A Long Weekend in Lofoten

If you’re short on time or looking to kick-start your Lofoten vacation we’ve created an adventure-packed three-day itinerary that takes in some of the most beautiful hikes, beaches, and villages in the stunning archipelago. There are no bad views in Lofoten and all these adventures will provide some amazing vistas.

Moskenes island sits at the southern tip of Lofoten and features the most dramatic mountains in the area. On the eastern shore, the fishing village of Reine makes for a great base if you have just a few days and an excellent starting point if you’re spending longer in the area.

Getting there and around

The car ferry from Bodø arrives at the tiny Moskenes village, 5 km south of Reine. The ferry takes three and a half hours and costs 212 NOK for adult pedestrians and 110 NOK for children. The local bus stops at the terminal in Moskenes or the staff at the terminal can organize a taxi. Not only is the ferry an adventure in itself and a wonderful start to a trip to Lofoten, it’s often the most economical way to get to the islands.

Flying to Bodø on the mainland is typically cheaper than to the airports in Lofoten, in Svolvær and Leknes. From Bodø airport it’s a short taxi or bus towards the ferry terminal.

It can be smart to rent a car in Moskenes, as it costs almost 800 NOK to take a car on the ferry.

To get around on public transport, use the website en-tur.no to find nearby stops and timetables.

For more info about getting to and around Lofoten, see our guide.

Accommodation

For a unique local experience stay in a “rorbu”, which is a traditional fisherman’s cottage by the water. Reine Rorbuer has an excellent reputation. There are many other rorbuer and guesthouses, as well as Airbnbs to stay in, around Reine.

If you’re camping, Moskenes Camping is one of the most well-equipped campgrounds in Lofoten. There’s a kitchen, laundry room, showers, plus a small pub and café. The campground is just a short walk from the Moskenes ferry terminal.

Tips

  • Lofoten is a very popular tourist destination. Expect busy roads and trails in the warmer months. Book plane tickets, a rental car, and accommodation well in advance.
  • Some of the hiking trails listed here are steep, rocky and slippery. Changing weather conditions can quickly make trails dangerous. There is no shame in turning back if you feel unsafe.
  • The midnight sun occurs from late-May until mid-July, but long days last into August making night hiking a great option for those looking to escape the crowds.
  • In the summer months you can expect high temperatures in the 10-12°C range, with the chance of 20°C+ on a really good day. The nights are cold and you should be prepared for rain.

Day 1 – Helvetestind & Bunes Beach

Helvetestind

8.2 km · 3 – 4 hr · Demanding

The trip to Helvetestind and Bunes beach makes for an amazing adventure combo on the north-western shore of Moskenes island. Helvetestind “Hell’s peak” rises up 600 metres above sea level between the beautiful Bunes and Horseid beaches.

The hike up is demanding but incredibly rewarding. After taking in the views from the top, head back down to relax on the sandy Bunes beach.

If the weather is wet and windy, consider leaving this trip for another day or just visit the beach as it can be dangerous to traverse the ridge towards the peak.

To get to the start of the trail, take the ferry “MS Fjordskyss” from Reine to Vindstad at 9:45. On Saturdays the first ferry is at 11:00 and there is no morning ferry on Sundays. It’s a 25 minute ride across the beautiful Kjerkfjord.

Make sure you’re at the dock in Reine 30 minutes before departure to secure your spot. Return ferries leave Vindstad at 16:05 and 19:35 (not Saturdays). Make sure to leave enough time to get back for the ferry - an hour should be enough.

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Bunes Beach

6.6 km · 2 – 3 hr · Easy

Bunes Beach is a great spot to pitch your tent for the night. If you do want to camp, buy supplies in Reine and consider taking the afternoon ferry at 15:00, which runs every day. Pitch your tent on the grassy area behind the beach with water available from waterfalls nearby.

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Day 2 – Munken

Munken

10.9 km · 6 – 8 hr · Medium

South along the main road from Reine and Moskenes lies Sørvågen. From there you can trek up into the Lofoten mountains with a visit to Munken at 770 metres above sea level. From the peak you’ll find almost 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape.

This trip can be easily turned into an overnight hike by staying at the Munkebu cabin or taking your tent. If you’re a member of the Norwegian Trekking Association, pick up the key to the cabin from Maren Anna restaurant before setting off.

To get to the trailhead, park you car in the parking lot on the western side of Sørvågvatnet lake or take the bus to the Sørvågen Vest stop.

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Day 3 – Flakstad

Flakstadtind

2.5 km · 2 – 3.5 hr · Demanding

Drive, or take the bus, to Flakstad for more beautiful beaches and views. The hike up to Flakstadtind “Flakstad peak” at 480 metres above sea level is short, but steep.

From the top the white sandy beaches and mountains dropping into the fjord is a sight to behold.

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Ramberg Beach

Once you’ve descended, spend some time on the nearby beaches, including Ramberg.

If Flakstadtind felt like just a warm up, continue east to Stornappstinden or return west and take a small detour off the main road and hike up Volandstind.

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Nusfjord’s Relaxing Stamp and Sauna

If you have a car, consider heading south to Nusfjord, which is possibly the most authentic fishing village in all of Lofoten.

After a few days of hiking you can treat yourself to a traditional spa and sauna with fjord views at the hotel. It is recommended to book in advance.

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