Guide to Lofoten

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getTING there

Which airport should you choose if you want to fly to Lofoten? Which ferries connect Lofoten with the mainland? How much do they cost?

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getTING around

Where can you rent a car in Lofoten and how much does it cost? Can I explore Lofoten via public transport? Where can you find the bus schedules?

Where to sleep

What are the best places to stay in Lofoten? Should you stay in a hotel or traditional fishermen cabins called “rorbu”? How long time in advance should you book?

When to go

When is the best time to visit Lofoten? When can you see the northern lights and when can you see the midnight sun? When is the best chance for good weather?

WELCOME TO GUIDE TO LOFOTEN

We’re Ivar and Radka, the faces behind the Guide to Lofoten. In summer 2021, we moved to Lofoten to run accommodation in Fredvang, conveniently situated right at the trailhead to Ryten and Kvalvika beach. 

Over the next few months, we discovered that we love talking to our guests about their travels and showing them Lofoten more than we loved accounting and daily management of the accommodation. 

Our guests had lots of questions, and we struggled to find an online resource that would have all the answers. So we decided to create one, which is how Guide to Lofoten was born. 

Welcome to GUIDE TO Lofoten!

We’re Ivar and Radka, the faces behind the Guide to Lofoten. In summer 2021, we moved to Lofoten to run accommodation in Fredvang, conveniently situated right at the trailhead to Ryten and Kvalvika beach. 

Over the next few months, we discovered that we love talking to our guests about their travels and showing them Lofoten more than we loved accounting and daily management of the accommodation. 

Our guests had lots of questions, and we struggled to find an online resource that would have all the answers. So we decided to create one and that is how Guide to Lofoten was born. 

LOFOTEN NORWAY MAP

PLAN YOUR TRIP TO NORWAY WITH US

Are you raring to go, searching the internet for route maps and Trip Advisor for recommendations, hints, and tips for planning an unforgettable vacation to Norway?

And then boom: planning overwhelm hits hard.

We are here to help you!

Natural phenomenas IN LOFOTEN

map of the Lofoten Islands

Watch these videos ABOUT THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS

STORIES FROM LOFOTEN AND BEYOND

Easter in Norway

Easter in Norway: What to expect from Norwegian Påske

Easter in Norway is something truly special. It’s not just another holiday for Norwegians; it feels like a heartfelt celebration of leaving behind the long, dark winter and stepping into the light, hopeful spring days. During Easter, you’ll notice cities and towns becoming remarkably quiet as most Norwegians head to their cozy mountain cabins, eager to catch the season’s final days of skiing.

We’re not here to give you a long lesson on Norwegian Easter traditions – we’ll touch on those just a bit. Instead, we want to provide some handy tips for visiting Norway during Easter.

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Ferry Routes in Lofoten Islands, Norway
Bodø-Moskenes Ferry

Ferry Routes in Lofoten: Information and Timetables (2024)

The Lofoten archipelago comprises seven main islands extending off mainland Norway. Finding schedules for these local ferry routes and express boats in Lofoten can be challenging. In this article, we aim to provide comprehensive information about the ferry routes in Lofoten and surrounding regions, including their schedules, prices, and capacities, so you can better plan your road trip through Lofoten and northern Norway.

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Tromso in winter
drone regulations

Flying a Drone in Tromso Can Get You Deported

Tromsø, the largest city in Northern Norway with 70,000 residents, is renowned for the northern lights, thanks to its position within the auroral oval. With drones becoming increasingly affordable, it’s no surprise that tourists wish to capture aerial footage and photos of their vacation spots. However, drone flying in Tromsø and its immediate vicinity is prohibited due to its close proximity to Tromsø Airport. Moreover, this ban is strictly enforced, and violators face hefty fines, confiscation of their drone, and possible expulsion from the country.

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Arctic Circle

Midnight Sun in Lofoten Islands, Norway

Like in winter, when Lofoten experiences the polar night, and the sun does not rise above the horizon, a different natural phenomenon occurs in summer. For about six weeks, the sun never sets below the horizon and remains visible throughout the entire night. Plan your trip between the end of May and mid-July to experience the beauty of the Midnight Sun in Lofoten!

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Ryten in winter

Hiking Ryten in Winter: Safe Alternative to Reinebringen

If you’re eyeing a winter adventure in the Lofoten Islands, hiking Mt. Ryten in winter could be just the ticket. This mountain is an “easily accessible” hike for those looking to experience the beauty of western Lofoten without venturing into the more treacherous terrains.

That said, don’t let the word ‘accessible’ fool you; a winter hike here means you’ll need the right gear, like snowshoes or microspikes, especially before April rolls around. The weather in these parts can switch from sunny to a snowstorm in no time, so always check the forecast and make sure you’re fully prepared.

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LOFOTEN SUMMER BUCKET LIST

REINEBRINGEN

Climb the Sherpa stairs and enjoy the view from the top of Reinebringen!

CATCH A COD

Join a local fisherman and try your luck at deep-sea fishing!

KVALVIKA

Hike to the remote Kvalvika beach and take a dip in the Arctic ocean!

RORBU

Spend a night in a traditional fishermen cabin!

NUSFJORD

Step back in time and visit an authentic fishermen village!

STOCKFISH

Learn more about the traditional Lofoten export article!

LOFOTR

Pay a visit to the fascinating Viking Museum in Borg!

SEA EAGLES

Join a sea eagle safari to take stunning pictures of these majestic birds.

SKROVA

Visit the beautiful island of Skrova famous for its white sandy beaches!

You can watch the midnight sun in Lofoten from the end of May to mid July

What to do in Lofoten

HIKING

FISHING

KAYAKING

DIVING

SUPING

SURFING