Lillevik is located near Vik at Gimsøy, “in the middle” of Lofoten. It’s super quiet, yet central. The perfect base for exploring the Lofoten islands.
Most sights and activities just a short drive away. And: Every drive is a scenic drive, so 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. Outdoor seating too.
- Second closest grocery stores: Joker Henningsvær or Kiwi Osan in 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 Vinjestranda (Vinje beach) is near the grocery store.
There is a 100+ page binder with lots of information in the house and Lofoten in general, with our best tips and recommendations for getting the most out of your stay. You can also download it: Lillevik house book (PDF).
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.
The graph below shows the temperatures during 2019. See updated weather forecast og historical data at Yr. The weather radar is good for short-term planning.
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 with a short stopover in Bodø. See Travel for more info, including the local rental car companies.
Hurtigruten: Svolvær and Stamsund
Hurtigruten (the Norwegian Coastal Express) stops at both Svolvær and Stamsund. See Travel.
Evenes airport (Narvik/Harstad)
Cheaper than Svolvær, and larger airplanes, but also a longer drive. See Travel.
As small as Svolvær airport, with different timetables. See Travel.
A must. Visit places like Kaviarfabrikken, Lysstøperiet, Klatrekaféen og Trevarefabrikken. Festvågtind is a classic hike with fantastic views.
Unstad: World class surfing
Unstad is world famous for surfing, all year round. The water is cold, so you need proper gear: Both Lofoten surfsenter and Unstad Arctic Surf has everything you need, including courses for all levels of surfers.
Hauklandstranda and Uttakleiv beaches
Two long, white sandy beaches with great view quite near each others. See: Lofoten’s most scenic beaches. There are some spectacular nearby hikes too, see Adventures.
Kvalvika brach, and Ryten with the famous view
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.
Nusfjord fishing village
The world’s best preserved fishing village, with a cod liver oil museum, some cafés and a tiny, cozy bakery. Please note: There is an entrance fee to limit crowds and to finance the preservation of the village.
Reine and Reinebringen with the iconic view
Reinebringen (448 m) offers Lofoten’s most spectacular 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. Be careful – several people have died here. A daytrip by boat to Vindstad and Bunes beach (Bunesstranda) is also recommended.
Moskenes (Å), with the ferry to/from Bodø
There are ferry connections to Bodø, Værøy and Røst. You can bring your car. See Travel.