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.
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.
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The wild nature of the Lofoten Islands is just as beautiful in winter as the rest of the year, especially when the northern lights come out at night. Every outing in the region is framed by rugged mountain tops that rise straight from the sea.
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.
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.
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.
There are public buses every day from Narvik, Bodø and Harstad to Svolvær.
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.
Express passenger boats are scheduled daily all year around 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.
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.
Read more about northern lights in the Lofoten islands
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Vestvågøy in Lofoten
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