Lofoten with a low winter sun in Norway, glowing on the snow covered mountains and the traditional fishing village with red wooden houses

9 Best Places To Stay In Lofoten Islands From A Native (2024)

Outside of Bodø, attached to the mainland a bit further north around Narvik, is the Lofoten Peninsula, which is really a chain of islands interconnected with bridges, pointing south.

I love coming here, and have visited multiple times, mainly in the summer when the sun never sets, and the fjords and mountains are stunning!

The Lofoten peninsula, or rather, a chain of islands interconnected by bridges, starts around Raftsundet in the Tengelfjorden Fjord. From there, it stretches island by island all the way to the tiniest place, the village of Å (which is also the last letter in the Norwegian alphabet).

The distance from Raftsundet at the top to Å in Lofoten is 178 kilometers (110 miles), and this is a super popular journey (especially in the summer) for thousands of people doing road trips, biking adventures, and even hiking.

The most popular places to visit in the Lofoten Islands are Svolvær (with the famous Svolværgeita Mountain), Kabelvåg, Henningsvær, Stamsund, Ballstad, Nusfjord, Reine, Sørvågen, and Å.

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Map of Lofoten in Norway


Where To Stay In Lofoten Norway

Lofoten Islands Norway, a beautiful blank fjord with steep mountains in the background, bathed in golden light from the sunset under a pale blue sky
The Lofoten Islands

Lofoten is where you should go for epic tours and spectacular nature experiences, but not necessarily for the most lavish, luxurious hotels. So, what should you look for when searching for the best places to stay in Lofoten?

There are a variety of accommodation options along this peninsula of islands interconnected with bridges that offer unique, authentic experiences – and that receive outstanding reviews from hundreds of travelers.

You will find some hotels, but what you will find a lot of in Lofoten are the so-called rorbuer. These are traditional fishermen’s cottage-style accommodations; they are super charming and often located right on the shore (and sometimes over the water).

Below are the best-rated places to stay in 9 destinations in Lofoten. Have a look at the map and check out the ones that intrigue you!

📍 Quick facts about Norway:

  • Population 5 million
  • Capital city: Oslo
  • Language: Norwegian (most people speak English)
  • Currency: Norwegian Krone (currency calculator)
  • Coastline: 62000 miles
  • Has territory in the Arctic region
  • Midnight Sun in summer and Northern Lights in winter

9 Top-Rated Places To Stay In Lofoten Norway

1. Svolvær

The view from a mountain top in Svolvær with spectacular views over the Lofoten Mountains, and Svolvæar town below on a day with pale blue skies

In Svolvær, the best high-end hotel that gets outstanding reviews is Anker Brygge. Located in the heart of Svolvær, the town square is a couple of minutes away, and the Hurtigruten Cruise Port is a ten-minute walk from Anker Brygge (jetty).

The rooms are designed like traditional fishermen’s cottages and have free Wi-Fi and sea or quay views. All suites have a patio and a kitchenette.

The Kjøkkenet Restaurant offers traditional dishes from the region, and in the summer (when the weather permits), you can dine outside on the large terrace. And if the summer days are too chilly for you, you can find warmth in the on-site sauna.

For groups or families traveling together, one of the units in Rorbuanlegget Svolvær Havn (harbor) is probably a wonderful option. This option offers various units in different sizes and price groups, from small apartments to The Residence, which houses 12 people.

At The Residence, you have your own wine cellar, a movie theater, and a large outdoor patio with a jacuzzi. Full service with a driver, a chef, a butler, and a sommelier can also be arranged (so yes, there can be a bit of luxury in Lofoten, too).

Red wooden cottages in Svolvær on a sunny summer day with clear blue skies and green grass
Svolvaer in the summer

Lastly, the most budget-friendly option you find in Svolvær is Fast Hotel Lofoten, also located in the town center. This is a self-service accommodation with a keyless entry system. The rooms are simple but clean and modern.

Here, you have free Wi-Fi, parking, and a TV lounge in the lobby. All rooms have a work desk and an electric kettle. The Lofoten War Memorial Museum is only a seven-minute walk away.

2. Kabelvåg

In Kabelvåg, a great option is Nyvågar Rorbuhotel, which consists of traditional fisherman cottages close to the harbor in central Storvågan. All cottages included a balcony or a terrace, free wifi, free parking, and a kitchenette and seating area.

The in-house restaurant, Lorchstua, serves a la carte dishes in the summer, with lots of super-tasty seafood and local produce on the menu.

The staff will help you arrange activities and bicycle rentals. There is a playground that families will enjoy, and there is also a warming sauna on-site. The Lofoten Aquarium is just a few minutes walk from Nyvågar; the Lofoten Museum and the Espolin Johnson Gallery are the same.

A good budget option in Kabelvåg is Skårungen Hotel & Camping, located next to the iconic 18-hole Lofoten Golf Course, the northernmost golf course in the world, which is ranked number 88 in the world by Golf Magazine!

Located a couple of miles outside Kabelvåg, Skårungen offers guests a restaurant, a garden, and a shared kitchen.

There is free parking, a children’s playground, and a restaurant. You can enjoy hiking and skiing nearby, and there is a bicycle rental and a private beach (should you want to test the Arctic waters) on-site.

One guest writes in his review for Skårungen: “Everything was great. Modern, clean, comfortable, everything works perfectly, spectacular view, great location for exploring Lofoten, friendly staff“. So you should be happy here.

3. Henningsvær

Henningsvær fishing village on a bright sunny summer day, with colorful houses and fishing boats in the foreground, and the majestic mountains in the background under the blue skies.
Henningsvær Lofoten

A great and super charming place to stay in Henningsvær is Villa Bryggekanten, an intimate waterfront hotel on Heimøya Island. Henningsvær itself is a vibrant small fishing village community, one of my favorite places in Lofoten, with charming old houses and ambiance.

At Villa Bryggekanten, you will have free wifi, a private bathroom, and mountain or sea views. Within walking distance, you find restaurants, bars, and many small specialist shops. Also, the Lofoten Aquarium, the Lofoten Museum, and the Espolin Art Gallery are about 20 minutes drive away.

A good budget option to stay in Henningsvær is the Henningsvær Guesthouse, a charming, bright yellow wooden building with free wifi, views of the town, and in-house a la carte breakfast.

All rooms come with a desk, private bathroom, flat-screen TV, a fridge, bed linen, and towels. This is a popular starting point for bikers and hikers, and car rental is available on-site. The nearest airport is Leknes, 37 miles away.

4. Stamsund

Kayaking in Lofoten in the Midnight Sun, the water calm, the sun above the mountains reflecting in the water in front of a vast dark mountain, the photo has a golden ambiance
Kayaking in the Midnight Sun

For groups or families traveling together, the Large Villa in Stamsund with outdoor jacuzzi is a perfect slightly luxurious option.

Here, you will have fantastic views, in addition to a garden, terrace, private parking wifi, 4 bedrooms (9 beds), a children’s playground, and a hot tub.

There are also BBQ facilities here, which will probably only be tempting in the summer season!

A good budget option is Rorbu in Lofoten, which is a house in traditional and charming old-fashioned traditional building style in the small village center. Here, you have a kitchen, a modern bathroom, wifi, three bedrooms, a TV, and free parking.

Stamsund is a wonderful starting point for hikes in the area and adventures at sea like kayaking, boat trips, or fishing trips.

5. Ballstad

The area around Ballstad is popular for skiing and hiking, in addition to sea adventures. When you stay here, you are about 40 miles north of the northernmost island; Å.

Hattvika Lodge is a modern place to stay that is built in the traditional style with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay in Lofoten. These fisherman cottage-style homes have comfortable Scandinavian style interior, a kitchen, and free wifi. Some units also have a balcony or patio.

A great budget option is Sjøstrand Rorbuer, with simple but cozy rooms, about a five-minute drive outside of the center of Ballstad. Choose between apartments and fisherman cottages with a kitchenette, wifi, a terrace, or a patio.

Every accommodation options have a seating area, wooden interior, either mountain or sea views, and a private bathroom with shower.There is also family rooms available here.

6. Nusfjord

And old-fashioned shop near Nusfjord, Lofoten, in Norway, with a wooden counter, an old wood and metal till, vintage signs behind the counter, and fresh cinnamon rolls on the counter.
Old-fashioned shop near Nusfjord

This cute little village does not have a lot of accommodation options, but the ones they do have, are top-rated!

Nusfjord Arctic Resort is an actual resort up here in the kingdom of montains, that does consof the traditional fishing cottages that offer a high-end experience. You can have fresh seafood at Restaurant Karoline, soak in a wood-fired hot tub, or join activities such as kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, and a lot more.

In one of the best-preserved fishing villages in Norway, all units have wifi, wooden floors, and seating areas. All the rorbuer also have fridges, and some have views of the ocean, while others face the village. The village is tiny, but it has a grand atmosphere!

There are not really any budget places to stay in Nusfjord, but the closest you get is Lofoten Cottages. These cottages are incredible, with modern amenities in picturesque and authentically presented small houses where you can get a whiff of the old ambiance.

All cottages have a seating area and a kitchen, some have a terrace or patio, with sea views. These cottages used to belong to different fishing families, so each one has its own unique interior.

There is also an on-site restaurant specializing in European cuisine, and in the surrounding area, you will be in awe of the spectacular nature and have amazing experiences right outside your cottage.

7. Reine

Catogården Boutique Home & Activity Center is a diamond of a place situated in Reine, Lofoten. It is something as rare as simple and luxurious at the same time!

The rooms and interior are bright, with large windows to take in the stunning views. Reviews from here are over the moon about the stunning property, facilities, interior, service, and authenticity.

On-site, you will find a small fitness center, Wi-Fi, a kayak center, weekly yoga sessions, an outdoor hot tub, a sauna, and BBQ facilities. The surrounding area is perfect for bike trips, kayaking trips, hiking, and everything outdoors, in the mountains and at sea.

Another top-rated option is Eliassen Rorbuer, renovated fisherman cottages on Hamnøy Island. These picturesque cottages have a seating area, kitchen, wifi, and amazing views of Hamnøy Harbor, Reine Fjord, the West Fjord, or the mountains or village.

The on-site restaurant Gadus serves a tasty fusion of Italian and Norwegian cuisine. Staff can help you organize all your activities during your visit, including diving or sea safaris with RIB boats for anyone wanting the extra.

8. Sørvågen

summer in Lofoten, a field of green grass in sunshine, a red cottage, the deep blue sea outside, and snow capped mountains in the background under a pale blue sky
Summer in Lofoten

In Sørvågen, just three kilometers from the end of Lofoten, Å, you will stay comfortably in The Tide Rorbuer, or The Tide Hotel. You can opt for guest rooms in the hotel or self-catering cottages, and all premises have stunning sea or mountain views.

In the traditional cottages, you will have a kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor furniture. There is also free parking and a grocery store 100 meters away that is handy if you stay in one of the cottages.

There is a highly-rated in-house restaurant, and you can wind down in the fully licensed bar at the end of the day. You will also have access to a shared lounge on the premises and enjoy a wide variety of activities in the nearby area. Embark on a fishing trip, cycling, hiking, or diving in the Arctic waters.

Secondly, you can choose Buodden Rorbuer, another high-rated fisherman cottage stay. This is a holiday home with a private entrance and free private parking, and the place also has family rooms.

The house is traditional red painted wood on the outside and has a modern interior and amenities on the inside while keeping the authentic touch. All units have a kitchenette, a seating area a private bathroom and free WiFi. Some rooms also have a terrace and sea views.

9. Å In Lofoten

Å in Lofoten ambiance on a day with heavy clouds, still water, and warm lights among the red traditional fishermens cottages above the water. best places to stay in Lofoten Islands
Å in Lofoten, traditional fisherman cottages

At last, the final stop in Lofoten, Å, if we don’t count the smaller islands on the outside where you need a boat to access. This is a magic place, famous for its cinnamon buns in the small village bakery, and staying here will be an experience in itself.

Å Rorbuer offers traditional fisherman cottages here on the tip of the Arctic peninsula, although remote, they all have modern facilities. You can enjoy wifi, a seating area, and a private patio.

The interior here is beautiful, with whole-timber walls and traditional interior details as well as a modern touch. The on-site restaurant Brygga (the Jetty) serves homemade specialties, and you also have a fully licenced bar in-house.

Lofoten Budget Hostel in Å is situated in a traditional old white wooden house, a great budget-friendly option with top reviews, free parking, charming rooms, and a garden. There is a shared lounge, a shared kitchen, and free wifi for guests.

The rooms are simple but delicate, with wooden floors and soft colors in the interior. A wonderful peace in the lower price range, at “the end of the world!”

📍 TravelToNorway Tip: If you are planning a solo trip to Lofoten, check out this article about the best places for solo travelers to stay in Lofoten!

FAQs Lofoten

Is Lofoten Worth Visiting?

Absolutely! And I dont just say that because I am Norwegian, the Lofoten Islands have some of the most magnificent places to experience in the world, both summer and winter.

The peninsula even has spectacular, world-renowned beaches!

How To Get To Lofoten In Norway?

You can get here in a variety of ways.

Fly to Bodø and take the speed boat across, or fly directly to Svolvær or Leknes Airport. You can also take a road trip to Lofoten. Drive to the Ofotfjorden Fjord, turn towards the west, and follow the peninsula down south.

You can get here by sea with the Hurtigruten Coastal Line or Havila Voyages, which travels from Bergen in the southwest of Norway and all the way up to the North Cape and Lakselv, on the top of Norway.

Book a port-to-port ticket and embark and debark wherever you feel like!

Which Part Of Lofoten Is Best?

Ooooo, that is a difficult question, and also hard to answer because I think different people will be charmed by different things!

But I will give it a go. If you like a tiiiny bit of urban vibe, you will probably love Svolvær. It has a town center, a variety of shops and services, and is also “in the middle of nature”, especially the Svolværgeita Mountain, which is super famous for its characteristic summit (rock climbers love this place)!

For an authentic fishing village feel, you might like Nusfjord (partly because of the cute name, it means “kiss fjord”) or Moskenes, both super charming places, with the wild nature and Arctic sea right outside your “rorbu”, fisherman cottage that you can rent for your stay.

And lastly, I will say Å (Yes, it is the name of a place, and it is also the last letter in the Norwegian alphabet), which I think is really cool simply because it is the “end of Lofoten” – a tiny, tiny village, super charming, and famous for the local cinnamon buns!

What Is The Most Beautiful Town In The Lofoten?

Again, tricky question, but as there are not very many “towns” to choose from in Lofoten, I am going to go with Svolvær again. Let me know if you disagree!

How Many Days Do You Need In Lofoten?

Well, you can drive the whole peninsula in three hours (more in the winter), but I do not recommend it. There are so many beaches, villages, mountain tops, places to kayak, climb, scuba dive, fish, hike, and so much more in Lofoten.

If I were you, I would make sure I did not rush through this stunning area of Norway. So I am going to say you should at least have 4-5 days to really feel the ambiance and experience the magic.

Wrap-Up Best Places To Stay In Lofoten

There are several places where you can stop, stay, or even go camping in Lofoten (in fact, if you go camping, you can put up your tent anywhere in Lofoten; just find a stunning spot and stay there).

Here, I have listed the 9 most popular places to stay, where it is also quite easy to find accommodation online. I have also done my best to give you a variety of options across the price range, although nothing in Norway is ever in the category of cheap.

Apart from bringing your own tent and sleeping next to Mother Nature.

I hope you have found your perfect Lofoten place to stay on this list, and I can only say that you can really look forward to a spectacular and profound journey down and up these islands – make it count!

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