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Best of Lofoten in 1 day

Discover the best of Lofoten with a full-day hop-on/ hop-off bus tour

Embark on a journey to uncover the splendid beauty of the Lofoten Islands with a unique travel experience: a full-day hop-on/hop-off bus tour. This self-guided tour provides an unparalleled opportunity to discover the best of Lofoten in one day, from the comfort of the Arctic Route Sightseeing bus. You will visit iconic locations such as Svolvær, Henningsvær, Nusfjord, Reine, and Flakstad. This tour not only highlights the natural wonders and quaint villages of the Lofoten National Scenic Route but also offers insights into local life, culture, and the breathtaking landscapes that define this Arctic paradise.

In this article, you’ll gain insight into the overview of the Best of Lofoten hop-on/hop-off bus tour, detailed information about top attractions covered during the journey including Henningsvær, Nusfjord, and Reine, what to expect throughout your day, and valuable tips for maximizing your experience.

Whether you’re keen on immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Henningsvær, exploring the historic fishing village of Nusfjord, or capturing the picturesque beauty of Reine and Flakstad, this tour caters to all desires. Prepare to traverse the best of Lofoten, accessing remote and enchanting locations with ease, all while enjoying the conveniences of an expertly organized self-guided tour aboard a comfortable, amenity-rich Arctic Route bus.

Overview of the Best of Lofoten Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour

Introduction to the tour

Embark on the Best of Lofoten Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour, a flexible and convenient way to explore the stunning landscapes and cultural heritage of the Lofoten Islands. Whether you’re arriving by cruise at Leknes, traveling from distant cities like Tromsø, Narvik or Bodø, this tour offers panoramic views and the freedom to explore at your own pace.

Key highlights

From the iconic fishing villages like Reine to the historical Nusfjord UNESCO World Heritage Site, the tour covers the most picturesque and significant sites across Lofoten.

Enjoy the opportunity to disembark the bus at several stops and explore various attractions, including museums, cultural sites, and natural landscapes. Notable stops include the sandy beach of Flakstad along the route.

Tour duration and schedule

The Best of Lofoten Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour lasts a total of 10 hours. It is a daily tour with departure from Svolvær (Hurtigruten terminal – red bus number 932) at 07:50 am or from Svinøya Rorbuer at 07:55 am, with several stops (Henningsvær, Nusfjord, Reine and Flakstad), with different duration stops, allowing you to explore the surroundings during the stop.

Top stops covered


Henningsvær cultural cruise

Discover Henningsvær, a charming fishing village known for its vibrant wooden buildings and picturesque harbor.

Spend an hour exploring artisan shops offering local crafts, from glass blowing to knitting. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor a traditional fish soup at Landhandleriet, followed by a guided village walk. This stop lasts 60 minutes.


Nusfjord village view

Next, venture to Nusfjord, a historic village preserved as an open-air museum. With your 60-minute stop, wander through the quaint fishermen’s cabins and the boathouses.

End your visit with a warm waffle topped with marmalade and the traditional Norwegian ‘brown cheese’ at the old general store.


Reine in Lofoten, Norway

Reine, set amidst dramatic mountain scenery, is your subsequent stop. This small fishing village offers kayaking around the village or guided paddles to Bunes beach.

For the adventurous, hike the sherpa trail to Reinebringen. Discounts on lunch and kayaks are available with your ticket. This stop lasts 60 minutes.


Finally, Flakstad welcomes you with its stunning beaches, including the famous Kvalvika Beach. Spend 30 minutes cooling your feet in the icy sea, if you dare. This municipality is a haven for those seeking breathtaking coastal landscapes and outdoor activities.

What to expect during the tour

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Scenic routes

Embarking on this full-day hop-on/hop-off bus tour, you’re set to experience some of the most breathtaking landscapes Lofoten has to offer. From rolling hills and lush forests to picturesque villages, every turn brings a new, stunning vista.

The panoramic views from the bus are unparalleled, showcasing the natural beauty of the Arctic Route. Whether it’s the sandy beaches that stretch along the coastline or the famous bridges of Lofoten that capture your attention, the scenic routes promise a visual feast.

Onboard amenities

Comfort and convenience are at the heart of this tour. The buses, designed with your experience in mind, feature comfortable seating and climate control. With free Wi-Fi onboard, you can share your experiences in real time or stay connected.

With toilets available on the bus, long stretches between stops are worry-free. The English-speaking drivers add a personal touch, making your journey smooth and enjoyable.

Free Digital Guiding App included – Voice of Norway

To enrich your tour experience, a free digital guiding app is included in your ticket. This app (Voice of Norway) serves as your guide, providing detailed information about the sights and attractions along the way.

With interactive maps and audio commentary, you can dive deeper into the history and significance of each stop, ensuring you don’t miss a thing.

Download it for free on your App Store or Google Play.

Tips for maximizing your experience

Best times to visit Lofoten

To make the most of your Lofoten tour, timing is crucial. The ideal months to visit are from June to August when you can enjoy long daylight hours and milder weather, perfect for exploring the stunning landscapes.

This tour is available daily, between the 15th of June and the 31st of August. Book your ticket online here.

What to bring

Ensure you’re well-prepared for your Lofoten adventure by packing appropriately. Comfortable walking shoes are a must for exploring the villages and landscapes. Don’t forget a camera to capture the breathtaking views and a sturdy backpack for day trips. You can check here our tips on what to wear and pack when traveling to Northern Norway.

Weather in Lofoten can be unpredictable, so include a waterproof jacket and layers to adjust to changing conditions.

Also, remember to download the Voice of Norway app for a guided experience and to keep a power bank handy to keep your devices charged.

Local recommendations

To enhance your experience, engage with local culture and cuisine. Check with your hotel concierge or local visitor centers for recommendations on the best dining spots and hidden gems.

Planning your transportation is also essential; consider the bus schedules to ensure you make the most of your stops. For a unique perspective, ask locals about less touristy places to visit or activities to try, like fishing or hiking, to see a different side of Lofoten not covered by standard tours.

Throughout this article, we’ve journeyed together through the magical landscapes of Lofoten Islands, exploring the definitive self-guided tour offered by the Arctic Route. This unique full-day hop-on/hop-off bus experience unlocks the door to Lofoten’s most cherished locales, where a world of vibrant fishing villages, untouched natural beauty, and rich cultural heritage awaits.

As we conclude, it’s clear that this self-guided tour is more than just a journey; it’s an invitation to immerse oneself in the profound natural and cultural wealth of Lofoten. By offering detailed insights into what each stop entails—from the artistic haven of Henningsvær to the historical depths of Nusfjord, and the breathtaking vistas of Reine and Flakstad—this tour stands as a testament to the beauty and spirit of the Arctic.

For those seeking to unleash their inner explorer while enjoying modern conveniences, this tour encapsulates the best of Lofoten in a day, promising memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re an avid adventurer or a soulful wanderer, the Best of Lofoten hop-on/hop-off bus tour by the Arctic Route is a journey worth taking, offering a blend of discovery, freedom, and awe-inspiring scenery.

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