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Lofoten Islands - Plan Your Own Holiday

Lofoten_fishermens_cottagesPutting together your own holiday to the Lofoten Islands gives you more freedom to tailor activities, dates and accommodation to your needs. It can also save you hundreds of pounds.

Follow this simple step by step guide to create your very own Lofoten adventure.

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Step 1) Planning your trip to Lofoten

It is good to have some idea beforehand why you would like to travel to Lofoten and what you would like to see and do.

 

For example, if you want to see the northern lights – it is best to travel between October and March, for the midnight sun you have to go between end of May and start of August.

 

Also, because Lofoten is not a specific place, it can be good to have some idea about where exactly you want to go, if you want to travel around or stay in one place. Find out more about the different areas of Lofoten.

 

Step 2) Flights to Lofoten

Booking flights early can save you hundreds of pounds, and there are many options available.

 

You can fly directly to Tromso from London on the twice weekly Norwegian flight from Gatwick Airport. Tromso lies about 220km north of Lofoten, but it is a beautiful trip on the Hurtigruten down to Svolvaer, or you can drive to Lofoten in about 6 hours (it is about 420km by road).

 

The nearest airports (not including the smaller airports in Svolvaer, Roest and Leknes) are Bodo and Harstad/Narvik Evenes. There are daily flights from Oslo and Tromso to both airports with SAS and Norwegian.

 

Read more about getting to Lofoten.

 

Use the Skyscanner flight search tool below to find the best deals on flights to the Lofoten Islands, comparing flights from all the airlines that fly to Norway, including Ryanair.

 

Step 3) Accommodation in Lofoten

Most people who go to Lofoten want to stay in a traditional fishermen's hut, or Rorbu. These are small cabins formerly used as accommodation for fishermen during the Lofot fishing season, but most have been upgraded to house the increasing number of tourists visiting the region.

 

Most of the providers are small, family run businesses, much like traditional b&bs in the UK. Here is a selection of some of the fishermen's cabins in Lofoten.

 

Another option is to stay in a hotel. There are decent hotels in Svolvaer, who also offer fishermen's huts, but with the comfort and convenience of a hotel.

 

Compare and book hotels in Svolvaer.

 

Many people prefer to stay a few nights in each place, so plan where and when you would like to stay beforehand. Hotels and fishermen's huts do fill up in the high season, so it is advised to book well in advance.

 

Read more about accommodation in Lofoten.

 

Step 4) Getting Around Lofoten

To make the most of your Lofoten holiday you will have to travel around a bit.

Lofoten is not a city of place you go to, but rather an area, with loads of different islands, villages and sights, so planning how you want to get in between these, or alternatively where in Lofoten you would like to stay, is essential.

Read more about where to go in Lofoten.

 

Hiring a car is the easiest and most convenient option for most. You will have the freedom to go exactly where you want, when you want, and in many cases end up cheaper than travelling on public transport for a family of four.

Compare car hire in Lofoten.

 

Another popular option is hiring bikes. The roads are fairly quiet, and the scenery stunning, but you are of course exposed to the weather, should the sunny morning swiftly turn into a windy and rainy afternoon.

You can hire bikes in Svolvaer.

 

Buses do run the length of the Lofoten archipelago and there are several ferries connecting places like Moskenes, Svolvaer, Henningsvaer and Roest with Bodo and Tromso.

Read more about getting to Lofoten and around.

 

Step 5) Activities in Lofoten

There is so much on offer, come rain or shine, snow or storm, you really just have to decide what you would like to do.

 

Whale and bird watching, northern lights tours, sea fishing, hiking and rock climbing are amongst the most popular activities on offer in Lofoten, and guided tours or equipment hire are available from several providers in Lofoten.

 

Find out what’s on offer in our Lofoten activities guide. Visit the providers’ websites to book, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will do our best to help you.

 

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Step 6) Weather in Lofoten - and what to bring

Look into what weather you might be expecting during your holiday in Lofoten and pack accordingly.

 

In the winter it is pretty straightforward – it will be cold. Bring woollen undies, hats and scarves.

 

Lofoten’s location on the coast, with the Gulf Stream passing through it makes the climate milder than elsewhere in the Arctic, but beware of the wind chill factor.

 

In the summer, the weather can change from 25 degrees and sun one day, to 10 degrees and rain the next. Forecasts are notoriously difficult to make, so the best advice to give is to prepare for both.

 

Bring good outdoor clothes and comfortable walking shoes. It would be a pity to miss out on all that beautiful nature because of inappropriate clothing.

Check the weather forecast in the box on the left.

 

 

 

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