Lofoten Islands, Norway: where they are, when to go and what to see

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The Lofoten Islands are located in the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, above the Arctic Circle. This beautiful settlement offers the tourist majestic landscapes, made up of towering mountains, deep fjords, colonies of sea birds and very long surfing beaches.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where are
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. Which island to go to?
  5. 11 things to see: attractions and places of interest
  6. What to do in the Lofoten Islands: excursions and tours
  7. How much does a holiday in the Lofoten Islands cost? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments
  9. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: over 24.000
  • Main towns: Svolvær.
  • Languages: Norwegian
  • Local currency: nok - Norwegian krone (€ 1,00 = 9,73 nok)
  • Weather: it is rather mild compared to that of other places located at the same latitude. During the coldest period, which has its peak in February, the average minimum temperature is -3 °, while the average maximum is 1 °. In the warmer months, however, July and August, temperatures range from 11 ° to 15 °.
  • vaccinations: No vaccinations are required, nor are there any particular sanitary precautions
    It is recommended to take out an insurance policy before departure that provides for coverage of medical expenses and any medical air repatriation (or transfer to another country) of the patient
  • Entry requirements: although not joining the EU, Norway has been part of the Schengen area since 2001. The travel and identification documents accepted are the passport or the identity card valid for expatriation, which must be valid for the entire period of stay in the country. In some cases (bank transactions, wire transfers, etc.) it is mandatory to show a passport.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where are

    Archipelago of Norway extending to the north-east, between the Nordland and Troms ranges, located about 200 km from the Arctic Circle. Their particular agitation exposes them to the phenomenon of the sun at midnight.

    How to reach us

    • From the main European capitals: from London, Paris and Berlin the following airlines depart for Oslo, with direct flights: Norwegian Air International, Ryanair, British Airways, Air France, Sas and easyJet. The flights have a duration that varies from one hour and forty minutes to two hours and thirty.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: the coastal climate makes winters mild and summers cool
    • Best time: from May to July, to admire the Midnight Sun. In December and January to admire the Northern Lights
    • Period to avoid: from a strictly climatic point of view, the winter months are colder and rainier, so if you are not interested in seeing the dawn, it is better to choose another period.
    • Advice: temperatures can vary a lot during the day, so it is recommended, whether summer or winter, to have all kinds of clothes in your suitcase. In the winter months (November-March) bring warm clothing, gloves, hat and scarf, recommended but not essential, even boots with soft rubber soles. Sunglasses in case of snow, skin cream and lip balm are not to be forgotten, if you don't want to risk paying the expenses of an arctic cold. In summer, there are few days suitable for shorts and t-shirts, and almost none if you are far north. Long-sleeved trousers and shirts and a sweater are highly recommended, just to be safe.

    Which island to go to?

    The Lofoten islands are five, and in total they have an area of ​​1.227 km². The different islands of the archipelago are connected by bridges, roads and tunnels that facilitate travel from one island to another by car, as well as the convenient ferry system.

    1. Vaeroy it is the island where there is no winter: at least not comparable to the one in the rest of Norway. Despite its proximity to the Article Polar Circle, temperatures never drop below freezing, thanks to the mitigating action of the Gulf Stream. Here, as in all other islands, there is no shortage of breathtaking views, made of fjords and majestic mountains.
    2. Vestvågøya it is definitely much larger and different from the other islands. As soon as you emerge from the underwater tunnel that connects it to Flakstadøya, the different landscape immediately catches the eye. The reliefs become sweeter, and the wild makes room for the cultivated. Population centers, fields and plains increase, and the environment becomes suitable for everyone - including children - and no longer just for sportsmen. Here is the main city of Lofoten, or Svolvær.
    3. Flakstadøya is characterized by a postcard landscape, made of rugged mountains that seem to emerge from the ocean, golden beaches that make their way between the rocks, and beautiful fjords, including the Selfjorden, which separates it from Moskenesøya, and the Nappstraumen, through which is reached Vestvagøya.

    11 things to see: attractions and places of interest

    1. Queen: fishing port located southwest of the city of Moskenes, above the Arctic Circle. It is one of the most famous places on the islands, given its suggestive position at the foot of steep cliffs.
    2. wilds: traditional buildings used by fishermen, to date have been adapted to apartments for tourists, where you can not sleep at least one evening.
    3. The stockfish museum: located in Å - the village with the shortest name in the world - the museum is dedicated to the history of Norwegian fishing, one of the most famous in the world.
    4. Lofotr Viking Museum: museum based on the reconstruction and archaeological excavation of a Viking village. It is located in the small village of Borg, near Bøstad
    5. The Midnight Sun: occurs throughout the year in the Lofoten which are located beyond the Arctic Circle. From late May to early June, the sun never dips below the horizon in these areas.
    6. The Northern Lights: in winter it is possible to admire this other wonderful natural phenomenon.
    7. The Lofoten tourist route: this 230 km route alone, it is worth renting the car. The route, starting from Raftsundet, in mainland Norway, goes up to Å. The itinerary focuses on the places, landscapes and beauty of the archipelago, and is divided into 11 stages.
    8. Svolvær: it is the capital of the islands, the oldest city in the Arctic Circle and an optimal starting point for tourists. Favorite destination of many artists, who have found inspiration here, it is home to several works, art galleries and a well-known museum on the Second World War. From the port it is possible to leave for whale watching excursions, whale and killer whale watching, and boat trips in the vicinity of the Raftsundet strait,
    9. Nusfjord: it is a charming fishing village, which has preserved the unique character of its buildings, built between the end of the th and the beginning of the th century. Furthermore, this is the area where industrial fishing was born, and it is still possible to admire some evidence of it.
    10. Henningsvær: it is one of the most important fishing villages of Lofoten, connected by land to the other islands only since 1981. This has made it possible to safeguard both the local community and the local architecture from modernity, transforming the area into an oasis of the "past", where everything is frozen in time.
    11. Moskenes Island: offers an infinite series of natural and historical attractions. Here you can visit the coastal cave of Kollhellaren, in Refsvika, which contains cave paintings dating back about 3000 years, see the traces of a settlement dating back thousands of years, and take boat trips through the Moskstrømmen, one of the strongest ocean currents in the world.

    What to do in the Lofoten Islands: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in the Lofoten Islands cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Average cost per night for one chamber it can vary greatly, depending on the chosen area. In the mountain huts managed by the Novergese Trekking Association, it is possible to stay starting from € 10,00 per night while, for a dormitory you can pay € 55,00 per night, which becomes € 61,00 for a two-star hotel. For car rental rates range between € 60,00 and € 90,00 per day. The cost of gasoline per liter is € 1,43 while, as regards meals, you can get to spend between € 13,00 and € 23,00, for the main course only

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 61,00 per room -
    • Flights to Svolvær starting from € 369,00 -
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