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.
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.
- 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.