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Cycling is a pleasant and convenient way to experience the Lofoten Islands. - Photo: Jann Engstad
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Cycling is a pleasant and convenient way to experience the Lofoten Islands. Photo: Jann Engstad

Tour suggestions in Lofoten

Experience the Lofoten Islands by car or bicycle.

From Austvågøy to Gimsøy

Start the day with an amble out to the breakwater, before wandering around Svolvær’s diverse shops, or spend a few hours on a boat trip to the mighty Trollfjord. Follow the E10 to the medieval town of Kabelvåg, where you can see Lofoten Cathedral, one of Norway’s biggest wooden churches, and the village used by fishermen during the Lofoten fishery.

The town of Kabelvåg has preserved much of its old architecture, and from its square you can see the statue of King Øystein on the hill. A few hundred metres away is Storvågan, where you can learn more about Lofoten's story in museums and galleries. See what lives under the waves in the aquarium, before continuing to the famous fishing village of Henningsvær, with its "rorbu", fishermen’s cabins, drying racks, lovely harbour, galleries and arts and crafts. Carry on to Gimsøy, turning left after the bridge to go horse riding or golfing.

From Austvågøy to Vestvågøy

Browse the galleries and museums of Svolvær with their modern and traditional oil paintings, watercolours, ice sculptures and jewellery, all inspired by the surrounding landscape. Take the E10 to Lyngvær, stopping to consider Vågan's contribution to Artscape Nordland. Carry on along the E10 to Grunnstad, and use the bird observation tower and its information boards to view the many bird species found in this rich wetland area. There are three of these towers along the National Tourist Route in Lofoten.

When you get to Vestvågøy, an agricultural municipality, visit one of the many farms producing cheeses, herbs and spices. Take a detour to tiny Eggum village and see another of Artscape Nordland's sculptures. This is a beautiful hiking area, and a popular place to experience the midnight sun.

Visit the Viking Museum at Borg, and see Europe's biggest Viking longhouse. Follow the E10 to Leknes, and take the Stamsund turn-off, via idyllic Steine, before ending your day with a visit to a gallery and a stroll around the fishing village that is the base of Lofoten's fishing fleet.

From Flakstadøy to Røst

Wake yourself up with a morning dip on Ramberg beach, then drive wes talong the E10. Admire the views from Akkarvikodden viewpoint on the National Tourist Route, before heading down to Hamnøy, Sakrisøy, Reine and Å. Take your time, and enjoy the kittiwake cliffs, landscape, culture and many museums in this area – not forgetting Å's cinnamon swirls.

Take the ferry from Moskenesvågen to Værøy, an area suitable for hiking and steeped in culture. Add a boat trip to your hike, and smile at the comical little puffins. If you take the ferry to Røst, you'll soon notice that the sports hall and pub are both called Querini. Learn the dramatic story of Røst's connection with Italy, and stare in wonder at the sheer volume of stockfish that hang on the racks each year before being exported to the Italian market. Walk to Skomvær Lighthouse, and stay overnight in Røst Bryggehotell.

From Vestvågøy to Flakstadøy

The dozens of inviting and exciting shops at Leknes shopping centre are enough to make shopaholics of us all. Drive along the E10 through the Napp tunnel, then stop at Nappskaret and take in the view from the top. Turn right in Vareid and head for Vikten, a village at the foot of Marbakken, where you can buy locally produced ceramics and glassware.

Drive on to the famous old fishing and trading village of Nusfjord, with a well-preserved history and unique character, where you can still pop down to the general store. Go fishing here from a big boat, or hire a small one. Carry on to Flakstad and its church built from Russian timber, where regular summer concerts are held under the distinctive onion dome.

Further on is Ramberg, whose beach attracts people from all over the world. Turn off the E6 towards Sund, and feel the heat from the blacksmith's forge. The smithy here is famous for its iron cormorants, and the chug of the boat museum's engines will bring back memories of your childhood seaside holidays.

The Artscape Nordland in Lofoten

The underlying idea of this project is that a work of art, by its presence, creates a place of its own. The sculpture also visualizes its surroundings, thus giving the place a new dimension. Artscape Nordland has also given rise to a wide ranging and important debate on contemporary art in the region.

Boat trips in Lofoten

Enjoy the Reinefjord by using the local passenger boat from Reine (site in Norwegian only). In summer a perfect combination is a walk from Vindstad beside the Reinefjord to the white sandy beach called Bunesstranda. This walk takes approximately one hour each way and is very suitable for families. Bring a lunch box and enjoy it on the beach before you take the boat back to Reine in the afternoon. Alternatively, you can take a one-hour round trip.

In summer you can also visit Raftsundet and Trollfjorden by travelling with Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage) between Stokmarknes and Svolvær, or by joining one of the scheduled boat trips from Svolvær.

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Last updated:  2014-07-18
Hike from Bunesstranda beach to Vindstad in Moskenes - Photo: Baard Loeken/nordnorge.com
Hike from Bunesstranda beach to Vindstad in Moskenes
Ramberg Beach in Flakstad is one of the many sandy white beaches in Lofoten - Photo: CH/visitnorway.com
Ramberg Beach in Flakstad is one of the many sandy white beaches in Lofoten
Cycling in the Lofoten Islands offers unique experiences - Photo: CH/visitnorway.com
Cycling in the Lofoten Islands offers unique experiences
Hiking in Flakstad with view over the Lofoten National Tourist Route - Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen/nordnorge.com
Hiking in Flakstad with view over the Lofoten National Tourist Route

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Cycling is a pleasant and convenient way to experience the Lofoten Islands. - Photo: Jann Engstad

Tour suggestions in Lofoten

Experience the Lofoten Islands by car or bicycle.

Tour suggestions in Lofoten

Source: Visitnorway

Scenic attractions in Lofoten

Experience the bird rocks outside the island of Røst and the cosy fishing village in Nusfjord.

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What to do in Lofoten

Explore Lofoten by foot, go rafting in the Trollfjord and visit Lofotr Viking Museum. Taste stockfish and be amazed by the midnight sun.

Lofoten National Tourist Route

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About Lofoten

Tourist information in Lofoten

There are several tourist information offices in Lofoten. Some of them are closed during winter.

Key facts about Lofoten

Lofoten consists of seven main islands with a total of 24,000 inhabitants.

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