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Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Lofoten Islands
Explore the wild Lofoten Islands in the Norwegian Sea. Base yourself in central Svolvær, the area’s largest town and an ideal spot to start your journey and to perfect your photography skills on the sweeping scenery, or opt for an even slower pace and stay in one of the smaller villages dotting the archipelago. Hop aboard a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) safari to Trollfjord or, if you’re visiting in the winter months, join an expert guide to chase the Northern Lights

Previous kimkim travelers have kept their eyes out for wildlife on silent tours aboard a hybrid boat or while peacefully paddling a kayak on a half- or full-day kayak tour to explore Lofoten by sea. Sail through the fjords to Skrova Island, which is inaccessible by car, to explore galleries and the local way of life. Or stay terrestrial on a hike and bike tour or fishing village walk that will teach you about Lofoten fiske, the archipelago’s main source of income after tourism.
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Lofoten Islands Essentials

Hamnoy fishing village, Lofoten Islands
Off-Season Highlights of the Lofoten Islands

The word is out on the Lofoten Islands, especially in summer. Traveling in the off-season is an ideal option to bypass the crowds—and luckily, it's easy to go at any time of year. Here's what you can expect to find September through May.

Traditional Lofoten fishing village
Top Experiences in the Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands is one of the most popular destinations in Norway. The moment you arrive, you'll understand why, as this stunning archipelago features jagged mountain peaks, colorful hamlets that cling to rocks, and a coastline dotted with islands. If you're looking for outdoor adventures, this is the place for you! Enjoy scenic drives, kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, sailing, and more.

Discover the unbeatable fjord scenery of Norway
Best Scenic Experiences in Norway

Norway is one of the most scenic countries in the world, with over 60,000 miles of coastline, towering mountain peaks, incredible fjord landscapes, endless islets, and a mix of marine wildlife. So if you're looking for a trip that will take your breath away, Norway is it. Discover the unique beauty of the Arctic Circle, explore the dense forests and tall cliffs of the fjords, and embrace some of the country's famous scenic viewpoints.

Norway is filled with historical and cultural hot spots
Top Cultural & Historical Experiences in Norway

Norway has a unique culture, influenced by its centuries-old history and distinct geographic location. You'll find bustling cities with fascinating origins, a quaint culture in fjord villages and coastal fishing towns, and unique customs like dogsledding and reindeer rearing, and mountainside farming. Not to mention, a thrilling Viking history that ties it all together.

Hiking in the Lofoten archipelago
Best Hiking Experiences in Norway

Norway is an outdoor paradise, and one of the most popular activities is hiking through the lush forests, jagged mountain peaks, and rocky fjords. From Troll's Tongue to Pulpit Rock, Norway is home to famous hikes that offer outstanding views of the country's iconic landscapes. You don't have to be an experienced trekker to enjoy the scenery, either. You'll find various trails, ranging from beginner to advanced, for all interests.

Climb the famous trails of Norway
Top Active Experiences in Norway

It's no secret that Norway is an outdoor oasis offering every type of recreation you can think of! From climbing some of the most famous trails in the world (like Troll's Tongue) to kayaking through the iconic fjords, there's an outdoor adventure in every corner. And since the entire landscape changes with the seasons, you have a new set of active experiences for each visit.

Experience the Northern Lights in Norway
Top Northern Lights Experiences in Norway

Chasing the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something that draws many travelers to Norway's upper reaches. The country is the perfect setting to spot the colorful aurora borealis. This bucket-list experience can be easily combined with snowshoeing, dogsledding, reindeer feedings, cultural activities, or simply relaxing under the polar night sky.

Lofoten Islands Itineraries

Family time in Norway
Map of Epic Northern  Norway &  Lofoten Islands Summer Family Adventure - 14 Days
Epic Northern Norway & Lofoten Islands Summer Family Adventure - 14 Days

Travel above the Arctic Circle with this relaxed two-week family adventure that starts in Tromsø and whisks you to the island of Senja and the Lofoten archipelago. Travel through northern Norway's dramatic peaks and discover secluded sandy coves as you cruise through breathtaking fjords and experience the phenomenon of the midnight sun. Along the way, hike with huskies, spot gigantic sea eagles, and discover tiny fishing villages where time stands still.

Experience the midnight sun during this 16-day road trip through Norway
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Summer Road Trip in Northern Norway: Tromsø, Senja & Lofoten - 16 Days

Experience outdoor adventures and endless summer days above the Arctic Circle with this 16-day northern Norway road trip. Go hiking with huskies in the countryside around Tromsø, then grab your rental car and drive to Senja Island to spot wildlife on a sailing cruise. Continue into the Lofoten archipelago to hop between colorful fishing villages, kayak under the midnight sun, and trek to rugged peaks. Take the overnight Hurtigruten Ferry back to Tromsø and end your trip with a glacier hiking experience.

Norway's Lofoten Islands
Map of Western Norway Fjords & Lofoten Islands - 15 Days
Western Norway Fjords & Lofoten Islands - 15 Days

This 15-day Norway road trip explores the most beautiful fjords, mountains, and ocean scenes between Bergen and Ålesund before crossing the Arctic Circle to the Lofoten archipelago. Spend over two weeks hiking, boating, kayaking, wildlife-spotting, and feasting as you explore cool and creative cities and quiet fjord-side villages across Norway. This relaxed-pace itinerary is best in the summer months.

Spend several nights in the Lofoten Islands looking for the colorful display
Map of Chasing the Northern Lights in Norway's Arctic in Winter - 15 Days
Chasing the Northern Lights in Norway's Arctic in Winter - 15 Days

This fast-paced—and very active—winter tour in Norway is not for the faint of heart. Starting and ending in Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, you'll set course on a 15-day itinerary partaking in horseback riding, dog and reindeer sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cruising the water by kayak, speedboat, and Hurtigruten. Of course, each night provides an opportunity to see the northern lights to round out your arctic adventure.

A summer evening in the village of Reine
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Summer Road Trip: Norway's West Coast - 7 Days

This lightly-trafficked, summertime road trip is a great way to experience Northern Norway's stunning coastline from late May to early September. The adventure starts with a half-day in Tromsø—"Paris of the North"—before you continue to Sommarøy, the first of many islands. You'll then take car ferries to Senja island and Andoya island to enjoy remote nature where fewer travelers venture. Finish the adventure in Lofoten's stunning, and yes, more popular, islands for hiking and kayaking while based in the charming village of Reine.

You'll have countless changes to spot the northern lights on this 16-day road trip through Norway
Map of Northern Lights Adventures in Northern Norway: Road Trip to Senja, Svolvær & Tromsø - 16 Days
Northern Lights Adventures in Northern Norway: Road Trip to Senja, Svolvær & Tromsø - 16 Days

Chase adventure and the northern lights on this epic 16-day road trip through the Arctic landscapes of northern Norway. Beginning and ending in Tromsø, you'll loop your way across to the Lofoten Islands, spending two nights at the spectacular Aurora Borealis Observatory on Senja Island en route. Between scenic drives and ferries, a packed itinerary of outdoor excursions awaits—including reindeer sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dogsledding, whale watching, and more.

Discover the Lofoten village of Reine as you wind your way north on this 16-day road trip
Map of Discover Norway's Southern Fjords & Northern Islands - 16 Days
Discover Norway's Southern Fjords & Northern Islands - 16 Days

Take advantage of Norway's long summer days with this self-drive adventure from the fjords of the south to the unspoiled nature and idyllic fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands. Set out from Bergen to kayak and cruise through the iconic fjords as you skip between charming towns like Flåm, Balestrand, and Geiranger. Then, fly north into the Arctic Circle to reach the Lofoten archipelago—where you'll hit the road again for island hopping, horseback riding, and whale watching in the land of the midnight sun.

In the Norwegian Arctic, it doesn't get more beautiful than the Lofoten Islands
Map of Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 7 Days
Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 7 Days

Get ready for a week of luxury under the midnight sun on this self-drive adventure around Norway's famous Lofoten Islands. Hop between the dramatic mountain peaks, unspoiled beaches, and picturesque fishing villages of the 80-island archipelago, overnighting in unique accommodations that range from 4-star resorts to beautifully restored beachside fishing cabins. In between island road trips, guided whale watching, kayaking, and hiking excursions will give you a closer look at the region and its nature.

A northern lights display from the Lofoten Islands
Map of Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 10 Days
Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 10 Days

This fast-paced winter trip through Norway's icy north features a stack of unique Arctic activities and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Each day presents another opportunity for unreal snowy views and a connection with local culture. Snorkel with orcas, dogsled with a team of huskies, stay overnight in an Indigenous Sámi tent, and best of all, get multiple chances to see the northern lights—including on horseback.

A Northern Lights display in the Lofoten Islands
Map of Ultimate Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 11 Days
Ultimate Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 11 Days

Ready for a wintry Northern Norway adventure? On this 11-day itinerary, you'll dogsled in the mountains, visit Røros and Trondheim, and stay overnight at a local farm. Then, take a coastal steamer to the dramatic Lofoten Islands where you'll snorkel with whales (yes, even in winter) and see the Northern Lights by horseback.

Picturesque villages in the Lofoten Islands
Map of Ultimate Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 12 Days
Ultimate Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 12 Days

This epic trip through Norway's wintry north includes a mix of travel modes and activities unique to the Arctic. Your adventure begins in the exciting capital of Oslo followed by the UNESCO-listed village of Røros where you'll dogsled in the mountains. From here, head to the historic city of Trondheim followed by a flight to Tromsø for an overnight in the wilderness. Cap it off with a coastal steamer ride to the Lofoten Islands to snorkel with whales and see the Northern Lights by horseback.

Explore remote beaches on both archipelagoes
Map of Vesterålen & Lofoten Islands Road Trip - 13 Days
Vesterålen & Lofoten Islands Road Trip - 13 Days

This self-guided summer road trip travels at a relaxed pace through gorgeous scenery above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. Explore two distinct archipelagos offering hiking trails, peaceful beaches, guided excursions, and a seaside teeming with whales—not to mention constant daylight hours during the 'Midnight Sun' to soak it in. Start and end the trip in Bodø, a cool little city with street art and a charming harbor.

Lofoten's village of Reine after dusk
Map of Northern Norway Arctic Adventure - 5 Days
Northern Norway Arctic Adventure - 5 Days

In less than a week, experience snow-covered scenery and the Northern Lights with this photogenic road-trip through the Lofoten Islands. The trip begins with a car ferry from Bodø, where you'll drive across the coastline at your own pace and explore some of Norway's oldest and most colorful fishing towns hugging the shore with traditional red 'rorbu' (fishermen's huts). Conclude the adventure with an overnight coastal steamer to Tromsø for a slice of Northern Norway's biggest city.

Snowcapped mountains in the Lofoten Islands
Map of Romantic Autumn Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 9 Days
Romantic Autumn Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 9 Days

This autumn-themed trip for two explores Norway's snowy Arctic with a variety of travel modes and cozy accommodations. Start with great culture and restaurants in Tromsø before heading to Lyngenfjord, where you'll stay in a glass-topped igloo—prime for spotting the Northern Lights. Then, take an overnight cruise to the Lofoten Islands where you'll pick up a rental car to explore the dramatic landscapes at your own pace.

 Bodø's port in the summer
Map of Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, the Hurtigruten & Bodø: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, the Hurtigruten & Bodø: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that about five days is perfect for a well-paced Norway trip with stops in the Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, spending the night on the Hurtigruten coastal ferry, and Bodø. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Vesterålen or Oslo. See more ideas for the Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, the Hurtigruten, and Bodø itineraries below.

Sunrise in the Lofoten Islands
Norway Winter Wonderland Tour - 13 Days

Expect continuous snowscapes and frequent Northern Lights sightings on this 13-day Arctic itinerary that includes fun modes of transportation. The trip starts in Tromsø where you'll have time to explore the 'Paris of the North' before setting sail on the Hurtigruten towards the dramatic Lofoten Islands. From here, head to Norway's third-largest city and the UNESCO-listed village called Røros for a range of activities. Wrap it up with a night in the exciting capital city—Oslo—to finish the adventure.

Watch the midnight sun from a seaside soaking tub in Senja (photo courtesy of Hamn i Senja)
Map of Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 10 Days
Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 10 Days

Get behind the wheel for a once-in-a-lifetime road trip through dazzling Arctic Norway. This self-drive adventure will take you to the UNESCO-listed Lofoten Islands for mountain hikes, kayaking, whale watching, and stylish stays in memorable locations. There will also be plenty of time to soak up the midnight sun in outdoor hot tubs amid prime views of fjords and mountain peaks. Finish with a stopover in the city of Tromsø for a charter fishing trip to catch prized halibut—which you'll enjoy later for dinner.

Spend a good portion of this trip exploring the Lofoten Islands.
Map of Norway Winter Wonderland Tour - 14 Days
Norway Winter Wonderland Tour - 14 Days

Expect uninterrupted snowscapes and Northern Lights sightings on this Arctic adventure. The trip starts in Tromsø, the 'Paris of the North' and your base for several snow activities. Then set sail on the Hurtigruten to the Lofoten Islands before heading to Trondheim, the UNESCO-listed village called Røros, and finally a night in cosmopolitan Oslo.

Look for the Northern Lights while driving through the Lofoten Islands
Map of Lofoten Islands & Tromsø Winter Excursion - 6 Days
Lofoten Islands & Tromsø Winter Excursion - 6 Days

Dramatic, snow-covered mountains and the Northern Lights are highlights of this 6-day adventure above the Arctic Circle. Starting in Bodø, you'll ferry to the stunning Lofoten Islands and drive at your own pace through some of Norway's oldest and most colorful fishing towns. Then, exchange your rental car for an overnight coastal steamer where you'll travel to Tromsø for some urban culture and dog sledding.

Luxury meets Arctic wilderness along the Alta River (photo courtesy of Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge)
Map of Luxury Winter Adventures in Norway's Far North - 10 Days
Luxury Winter Adventures in Norway's Far North - 10 Days

Wild, rugged, and beautiful—these are a few words that describe Norway's dazzling Arctic Circle. Over 10 days, you'll discover the highlights and hidden gems of this Polar region in luxurious style, starting at a chic wilderness lodge in Alta. After snowmobile rides and northern lights spotting, it's on to Tromsø for a day of dogsledding. Then, you'll hop on a luxury cruiser for an overnight journey to the famous Lofoten Islands, where horseback rides, kayaking, and well-deserved sauna sessions await.

End the adventure with three nights in the Lofoten Islands
Map of Best of Summer in Norway Tour - 12 Days
Best of Summer in Norway Tour - 12 Days

Check off a number of stunning summer gems in southern and northern Norway with this 12-day adventure. After kicking off in Oslo, you'll take a train and ferry to Balestrand to kayak in the Sognefjord. From here, ferry to Bergen and visit a glacier before boarding a Hurtigruten cruise for several days of fjords, charming ports, and rare wildlife under long days of sunshine. Finally, make your way to the Lofoten Islands and explore a series of gorgeous islands by rental car at your own pace.

Snowscapes in the Lofoten Islands
Map of Oslo to Tromsø Winter Tour -13 Days
Oslo to Tromsø Winter Tour -13 Days

Not for the faint of heart, this epic 13-day trip through Norway's wintry north includes a dizzying array of destinations, travel modes, and activities that are highly unique to the Arctic. Start in the capital of Oslo and then take a train to the UNESCO-listed village of Røros. From here, dog sled in the mountains and walk through Trondheim before sailing to the Lofoten Islands. Finish with an overnight cruise to Tromsø for more dog sledding and sophisticated dining options in the 'Paris of the North'.

The village of Reine stays golden under a Midnight Sun
Map of Best of Norway's Arctic Islands - 13 Days
Best of Norway's Arctic Islands - 13 Days

This fun and fast-paced itinerary explores the best of Norway's stunning Arctic coast. Starting from Tromsø, the 'Paris of the North', you'll head to Senja island, the Vesterålen Islands, and Lofoten Islands, respectively. Choose between a number of scenic outdoor activities as you travel by rental car and Hurtigruten cruise—all under the extended daylight hours of the 'Midnight Sun'—for the ultimate summer adventure.

Explore wintry villages in the Lofoten Islands like this one
Map of Ultimate Winter Tour in Norway's Arctic - 14 Days
Ultimate Winter Tour in Norway's Arctic - 14 Days

This two-week adventure from late September to late March covers a great deal of Norwegian ground for an unforgettable winter trip. You'll experience snow-covered scenery as you visit Norway's lower half (Oslo, Flåm, Bergen) before flying north to the Arctic Circle. From Bodø, you'll catch a ferry to the Lofoten Islands—the southwestern point of this dramatic archipelago with granite mountains shooting up from the sea. Finish the tour with an overnight coastal steamer and enjoy unique activities in Tromsø and Alta before returning back to Oslo for one more night on the town.

Enjoy numerous hiking opportunities in this remote part of the world
Map of Wild Islands in Norway's Arctic - 8 Days
Wild Islands in Norway's Arctic - 8 Days

Wilder, greener, and more remote than the Lofoten Islands (though you'll have a night here, too), those who come to the Vesterålen archipelago will have access to hiking trails, peaceful beaches, rock formations, and seaside teeming with whales, not to mention extended daylight hours to soak it in by land and sea. Finish with an overnight coastal steamer to Tromsø —a lively city nicknamed 'Paris of the North'.

The breathtaking scenery of Norway's Lofoten Islands
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Hidden Lofoten: Explore Norway's Secret Islands - 8 Days

Discover Norway's remote Lofoten Islands on this scenic 8-day itinerary. Set off from the northern mainland town of Bodø and make your way south across the magical archipelago to end your journey on the breathtaking shores of Værøy. Along the way, you'll explore the secluded beaches, rugged mountains, and charming villages of this extraordinary region. With evenings spent in cozy, traditional accommodations and days devoted to a selection of memorable hikes and excursions, this relaxed itinerary is perfect for travelers looking for an intimate, off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Spend 10 endless summer days in Norway's far north (photo courtesy of Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge)
Map of Luxury Under the Midnight Sun in Northern Norway - 10 Days
Luxury Under the Midnight Sun in Northern Norway - 10 Days

Escape to Norway's far north this summer for 10 days of luxury and adventure under the midnight sun. The journey begins above the Arctic Circle in Bodø, a scenic coastal town where you'll zip across fjords in a Zodiac and soar over glaciers in a helicopter. Continue the Arctic expedition to the snowcapped Lyngen Alps and the UNESCO-listed Lofoten Islands to visit the world's northernmost whisky distillery, go surfing (that's right), and meet the local Sámi Indigenous people and their trusty reindeer.

Lofoten Islands from Hoven Mountain
Map of Fjords and Islands Adventure: Oslo, Aurland, Bergen, Vesterålen, Lofoten, & More - 14 Days
Fjords and Islands Adventure: Oslo, Aurland, Bergen, Vesterålen, Lofoten, & More - 14 Days

Take in some of Norway's most impressive natural landscapes on this two-week adventure through the country's western fjords and northern islands. You'll start with a city tour of Oslo before you venture out into nature, riding the steep and scenic Flåm Railway. Dip back into city life in Bergen, then head to the wild Vesterålen and Lofoten islands to kayak, hike, whale-watch, and more.

Golden light over the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway
Cruise the Norwegian Coast: Bergen to Kirkenes - 15 Days

Cross the Arctic Circle in comfort on this unforgettable 15-day journey up the Norwegian coast. Starting in Bergen, you'll cruise north through a breathtaking coastal landscape of alpine fjords, towering mountains, and colorful fishing villages. Explore the ancient city of Trondheim, discover the magic of the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands, and visit the "Arctic capital" of Tromsø. Your trip of a lifetime ends in the far north as you disembark at Kirkenes—the most isolated town in Europe.

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