A postcard from Norway

Lofoten

The Lofoten islands have become a world-famous destination. Some claim it is the most beautiful place in Norway! It’s hard to disagree as Lofoten offers spectacular landscapes like nowhere else on earth. You will feel like you are in one of the pictures from Norway we often see in travel guides. Read below to discover how you can visit this stunning archipelago.

Map of Lofoten

Explore the Lofoten islands

Sharp mountains rising straight from the sea, white sandy beaches, turquoise Arctic waters, dramatic fjords and idyllic fishing villages: that’s the Lofoten islands in a nutshell! 

Lofoten is an archipelago of seven main islands, five of which are connected by bridges, located above the Arctic Circle.

 Lofoten has developed thanks to the production of stockfish and still has a vibrant coastal culture, as evidenced by the wooden drying racks and rorbu (traditional fishermen’s cabins) we can see along the road.

Map of Lofoten

Explore the Lofoten islands

Sharp mountains rising straight from the sea, white sandy beaches, turquoise Arctic waters, dramatic fjords and idyllic fishing villages: that’s the Lofoten islands in a nutshell! Lofoten is an archipelago of seven main islands, five of which are connected by bridges, located above the Arctic Circle. Lofoten has developed thanks to the production of stockfish and still has a vibrant coastal culture, as evidenced by the wooden drying racks and rorbu (traditional fishermen’s cabins) we can see along the road.

A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts

 Hiking, fishing, kayaking, climbing or even surfing (at Unstad beach!): there’s something for everyone. Lofoten is also a paradise for photographers as you will find a unique and special light all year round. Lofoten becomes even more magical during the Midnight Sun season from late May to mid-July. As the sun never sets below the horizon, the landscapes are lit up in a beautiful golden colour around midnight. From September to April, you might be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights illuminating the sky.

How to get there?

To get to the Lofoten islands, you can fly to one of the two main towns (Leknes or Svolvær) or take a ferry from Bodø or the Vesterålen islands. 

You can also follow the E10 from Narvik and continue on one of the 18 National Scenic Routes. Driving in Lofoten between the jagged peaks and open sea is the ultimate road trip! 

The Arctic Route offers a new summer route (from 2023) between Tromsø and Svolvær via Senja and Vesterålen and between Narvik and Å (a village near the southern tip of the Lofoten). 

During the summertime, you can discover Lofoten by bike, boat or on foot! Asking us about the best places in the Lofoten islands is a tough question because the whole archipelago is amazing!

What do to in Lofoten?

When planning your holiday to the Lofoten islands, you will soon discover there are many things to do! 

In summer, it’s best to discover Lofoten by sea. For instance, you can join a cruise to Trollfjord: try fishing, stand-up paddleboarding or swimming in one of Norway’s most beautiful and narrowest fjords. If you are lucky, you might spot mighty see eagles hovering in the sky. 

In the evening, a dinner cruise takes you along the coastline of Lofoten while you taste the Arctic cuisine. Other cruises take you to lovely places like Skrova, “the Hawaii of Lofoten”, or Henningsvær with its famous football field. 

On these tours, you can go ashore to explore the local villages. If you prefer exploring Lofoten by land, you can join a sightseeing tour by minibus taking you to must-see places like the beaches of Unstad and Haukland or the island of Gimsøya, home to a unique golf course. 

Besides admiring the beautiful landscapes, the tours provide the opportunity to learn more about the local traditions, fishing culture and history of the Lofoten islands. Most of the activities depart from the town of Svolvær.

How to get there?

To get to the Lofoten islands, you can fly to one of the two main towns (Leknes or Svolvær) or take a ferry from Bodø or the Vesterålen islands. You can also follow the E10 from Narvik and continue on one of the 18 National Scenic Routes. Driving in Lofoten between the jagged peaks and open sea is the ultimate road trip! The Arctic Route offers a winter route between Levi (Finland) and Svolvær, as well as a new summer route (from 2023) between Tromsø and Svolvær via Senja and Vesterålen and between Narvik and Å (a village near the southern tip of the Lofoten). During the summertime, you can discover Lofoten by bike, boat or on foot! Asking us about the best places in the Lofoten islands is a tough question because the whole archipelago is amazing!

What do to in Lofoten?

When planning your holiday to the Lofoten islands, you will soon discover there are many things to do! In summer, it’s best to discover Lofoten by sea. For instance, you can join a cruise to Trollfjord: try fishing, stand-up paddleboarding or swimming in one of Norway’s most beautiful and narrowest fjords. If you are lucky, you might spot mighty see eagles hovering in the sky. In the evening, a dinner cruise takes you along the coastline of Lofoten while you taste the Arctic cuisine. Other cruises take you to lovely places like Skrova, “the Hawaii of Lofoten”, or Henningsvær with its famous football field. On these tours, you can go ashore to explore the local villages. If you prefer exploring Lofoten by land, you can join a sightseeing tour by minibus taking you to must-see places like the beaches of Unstad and Haukland or the island of Gimsøya, home to a unique golf course. Besides admiring the beautiful landscapes, the tours provide the opportunity to learn more about the local traditions, fishing culture and history of the Lofoten islands. Most of the activities depart from the town of Svolvær.

Take a trip to Lofoten, explore and get to know these islands and why they are so famous among our guests!

Take a trip to Lofoten, explore and get to know these islands and why they are so famous among our guests!