Things to do in Lofoten: You can do all all kinds of activities and adventures, and Lofoten is definitely an all year destination: Hiking, kayaking, climbing, fishing, skiing, surfing, diving, golfing, mountain biking, horse riding, yoga, etc. There are so many possibilities!
On this page we have collected some information for an active stay in Lofoten.
We strongly recommend to use local guides that really know Lofoten. They will help you get the most out of your visit, and can offer good alternatives if the weather requires it. Please note that several people have died on “easy” hikes like Reinebringen.
It’s of course also completely possible to instead do very little, and just relax: Enjoy the spectacular nature, enjoy being away from the everyday life, and just .. be. Lofoten is perfect for that too. You can easily be alone for hours or days.
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? Skiing? Kayaking? Surfing? The famous winter cod fishing?
There is no “best time” to visit Lofoten, because there is so much to see and do, and Lofoten has something to offer everyone, all year. You will probably want to come back anyway.
We have made an all-year Lofoten packing list for all the clothes you may need. If you forget something, there are several good stores in both Svolvær and Leknes, including Scandinavisk Høyfjellsutstyr in Svolvær.
All year activities
The websites below have great information about what to do, all year. You can create your own Lofoten experience, and there are also local companies that can tailor your vacation to your preferences.
- 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.
- Norwegian Adventure Company. The “Arctic Haute Route”, coastal cruises, etc.
- Hiking Lofoten: Even more hiking info.
We think the best “all round” guidebook is Lofoten Guide by Bjørn Brænd. We have bought one for our guests, but recommend that you get your own tool.
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 December 9 until January 4 the sun does not rise above the horizon. Still: 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 offers all kinds of ski tours.
- Book recommendation: Lofoten: Skiing In The Magic Islands by Jonas Dahlstrup and Thorbjørn Enevold. The book is also sold at Klatrekaféen in Henningsvær.