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.