Ferry

Bodø is the main point of departure for the ferry to the Lofoten Islands. Taking the ferry saves significant time compared to driving and the port of arrival at Moskenes is less than 10 kilometers west of Reine.​

Car Ferry: The car ferry to Lofoten sails from Bodø to Moskenes. The ferry takes 3-4 hours and costs $25 per passenger plus $92 per car.

Passenger Ferry: The passenger ferry sails from Bodø to Svolvær (3.5 hours). Bodø is the northernmost stop on the Norwegian train network, therefore it's possible to take the train from Oslo or Bergen to Bodø and connect by passenger ferry to Lofoten.

Hurtigruten: The famed Hurtigruten has two stops on the Lofoten Islands: Stamsund and Svolvær. The Hurtigruten can be booked on a port-to-port basis (make sure to book as far in advance as possible). 
 

Flights

The Lofoten Islands are serviced by three airports with frequent daily flights to and from Oslo (3 hours; many of the flights layover in Bodø). It’s a good idea to do a quick comparison of the three airports for flights and rental cars before making a decision:

Harstad/Narvik Airport (EVE) on the mainland is the closest direct flight from Oslo but still 3 hours by car from Svolvær, the gateway to the archipelago. 

Svolvær Airport (SVJ) on the Lofoten Islands is easily accessible via a layover in Bodø. Driving time from the Svolvær airport is shorter, but total travel time is comparable to Harstad/Narvik and flights and rental cars are generally more expensive. 

Leknes Airport (LKN) is located in the middle of the Lofoten archipelago but not near anywhere of interest. Flights to Leknes are similar in price to Svolvær and lay over in Bodø.
 

Driving

The Road E10 connects the Lofoten Islands to mainland Norway with an impressive series of bridges and tunnels (without ferries!). The drive has been made quicker and easier since the opening of Lofast (the Lofoten Mainland Connection) in 2007, a major upgrade to the road system that eliminated multiple ferry crossings.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Norway’s Lofoten Islands are referred to as the Lofoten Wall because, quite literally, they are vertical rows of granite shooting out of the Arctic Sea. A number of colorful fishing villages hug the shoreline and a majority...
Lofoten Hiking

Lofoten Islands Hiking

The Lofoten Islands are a grand stage for hiking. Many of the trails have far-reaching views of the mountain spires and sea, and they range from easy beach walks to steep, challenging treks into the Lofoten backcountry...
Lofoten Beach

Lofoten Islands Outdoors

Despite the Arctic location, the Lofoten Islands present myriad ways to get outdoors, and no setting is cooler or more unique. You can bike scenic roads, kayak between fishing villages, climb sheer granite walls, fish like a local...
Reine, Norway winter

Reine, Norway

The breathtaking village of Reine is located on the island of Moskenesøya on northern Norway’s Lofoten archipelago. With red and white fishermen’s huts dotting the shoreline and surrounding peaks of granite...
Lofoten - Henningsvaer

Henningsvær, Norway

On Norway’s Lofoten Islands thirty minutes east of Svolvær is the picturesque fishing village of Henningsvær. Comprised of a number of islets spread among the waters of Vjestfjord, Henningsvær has the most well-preserved architecture...
Rorbuer Lofoten Islands, Norway

Rorbuer of the Lofoten Islands

The brightly colored seaside wooden huts of the Lofoten Islands (rorbuer plural, or rorbu singular) are steeped in tradition, once housing scores of hardened fishermen who made the winter pilgrimage to the world’s most fertile cod fishing...
Full-Frame Camera

Best Full-Frame Cameras of 2017

Full-frame cameras are the best of the best—they have the largest sensors, the most megapixels, the highest quality components, and lenses that are unmatched by any other class of camera. Despite the larger size...
Hiking

Hiking and Backpacking Gear Reviews

Of all the outdoor activities we cover here at Switchback Travel, hiking and backpacking are two of the dearest to our hearts. They are some of the easiest ways to get outdoors for people...
Olympus Mirrorless Camera

Best Mirrorless Cameras of 2017

The mirrorless camera revolution is in full swing. These impressive digital cameras pack large sensors into compact bodies, offering image quality that is far superior to point...
Camping

Camping Gear Reviews

From car camping with your family to base camping at the foot of your next serious adventure, you’ll want to have the right gear for the occasion. Below our staff at Switchback Travel...
Rain Jackets (2017)

Best Rain Jackets of 2017

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we know a thing or two about rain. From months of daily drizzle to heavy downpour in the mountains, we’re acutely aware of the benefits of a quality waterproof and breathable jacket. The rain jackets for men and women...
Best Down Jacket

Best Down Jackets of 2017

Nothing beats a great down jacket, whether it’s for causal use or tearing around the backcountry. Below we break down the best down jackets of 2017, including the top down sweaters, ultralights, and winter down jackets. You’ll find a healthy range of...