The Lofoten Islands is a scenic archipelago in Northern Norway, sitting above the Arctic Circle. The scenery here is truly unmatched, so it's easy to understand why it's such a popular destination! It doesn't get more beautiful or cultural, from jagged mountain peaks to red fishing villages clinging to rocky islands. There's much to see and do in Lofoten, even in the off-season, so it's an excellent choice for a Norwegian vacation at any time of the year.
Explore the Islands
Because Lofoten is an archipelago connected by roads, bridges, and ferries, you can zip from island to island, discovering the scenery from mountain peak to sea level.
Explore Lofoten by Car
To see as much as possible in the Lofoten Islands, you can explore the area by car. The freedom allows you to reach more islands and enjoy the archipelago's unique scenery. The famous E10 road connects many island clusters so that you can explore some of the charming fishing villages, such as Reine and Hamnøy (the oldest fishing town in Lofoten) on Moskenesøya Island. Read More
Cruise & Historical Tour of Skrova Island
Explore the always interesting Skrova Island, which has evidence of human settlements over 10,000 years old. This island is set in the spawning grounds of Northeast Arctic cod, so you can enjoy the history of the famous stockfish (hang-dried cod), which the people have exported for over 1,000 years. Learn about the region's geologic history, walk along the scenic coastline, or try some local fare at one of the cafes. Read More
Hike & Bike
Active excursions on Lofoten are aplenty, as this network of islands contains numerous opportunities to hike and bike. These types of activities offer the option to slow down and truly experience the beauty of the region.
Bike & Hike in Svolvær
Combine hiking and biking to truly enjoy the scenery of Lofoten. You'll start by cycling along the E10 road in Svolvær, passing along the picturesque coastline. After reaching the trailhead, you'll hike up to a scenic lookout along a mountain ridge. Your efforts are rewarded with panoramic scenes out across Vestfjord and Norway's mainland. Read More
Midnight Sunset Hike in Svolvær
Summer in Norway allows you to experience the unique midnight sun, and one of the best ways to do so is with a golden hike in Lofoten. With views out across the sea, you'll climb up to the top of a grassy peak and find the perfect spot to watch the sun fade into the night, dipping behind mountains and into the horizon. The moderate route is a local favorite and perfect for summer nighttime hiking. Read More
Lofoten Snowshoe Experience from Svolvær
Explore Lofoten's landscape with a snowshoeing excursion. Starting from Svolvær, you'll make your way out into the countryside in search of perfect snowy conditions. Local guides know all the great spots and can help you swap your shoes for crampons if you encounter any ice. Enjoy walking through the Arctic's signature solitude, spotting wildlife, and listening to stories about local culture and folklore. Read More
As an island network, you can't ignore Lofoten's scenic coastline. From idyllic beaches to rocky outcrops, you can take in the landscape by boat with sailing, fishing, and kayaking experiences.
Cruise & Fish in Trollfjord
Absorb stunning fjord views while immersing yourself in the local culture with a cruise and fishing excursion in Trollfjord. You'll start by making your way through the picturesque fjord, passing steep mountains and narrow inlets. Your captain will stop at one of the locals' favorite fishing spots, where you'll learn how to catch and prepare fish for a delicious lunch on board your boat. While enjoying your meal, keep an eye out for area wildlife. Read More
Kayaking Tour of the Lofoten Islands
Explore the Lofoten Islands by kayak, one of the best ways to experience the unique and sometimes otherworldly landscapes. You'll enjoy passing charming fishing villages like Reine while paddling past rocky shorelines, snow-capped mountain peaks, and idyllic beaches. Enjoy the crystal-clear water, which sometimes appears blue like the Carribean! Keep an eye out for area wildlife, especially as you rest with a picnic lunch. Read More
How to Craft the Perfect Lofoten Itinerary
Because the Lofoten Islands are set in Northern Norway, it's easier to visit cities such as Tromsø and Trondheim. But the country is well-connected by train, plane, and car, so you can still add a Lofoten excursion to most itineraries. If you fly into Tromsø, you only need five or six days to make the most out of your time in Lofoten. But if you'd like to combine your visit with other regions in Norway, try to plan for at least one week.
Past kimkim travelers have enjoyed the following itineraries that feature experiences in the Lofoten Islands: