Things to do in Lofoten: You can do all pretty much all kinds of activities and adventures, and Lofoten is an all year destination: Hiking, kayaking, climbing, fishing, skiing, surfing, diving, golfing, mountain biking, horse riding, yoga, etc.
On this page we have collected information for an active stay in Lofoten.
It’s of course also completely possible to do very little, and just relax. Lofoten is perfect for that too.
When is the best time to visit Lofoten?
That depends! What do you want to experience? The winter with northern lights? The summer with midnight sun? Autumn storms? There is some good information here: When to visit Lofoten and seasons in Lofoten.
We have made an all-year Lofoten packing list for all the clothes you may need.
All year activities
- lofoten.info: The official tourist information for Lofoten
- Visit Norway: Lofoten: Norway’s national tourism site’s info for Lofoten.
- 68North: Outdoors and hiking, including beaches: Excellent hiking info, plus much more, including photo tours.
- XXLofoten: All kinds of activities, including Trollfjord cruises, sea eagle safaris, fishing trips, RIB trips, kayaking, bicycle rental, etc.
- Hiking Lofoten: Even more hiking info.
We think the best “all round” guidebook is Lofoten Guide by Bjørn Brænd.
There is a 100+ page binder with lots of information in the house, including things to do. It’s both a guide to the house and our own Lofoten guidebook. You can also download it: Lillevik house book (PDF).
- lofoten.info: Summer in Lofoten (see also: Spring and Fall)
- Midnight sun: From May 24 to July 18, but it’s of course very long days (and long sunsets and sunrises) both before and after these dates too.
- Visit Norway: Activities
- Lofoten.com: Adventures
- Surfing: Unstad Arctic Surf and Lofoten Surfsenter
- Golf: Lofoten Links: the 18 hole golf course is just 2 km from Lillevik
- Book recommendation: Explore Lofoten (Norwegian edition: Lofoten: 60 flotte turer i verdens vakreste øyrike), by Kristin Folsland Olsen
- lofoten.info: Winter in Lofoten (see also: Spring and Fall)
- Polar night: From the beginning of December until the beginning if January. This period often has fantastic light, and although days are short, it is not dark all the time.
- Northern lights (aurora borealis): From September 21 to March 21 it is dark after 18 (6pm), and good conditions for northern lights. It is most often seen around 22-23 at night (10-11pm), but may appear any time it’s dark.
- Skiing: Northern Alpine Guides
- Book recommendation: Lofoten: Skiing In The Magic Islands by Jonas Dahlstrup and Thorbjørn Enevold. The book is also sold at Klatrekaféen in Henningsvær.