If you are planning a trip to Lofoten, you can use tips on how to get to the Lofoten Islands which I share in this article. How to get to Lofoten Islands depends on what seasons of the year you will travel. I share some useful tips on choosing the best way to get there.
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There are many ways to get to Lofoten, it is by plane, car, boat, ferry or by bus.
Where are the Lofoten Islands located
Lofoten Islands are located in northern Norway in the county of Nordland. It is to the North of the Arctic Circle at the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland.
Despite this, there is a mild and wet climate. The weather depends on the warm waters of Gulf Stream.
How to get to the Lofoten Islands
The best way to get to Lofoten by plane. Most of Norway's cities have flights to Bodø, Narvik, Svolvær, and Leknes.
Near the Lofoten Islands, there are several airports, where it will be easy to flights from Oslo to Lofoten.
It's airports in:
- Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes
- And airports in Andenes on the Vesterålen Islands
I advise you to arrive at the airport in Leknes or Svolvær. Car rental will be more expensive. But you will save time. For example, from Narvik to Svolvær, about 3 hours drive by car.
Today, most travelers prefer to fly by plane. Lofoten is very distant from the European cities. Not all international airlines have direct flights to the Lofoten Islands.
Therefore it’s the best way to arrive in Lofoten islands by plane from Oslo or Tromsø.
Svolvær and Leknes airports located on Lofoten and have regular flights to Norwegian airports. It’s the best choice to get to the Lofoten by plane.
Besides, there are flights to Bodø. The flight from Oslo to Bodø takes about a 1-30, plus 30 minutes from Bodø to Lofoten. Also, there is a helicopter between Bodø and Værøy.
Lofoten Islands airports
There is an interactive Google map of the Lofoten Islands. This will help you plan your trip. Save this Google map in your smartphone or tablet and use during the trip.
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The average cost of a 1.5-hour flight from Oslo to Bodø is 460 NOK. A half-hour flight between Bodø and Leknes a city on the largest island of the Vestvagoy archipelago will cost 350 NOK. A ticket for the Bodø – Moskines ferry costs 196 NOK, travel time is 3 hours. Prices listed on this page are for April 2016 but price changes slowly.
Widerøe is a Norwegian airline company. Widerøe has flights around the country.
There are 5 flights to Lofoten from Oslo a week. You will arrive in Svolvær and Leknes airports.
The low-cost airline Norwegian is a convenient and inexpensive airline. You do not get to the Lofoten Islands. Norwegian flight to Bodø and Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes from Oslo. You can arrive in Andenes in Vesterålen in the summertime too.
It is convenient if you plan to continue your journey.
You can get to Moskenes from Bodø by ferry. You can also start your journey through the Lofoten Islands from Andenes in Vesterålen. And finish it in Moskenes.
SAS + WIDERØE
SAS offers direct flights from Oslo and other cities of the world in Bodø and Tromsø. And you can continue traveling by car or by Widerøe’s airplane to Svolvær or Leknes.
Every day there are flights from Oslo (Gardermoen) to Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes.
Union of SAS и Widerøe
You can buy one ticket for the whole trip. It’s a good solution.
Ferry from Bodo to Lofoten
Most tourists traveling in Norway prefer a ferry from Bodo to Lofoten. The Ferries between Bodø, Skutvik, Svolvær, and Værøy run daily all year round. Some of them take cars.
A passenger without a car has no problem getting by ferry.
From Bodø to Moskenes, Lofoten: depending on conditions 3h 15m – 4 hr
- If you travel by car, you should buy tickets in advance in the summertime
- Turn up 2 hours ahead of departure if you miss buying a ticket
- Make a reservation in advance with the Torghatten-nord.no
- Out of season, the ferries work on a first-come
Ferry from Skutvik to Lofoten
From Skutvik to Svolvær, Lofoten take 2hr 24m
- Work between June and August
- Book in advance only
Express boats from Bodø to Svolvær are a great way to Lofoten Islands. You will see Lofoten and it will be a wonderful sea excursion. Travel time 3,5 h.
Passenger buses run daily from Narvik, Bodø, Harstad to Svolvær and Å.
The bus follows E10. Travel time 7-30 h. Be attentive and see the bus schedule.
The bus is not the easiest way to travel around the Lofoten Islands.
You can travel by bus, but it will be more torment than a complete rest or trip. The problem is that the bus goes along E 10. All the interesting places are on the side of this road. Hikers have gratitude for the drivers who brought them to their destination, this is the most common situation.
It’s your choice. But if you do not want to complicate your life, a car is a good pick.
All bus information can be found at 177nordland
Trains run from Stockholm and Kiruna to Narvik every day all year round. From here you can reach various towns in the archipelago by bus.
There are also trains running from Oslo to Bodø with a connection in Trondheim and Fauska. The train journey from Trondheim to Bodø is about 10 hours.
Book train tickets Norway NBS
If you prefer to travel by car there are several ways to get to the Lofoten Islands.
There are by car ferry or drive by road E10.
The E10 is a beautiful scenic route through the Lofoten Islands and connects Harstad/Narvik, Svolvær, Leknes, Reine and Å I Lofoten.
- From Harstad/Narvik to Å: 4h 40m
- From Tromsø to Å: 8h 20m
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TOP 3 TIPS TO RENT A CAR ON LOFOTEN
- Rent a car in Kiruna, Sweden. Yes, in Kiruna. Distance from Kiruna to Leknes 450 km. If you have a trip to Lofoten and the North of Norway for more than 7 – 10 days, then this is a very economical choice. To fly by plane to Kiruna is often much cheaper than to fly to any airport in Lofoten. Rent a car is cheaper in Kiruna. You can buy some of the provisions, in Sweden it costs less. You can come to Tromsø, there is a car rental price lower than Lofoten. But the distance to Lofoten is too great. Distance from Tromsø to Leknes 490 km. In any case, if you are saving your money, you should also consider these options.
- Not budgetary. Rent a car on the Lofoten islands or in Tromsø airport. There is not much difference where to fly to Svolvær or Leknes. The distance between the two cities is small. Both airports have the largest rental companies in the world. You can book any car at any time. They have a big minus, it's a huge price.
- There is another little life hack. Rent a used car. Yes, it will not be new, but always on the go and with full service. This is a great solution.
The company has a rental of used cars. I have nothing to do with firm Rentacar-Lofoten with any advertising contracts, but very often I see cars with their sticker. And did not hear bad reviews.
If you want to rent a camper on Lofoten, then you can do it in the firm Arctic Campers. These guys remake ordinary cars in campers, which can perfectly satisfy your taste. The rental price of these cars is slightly higher than the cost of renting a conventional car. But you become the owner of a car in which you can live.
If you rent a car, you should be careful on the road. The roads on Lofoten are very narrow and do not have markings. There are often sharp turns. There is sleet in winter. The car becomes completely unmanageable at this time. And you need a great driving experience in Lofoten, to drive a car along such a road.
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