Words fail to do justice to the raw magnificence that is the Lofoten archipelago.
The islands offer everything you could want in a Norwegian holiday: Picture postcard fishing villages, incredible seafood, cycling and hiking opportunities, cute fisherman’s cabins, stunning beaches, snow-capped mountains, golf courses, and even Alpine skiing. Read our Lofoten travel guide to help you plan a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
Lofoten offers a dazzling array of accommodation options, from full-service hotels and apartments in Svolvær to remote fisherman’s cabins and campsites overlooking the ocean. To kick things off, take a look at our photo tour of Lofoten.
What to do
There’s no need for you to make specific plans in Lofoten. It’s not a place in which you should follow a specific itinerary. It’s a place to pause, relax, and take in the remarkable environment. Having said that, here are some of our suggestions for the best places to experience Lofoten.
Svolvær – The capital of Lofoten, Svolvær has everything you could need in a city yet with a population of just 4,000 manages to retains a delightful small town feel. Set against the backdrop of mountains, the waterfront is lined with restaurants, hotels and boats offering tours of the nearby Trollfjord. More about Svolvær.
Henningsvær – Only a 20-minute drive from Svolvær, Henningsvær fishing village is spread over several tiny islands at the foot of an imposing mountain. The setting is simply breathtaking, but be sure to leave time to check out some of the interesting galleries dotted around the village. More about Henninsvær.
Reine – With perhaps the most famous photo opportunity in all of Lofoten (see above!), Reine is a charming fishing village home to just a few hundred permanent residents. Just a few miles away in Moskenes you can catch a ferry to Bodø.
Å – The last letter of the Norwegian alphabet, Å (sometimes named ‘Å i Lofoten’ to distinguish it from the village in Vesterålen with the same name) is as far as you can drive on the Lofoten islands. Part fishing village and part museum, Å offers educational opportunities as well as a large number of rental cabins overlooking the water.
- Getting around: Our guide to transport in Lofoten
- Book accommodation: Find the best value hotels in Lofoten
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