Vestvågøy.
Vestvågøy. Photo: Steinar Skaar, Statens vegvesen

Along the wall of jagged peaks rising from the expanse of ocean

A drive through a well-established destination with magnificent scenery and a vibrant coastal culture.

Regardless of the time of year, Lofoten provides a journey through breathtaking scenery. The combination of the ocean, jagged mountain peaks, tiny sheltered fishing villages, and white beaches with crystal clear waters will never cease to enchant us. Many tourists have discovered that Lofoten is at least as beautiful in winter as in summer. The Arctic winter is the perfect time to see the northern lights, an overwhelming play of light and colour.

Norwegian Scenic Route Lofoten runs between Å and Raftsundet, with detours to Nusfjord, Vikten, Utakleiv, Unstad, Eggum and Henningsvær.

Travel information

Length
230 km
MASL
0 – 59

Norwegian Scenic Route Lofoten runs from Raftsundet to Å [E10] with detours to Eggum [7724], Henningsvær [816], Unstad [7720], Utakleiv [7606] [7716], Vikten [7600] and Nusfjord [7596]. You can avoid using ferries here by driving on [E10]. However in several places ferries offer an alternative route.

For cyclists: Car traffic can be quite challenging in high season. It may be a good idea to choose alternative routes such as County Road [888] from Fiskebøl to Austnesfjorden, or County Road [815] from Sundklakkstraumen to Leknes. Use the local bike ferry between Nusfjord and Ballstad to avoid the Nappstraum tunnel. Book your ticket at ballstadgutt.no

Norwegian Scenic Route Lofoten is part of National Cycle Route 1, which runs along the entire coast of Norway. From Bergen to Nordkapp the route also coincides with EuroVelo 1 «Atlantic Coast Route». The route is signposted.

Traffic and road information

Telephone +47 815 48 991

Traffic alerts in map (Norwegian only)
Scenic Routes closed in winter season

GPS, Raftsundet:
68.456154, 15.203437
GPS, Å:
67.880584, 12.978501

By travelling with the Hurtigruten coastal express, ferries and Euroroute 6 you can combine this stretch of road with other Norwegian Scenic Routes. You can avoid using ferries here by driving on Euroroute 10. However in several places ferries offer an alternative route. To the south, ferries operate on the section from Bodø - Moskenes, Svolvær - Skutvik and Bognes - Lødingen. To the north a ferry will take you from Melbu to Fiskebøl.

Experiences

It is easy to travel by car or bicycle in Lofoten. There is a variety of options and most are close and easily accessible. It is almost “mandatory” to try your hand at the Lofoten cod fishing, or perhaps a sea eagle safari, a stimulating boat trip in a RIB boat, or you can go it alone in a kayak or go snorkelling in the Arctic waters.

There are innumerable hiking options and many of the trails lead up to one of the many mountain peaks. If you are not comfortable with high altitudes, there are also a number of hikes closer to the sea level.

The Arctic light makes Lofoten special. Whether you want to see the midnight sun, the northern lights or maybe the blue light in the dark season, Lofoten is the place to go.

Useful links

The 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes

Norwegian Scenic Routes are roads that run through unique Norwegian nature. Along the roads you will find artworks, viewpoints and rest areas with innovative architecture in beautiful landscapes.

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