If you are thinking about how to get to Lofoten, you can use my advice which I share in this article.
Flights to Lofoten
Most of Norway’s major cities have flights to Bodø, Narvik, Svolvær, Leknes, and Røst.
Near Lofoten, there are several airports, where it will be easy to fly from Oslo Gardermoen. It’s airports in Bodø. In Harstad / Narvik Airport Evenes. This airport is located 165 km from Svolvær. And Andenes in Vesterålen.
Everything depends on your plans.
Today, most travelers prefer to fly by plane. Lofoten is very distant from the major European cities.
Therefore it is most convenient to arrive in Lofoten islands by air from Oslo.
The flight from Oslo to Bodø takes about an hour and a half, plus an additional 30 minutes from Bodø to Lofoten.
There is a helicopter service between Bodø and Værøy.
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.
The average cost of a 1.5-hour flight from Oslo Gardermoen 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, journey time is 3 hours. Prices listed on this page are for April 2016 but price changes slowly.
Widerøe is Norwegian airline company. The airline has flights throughout the country.
There are 5 flights to Lofoten from Oslo Gardermoen a week. On the aircraft of this company, you will arrive in Svolvær and Leknes. To Røst from Bodø if you choose such a complex route.
The low-cost airline Norwegian is a convenient and inexpensive airline. But you can not come to the Lofoten Islands. Norwegian offers flight to Bodø and Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes from Oslo. So you can arrive in Andenes in Vesterålen in the summertime.
It is convenient if you plan to continue your journey.
You can arrive in Moskenes from Bodø with a ferry. You can also start your journey through the Lofoten Islands in 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. Then you can continue traveling by car or Widerøe in Svolvær or Leknes.
Every day there are flights from Oslo Gardermoen to Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes.
Union of SAS и Widerøe make possible to buy one ticket for the whole trip.
Fast ferries between Bodø, Svolvær, and Værøy run daily all year round. Some of them take cars.
A passenger without a car has no problem following by ferry.
If you travel by car, you should book a ticket in advance in the summertime.
The route from the airport to the ferry in Bodo
Express boats from Bodø in 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.
Trains run from Stockholm and Kiruna to Narvik every day all year round. From there 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 Bud is about 10 hours.
If you prefer to travel by car there are several ways to get to the Lofoten Islands.
If you are traveling by car there is a good roads system.
Lofoten trip will be difficult without your car.
I traveled to Iceland, and there was an extreme need for a car. Even there, I could give it up, but not here. A bicycle can be an alternative to a car if your journey is associated with sports achievements. Photo shooter or traveler cannot do without a car.
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 a gratitude for the drivers who brought them to their destination, this is the most common situation.
The choice, of course, is yours. But if you do not want to complicate your life, then the car is a definite choice.
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. Perhaps you will save on your air ticket to Hawaii.
- Not budgetary. Rent a car on the Lofoten islands. 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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