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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.
Winter in the Lofoten Islands comes in thousands of colours that present a visual enjoyment of contrasts, hues and tones. The experience is even stronger at night, when the flickering northern lights in the sky are reflected in the sea.
For a thousand years, fishermen have come to Lofoten from near and far to take part in the renowned cod winter fishing. It is a living history that is confirmed by the numerous typical fish drying racks in the villages.
Lofoten is situated just beneath the auroral oval, a belt of light that encircles the geomagnetic poles and provides some of the best chances for seeing the northern lights.
Get to know Lofoten’s colourful fishing villages with the characteristic “rorbuer” (fishermen’s cabins), local handicrafts, and rich history that dates back to the Vikings. It is easy to get to the Lofoten Islands.
With the Norway Lights app you can check out the best times to see the northern light in your area.
There are daily trains all year between Stockholm, Kiruna, and Narvik. From there, you can catch buses to the Lofoten Islands.
There are also trains from Oslo via Trondheim and Fauske to Bodø. From Trondheim, the train takes around 10 hours to Bodø. From Bodø, you can take a ferry or speedboat to Lofoten.
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 in the archipelago.
The Norwegian Coastal Voyage Hurtigruten calls at daily Stamsund and Svolvær in Lofoten.
There are public buses every day from Narvik, Bodø, and Harstad to Svolvær.
If you choose to go by car, there are several options of getting to and from Lofoten.
A boat-free connection in the north of the archipelago takes you between the mainland and 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.
There are frequent and regular flights to Bodø Airport, Harstad/Narvik Airport, Svolvær Airport, Leknes Airport, and Røst Airport.
Flight time from Oslo to Bodø is approximately 1,5 hours and an additional 20–30 minutes from there to Lofoten.
There is also a helicopter service between Bodø and Værøy.
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