please contact 0047 99231100.



Due to the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which takes effect from 25 May 2018, we are required to inform you of what data we hold and how the data is handled/stored. This will ensure we are compliant with the new regulations.
For the purposes of our trading relationship with your organisation we hold the following information:

  • Name
  • Address & Delivery Addresses
  • Contact Telephone Numbers/Fax Numbers/Email addresses
  • Bank Details (in some cases)
  • Trading History (products, prices)

The data is gathered from prior trading activities, and ongoing business, received verbally, in writing or electronically. The data is stored on our computer system at our secure offices. Our server is internal only, is not accessible over the internet, is username and password protected and protected by our internal firewalls. All data held will be for internal use only and used only for the purposes of our trading activities.

We will never give your data to 3rdparties unless we are legally obliged to do so, or you request, we do so. Any data passed onto these parties will be conducted within GDPR guidelines and will only be data relevant to our trading activities.

If you have any issues/queries regarding the above, please contact us.

Nature and us

"Having been an avid user of the Nature my whole life, I find it natural to show respect to the active use of vulnerable Lofoten Nature."

Jann Engstad was assigned WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) first prize in 1998 and was "1st Runner-up" in 1999 for purposeful work and inspiring participation in "Linking Tourism and Conservation in the Arctic" - project of WWF.

Jann Engstad and his business were also selected by the Executive Committee for Northern Norway and Northern Trønderlag to participate in Interreg IIIB meeting in Iceland, during the autumn 2002, regarding "Sustainable use of nature and natural resources". Jann was also included in the network being built up around the North Atlantic: Nature-Based Tourism. See the website of this network for more information: www.naturebasedtourism.net

Our activities follow the guidelines of WWF Arctic Programme "Tourism and Conservation in the Arctic." The 10 guidelines provide us and our customers a straightforward baseline to stick to during our passage in nature. Some motorized traffic is not legal in Lofoten, including snowmobiles and landing by helicopter outside airports and airfields assigned.

Jann follow up this very closely and the type of activities that he carries out with his guests avoid any unnecessary noise. Jann Engstad is one of the first 5 in Europe with recognized education as LNT-MASTER. Leave No Trace is a training program that was developed in the USA by NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) and is a two-year education in theory and practice. Simply LNT is to use nature so no one can see that we have been there and that many can safely use a "clean" area for a long time.

Here are some ground rules for education and practice;

• To learn and practice the Leave No Trace techniques with Lofoten Aktiv and use these techniques as a model for each guide and an ideal for our customers and other tourism businesses in our area.
• To actively promote environmental responsibility in how we operate, respectful of local "modern" environment and the culture we live in. Furthermore, to teach our clients how to live and work in our nature without putting too many tangible traces of us.
• To build positive relationships and create an environment where we can share our thoughts and ideas in environmentally friendly nature-based tourism.
• To learn new concepts to be outdoors for long periods. And to open up to new ideas, equipment, trends and techniques within our established field of knowledge.

Since 2008, Jann and his company, Lofoten Kajakk/Lofoten Aktiv AS have been "Certified Ecotourism Norway". As the first company of Norway to become certified, he has been a straight and "no-nonsense" factor in the work of making ecotourism present in Norway since the beginning of the millennium.



The Lofoten archipelago is located in the sea, at the north of the Arctic Circle and between the latitudes of 67° and 68°. The main islands are Austvågøy, Gimsøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy, Moskenesøy, Værøy and Røst. The southern part of the Norwegian island Hinnøya, is politically a part of Lofoten. In the same way, the northernmost part of Austvågøy is politically located in Vesterålen.

The archipelago's total area is 1227 square kilometers and about 24,000 people live in the region. By car, it is 180 kilometers from Raftsundet bridge, in the north, to Å, where the E10 ends. From Lofotodden, on the southern tip of the Moskenes island, it is more than 60 km to Skomvær, the southernmost point in Lofoten.

Lofoten stretches like a rock wall out of the sea. Between the mainland and the Lofoten Islands is Vestfjord. Lofoten scenery offers mountains, peaks and some flatland, open sea and sheltered coves, beaches and pristine lands.

The first people came to Lofoten over 7,000 years ago. During the Stone Age, people made a living out of fishing and hunting. The Lofoten was covered with large pine and birch forests. There were deers, bears, reindeers, lynxes and beavers and the sea was full of fishes, seals and whales. Agriculture developed early. As early as 4,000 years ago, grain was harvested in Lofoten.

The Viking Age saw the emergence of several large chiefdoms. At Borg, in Vestvågøy, some remains of a chiefdom were found with the largest banquet hall known from the Viking era throughout the Nordic region. The building was 8.5 meters wide and 83 meters long. A reconstruction of the building was done at Borg. The Viking Museum at Borg is now open since June 1995. By Kabelvåg, there is a small town called Vågar which was the largest township in the North of Skandinavia during the Middle Ages.

The Lofoten Fisheries has been an important part of the Lofoten history. In year 860, King Alfred of England, wrote about stockfish that the Viking Ottar brought from Vágar in Lofoten. For King Øystein, fishing was so important that in 1107, he built a church in Storvågan, which was then the center of the Lofoten Fishery. He also built the first fishermens cabins that are mentioned in the saga, in the year 1120. Stockfish, produced from spawning cod was the most important production, and it was pretty much all over Europe. Italy is still the most important market for high-quality stockfish from Lofoten.

From the 1300s on, Lofoten paid taxes to Bergen. This was the beginning of a 600-year-long economic dominance, first exercised by the Hanseatic League, and later by their Norwegian executors. Changing times of famine and poverty were succeeded by periods of good years and great wealth. From the 1860s, came the great herring migrations that became the basis of growth, prosperity and immigration. The basis of today's settlement was established.

The warm Gulf Stream makes Lofoten much milder than other northern areas in the world that are at the same latitude, like Alaska and Greenland.

The coastal climate in Lofoten makes the winters mild and summers relatively cool. January and February are the coldest months, with a mean temperature of minus 1°C. July and August are the warmest months with an average temperature of 13°C . There is a local variation, in the western part it is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, and the eastern part of Lofoten is cooler in the winter and warmer during summer.  May and June are the driest months, with an average rainfall of 40mm.


Generell information:

Destination Lofoten - turistinformation for Lofoten
Museum in Lofoten and Vesterålen - the best way to grasp the real Lofoten and Vesterålen history.
Stockshots - looking for photos from Norway; check this !!
Aurora Borealis Multimedia AS - doing events, film and photograpy

Accommodation owned by locals :

Ørsvågvær Camping - the camp I am using to set out kayaks.
Svinøya Rorbuer - a great mix of old traditional rorbu and modern cabins and a great restaurant Børsen
Henningsvær Rorbuer - rorbu in a unique location in Henningsvær.
Fasthotels - new hotel in a know setting in Svolvær 
Lofoten SuiteHotel - first class at the waterfront in Svolvær
Ramberg Gjestegård - camping and cabins in the midnight sun and a good restaurant as well

Reisen til Lofoten og rundt i Lofoten:

NSB - environmentally friendly and affordable transport up to Bodø.
Hurtigruta - til Stamsund eller Svolvær og eller slangs kysten av NordNorge.
Widerøe - fly fra Bodø til Svolvær, Leknes og Røst.
Hurtigbåten the catamaran from Bodø to Svolvær and elsewhere along the coast of Nordland.
Ruteopplysning - bus in Lofoten and Vesterålen and to / from Bodø / Fauske

Kunst og kultur:

Gallery Lille Kabelvåg - in the middle of the square in Kabelvåg wit the artists Inger Anne Nyaas og Thor Erdahl, and also visiting artists



Økoturismeforeningen i Norge
Økoturismeforeningen internasjonalt


The weather and tides and stuff

Yr.no type the name of the place you are going to, then you know the weather..
Flo og fjære i Norge the tide
Kart - Statens Kartverk som OK maps of our coastline


Certifies Ecotourism Norway.

Alaskan Husky Tours, Ketil og Evelyn Reitan
Os i Østerdalen www.huskytour.no Tlf: 9516 9848

Lofoten Kajakk, Jann Engstad
Kabelvåg www.lofoten-aktiv.no Tlf: 9923 1100

Svalbard Villmarkssenter, Berit og Karl Våtvik
Longyearbyen www.svalbardvillmarkssenter.no Tlf: 79 02 17 00

Ekkerøy Feriehus, Ingjerd Tjelle
Ekkerøy www.ekkeroy.net Tlf 9089 1558

Hardangervidda Fjellguiding, Turid Lindseth
Geilo, www.fjellguiding.no Tlf: 97 54 18 60

Brattvold Gård, Gunn Anita Totland og Steven Douglas Johansen
Nordli, Lierne www.brattvoll.no Tlf: 4764 2085

Føllingstua, Kristin og Gaute Rømo
13km nord for Steinkjær www.follingstua.no Tlf:9027 4995

Herdalsetra og Dale Gard, Åshild Dale og Jostein Sande
Norddal, Geiranger www.herdalsetra.no Tlf 7025 9229

Bjåen Fjellstove, Ragnhild Bjåen
Setesdal, www.bjaen.no Tlf 9715 5908

Northern Lights Husky, Trine K. Lyrek
Alta http://www.trastiogtrine.no/home.html Tlf 4585 3144

Yttervik, Åslaug Bratberg og Åsbjørn Eide,
17km nord for Steinkjær www.yttervikgard.no Tlf 9265 8506

Øynaparken, Kristine D. & Frode Sakshaug
Inderøya, www.oynaparken.no Tlf 9159 0813

Dogpower, Arne Liakleiv & Marit Sundt
Ellentjern, www.dogpower.no Tlf 9588 2111

Arctic Wilderness Experience, Robin Buzza
Hamarøy, www.awe.no Tlf 9169 9088

Fjell Gård, Lena Søderlund & Halvor Fjeld
Ise, www.fjeld-gard.no Tlf 9245 8668

Averøya, www.sveggvika.no Tlf 4001 8192