What you need to take with you

Always remember this Norwegian proverb “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”. Unlike the inhabitants of the islands you will only be here for a short time. You won’t have time to wait for ideal rainfall, wind and temperature conditions before you leave your tent or Rorbu, so make sure you are properly equipped when you leave.

Equipment for all seasons:

Vital equipment

Fleece jacket
Wind/waterproof jacket (rain capes are impractical due to the terrain)
Warm underwear  – Long-sleeved T-shirt + long-johns  (ideally merino wool)
Hiking socks (warm)
Woollen hat
Hiking trousers
Woollen jumper
Quick-dry underwear (not cotton while hiking)
Walking shoes (waterproof if possible)

The rest

Handheld GPS
Water bottle or thermos flask
Walking poles (even if you are not used to using them, the terrain here is perfect for Nordic walking)
Bathing suit (you never know)
Quick-drying towel
Small first-aid kit (everything is available here but more expensive than in France)
Mobile phone
Plus everything you usually take with you…

Mosquitos: unlike the north of the Norwegian mainland, there are few mosquitos or stinging insects in the Lofoten Islands. Although, the last  years we have notice some midges and other mosquitos in the evening in july and august.


Winter equipment

Vital equipment

In addition to the all season equipment you should take:
A pair of snow shoes (if you want to leave the road)
A warm quilted jacket
A pair of under-gloves + a pair of warm gloves
A cagoule
Woollen underwear, socks and hat.
A head lamp
A pair of warm walking shoes suitable for your snow shoe fastenings.

The rest

Handheld GPS
Thermos flask
Walking poles
Bathing suit (for the sauna, or the bravest of you!)
Quick-dry towel
Small first-aid kit (everything is available here but more expensive than in France)
Mobile phone
Plus everything you usually take with you…

NB : Make the most of your rucksack to ensure you don’t overfill it. Remember you will find everything when you get there (in case you’ve forgotten anything) but that it’s more expensive than in France. Lastly, do not underestimate the cold that may come in any season at this latitude. My personal experience is that wool (particularly merino) is the best material ever invented in terms of warmth and comfort.



Where to go shopping?

Because restaurants in Norway are expensive you will probably want to prepare your own meals. That’s no problem in the Lofoten Islands as whatever your accommodation you will find food stores in most villages.

Here are a few ideas:
•  food stores
•  shops selling hiking equipment
•  a few useful addresses
•  places where you can have a drink or something to eat without ruining yourself

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N.B. the opening times are given as an indication only (they are correct as of 2014).
See the short English/Norwegian food glossary


Food stores:

This tiny village has a “Coop Marked” food store.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm.


Food stores:
Given that this is the capital of the Lofoten Islands there are many supermarkets. The “Kiwi” shop is just before you enter the town from the south, next to one of the town’s petrol stations on the E10 road. The other supermarkets are in the town centre, including the very large “Coop Mega” in the Amphi shopping mall. The Vinmonopol State shop, which is the only store authorised to sell spirits over 5° (food stores only sell low-alcohol beer) is in the same mall. There is also a pharmacy. The prices of the same product vary enormously from one supermarket to another so if you are not in a hurry and find that certain products are really too expensive, check out the other shops because all three main supermarkets are located in the same square (Coop Mega, Rimi and Rema 1000). On the whole Rema 1000 is the cheapest in the town.

Opening hours:
Kiwi: Monday to Saturday 7am to 11pm and Sunday 10am to 9pm.
Coop mega: Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm and Saturday 9am to 8pm.
Vinmonopol: Monday to Wednesday 10am to 4:30pm, Thursday/Friday 10am to 6pm, and Saturday 10am to 3pm.
Rema 1000: Monday to Saturday 7am to 11pm.

Sports shop
Skandinavisk, the shop with the best range of hiking, climbing and kayak equipment in the town (unfortunately everything is on the expensive side).

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm.

Cafés & Restaurants :
Bacalao, if you fancy a drink or a bite to eat we recommend this café (both friendly and classy) on the port. They serve very good coffee and excellent hot chocolate with whipped cream (the best in the archipelago). You will also find hot dishes and snacks (soup, bacalao (dried salt cod), burgers, potatoes stuffed with shrimps, etc.).

Read more: Where to go shopping?

Kayaking in the Lofoten Islands


Hiking is not the only possible outdoor activity  in the Lofoten. In recent years sea kayaking has attracted a growing number of tourists and locals. The archipelago and its east coast is a paradise for all experienced kayakers and more broadly for all lovers of marine life, marine landscapes ... and tranquility.

group of tourists on a kayak trip with exploranor


Unfortunately the Norwegian outdoor agencies practice quite prohibitive prices and a guided day-trip within a group (5-7h) by one of these agencies can easily reach 2000NOK / person (or 950NOK / half-day). And this is without meals or services other than the equipment and guiding. For a one-time experience it is pretty expensive for most of us, and if you entend to do several kayak excursion during your stay in the Lofoten, you will probably have to break the bank.

A more economical solution, and provided you have a good experience in sea kayaking, is to rent one on site *. The ideal, if you have the opportunity, being of course to bring your own kayak on the top of your car!

Be careful though to the different marine currents (including the Maelstrom) and the tidal effects that combined can be very dangerous, not to mention bad weather. Always learn about the upcoming marine weather (check it hour by hour) and do not venture on the west coast of the archipelago unless you have very favorable weather conditions and a great experience in autonomous sea kayaking. Finally, do not leave alone and always seek advice from locals who are usually very familiar with the currents and dangers at sea near their homes.

If you are not an expert in sea kayaking and group life does not deter you, we strongly advise you to opt for a guided tour.
Through our partner's travel agency EXPLORANOR, we can offer one week long all-inclusive trip in Lofoten at a very reasonable price.

group of tourists on a kayak trip with exploranor

To learn more about the trip, have a look at their trip here.

You can also consult the travelers' feedback on the page of the tour, or on tripadvisor

* NB: The Norwegians are rather strict regarding safety rules, so if you want to venture alone on the fjord and rent a kayak on site, you will always be asked for a certificate proving that you have already had a first experience in sea kayaking.

Lofoten Islands downloadable maps

All Lofoten Islands maps in scale 1:50 000 (UMT33)

Hiking-Lofoten provides Lofoten maps. All maps can be downloaded for free in high resolution TIFF format.

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All the maps offered in this section are provided by ”Kartverket” (the Norwegian National Institute of Cartography) and are licensed under creative commons by 4.0 no. Map overview above was modified by Hiking-Lofoten for its own purpose.


​​les cartes lofotenHiking maps (paper)
Three maps on a scale of 1:50,000 cover the whole of the Lofoten islands. You can buy them once you arrive in the islands at bookshops, most food-shops, petrol stations and tourist offices. It is cheaper to buy them in the Lofoten islands than on line. They are not very detailed and the marking of the routes is sometimes rather inaccurate. They are, however, the best available unless you decide to go for a handheld GPS with a vectorial map database.

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Vectorial maps for handheld GPS (Garmin®) - Paid Download
Norway is entirely covered by 1:50,000 vectorial maps that can be used on certain handheld GPS systems as well as on mapping software packages such as Garmin Base Camp® or Garmin Map Source®. The extremely accurate Topo Experience Pro® series, which is published for Garmin® handheld GPS systems is available on line.

The series is available as 10 DVDs:

Topo Experience PRO 01 Sørvest
Topo Experience PRO 02 Sørøst
Topo Experience PRO 03 Vest
Topo Experience PRO 04 Sentral Øst
Topo Experience PRO 05 Nordvest
Topo Experience PRO 06 Trøndelag
Topo Experience PRO 07 Nordland Sør
Topo Experience PRO 08 Nordland Nord (LOFOTEN)
Topo Experience PRO 09 Troms
Topo Experience PRO 10 Finnmark


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Frikart.no – free access vector maps for your Gamin GPS, PC or MAC - Free

Frikart.no offers free downloadable maps! Their accuracy and quality is in our opinion as good as the other paying maps available on the market. Even better, frikart.no’s maps are on a single file that covers the entire Norway (instead of the 10 different maps that you’ll need to cover the country when using the maps powered by Garmin® for example).

The following maps can be downloaded for free (for GPS, MAC and PC):

  • Roadmap (road map)
  • Topo Summer (hiking map) - Download here: GPS file, Mac installer, PC installer, Installation manual (in English)
  • Topo Winter (hiking map including ski trails) 
  • Roadmap II (road map, designated by the Norwegian Mapping Authority - only in Norwegian)
  • Topo Summer II (hiking map designed by the Norwegian Mapping Authority - only in Norwegian)
  • Topo Winter II (winter hiking map designed by the Norwegian Mapping Authority - only in Norwegian)
  • Trails - overlay map (this map contains only hiking trails and bike trails, it is used in superposition with buyable maps such as the "TopoPro Garmin" series. 
  • Cross country - overlap map (same principle as for the previous map, but for ski tracks) 

Help instructions to instal and use these maps on your PC, Mac or GPS devise, can be found on frikart.no (instructions are in English and Norwegian).





In this brand new section you will find our recommandations on where to sleep in the Lofoten islands... As we are not a tourist office, we will only publish recommandations for places we have tested AND appreciated. This section will get more stuff as we go along.



Stamsund auberge de jeunesseCONTACT
Roar Justad
Lofoten Hostel Stamsund
Hartvågen 13
8378 Stamsund, Norway
tel. +47 760 89 334
Fax +47 760 89 166


Opening period:
from the 1st of March to the 15th of October

Prices (2019):

Bed in dormitory (from): 170Nok
Single room (from: 340Nok
2 bed bedroom (from): 470Nok
4 bed bedroom (from): 680Nok (two adults + two children) or 800Nok for 4 adults
Individual chalets (rorbu): price on request




Sandsletta campingCONTACT
Beate Bertheussen
Mobile +47 90 91 52 30
Web: http://camping-lofoten.no
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening dates: All year round


Price (2019):

Cabins (depending on the size and comfort category) : from 500 Nok to 1200 Nok/night 
Tent space for 2 + bikes or motor bikes : 150 Nok/night 
Tent space for 4 + car or camper van : 250 Nok/night 
Price details: check website




Cthe bakersONTACT
Bakeri Unseld AS
Torggata 11
8310 Kabelvåg
tel. +47 981 30 320

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Facebook: Bakeriet i Kabelvåg


Winter: Wed – Sat 7:00 – 15:00 I Sun – Tue closed
Spring/Autumn: Tue – Sat 7:00 – 16:00 I Sun & Mon closed
Summer: everyday 7:00 – 17:00
NB: Opening hours can change (please check on facebook, tripadvisor or google for latest update)... The bakery might be open some days during summer all the way to 20:00 for diner.


Cafés and restaurants

In this brand new section you will find our recommandations on where to eat and drink in the Lofoten islands... As we are not a tourist office, we will only publish recommandations for places we have tested AND appreciated. This section will get more stuff as we go along.

Hiking Gears

In this brand new section you will find our recommandations on where to shop hiking gears in the Lofoten islands... As we are not a tourist office, we will only publish recommandations for places we have tested AND appreciated. This section will get more stuff as we go along.

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Boat Shuttle


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If you want to go from Forsfjord power station to Vindstad (or vice versa), and you don’t want to rely on the boat shuttle MS Fjordkyss, it is now possible to do it by foot.

We provide GPX track, map and the description (in french only) for the section connecting Vindstad to Forsfjord. This new possibility is particularly interesting for hikers engaged in the great crossing of the Lofoten Islands trek.

Our tips

Where to sleep, eat, drink and more in the Lofoten Islands

As we are not a tourist office, we will only publish recommandations for places we think are hikers and backpackers friendly and that we have tested AND appreciated. This section will get more stuff as we go along.

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Day Length in the Lofoten

The Lofoten archipelago is located above the Arctic Circle, the result of this situation is a period of permanent days in summer and at the opposite a period of permanent night in winter (polar night).

To organize properly your trips and expedition in this region, it is important to take this phenomenon into account due to the high latitude. Discover our sunset/sunrise calendar


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