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Lighthouse in the midnight sun at Værøy, Lofoten
Lighthouse in the midnight sun at Værøy, Lofoten
Lighthouse in the midnight sun at Værøy, Lofoten.
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visit Norway
Lighthouse in the midnight sun at Værøy, Lofoten.
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visit Norway

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 achieved the certification Sustainable Destination. Although this does not mean that the destination is sustainable, it does mean that it has made a commitment to work systematically to reduce the negative effects of tourism, while strengthening its positive ripple effects.

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

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Popular hikes

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Where to stay

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

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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
Get to know the history of the Lofoten fisheries at one of the best-preserved manor houses in the region. 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
Fish and fascinating sea creatures from the waters surrounding Lofoten. 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
The Espolin Gallery
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. 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
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
Paddling with the midnight sun is an unique experience that we can only do inside the polar circle. This gives us the chance to go kayaking in the… Read more
Midnight sun kayak - Northern Explorer
Snorkeling within the Arctic Circle with Lofoten Diving - PADI 5 Star Diving Resort. Read more
Arctic Snorkeling from Ballstad
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
Trollfjord & 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
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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    Towards sustainability

    The certification Sustainable Destination is a label given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impacts of tourism. In addition to providing visitors with enjoyable experiences, the destination must strive to minimise its impact on local nature, culture and the environment, and support the local community and economy. The municipality and the travel industry shall cooperate closely to assure that the destination is a great place in which to live as well as visit. 

    Learn more about the Sustainable Destination label

    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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      Lofoten Islands in a nutshell by Fjord Tours
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      Cross the Arctic Circle and experience Norway’s best-kept secret - without the hassle of driving on Lofoten's narrow roads yourself. Experience the midnight sun, charming villages, and incredible nature.

    • Lofoten Culinary Food Week by 50 Degrees North
      Lofoten Culinary Food Week by 50 Degrees North
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      Lofoten Culinary Food Week
      Cooking classes and Lofoten adventure

      An exclusive culinary week in unique seaside and farm accommodation in the magical Lofoten archipelago. Local chefs guide you through a Nordic food extravaganza. Catch fresh seafood and pick salad for dinner in small organic gardens. | 50 Degrees North

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      Silent Trollfjord Cruise by Brim Explorer
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      Silent Trollfjord Cruise
      Enjoy Lofoten's most stunning fjord!

      A classic Lofoten adventure with a modern twist, experience Lofoten’s majestic Trollfjord and its white-tailed eagles in silence and comfort on board a panoramic & hybrid-electric boat | Brim Explorer

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      Cruise from Bergen to Lofoten and Tromsø

      Cruise the coast from Bergen to Lofoten and experience nature on land, too. This 11-day tour includes a drive in Lofoten and a chance to explore Tromsø. 3 nights in a Rorbu, 3 nights on a coastal voyage, transfers, RIB boating, and much more. | 50 Degrees North

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      Authentic experience in the Lofoten Archipelago

      4-day tour with Aurora Chase Guided tour, RIB boat tour,  and accommodation  in a traditional fisherman's cabin. | 50 Degrees North

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      Finding Kos - Slow Travel by Up Norway
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      Finding Kos - slow travel
      A four week journey in the land of 'Kos'

      Slow travel means personal awareness: tuning into your own feelings, redefining and setting new goals, feeling peace, clearing brain fog, invigorating the mind and establishing what matters. | Up Norway.

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      Bike the Lofoten Isles
      Stunning nature and picturesque villages

      8-day self-guided tour from Svolvær to Reine. Includes accommodation, meals, luggage transfer, a boat transfer, and more. A cycling vacation in Lofoten is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! | Discover Norway

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      2-Day Photo Tour of the Lofoten by Book Nordics
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      2-Day Photo Tour of Lofoten
      Explore Lofoten with a pro photographer

      Visit Gimsøya, Torvdalshalsen, Haukland, Eggum, Unstad, Henningsvær, the Lofoten Cathedral, Napp, Nusfjord, Flakstad Beach, Hamnøy, Reine, Sakrisøya, and more. Accommodation not included. | Booknordics.com

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