Lofoten Islands


Lofoten is a stunning island chain in Northern Norway known for its towering mountains, white beaches, and crystal clear waters.

The Lofoten islands are one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Norway. The dramatic scenery and raw nature draws explorers keen to hike the peaks, camp by the ocean, and kayak along the coast.

In the sheltered bays sit old fishing villages jam packed with history and local culture. The iconic former fisherman’s cabins built out over the water, known as rorbuer, have become a popular accommodation option.

Driving is the easiest way to fully explore Lofoten and in the summer months the narrow roads are filled with camper vans. Cycling is also popular, but wind and rain provide a challenge. A public bus runs the length of the islands twice a day.

Even though Lofoten sits above the arctic circle the islands are a year-round destination. The Gulf Stream keeps winters relatively mild with the average winter temperature in Svolvær dipping just below freezing. Hiking ourtside of summer can be dangerous though, so if you don’t have much experience consider hiring a local guide.

An enjoyable trip to Lofoten can last anywhere from a long weekend to several weeks. With unpredictable and changing weather, it’s important to stay flexible and consider having a couple of extra days up your sleeve.

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Why visit Lofoten?

Trek from sea to summit

Lofoten is filled with day hiking possibilities for all abilities. Even the smallest mountains deliver wide views of the surrounding mountains, villages, beaches.

Wander the sandy beaches

It might be hard to believe but there are beautiful sandy beaches in Lofoten. Take a break from hiking peaks and check out Kvalvika, Haukland, and Bunes beaches.

Capture the northern lights

The northern lights are on show between September and March. Spend at least a few days if you’re desperate to see them and consider a photo tour to capture the best shots.

Treat yourself

Tired after climbing all those mounatins? Head to one of Norway’s oldest and best preserved fishing villages, Nusfjord, for a luxurious stamp and sauna with a view.

Take the scenic route

Drive from village to village along the 230 kilometer Norwegian Scenic Route Lofoten. Don’t have a car? Hop on the bus or get a guide.

Get wet and wild

The dramatic Lofoten coastline is often best explored from the water. The area is well-suited to kayaking, paddle boarding, kiting and even surfing – no experience necessary.

Guide: 9 Best Hikes in Lofoten

There are trails and viewpoints for all types of hikers around Lofoten. Spend weeks exploring from Svolvær to Å or head straight to Moskenes for the most dramatic mountains.

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Guide: 3 Days in Lofoten

Get the most out of a few days in this gorgeous archipelago with tips on where to stay, how to get there, plus the unmissable adventures.

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Hiking map

Explore Lofoten's hiking trails, viewpoints, and important local sights. For access to offline topographic maps download the free Outtt app.

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