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Lofoten Islands

Incomparable beauty in Norway's Arctic north

Visit the Lofoten Islands


By any criteria, the Lofoten Islands are beautiful: a rugged Arctic landscape of deep blue fjords and mountains that rise in kilometre-high peaks. It’s all peppered with gorgeous beaches and colourful fishing villages, blessed with fantastic displays of the Northern Lights and summer's Midnight Sun.

What’s more, the archipelago is delightfully explorable. Although the snow-dusted elevations and jagged shorelines might look imposing, they’re knitted together by well-maintained hiking routes and coastal roads, sweeping between sheltered bays on bridge hops. They’re perfect for an ultra-scenic road trip. And, as something of a high-altitude anomaly, winter in the Lofoten Islands is delightfully mild, making them ideal for a trip to spot the Northern Lights. The regular displays are set to some of Europe’s most impressive fjord backdrops.

View of the Northern Lights over a village in the Lofoten Islands, Norway
The Northern Lights over the Lofoten Islands

There’s also plenty to entertain back at base, with the islands' idyllic fishermen’s villages. Here, you’ll spend your nights in iconic red cabins, stilted out over the water. There’s perhaps nothing cosier than returning after a day’s exploration to a roaring fire and spectacular views over a secluded bay. You’ll also be able to indulge with some of Norway’s finest just-caught seafood, invariably paired with a thoughtfully chosen wine.

Reine village, the Lofoten Islands
The village of Reine

Then, over summer, the Northern Lights are replaced with another celestial phenomenon – the Midnight Sun. The Earth’s axial tilt means that the sun rarely, if ever, dips below the horizon, bathing the islands in a gorgeous soft glow. It’s a photographer’s dream and perfect for some outdoor fun. Alongside hiking and cycling, you might want to hit the waters for everything from kayaking and fishing to snorkelling and diving. It’s also the best time to join a sea safari in search of local wildlife, including grey seals, sea eagles and killer whales. Then, for a lesson in the islands’ history, get yourself to the Lofotr Viking Museum – a reconstruction and archaeological excavation of a thousand-year-old chieftain’s village.

Inspired? Browse our selection of itineraries below, or get in contact today with one of our Norway experts today. 


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Special offers in Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands, Hurtigruten Cruise

Hurtigruten – classic round-trip voyage

12-day fly-cruise from £1,895 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Save up to £450 pp
Book by: 30 June 2024

This exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach northern Norway’s historic towns and fishing villages, and enjoy plenty of Arctic fun.

Top itineraries in Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Bodo & the Lofoten Islands

7-day tailor-made holiday from £2,060 pp incl. flights

This weeklong, tailor-made road trip captures the essence of the beautiful Lofoten Archipelago, mixing fjord and mountain scenery with picturesque villages, historical sites and traditional rorbu accommodation.

Trondheim, Norway

Trondelag, the Polar Express & the Arctic

6-day tailor-made holiday from £1,525 pp incl. flights

Norway's geographical navel, the region of Trondelag offers history, culture and natural beauty in equal measure. Explore the best of it by rail and road on this winter adventure.

Northern Lights, Tromso, Norway

Havila Voyages: classic winter round-trip

14-day coastal cruise from £2,825 pp incl. flights

Experience the very best of coastal Norway in winter on this round-trip voyage from Bergen. You'll enjoy a carefully selected range of optional excursions and a host of onboard comforts, from authentic dining to spacious cabins.

Svolvaer, Norway

Havila Voyages: Classic Coastal Explorer

14-day coastal cruise from £3,760 pp incl. flights

On this round-trip voyage, you'll explore Norway's coast in its entirety, enjoying a programme of curated optional excursions, a full range of onboard comforts and dining inspired by the seasons.

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Top places to stay in Lofoten Islands

Svinoya Rorbuer

Svinoya Rorbuer, Svolvaer

Traditional lodge

A collection of 56 cabins in the harbour of Svolvaer, Lofoten's capital, this group of rorbu cabins are beautifully positioned on the waterfront and within easy walking distance of the town centre.

Clarion Collection Hotel Grand Bodo

Clarion Collection Hotel Grand Bodo

Contemporary hotel

Homely and well catered, this is the finest hotel in Bodo, the largest town in Nordland and a jumping-off point for the beautiful Lofoten Islands.

Lofoten Islands articles

Tromso in summer

Best places to see the Midnight Sun 2020-2021

If you want to bask in 24-hour sunlight, follow our guide to the best places to experience the Midnight Sun around the world.

Alexander Armstrong in 'Land of the Midnight Sun' Credit: ITV Studios

Armstrong’s Arctic – Land of the Midnight Sun

Freddie Reynolds talks to Alexander Armstrong about his new travel series: Land of the Midnight Sun

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