The Lofoten Islands is surrounded by the most breathtaking landscapes on earth. Whether it is from a hiking trail or from the road, you will see some jaw-dropping views. With pointy peaks of rocky mountains, white sand beaches with crystal clear water, and a midnight sun that never sets.
Lofoten Islands is a place that has to be discovered. In this blogpost you will get some advice on what to explore on this beautiful island.
Lofoten has four main islands and consist of Austvågøy, Moskenesøy, Flakstadøy and Vestvågøy, together with a number of smaller islands side by side resemble a single mountain range which is a majestetic view if you arrive with boat from Bodø. We recommend you to stay minimum one week if you want to explore the most and best of Lofoten.
1) The Lofoten Island is famous for their long stretches of white sand and crystal clear water. Ramberg Beach, Uttakleiv Beach, Ytresand Beach and Haukland Beach are all easy to get to by campervan. While Kvalvika Beach you have to reach by foot.
2) When it comes to surfing, the Lofoten Island offers world-class waves. Here you easily find a group of like minded people to hang out with, and you can park by the beach with your campervan. Unstad Beach rent out swimsuits, boards etc. Check them out: https://www.lofotensurfsenter.com or https://www.unstadarcticsurf.com . The summer is low season for barrels and shortboards, but high season for longboard waves.
3) You should hike one, or many of the epic hiking trails in Lofoten. To see the rocky mountains meet the sea is an experience you have to feel. Reinebringen is the most popular hike, where you have unforgettable view. Some other popular alternatives are Ryten, with a spectacular view over Kvalvika Beach, the hike up to Svolvær Fløya and Festvagtind just outside of Henningsvær,. If you are not afraid of heights, we recommend Vågakallen outside of Henningsværas an absolute must. This is a very demanding route and just for the few.
You should also check out Svolværgeita, also called The Goat. This is an unusual twin-peaked rock outcrop that is very popular for rock climbers.
Do you dare to do the jump?
Well, sign up for a guided tour and find out. You can also hike Djevelporten, if you do not want to climb on top of Svolværgeita.
Reinebringen 442m, 2 hours (dif 2)
Helvetestind 602m, 4 hours (dif 2)
Ryten 543m, 3 hours (dif 1)
Moltinden 696m, 3 hours (dif 2)
Hustinden 691m, 3 hours (dif 1)
Skottinden 671m, 4 hours (dif 2)
Veggen 489m, 2 hours (dif 1)
Vågakallen 943m, 8 hours (dif 3)
Festvågtind 541m, 2 hours (dif 1)
Djevelporten 561m, 3 hours (dif 2)
4) Kayaking in Lofoten is a dream to do in Lofoten, because of the clear turquoise water. You can rent kayaks a lot of places in Lofoten, and kayak in Svolvær to Henningsvær, in Reine and Trollfjorden.
5) When you are travelling around in the Lofoten Islands, we suggest you to explore the towns and fishing villages from Svolvær to Å.
Svolvær is Lofoten´s largest town, and it is located on the south coast of Austvågøy. This town is an important fishing port, and is where you will pick-up and drop-off the campervan. Here you can visit the Lofoten War Museum, climb the Svolvær Goat and hike Djevelporten.
Kabelvåg, a small fishing village on Austvågøy, is a place where you can learn more about the importance of fishing in Lofoten. Here you find the Lofoten Museum, that shows you the displays of life in the 1800s, a collection of Nordland-type boats and original fisherman´s cabins. You should also visit the Lofoten Aquarium (https://www.museumnord.no/en/lofoten-aquarium/) and Vågan Church, the largest wooden church north of Trondheim.
Henningsvær is a small, picturesque fishing village. Here you will find great restaurants for lunch and dinner. It is a fantastic mix of small city living, combined with amazing nature experiences. Rock climbing are popular thing to do in Henningsvær during summer season, and is well worth checking out. Visit the original climbing cafe (Klatrekafeen) for a afterclimb meal or a good party. You should also check out The Kaviar Factory building, that was onced used for manufacturing kaviar paste in the 1950s. The building is today restored and home to an art gallery exhibiting cutting-edge temporary art. Trevarefabrikken is another old factory which is worth visiting. It is a big concrete block where music, art, party, food and relaxing meet in a beautiful way.
Reine, Sakrisøy and Hamnøy is places where you will see a lot of fish heads drying on racks and fishing boats, and should not be missed. Fishing is one of the main reasons why people live in Lofoten, and every year over 40 million codfish are caught. These places has for a long time been a favourite place to visit for painters and climbers due to the fjord and mountain views.
Å in Lofoten is a tiny town that is the southernmost point of the Lofoten Island. Here you should go by the rustic bakery, the Lofoten Stockfish Museum, and the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.
Nusfjord is a preserved fishing village, where you can find a open-air museum. Be sure to visit the old-fashioned store, and the factory that makes cod-liver oil and the sawmill.
The Lofotr Viking Museum at Bøstad in the island of Vestvågøy is an excellent Viking adventure that includes a short-film about the life of the chieftain and his family, and the numerous artifacts discovered.
6) What to eat?
In the campervan you can make you own food, but we also suggest you to try the local food in the Lofoten Island. It is a thriving fishing culture, so you should definitely try some of the local fish dishes. The dried and barbequed cod is manys favorite, and should be tested out.. However, eating out is quite expensive in Norway.
Therefore we suggest you normally buy groceries and prepare the food in the warm, and nice campervan. Save the restaurants for the rainy and cold days.
7) Ocean fishing (Skreifiske) - experience real Lofoten from the boat. In Lofoten there are a lot of fishermen that you can join out fishing with a fishing rod or a fishing reel. Check out this site if it sounds interessting: https://lofoten.info/en/Lofotfishing
8) Drive over the Fredvang Bridges. It might sound weird to visit a couple of bridges as top thing to do in Lofoten, but it is a unique thing to do.
9) Take the side roads. The E10 is the lifeline of Lofoten connecting the mainland to the islands, but we highly recommend you to veer off the beaten path as much as you can. And this is why campervan is a great way to explore Lofoten, since you can experience quieter sides of Lofoten, and camp where you want.
10) So, last you should also try to drink Tran at Møller´s Tran Depot in Ballstad. Tran is a cod liver oil that Norwegian´s drink for its incredible nutritious value. And maybe the next day you will wake up as an Norwegian Viking!
That´s it! The things over are just a tiny bit of what to explore on Lofoten Island, so, rent a van, and get out there and explore. If you have any questions, please tell us and we will get back to you.