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Boats in the fjord of Lofoten Lofoten
Hamnøy, Lofoten.
Photo: Frithjof Fure / Visitnorway.com

Discover Norway’s untamed islands

Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, spectacular nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track. Kayak between the islands, go fishing for the catch of your life, or look for sea eagles soaring in the sky.

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Plan your trip

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

Lofoten is known for the old fishermen's cabins ("rorbuer") that have been restored and turned into modern accommodation for travellers.

Getting here and around

Get in-depth travel information on Lofoten’s official website.

  • By train

    By train

    There are daily trains all year between Stockholm, Kiruna and Narvik. From there, you can catch buses to other destinations in the archipelago.

    There are also trains from Oslo, via Trondheim and Fauske to Bodø. From Trondheim, the train takes around 10 hours to Bodø. Check out NSB’s website for prices and timetables.

  • By bus

    By bus

    There are public buses every day from Narvik, Bodø and Harstad to Svolvær.

    Read more about travelling by bus to Lofoten.

  • By ferry

    By ferry

     There are daily scheduled express passenger boats operating all year between Bodø, Svolvær and Værøy.

    There are car ferries from Bodø to several places in Lofoten, and between some of the islands themselves.

    Both north-bound and south-bound, Hurtigruten, The Norwegian Coastal Voyage, calls daily at Stamsund and Svolvær in Lofoten.

  • By car

    By car

    If you choose to go by car, there are several options of getting to and from Lofoten.

    If you arrive from north, there is now a boat-free connection between the mainland and Lofoten, thanks to a new road-system in the area.

    Check out car rentals in Lofoten.

  • Local travel

    Local travel

    The E10 (King Olav V’s road) is the main road connecting the Lofoten archipelago from west to east. Travelling by public transport requires some planning, especially if you want to go anywhere off the E10, so check the timetables carefully. Plan your trip and check prices on Nordland’s webpage.


  • By plane

    By plane

    There are frequent and regular flights from all the major cities in Norway to Bodø Airport, Harstad/Narvik Airport, Svolvær Airport, Leknes Airport and Røst Airport. Find all airports here.

    Flight time from Oslo to Bodø is approximately one hour and thirty minutes, and an additional 20-30 minutes from there to Lofoten.

    There is also a helicopter service between Bodø and Værøy.

In the interest of the environment

Please be considerate of your surroundings by following these simple guidelines. This way, you can be sure that your visit doesn’t diminish other people’s experience.

  1. Only camp in designated areas.
  2. Leave no traces.
  3. Do not create new paths.
  4. Use the waste bins.
  5. Use public toilets.
  6. Respect private property.
  7. Be considerate in traffic.
  8. Respect the ban on fires.
  9. Respect the wildlife.
  10. Use tour operators.

Read the complete Lofoten code of conduct.

Northern lights forecast

Weather icon white Seasons and climate

  • Due to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude, such as Alaska and Greenland.
  • The coastal climate in Lofoten makes the winters mild and the summers relatively cool.
  • January and February are the coldest months, with an average temperature of -1°C.
  • July and August are warmest with an average temperature of 12°C.
  • May and June are the driest months, with an average 40 mm of rainfall.
  • October is the wettest month. 
  • Strong winds can occur in late autumn and winter. 
  • Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no.

Winter in Lofoten

Click-and-drag on the photo to get a 360-degree view of Lofoten’s winter landscape. 

Vestvågøy in Lofoten

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