Lillevik and Gimsøya is an excellent base for exploring Lofoten. It is “in the middle” of Lofoten, with most sights and activities just a short drive away.
In Lofoten you will need to travel around a bit, but the trips themselves are nice too – so much to see!
Lillevik is a great “home away from home”: Stay in one place and spend your time on experiences, not moving in and out of different houses. There is no need to “travel through Lofoten”, since everything is within easy driving distance anyway. See the Gallery with photos of Lofoten sights and the distance from Lillevik.
If you miss people and tourist crowds, Henningsvær and Svolvær are just over half an hour away, and Leknes maybe 45 minutes. It’s nice to be able to go “back home” to Lillevik.
See Travel for links to local rental car companies.
Nearby grocery store, café, beaches
- Groceries, café and gas station: Gimsøy Landhandel, 7 km. We encourage buying as much as possible of the things you need here. The café is nice, with lunch every day, dinner on Wednesdays, and cakes on Saturdays. Nice outdoor seating.
- Second closest grocery store: Henningsvær or Svolvær (both ca. 30 km)
- Closest mountain: Hoven (368 m), 1 km.
- Private beach: 100 meters.
- White sandy beach: Hov, 1,5 km. The much larger Gimsøystranda beach is near the grocery store.
Address: Årstrandveien 663, 8314 Gimsøysand.
Google Maps knows the place Lillevik, so just search for that. There are very few roads, and super easy to find the way.
GPS coordinates: 68.330081, 14.091728
Google “plus code”: 83JR+2M
Weather and temperature in Lofoten
Lofoten benefits from the Gulf stream and is much warmer than one might think, considering it is above the arctic circle. It is a coastal climate, with varying weather. Be ready for pretty much anything. There is some good information here: When to visit Lofoten and seasons in Lofoten.
See the Webcam page for live photos, and one photo from each day in 2020 to get an impression of the changing seasons.
Driving directions from Svolvær airport
It is fastest, and simplest, to fly to Svolvær. See Travel for more info, including the local rental car companies.
Hurtigruten: Svolvær and Stamsund
Hurtigruten stops at both Svolvær and Stamsund. See Travel.
Evenes airport (Narvik/Harstad)
Cheaper than Svolvær, but also a longer drive. See Travel.
As small as Svolvær airport, with different timetables. See Travel.
Unstad is world famous for surfing, all year round. The water is cold, but that’s not a problem with proper gear. Both Lofoten surfsenter and Unstad Arctic Surf has everything you need, including courses for all levels of surfers.
Hauklandstranda and Uttakleiv
World famous, very popular. There can be a line of people waiting to take the “classic” photo of someone hanging on the rock above the beach. Go early or late to avoid crowds. See: Kvalvika beach hiking guide.
The world’s best preserved fishing village, with a cod liver oil museum, some cafés and a cozy bakery. Please note: There is an entrance fee.
Reinebringen (448 m) offers Lofoten’s most fantastic views. There is a stone stairway almost to the top. It’s very popular, and sometimes crowded, but worth it anyway. Go early or late to avoid crowds. A daytrip by boat to Vindstad and Bunes beach (Bunesstranda) is also recommended.
There are ferry connections to Bodø, Værøy and Røst. See Travel.