Lofoten Travel Guide

  • Midnight sun at Reine, Moskenes Island, Lofoten
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Lofoten Highlights

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     Still unspoiled, quiet 

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     ...if it's raining during your biking vacation... 

  • In a nutshell
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     Wild and beautiful! 

Lofoten Things to Do

  • Yoga in Lofoten

    It feels good to do yoga at Lofoten Yogastudio! And the small fishing village of Stamsund, in the middle of the Lofoten Islands, is well worth visiting, too. The yoga studio is located in the centre of Stamsunds main industry; the fish factory and the theatres of E-g and Teater Nor. Not much to look at from the outside, but once you have climbed...

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  • Island of Vestvagoy and Flakstadoya

    Just before reaching Reine.... the scenery from peaceful lowlands change to dramatic peaks and to a surprise... beaches near Flakstad

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  • Driving from north all down to Reine i...

    The drive is long but nevertheless the scenery is superb. These photos are taken in the norwegian mainland

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Lofoten Hotels

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Lofoten Restaurants

  • Avoid this place if you want good food

    The surroundings and the view is fantastic. The food is unfortunately not good. The first day we onely ordered the fish soup. It took a long time to get it, but it was actually quite good. The next day we went to eat a full meal. The waiter told us that they were sold out of half of the meals of the wery short menu.We ordered halibut (Kveite) at...

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  • Not a paradise for foodies

    There are no many restaurants in the Lofoten, and most of them are in the hotels. My experience about food there is not fantastic, so I can't recommend any good place. Avoid soups in touristy places, as they are systematically made of powder with disgustingly artificial flavours. Despite being a place whose economy is based upon fishing, I must...

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  • fine dining north of the arctic circle

    A wonderful restaurant specialising in seafood and located in a 200 years old red rorbue that once had been the general store in Reine. It's really nicely done - simple but characteristic - and with a turf fireplace. Seafood - fresh seafood everything. It's the place where I first tried the fried cod-liver tongues! Delicious - I must say, but they...

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Lofoten Nightlife

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    If not out at the local pub, one can simply stay in and go through the photos of the day. To be deleted or not to be deleted? - that was the question... :)

    Telys (small candles - fairy lights) for atmosphere...

    Dress Code: casual :)

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Lofoten Transportation

  • Transportation around Lofoten islands

    The only way to travel on Lofoten islands (if you don't have a car) is the bus. I have visited the Lofoten islands in the off peak season (September) and the only way to travel on the islands was by taking the bus that started at 9 o'clock from Å i Lofoten. Schedules change so I am not sure if my Lofoten bus still has the same schedule, but surely...

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  • Getting to Lofoten Islands

    I have arrived to Lofoten islands by taking a ferry from Bodø. Due to the fact I didn't have a car, I considered this option very cheap, as I only paid about 10-15 Euros for the trip (one-way). There are several connections but the best I have found was to take the 15.00 ferry from Bodø that arrived at 19.00 in Moskenes.

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  • Bus transportation in Lofoten

    I went to the Lofoten in late May and did not rent a car but depended completely on buses.In one way it was great---there were many options and I was able to get to almost everywhere I wanted to go. In addition, it was much cheaper than renting a car.BUT there were a few drawbacks. I thought late May was summer season, but it wasn't (that begins in...

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Lofoten Shopping

  • Shoes!

    I actually didn't think there'd be a lot of nice shoes in a place like Lofoten,so I was really surprised to find this place. I found a lot of shoes I fancied,have a look! This is not an expensive store, but as you know, Norway is notthe cheapest country in the world...

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  • the building where the old shop in...

    there you'll find all for your everyday tourist needs... from dry cod and other groceries to the emergency rain gear and postcards... and you'll get to see a lot of products from the last few decades (but unfortunately they're not for sale...)

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  • the viking glass artist is here!

    beautiful hand-made glass objects... made by Åsvar Tangrand, a "local celebrity" who designed the Lofoten logo...

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Lofoten Local Customs

  • Local architecture

    I liked very much the local architecture with houses standing on poles as if in an acrobatic experiment... This choice was made, of course, for practical purposes. Much easier to reach one's boat right from your bedroom's window - if duty calls... :)

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  • Levitating boats

    David Copperfield? No way. Just regular boat-hanging practice in Lofoten. Space management defying gravity! :)

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  • all about cod...

    Dou you know how much does a cod weigh when it's dry?Do you know where cod heads are sold and consumed?Do you know the recipe for the local speciality - fried cod tongues?You can learn all about cod at the Lofoten Stockfish Museum in the village of A. Even if you're not interested in fishing you'll find this little museum fascinating: the fishermen...

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Lofoten Warnings and Dangers

  • Svolvaer Airport is fog prone

    If you fly to Lofoten, take into account that Svolvaer Airport is a lot more bad weather exposed than neigbouring Leknes and Stokmarknes airports. If you are stuck at Bodø en route, try changing your ticket to either of those two airports. And if stuck at Svolvaer, you will find that staff there might try to provide you alternative flights out of...

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  • Not mastering the use of small boats

    This is what the locals fear the most: brave tourists (including Norwegians!) who use a local rowing boat or small motorboat/outboard, and get blown offshore. Or simply fail to observe weather warnings, on-board etiquette, don't master the waves, currents and underwater terrain or run out of gas or arm power to be able to make it back to...

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  • Drunk drivers...

    Alcoholism is one of the biggest problems in Lofoten. So watch out if you're driving (or taking a walk). It doesn'tmatter how good a driver you are if you happen to faceone who's dead drunk, so I hope you won't.

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Lofoten Tourist Traps

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    by mingul Written Apr 10, 2008

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    There is a bike rental in Å i Lofoten. The prices are extremely high. I barely managed to rent two bikes for half a day. I remember the cost for a full day bike was around 500 NOK. Also the bikes were not in a very good shape either. The owner was also rude.

    Fun Alternatives: I don't know if there are any other bike rentals in the area though. Try negotiating as tough as you can, because he won't rent all the bikes in one day.

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Lofoten What to Pack

  • No dried fish!

    Don't pack any dried fish!!!! You'll find plenty in the islands :) What a relief! ha ha...I bet now you have to unpack and take that fish out of your suitcase because you have never thought they might have it in Lofoten... Oh well... Local knowledge... ;o)

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  • don't forget your rain gear and your...

    (I was trying to make it on the lable of a can of sardines...)what else are you going to do if it rains horizontally (the wind!) and everything's closed because it's a public holiday? better bring your pipe along... and they have some excellent tobacco there!

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    6 Hotels in Lofoten

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Lofoten Off The Beaten Path

  • stockfish museum

    everything you always wanted to know about stockfish ...coffee and cookies on the house!the owner is very cheerful and helpful and can also rent you a REAL rorbur on the little port...

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  • Reinebringen

    I'd slept all day on the train to Bodø and then napped on the ferry over to Lofoten so I wasn't at all tired around 20:00 when I started my hike. To find this trail you start in adorable little town of Reine. As you walk back to the main highway after the bus drops you off in the "city center" make sure you turn to look back at the view of the...

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  • Glass Artist A.Tangrand's 'Lofoten...

    Tangrand's "Lofoten Rune" has been mounted on the cliff-side above Highway E10 at Skreda (see Vestvågøy). His glass shop is in Vikten.

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Lofoten Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf by the ocean

    Proximity to the ocean, the jagged Lofoten mountains and the ever shifting Arctic light make this more than just a round of golf.Few, if any, golf courses offer such a combination of golf and magnificent scenic surroundings. Golfing in the Midnight Sun - play 144 holes a day... From mid May to early August you can play golf all day and all night....

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  • Golf up north of Norway

    Nine beautiful links holes - at the beach at Gimsøy in Lofoten. The setting is just fantastic. During the summer (june-august) you can play under the midnight sun - 24 hours a day. Preper for ALL kind of weather. And it will change before you will be able to run back to the clubhouse. You can rent clubs at the course.

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  • Dry clean or... about laundrying fish!...

    Fishing. Lofoten is aaaaall about fishing! About fishing and... drying! Besides many 'fish it yourself' temptations, you run into many dried-fish museums, fishing industry musems or simply lonely-standing racks, and you simply can't resist... the smelly fish :) I looooove dried fish, but I tell you: it can get a bit '...'-ish... Nose-clips. Pegs...

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Lofoten Favorites

  • Getting to Lofoten

    Hi,There are many options how to reach Lofoten, and often getting there can be part of the travel itself. (especially true for the option of travelling by Hurtigruten from Tromso to Svolvaer)The least hassle way in my opinion is this option, and then you can also get a direct flight to Tromso from London, which is a handy way of getting there.There...

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  • Lofoten Houses

    I liked the strange architecture of the houses (at least strange to the unaccustomed eye!), with the high poles stuck in the sea bed carrying the house and the fairly large decks. The houses built 'on water' reminded me of Amsterdam, while the elegance of the windings decks and of the thin poles, recalled a Japanese garden. Reaching the little...

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  • Lofoten Light and Rainbows

    One of the most beautiful things in Norway, and therefore in Lofoten too, is the light and the amazing feeling one gets just by watching the sky. The light changes colour and intesity so quickly and is so different throughout the day - absolutely unbelievable!The rainbows are a rare sight too. We have been in the Lofoten Islands for less than a...

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