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The northern lights howering over the arctic landscape in Lofoten in Northern Norway
The northern lights howering over the arctic landscape in Lofoten in Northern Norway
Reine, Lofoten.
Photo: Alex Conu / Visitnorway.com
Reine, Lofoten.
Photo: Alex Conu / Visitnorway.com

Plan your trip to Lofoten

Discover the incredible islands of Lofoten – world famous for its wild and breathtaking nature. But it is the people, food and the art and culture that make people want to stay longer – and longer. 

The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabirds, long, surf-swept beaches and small, interesting fishing villages.

“The beauty of this place is simply staggering.”
Lonely Planet

Lofoten has been certified as a Sustainable Destination, a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism and increase the positive impacts. 

If you are seeking unforgettable nature experiences, Lofoten will definitely not let you down. Due to the area’s diverse landscape, you can go hiking, skiing, fishing, ocean rafting, riding or scuba diving. Lofoten is also one of the world’s northernmost sites for surfing.

Lofoten has a strong connection to the Viking Age, and at Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg you can explore how the Vikings used to live in a reconstruction of the largest Viking longhouse ever found from this era. The building is 83 meters long.

Due to the warm Gulf Stream, Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude. Between late May and mid July you can experience the midnight sun, whilst the northern lights can be viewed from September to mid April.

Fishing has been, and still is, the reason why people have lived here, and the region is known for its many small fishing villages. Stay in a Rorbu – an old fishermen’s cabin – and try eating skrei, the Arctic cod, and stockfish, dried cod.

The rapidly changing weather and magnificent light conditions have inspired artists and drawn them to this area for several decades, which is evident in the many art galleries and photo exhibitions.

Find more inspiration on Lofoten’s official website.

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Attractions in Lofoten

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Top outdoor activities in Lofoten

Head out and enjoy Lofoten!

Popular hikes

Check out some of the most beautiful hikes in Lofoten.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Lofoten.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Lofoten offers.

Get inspired

Getting here and around

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

Attractions in Lofoten
An impressive reconstruction of the largest longhouse that has been found dating back to the Viking Age. Read more
Lofotr Vikingmuseum
The KaviarFactory is an international venue for contemporary art. Located in Henningsvær, in the middle of the archipelago of Lofoten, Norway, it… Read more
KaviarFactory
Experience the history of the Lofoten Fishery at one of the best preserved squires in Lofoten. Read more
The Lofoten Museum
Farm and cheese factory in a fabulous location between fjord and mountains at Saupstad on the north of Vestvågøy, on the road to Unstad. Read more
Lofoten Gårdsysteri - Farmshop and Farmcafe
The Lofoten Aquarium shows marine life from the beaches to the great depths of the ocean. Read more
The Lofoten Aquarium
Kaare Espolin Johnson was known for his distinctive depiction of Northern Norwegian coastal culture. At Galleri Espolin you can immerse yourself in… Read more
Gallery Espolin
Welcome to Å at the end of road E10. Here you find the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum, one of the best preserved fishing villages in Northen Norway. Read more
Norwegian Fishing Village Museum Å
There is something reminiscent of a fairy tale about the story of one of Lofoten's oldest tourist attractions. Operations at the museum and the smithy… Read more
The Blacksmith of sund / Sund Fisherymuseum - Entrance
With contemporary art, both national and international, the North Norwegian Artist Centre aims to surprise and subvert audience expectations. Read more
Nordnorsk kunstnersenter
Top activities in Lofoten
Snowshoeing is the best way to enjoy nature up close in the wintertime. Much easier than skies and accessible for most people Read more
Snowshoeing halfday with Lofoten Aktiv
This is our most popular tour. This is a remarkable nature experience for both beginners and experienced riders. We ride along sandy beaches, past… Read more
Lofoten by Horse - Horsebackriding on Icelandic Horses in Lofoten
Explore Lofoten along the coast with us. We take you safely to the magical Trollfjord, where the mountains are stretching 1000 meters high. On the way… Read more
Trolllfjord & Sea Eagle RIB Safari - Lofoten Explorer
Good local knowledge and 10 years of experience provide us with the necessary expertise to tailor fantastic adventures in Lofoten. Read more
Lofoten Opplevelser
Experience fishing in Lofoten on board our authentic fishing boat. Our professional crew will provide the best guidance on our 4 hour fishing trip… Read more
Fishing trip from Svolvær
RIB tour with good stories and beautiful scenery with rich bird life. Read more
Røst Rib
Surfing with all gear and instructions included, in the middle of Lofoten! Read more
Surf rentals and surf courses - Lofoten Beach Camp
Join our Sea Eagel Safari to Trollfjord and experience the Lofoten archipelago with steep mountains, islets and reefs! Read more
Sea Eagle Safari RIB to Trollfjord with Go2Lofoten - 100% Local family business!
The Northern light or The Aurora Borealis is an arctic experience not to be missed. It brings out spontaneous shouts of joy and excitement from… Read more
Northern Lights tour 3 hours - Lofoten Aktiv
Popular hikes in Lofoten
One of the most popular hiking trails in Norway, Reinebringen, is located in the municipality of Moskenes. Read more
Hike to Reinebringen (448 m)
The walk is short and exposed and it is one of the most popular mountain hikes in Lofoten with a faboulus view. Read more
The hike to Mannen (400 m)
Himmeltinden is the highest mountain in Vestvågøy, measuring 962 metres above sea level. It is also one of the easiest mountain above 900 metres to… Read more
Hike to Himmeltinden (931 m)
Røst consists of 365 islands and is located ca 100 km away from the mainland. The nearest island to Røst is Værøy. Røstlandet is the name of the… Read more
Trip to Åndhammarn at Røst (11 m)
One of the gems at Værøy, Håheia - or Håen, is a very popular mountain hike on the island. Read more
Hike to Håheia at Værøy (438 m)
Linken is a short and easy walk for both children and grown-ups. You can also follow this route on the way to Tjeldbergtinden in Svolvær. Read more
Hike to Linken in Svolvær (105 m)
The walk to the breakwater pier is an easy walk where you will come across some interesting cultural memories. When you reach the very end of the… Read more
Walk to the Fisherman’s Wife on the pier in Svolvær
Fløya is a mountain, towering over Svolvær in Lofoten with the famous and characteristic Svolværgeita in front. On the hike up to this mountain you… Read more
Hike to Fløya and Djevelporten (590 m)
Kvalvika and Ryten in Lofotenodden national park are some of the most popular hiking areas in Lofoten. And there is a good reason for that. The view… Read more
Hike to Kvalvika and Ryten (543 m)
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    • Lofoten train

      By train

      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.

    • Lofoten bus

      By bus

      There are public buses every day from Narvik, Bodø, and Harstad to Svolvær. The Airport Express Bus is also running regularly from Harstad/Narvik, Evenes Airport to Lofoten-Svolvær.

    • Lofoten boat

      By boat

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

      There are car ferries from Bodø to several places in Lofoten and between some of some of the islands/places in the archipelago like Svolvær, Skrova, Moskenes, Værøy and Røst. The Norwegian Coastal Voyage Hurtigruten calls at daily Stamsund and Svolvær in Lofoten.

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    • Lofoten car

      By car

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

      A boat-free connection from the north of Lofoten, or from Sweden, takes you between the mainland and Lofoten.

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    • Lofoten local

      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.

    • Lofoten plane

      By plane

      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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    Towards sustainability

    The certification Sustainable Destination is a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism. In addition to providing visitors with enjoyable experiences, the destination must preserve the local nature, culture and environment, strengthen social values, and be economically viable. The municipality and the travel industry must cooperate closely to assure that the destination is a great place both to live in and to visit.

    Find out more about sustainable destinations in Norway

    Sustainable destination

    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 milimetre of rainfall. October is the wettest month. Strong winds can occur in late autumn and winter. 

    Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no.

    Find more information about northern lights in the Lofoten Islands.

    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.

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