Where To Stay In The Lofoten Islands (Norway) – Lofoten’s Best Rorbuer & Hotels

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Are you planning a trip to Lofoten and are wondering where to stay in the Lofoten Islands? Here we give you a complete guide to what we think are the best places to stay in Lofoten, with our 10 favorite Lofoten hotels and rorbuer. We hope this where-to-stay guide to Lofoten can help you plan your Lofoten trip. 🙂 

The Lofoten Islands is a nature’s paradise with tall peaky mountains, fjords, and islands with beautiful beaches. Tucket, in between the mountains, along the fjords, you find small fishing villages with restaurants, cafes, art galleries, museums, and last but not least excellent hotels and cozy fishermen’s cabins (called rorbuer in  Norwegian).

Henningsvaer city in Lofoten, Norway
Lofoten has many nice areas to stay in, like here in Henningsvaer. In this article, we give you the top 7 Lofoten areas to stay in.

Loften is excellent for outdoor activities, and every year climbers, hikers, surfers, and kayak paddlers come to explore the rugged nature. And if you are a photographer you’ll find stunning Instagram-worthy shots no matter where you point your camera lens.

Add in the Northern Lights in the autumn and winter (September – April) and the Midnight Sun in the summer (end of May – mid-July), and hardly any place beats a visit to Lofoten when it comes to breathtaking scenery.

There is so much to experience in Lofoten that we’ve written a guide with 41 Amazing Things To Do In Lofoten Islands, filled with all our must-see and do favorites.

If possible we recommend that you have at least five days in Lofoten, ideally ten days, to fully explore the Lofoten islands and their highlights. You find our recommended Lofoten travel itinerary here: The Ultimate Road Trip Adventure To Lofoten Islands.

If you’re just getting started planning your Lofoten trip, then see our Lofoten Travel Guide.

northern lights above
Northern Lights above Reine village

How To Find The Best Lofoten Accommodation

Although Lofoten is a relatively small and compact archipelago where you can drive from one end to the other in just a few hours, you should still think about where you want to stay in the Lofoten Islands to make the most out of your time in Lofoten.

One Base In Lofoten Or Move Around?

The first question you should ask yourself when planning where to stay in the Lofoten Islands is: Do you want to base yourself in one place your entire Lofoten trip and make day trips around the islands?

In that case, I recommend that you stay somewhere around the middle of Lofoten. Our favorite place to have as one base in Lofoten is Ballstad, a cozy and still active fishing village where people live and work. In Ballstad, Hattvika Lodge is our favorite place to stay.

Read more about Ballstad, and why this is our favorite one-base-place in Lofoten further down in this article.

Solsden Ballstad Lofoten, Norway
Ballstad is the best place to stay in Lofoten if you want one base in Lofoten.

Or do you want to stay multiple places during your Lofoten trip so you don’t have to head back to your base each evening? In that case, you should check out our Lofoten Itinerary, a complete road trip with the best route to take through all of Lofoten highlights, the best hotels at each place, and how many days you should spend at each location.

Book Your Lofoten Accommodation Well Ahead

Over the recent five years or so, Lofoten has exploded as a tourist destination, largely thanks to Instagram and social media. Lofoten gets so packed during summer, especially in July when we local Norwegians have a summer holiday, that there are queues on the narrow roads around the Lofoten islands. 🙂

Although Lofoten has a lot of hotels and accommodation, you should book well ahead, especially if you are visiting during summer (June – August). When it is high season, hotels and rorbuer tend to sell out, and it can be challenging to find a place to sleep.

My friend Kristine and I discovered this the hard way on our girl’s trip to Lofoten in July. We had no bookings, and almost everywhere was fully booked! One night we ended up sleeping in someone’s basement….not that fun.

Why Lofoten Is Not Great For Tenting

While Norway is well known as a tenter’s paradise, Lofoten is not a place I recommend basing your trip on tenting out in the wild for free. As most of Lofoten is private property, it is hard to find a place to camp. Furthermore, more and more beaches and mountain tops in Lofoten have made it illegal to put up a tent.

However, if you plan to camp in Lofoten, there are few campgrounds, like Hov Camping on Gimsoy Island, Lofoten Beach Camp at Ramberg Beach, Skårungen Camping in Kabelvåg, and Uttakleiv Beach. They charge around 200 NOK = US$ 22 for a tent per night. Free Wifi and use of the toilet and showers are included.

Ramberg Gjestegard in Lofoten, Norway
Ramberg is one of few places in Lofoten with camping where you can tent.

Exploring Lofoten with a camper van has exploded during the last couple of years. You can rent camper vans in Lofoten, Bodø, Tromso, Harstad, or Narvik. There are several camping sights around Lofoten that cater to camper vans.

Types Of Accommodation Available

Lofoten is famous for its fishermen’s cabins (called “rorbuer” in Norwegian). Staying in a rorbu is the most unique and popular way to stay in Lofoten and a must for at least a couple of nights to get the complete Lofoten experience.

Btw, if you plan to head to Lofoten in late autumn and winter (October – April) you may find that many restaurants are closed for the low season. In that case, it might be a good idea to choose accommodation with a kitchen.

Lofoten Rorbuer/ Fishermen’s Cabins

You have probably seen the rorbuer in photos from Norway. The typical Norwegian red wooden cabins that cling to the shore along fjords with steep mountains as a backdrop. These red cabins are rorbuer or fishermen’s cottages.

In the old days, from around 1100, thousands of men from all over northern Norway came to Lofoten to participate in the cod fishing season (January – April). So naturally, they needed a place to stay, and small fishermen’s cabins were built and rented out along the coast of northern Norway, especially in Lofoten.

You might wonder why these small cabins are called the strange name “rorbu.” Well, the word “ror” comes from the word rowing, while the “bu” means a small house/ cabin.

Today, the fishermen’s cabins have been renovated into modern accommodations, although they usually have kept some old timber and interior. As a result, the rorbuer are often a bit rustic in design with a homey feel.

Lofoten rorbuer are like tiny houses and usually have a kitchen (or kitchenette) with a fridge and stove, a private bathroom (toilet and shower/ bathtub), a living room with a couch, armchairs, and dining table, one or two bedrooms, and a terrace.

Rorbu in Reine, Lofoten
Rorbuer/ fishermen’s cabins are small houses located right by the sea where you have your own kitchen, bathroom, and parking right outside.

Since the rorbuer are located just next to the sea, you have a fantastic sea view from your rorbu, and it is a great place to watch the Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun.

You can usually park just outside your rorbu, which is very convenient. Most rorbuer have free Wifi, although not all have a TV so bring your laptop if you want to watch some series or a movie.

If you plan to visit Lofoten during winter, you should opt for accommodations with a kitchen, as many restaurants are closed for the season. The exception is Svolvær city, where you will always be able to find open restaurants and cafes.

And if you have the time to stay at different places around the Lofoten islands, you definitely should do so, as you then get to explore the different areas of Lofoten.

Lofoten Hotels

There are also a few modern hotels in Lofoten. Most of them are in Svolvær city, where our favorites are:

Henningsvær also has a lovely hotel beautifully located by the sea and with a central location, where we stayed two nights – Henningsvær Bryggehotell.

If you plan on staying in the southern part of Lofoten (in the Reine area), we had a great stay at the brand new and modern hotel – The Tide Hotel. It has a convenient location halfway between Reine and Å (a 5-min drive from Moskenes ferry port for the ferry to/ from Bodø). The rooms are modern and comfortable, and the hotel has a fantastic restaurant with a great sea view and delicious food.

Other than these five Lofoten hotels, there are primarily apartments and fishermen’s cabins/ rorbu for rent in Lofoten Islands.

Where To Stay In The Lofoten Islands

Here is a list of what we believe are the best places to stay in Lofoten, along with our favorite Lofoten hotels and rorbuer.

The 7 Best Places To Stay In Lofoten

Our 7 most favorite Lofoten areas which we think are the best places to stay in the Lofoten Islands are including our 10 favorite Lofoten hotels and rorbuer:

  1. Ballstad – The Most Convenient One-Base Place In Lofoten
  2. Nusfjord – Lofoten’s Coziest Historic Fishing Village
  3. Reine – Lofoten’s Most Picturesque Area
  4. Henningsvær – Lofoten’s Hippest Fishing Village
  5. Svolvær – Stay In Lofoten’s Capital City
  6. Kabelvåg – Small Town Feeling Close To Svolvær City
  7. Gimsøy Island – Lofoten’s Best Place To Stay For Northern Lights & Midnight Sun

1. Ballstad – The Most Convenient One-Base Place In Lofoten

The fishing village Ballstad has a convenient location right in the middle of the Lofoten Islands.

It is a great place to have as your base for exploring Lofoten, as you can easily make day trips around Lofoten. Examples of driving distances to/ from Ballstad:

  • Ballstad – Svolvær city/ Svolvær Airport: 78 km, 1 hour 15 min
  • Ballstad – Leknes city/ Leknes Airport: 10 km, 10 min
  • Ballstad – Henningsvær: 71 km, 1 hour 15 min
  • Ballstad – Lofotr Viking Museum: 23 km, 25 min
  • Ballstad – Haukland Beach: 19 km, 25 min
  • Ballstad – Reine: 61 km, 1 hour 15 min
  • Ballstad – Moskenes Ferry Port for ferry from/ to Bodø: 65 km, 1 hour 20 min
  • Ballstad – Å: 69 km, 1 hour 25 min

Ballstad is still an active fishing village today, in fact, it is Lofotens largest.  Unlike for instance fishing villages like Å and Nusfjord which are more like open-air museums than villages where people live and work. Ballstad is a great place to stay any time of the year.

Ballstad Lofoten, Norway
Ballstad has a convenient location right in the middle of Lofoten and is a cozy and still active fishing village.

Ballstad is only a 10-min drive from Leknes city, one of only two cities in Lofoten (the other is Svolvaer). In Leknes, you find big grocery shops, petrol stations, Vinmonopolet (where you can buy wine and liquor, there are only two Vinmonopolet in Lofoten), shopping malls, restaurants, and cafes.

Ballstad has several nice accommodation options:

Hattvika Lodge – Ballstad

Hattvika Lodge in Ballstad has some of Lofoten’s most stylish architectonical cabins/ rorbuer. The ten architect-designed cabins constructed in 2020 are modern and minimalistic, located on a small hilltop right by the sea.

Their large windows give you a fantastic view of the sea. Here you can lay in a warm, comfortable bed while watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky or admire the Midnight Sun during summer.

The stylish Hattvika Lodge in Ballstad is our favorite rorbu hotel in Lofoten
The stylish Hattvika Lodge in Ballstad is our favorite rorbu hotel in Lofoten

However, the biggest perk at Hattvika Lodge is its fantastic sauna with big windows that sits on poles at the edge of the wooden pier. Here you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the Arctic sea and head into the sauna to warm up. If you are lucky, you get to see the Aurora too.

The Hattvika Lodge is family-run and has been in the same family for six generations. Although it only became a modern rorbu hotel in 2016.

At Hattvika Lodge, you can also stay in the more traditional rorbu/ cottages (dating back to the 1870s). However, they have been modernized and now have all the facilities a modern traveler needs.

The cabins can house up to six people. Hattvika Lodge also has a restaurant – Restaurant Fangst, where you can indulge in traditional dishes made from local Lofoten ingredients. The menu is based on daily caught seafood and dried/salted fish.
Click here for more info and the latest prices at Hattvika Lodge

Hemmingodden Lodge – Ballstad

We stayed five nights at Hemingodden Lodge, where we stayed in a cozy rorbu, and had a great stay.

Our rorbu was a bit rustic, as the only one they had left was the old traditional “Linbua” (everything else was fully booked). But it was clean and had a small kitchen (with a fridge and stove), bathroom, and beds in the attic. They do have modern new apartments and modern cabins. The best part of the rorbu was, however, the terrace with awesome views of Ballstad harbor, the fjord, and mountains.

Breakfast at rorbu at Ballstad Lofoten, Norway
Me enjoying breakfast at the terrace at our rorbu at Hemmingodden Lodge.

We also got to try their new restaurant “Heim” which serves fantastic food and has the most excellent sea view. Hemmingodden Lodge also does fishing trips and you can rent a boat.
Click here for more info and the latest prices at Hemmingodden Lodge

Solsiden Brygge Rorbuer – Ballstad

We had dinner at Solsiden Brygge Rorbuer, at their great restaurant. We really enjoyed their specialty – grilled Stockfish.

Solsiden Brygge has some excellent and newly renovated rorbuer as well which look very stylish and comfortable. Fishing boats and wood-fired bathtubs can be rented. The place has a sauna too.
Click here for more info and the latest prices at Solsiden Brygge Rorbuer

2. Nusfjord – Lofoten’s Coziest Historic Fishing Village

Nusfjord is a small historic fishing village in the heart of the Lofoten Islands mentioned by the Unesco World Heritage Site.

The lovely Nusfjord in Lofoten
The small fishing village Nusfjord has a restaurant, cafe, pub, art gallery, bakery, and shop.

At Nusfjord, you get a feel of how life used to be in this fishing village’s heydays at the beginning of 1900 when over 1500 fishermen lived here.

Today, the whole town has been turned into a fantastic open-air museum where you can walk around and look at the old fish oil factory, smokery, blacksmith, bakery/ shop, and boathouse. Nusfjord also has an excellent art gallery. Not many people live here, it is mostly inhabited during summer.

Driving distances to/ from Nusfjord:

  • Nusfjord – Svolvær city: 92 km, 1 hour, 30 min
  • Nusfjord – Leknes city: 27 km, 30 min
  • Nusfjord – Lofotr Viking Museum: 37 km, 40 min
  • Nusfjord – Reine: 41 km, 50 min
  • Nusfjord – Å: 49 km, 1 hour

Nusfjord only has one hotel with rorbuer:

Nusfjord Arctic Resort Rorbuer

Of all the accommodations we stayed at in Lofoten, I must say that Nusfjord Arctic Resort was the coziest. The 20 old traditional cabins/ rorbuer at this resort have a fantastic location, right in the heart of tiny and tranquil Nusfjord.

The cabins have been newly renovated, where they have kept the old vibe but blended it with a modern touch and comfort. The result is stunning! I love how they have kept the old timber in the walls.

Our super cozy bedroom at Nusfjord Arctic Resort.

The high-end cabins have a bedroom (the beds are heaven!), a living room, and a modern bathroom (with a waterfall shower, some have a bathtub too), and some have a kitchenette (including a Nespresso machine, tea maker, and fridge). I also love that they have bathroom essentials from Molton Brown (especially the shampoo, which smells fantastic).

The cabins next to the sea have a private waterfront terrace. Free parking close to the rorbu.

We stayed in cabin 30, right by the sea and Nusfjord harbor. Our tiny house cabin was excellent and beautiful and even had some art on the walls made by the Queen Sonja of Norway.

Nusfjord Arctic Resort rorbu
We stayed at rorbu no. 30 (to the right in the photo above) at Nusfjord Arctic Resort.

I loved the small details like the yummy Norwegian chocolate Kvikklunsj welcomed us at the kitchen table. The bathrobes and slippers were super soft and gave us a luxury feel.

The only downside was that the cabin did not have a tv. Not that we felt we needed it. We also had our laptops with us (strong free wifi is included) to watch the news and a Netflix series in the evening. 🙂

The breakfast was one of the best! Unfortunately, we did not eat dinner in the restaurant, but we went to the pub one evening and tried their wood-fired pizza, which was great.

Nusfjord Arctic Resort has some of Lofoten’s most luxurious and stylish rorbuer.
Click here for more info and the latest prices at Nusfjord Arctic Resort

3. Reine – Stay In Lofoten’s Most Picturesque Area

Reine area (which includes the small islands Sakrisøy and Hamnøy) is without doubt Lofoten’s most famous and most visited place due to its breathing scenery of red and yellow fishermen’s cabins dotted along the turquoise-colored fjords surrounded by tall peaky mountains.

Reine is Lofotens Instagram star and of all the Lofoten photos you have seen on social media, most are from the Reine area.

Reine in Lofoten, Norway
Reine is Lofoten’s most famous Instagram star.

Reine area is the best place to base yourself to explore the southern part of Lofoten with short driving distances to for instance Å, Sund, and the ferry to/ from Bodø city.

There are several restaurants and cafes in the Reine area, like Anita’s Seafood on Sakrisøy with Lofoten’s best fish burger, as well as a grocery shop (Coop Prix Reine located on Sakrisøy Island) and a petrol station (Circle K in downtown Reine).

Reine also has one of Lofoten’s most spectacular and popular hikes up to Reinebringen Mountain.

Amazing panoramic view from Reinebringen Mountain, Reine, Lofoten, Norway
The view from Reienbringen mountain

Almost all visitors to the Lofoten Islands stop in Reine, therefore it can get pretty packed, especially in July, and it can be difficult to find a parking space. Therefore, I recommend that you stay at least a night or two in the Reine area. We loved walking around in this area in the evenings when all the day-trippers have left and it was all so peaceful and quiet.

With the Reine area, we also include the two small islands Hamnoy and Sakrisoy (connected by bridges) which you drive past (main E10 road) on your way to Reine. It only takes about 10-min to drive from Hamnøy to Reine, and 5 min to drive from Sakrisøy. You can actually easily walk or bicycle from Hamnøy and Sakrisøy to downtown Reine.

Other driving distances from/ to Reine are:

  • Reine – Svolvær city: 121 km, 2 hours 20 min
  • Reine – Leknes city: 56 km, 1 hour 10 min
  • Reine – Å: 9 km, 10 min
  • Reine – Moskenes Ferry Port for the ferry to/ from Bodø city: 5 km, 7 min
Eliassen Rorbuer – Hamnøy Island

If you have seen some photos of red fishermen’s cabins/ rorbuer with tall peaky mountains as a backdrop on Instagram or social media, you have most likely seen Eliassen Rorbuer. This rorbu hotel is probably Lofoten’s most famous and photographed!

Of course, we had to take the famous Lofoten/ Eliassen Rorbuer Insta-shot too. You can see two of them below. 🙂

Classic Lofoten photo of Eliassen Rorbuer Accomodation, Reine, Lofoten, Norway
The classic Lofoten shot of Eliassen Rorbuer Accommodation.

Eliassen Rorbuer is situated on the tiny island Hamnøy (connected by bridges), just a short 10-min drive from Reine, 20-min from Lofoten’s end-point Å, and a 15-min drive from the ferry to Bodø (Moskenes Ferryport). Here you can walk around the drying racks for fish while admiring the beautiful landscape of fjords, mountains, and islands surrounding Eliassen Rorbuer.

Eliassen Rorbuer Accomodation, Reine, Lofoten, Norway
The cozy Eliassen rorbuer lay right by the sea.

The 69 cabins/ apartments used to be old fishermen’s cabins, dating back to the mid-1870s, but have been renovated into modern accommodations with a lovely design. One of my ancestors, Wulff-Nilsen, built the fishing industry and manor house (my last name is Wulff).

Eliassen Rorbu Accommodation Reception, Reine, Lofoten
The old manor house at Eliassen Rorbuer
Going for a walk at Eliassen Rorbuer in Reine, Lofoten
Maria going for a walk in between the rorbuer and manor house at Eliassen Rorbuer.

You can choose between one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments or cabins. Each has a fully equipped kitchen, a large living and dining room with comfortable furniture, and a modern bathroom with a shower. Free high-speed free WiFi access is available throughout the whole resort. Free parking is right outside the cabin.

Walk among the stockfish at Eliassen Rorbuer Lofoten
Eliassen Rorbuer has a beautiful location surrounded by tall mountains and fjords.

Eliassen has a newly renovated restaurant – Gadus (opened in 2020), which serves high-quality food, a fusion of Norwegian and Italian. Try their homemade fresh pasta; it is heavenly good!
Click here for more info and the latest prices at Eliassen Rorbuer

Sakrisøy Rorbuer

You have most likely seen Sakrisøy Rorbuer and its yellow fishermen’s cabins in photos from Lofoten on Instagram and other social media. It is one of Lofoten’s most photographed places.

Sakrisoy Island in Reine, Lofoten
Sakrisøy Rorbuer has a stunning location right by the Reinefjord surrounded by peaky mountains.

The small island Sakrisøy which is beautifully tucked between tall peaky mountains and fjords, is one of Lofotens oldest fishing villages, dating back to 1874. Here you can choose to stay in one of the newly renovated rorbuer/ fishermen’s cabins or the big stylish manor house:

The fishermen’s cabins, or rorbuer, on Sakrisoy are located right by the sea with a fantastic view of Reinefjord and the famous mountains of Reine. The cabins are yellow, which is unusual as most fishermen’s cottages in Lofoten are painted red.

Yellow rorbuer at Sakrisoy Rorbuer Accomodation, Sakrisoy Island in Reine, Lofoten
The fishermen’s cabins at Sakrisøy Rorbuer are painted yellow, which is a bit unusual color as most rorbuer are red.

The cabins are beautifully renovated and have all the modern facilities that a modern traveler needs, like wifi, a private bathroom with floor heating, comfortable beds, a kitchen, a bedroom (some of the cabins have two bedrooms), and a cozy living room. The cabins do not have a TV, however.

You can choose between several types of cabins/tiny houses, with one or two bedrooms.
Click here for more info and the latest prices on Sakrisøy Rorbuer

Olstind Cabin – Sakrisøy Island

One of the finest cabins on Sakrisøy (in my opinion) is the Olstind Cabin which belongs to the restaurant Anitas Mathus. The Olstind Cabin has been beautifully renovated, and they have kept the old timber in the walls.

Through the huge panoramic windows, the view of Olstind Mountain is breathtaking. Watching the Northern Lights from this cabin must be a dream come true.
Click here for more info and the latest prices on Olstind Cabin

Sakrisøy Gjestegård/ Manor House

A unique place to stay is in the big white elegant mansion house of the old Sakrisøy fishing village.

The house was originally constructed in 1880. It has been transformed into a beautiful boutique hotel by the fifth generation of the family Gylseth.

The boutique hotel has 14 rooms (double beds or twin beds), some with a private bathroom and some with a shared bathroom. Or, if you want to feel like the owner of the fishing village (the “væreier” in Norwegian), you should opt for the top floor suite (Olstind suite), which has a private kitchen and a private balcony with amazing views of the mountains and fjords.

The guests can use the shared kitchen, big living room, balcony, and beautiful garden.
Click here for more info and the latest prices on Sakrisøy Gjestegård

Catogården Boutique Hotel – Downtown Reine

The beautiful white mansion house in downtown Reine has been converted into a stylish and homey boutique hotel – Catogården Boutique Hotel.

Here you can sleep in uniquely designed rooms in one of the oldest properties in Lofoten, dating back to 1775.

Catogarden Boutique Hotel in Reine, Henningsvaer
Catogarden Boutique Hotel is centrally located in Reine.

However, the old house burned down during World War II and was rebuilt after the war by Mr. Cato Sverdrup (that is how the hotel got its name “The Cato House”). Later the house served as a school, a dance hall, and the city hall.

Today, the house consists of ten unique hotel rooms, each filled with a great mix of modern comfort and antique furniture and decor. And the view from the hotel windows is breathtaking! Each room has its color palette, but none of the rooms have numbers. Instead, you are encouraged to write your name on the room door to make it feel like your home.

The rooms have shared bathrooms, but there are six bathrooms altogether, and they are spotlessly clean.

As a guest at the boutique hotel, you are invited to join a daily morning Kundalini Yoga class for free (starts at 08:00 am, 90 min). No previous Yoga experience is required; everybody can join in. You are also welcome to use the gym room for free. There is free parking at the property but no breakfast as the hotel does not have a restaurant yet. There is, however, just a short walk to the Gammelbua Restaurant and Bringen Cafe.

Bringen Cafe in Reine, Lofoten, Norway
Reine’s best cafe, Bringen, is just a short walk from Catogården Boutique Hotel (seen in the background).

The boutique hotel has a balcony with fantastic views. Here you can have coffee, tea, or wine, meet other guests and travelers, and enjoy the Midnight Sun or the Northern Lights. The living room downstairs is also cozy, where you can hang out and enjoy some “hygge” in front of the fireplace.

Complimentary tea and coffee are available all day, and there is a small kitchenette in the living room as well. If the weather is good, you can do some barbeque in the garden.

The hotel also runs a kayak center where you can book kayak trips. Last but not least, the owner and hostess of this boutique hotel, Ragnhild, is the sweetest woman and so welcoming.
Click here for more info and the latest prices on Catogården Boutique Hotel

4. Henningsvær – Stay In Lofoten’s Hippest Fishing Village

If I were to live in Lofoten, I would have picked Henningsvær. Henningsvær has it all, fantastic nature and hiking options, nice and cool shops, and some of Lofotens best restaurants and cafes. You should not miss Klatrekafeen, Lysstøyperiet, and Trevarefabrikken.

In Henningsvær, you also find two fantastic art galleries – Kaviar Factory and Gallery Lofoten.

Henningsvær is very popular, especially in summer, so it can be really difficult to find a parking space. We were so glad that we spent two nights here so that we could park for free right outside our accommodation – Henningsvær Bryggehotell. Also, a lot of people only come to Henninsvær on a day trip. So it was a great experience when all the day-trippers had left in the evening and we could walk around the streets in peace and quiet.

Driving distances to/ from Henningsvær:

  • Henningsvaer – Svolvaer city/ Svolvaer Airport: 25 km, 30 min
  • Henningsvaer – Lofotr Viking Museum: 48 km, 50 min
  • Henningsvaer – Leknes city: 61 km, 1 hour
  • Henningsvaer – Reine: 113 km, 2 hours
Henningsvær Bryggehotell

We stayed three nights at Henningsvær Bryggehotell and loved it.

The beautiful white wooden hotel has the perfect location right by the harbor of Henningsvær and it is only a few minutes’ walk to all the action of downtown Henningsvær.

Henningsvaer Bryggehotell Lofoten has a beautiful location
Henningsvaer Bryggehotel has a central location within walking distance of all the sights in Henningsvaer.

The rooms are cozy and newly renovated in a classic style. The service was excellent, and the staff was so welcoming.

Our room was not the biggest and had no TV, but it was very clean, comfortable, nicely decorated, and had a radio and a private bathroom. I loved the comfy beds, which had down duvets (warm and soft!). Our room also had a coffee machine.

Room at Henningsvaer Bryggehotell Lofoten
Our room at Henningsvaer Bryggehotell was not the biggest, but modern and comfortable with down duvets on the beds (loved it!).

The lobby is cozy, and we enjoyed the outside area where you can sit and have a drink on the terrace overlooking the sea and harbor of Henningsvær.

Fantastic view from Henningsvaer Bryggehotell
Henningsvaer Bryggehotell is located on the pier and has a fantastic view.

I loved the breakfast with many choices, one of the best we had in Lofoten. Tea and coffee are free for the hotel guest the whole day, and complimentary bike rentals are convenient for exploring Henningsvær and its surroundings.

In addition, there is free parking and chargers for electric cars right outside the hotel, which is excellent as there is a lack of parking spaces in Henningsvær in general.
Click here for more info and the latest prices at Henningsvær Bryggehotell

Trevarefabrikken – Henningsvær

Trevarefabrikken (which can be translated into something like “the carpentry fabric”) is the new and hippest place in Lofoten these days. Even if you choose not to stay here, you should come to Trevarefabrikken for something to eat or drink.

Trevarefabrikken Henningsvaer Lofoten
Trevarefabrikken in Henningsvaer is the hippest place in Lofoten these days.

An old concrete factory building has been transformed into a trendy and fresh hotel, restaurant, cafe & bar, ocean sauna, Yoga place, hike organizer, and music scene. It has a central location, by the sea and right in the middle of downtown Henningsvær.

Fantastic outside seating area at Trevarefabrikken Henningsvaer Lofoten
Trevarefabrikken has a great location right by the sea with some amazing views.

Their five individually designed rooms are airy and have a modern and edgy Scandinavian design with a fantastic view of the ocean or the village.

The rooms range in size, from the smallest (which can accommodate two people), “Carpenters Double,” which is 22 m², to the biggest (for 2-6 people), “The Big Loft” of 45 m² and a kitchenette. All rooms have a private bathroom and include breakfast in the cozy cafe. Free parking is right outside.

Trevarefabrikken also has a wooden sauna with huge glass windows where you can sit inside in the warmth from the sauna oven and enjoy the view of Vestfjord and maybe the Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun. Or, if you dare, why not have a dip in the arctic fjord? I promise you it is refreshingly cold. 🙂 You can book the Sauna even if you are not staying at Trevarefabrikken.

The bar at Trevarefabrikken Henningsvaer Lofoten
Me ordering food at Trevarefabrikken
Hamburger at Trevarefabrikken Henningsvaer Lofoten
Trevarefabrikken’s restaurant Hermetikken serves a signature hamburger that is delicious!

Did I mention that Trevarefabrikken has one of Lofoten’s best pizzas? Their hand-made pizzas filled with delicious local ingredients are baked in the wood-fired brick oven outside the factory, right by the sea. The pizzeria is open from April until October.

In addition, their restaurant & cafe, Hermetikken, is open from March until December, while their wine bar Trandamperiet is open from mid-June until mid-August.
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5. Svolvær – Stay In Lofoten’s Capital City

Being the capital city of Lofoten, Svolvaer is Lofoten’s main transport hub with an airport and harbor for the coastal ferry, Hurtigruten. When you drive into the Lofoten Islands from the mainland (via the main road E10 through the Lofast Tunnels), Svolvaer is one of the first places you reach.

In Svolvaer you find lots of restaurants and cafes, grocery shops, shopping malls, and Vinmonopolet. It is a very convenient place to stay as you have everything close by. From Svolvaer, you can also do boat tours to the famous Trollfjord, and other great tours.

Driving distances to/ from Svolvaer city:

  • Svolvaer – Henningsvaer: 25 km, 30 min
  • Svolvaer – Reine: 121 km, 2 hours, 10 min
Svinøya Rorbuer

Svinøya Rorbuer is one of the most charming places to stay in Lofoten’s capital city Svolvær.

With its 38 rorbuer and apartments modernized and cozy, Svinøya Rorbuer is only a short walk from downtown Svolvær (over a bridge).

Svinoya Rorbuer Svolvaer Lofoten
Svinoya Rorbuer in Svolvaer has 38 rorbuer and apartments for rent.

The cabins have one to three bedrooms, private bathrooms, a living room, and a fully-equipped kitchen. You can also choose to stay in one of their several historic houses, like the storehouse, bell house, telegraph house, or the foreman’s house: such a cool and authentic experience.

Svinoya Rorbuer Svolvaer Lofoten
You can choose between big and small fishermen’s cabins, all located right by the sea.

Even the big Manor house is possible for rent (for special occasions as it can accommodate 17 people). If you’d rather stay in a modern apartment, Svinøya Rorbuer also has five apartments for rent in the summer months.

The Berg Manor House on Svinoya
Also, the beautiful manor house is for rent at Svinoya Rorbuer.
Borsen Restaurant on Svinoya Svolvaer, Lofoten
Borsen Restaurants, which belongs to Svinoya Rorbuer, is one of Lofoten’s best restaurants and a must-visit.

The tiny island of Svinøya, a part of Svolvær city, is a beautiful area to explore on a walk around the island.

Svinoya Rorbuer has one of Lofoten’s best and most famous restaurant – Børsen.Svinøya also has one of Lofoten’s best and most renowned estaurants – Børsen Restaurant. Eating here is a must, and their grilled stockfish is famous. Make sure to pre-book a table as Børsen often gets fully booked, especially during summer.
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Other great accommodation options in Svolvær include Anker Brygge, which also has fishermen’s cabins and a central location in downtown Svolvær.

However, if you want to stay in a more regular and modern hotel in Svolvaer, we recommend Thon Hotel Svolvær, where we had a fantastic stay. Thon Hotel Svolvær is brand new (opened in 2021) and has a convenient location right in the middle of downtown Svolvær.

6. Kabelvåg – Small Town Feeling Close To Svolvær

Kabelvåg is a small town just outside of Svolvaer city (a 10-min drive). So if you want to stay close to the capital city of Lofoten with all its restaurants and shops, but not in the city itself, then Kabelvåg is perfect.

In Kabelvåg, you also find some of Lofoten’s biggest sights and attractions: Lofoten Aquarium, Gallery Espolin, Lofoten Cahtedral, and Lofoten Musuem.

Downtown Kabelvåg
Kabelvag is a small town right outside Svolvaer city.
Nyvågar Rorbuhotell

Located in Storvågan in Kabelvåg, Nyvågar Robuhotell has a great location only a few minute’s walk away from some of Loften’s biggest attractions – Lofoten Aquarium, Lofoten Museum, and the Art Gallery Espolin. See what else you should not miss in Kabelvåg here.

Nyvågar Rorbu Hotel Kabelvåg, Lofoten
Nyvågar Rorbu Hotel has a beautiful location right by the fjord surrounded by tall mountains.

It only takes 10 min to drive from Nyvågar Rorbuhotell to Svolvær city, and 16 min to drive to Svolvær Airport.

At Nyvågar Rorbuhotell, you can stay in modern rorbuer/ fishermen’s cabins, right by the sea, surrounded by mountains and fjords.

Nyvågar Rorbu Hotel Kabelvåg, Lofoten
Me enjoying a break outside the fishermen’s cabins at Nyvågar Rorbu Hotel.

The 30 rorbu/ cabins all have two bedrooms (4 beds) and are 50 m² in size. The houses have two floors and have everything you need – a private bathroom (toilet and shower), a cozy living room with a TV, and a fully equipped kitchen (with a cooker, kettle, and fridge).

WIFI, cleaning, towels, beddings, and free parking, are all included.

Nyvågar Red Rorbu Hotel Kabelvåg, Lofoten
At the lovely Nyvågar Rorbuer, you can rent modern fishermen’s cabins right by the fjord.

All cabins have a terrace or balcony where you can sit and enjoy the scenery and maybe even the Northern Lights or Midnight Sun. Or why not try their sauna. And if you want to have a barbeque, there are barbeque facilities right on the property. There is a kid’s playground at the hotel as well.

Nyvagaar Rorbuer Lofoten
Nyvågar Rorbuer has new and modern fishermen’s cabins.

The hotel also has an excellent restaurant – Nyvågar Restaurant, where you can have local dinner while enjoying a fantastic sea view. They serve dinner every day and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
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7. Gimsøy Island – Lofoten’s Best Place To Stay For Northern Lights & Midnight Sun

Picture yourself sitting inside a warm, modern, comfortable cabin next to a fireplace with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in your hand, and the Northern Lights or Midnight Sun is showing off right outside the huge cabin windows. This is real “hygge” for us Norwegians. If this is a dream of yours, too, then Lofoten Links Lodges is your cup of tea!

The stunning white Hov beach in Lofoten
Here I am enjoying the fantastic Hov Beach at Gimsoy Island. You see the Lofoten Links Lodges in the background.

With its remote and stunning location right by the beautiful white sandy Hov Beach on Gimsoy Island in Lofoten, this is the perfect place to watch the Northern Lights in winter and Midnight Sun in summer. Here you can get those crispy sharp photographs of the Aurora dancing across the sky as there is no light pollution in this area.

Driving distances from/ to Gimsøy Island (connected by a bridge):

  • Gimsoy – Svolvaer city: 40 km, 40 min
  • Gimsoy – Leknes city: 50 km, 1 hour
  • Gimsoy – Reine: 100 km, 1 hour 50 min
Lofoten Links Lodges

The newly built, modern, and luxurious cabins at Lofoten Links Lodges are warm and comfortable, also in winter.

The eight lodges each have three rooms where all rooms have a private bathroom, a shared fully-equipped kitchen and living room with a fireplace, and a terrace where you can sit and watch the Northern Lights or Midnight Sun. The cabins have huge floor-to-roof windows with a fantastic view. Free parking is right outside the cabin. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed inside the cabins.

Lofoten Links Lodge, Gimsoy, Noway
The new and modern cabins at Lofoten Links Lodges have a fantastic location, right by one of Lofoten’s best beaches – Hov Beach.

Lofoten Links Lodges is a 40-min drive from Svolvær city & the airport.

If you are a big group or family or just want an entire cabin for yourself, you can opt for the whole cabin (which can accommodate up to six people) or one of the two Deluxe Standard Lodge 10 or 11. Lodges no. 10 and 11 have three bedrooms, one shared bathroom, and a wood-fired hot tub on the terrace (lodge no. 11 also has a private sauna).

The Lofoten Links Lodges are a part of the Lofoten Links Golf, a spectacular 18-hole championship golf course tucked between the Arctic sea and mountains.

Breakfast is not included. But just a short walk from the Lofoten Links Lodges, you find the Hov Farm with its lovely and rustic Restaurant Låven. Here you can enjoy a local breakfast, lunch, and dinner made of local ingredients from Lofoten.

A popular activity at the Hov farm is horse riding. You can go riding on “Viking horses” all year round on trails used by Vikings 1000 years ago. Nothing sounds more romantic than riding under the Midnight Sun in summer or under the Northern Lights in winter. The farm has about 50 beautiful Icelandic horses.
Click here for more info and the latest prices on Lofoten Links Lodges

There you have it, our favorite 10 best places to stay in the Lofoten Islands.

We hope you got some ideas and inspiration on where to stay during your Lofoten trip!

Quick Summary – Where To Stay In The Lofoten Islands

If you plan on only staying one place in Lofoten (as a base), you should opt for BallstadHattvika Lodge, Hemmingodden Lodge, or Solsiden Brygge Rorbuer.

If you want to travel around the Lofoten Islands and see most of the highlights, but are short on the number of days, then I recommend that you stay a few nights in the northern part, in Svolvaer or KabelvagSvinoya Rorbuer, Anker Brygge, Thon Hotel, or Nyvågar Rorbuhotell. And a few nights in the southern part, in the Reine area –  Eliassen Rorbuer, Sakrisoy Rorbuer, and The Tide Hotel.

If you have more days in Lofoten, around one week (or preferably ten days or two weeks), our favorite places to stay in Lofoten are Nusfjord Arctic Resort and Henningsvaer Bryggehotell.

And as always, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment if you have any further questions or think we have forgotten something. If you have already been to Lofoten, what is your favorite Lofoten accommodation? We would love to hear from you! 🙂

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  1. Oh wow, these are some GREAT looking places, I think my favourite is Nusfjord, it definitely looks cozy! I could imagine myself staying here for a week just disconnecting from the world!

    • Hi Laura,

      Thank you so much! Yeah, I totally agree. Out of all the rorbu and hotels we have stayed at in Lofoten, the newly renovated fishermen’s cabins at Nusfjord is our favorite! The interior design is stunning and super cozy, and the beds are so comfortable. Could have stayed there forever. 🙂

      And one of the best things about staying in Nusfjord is that when the day-trippers leave in the afternoon, you can enjoy the peace and quiet in the little fishing village Nusfjord and have it all to yourself. Therefore I recommend staying at least one night in Nusfjord if you have the time. It is such a unique place.

      Thanks for commenting!

      All the best,

  2. Hi Maria. This looks great! When do you say is the best time of year to visit? I’d love to plan a trip there.

  3. Maria,

    Thank you – this is the most comprehensive summary I have seen online! That said, I have 2 questions:

    1. Could you provide an average cost/night? Given the possible price range, here’s a specific scenario (a 12-month advanced booking of a 2-month, 1-bedroom rorbu stay from July 15 through September 15 in Ballstad).

    2. Do you have “English” resources to find long-term rentals on the Lofoten Islands – and are in Norwegian?

    Thank you – Erik

    • Hi Erik,

      Thank you so much! Awesome that you plan to stay long-term (2 months) in Ballstad! The rorbuer listed in this “Where To Stay In Lofoten” article mostly caters to short-term stays.

      I think your best place to find rorbu to rent for two months is on Airbnb. I just did a quick search on Airbnb for “Ballstad” 15. July – 15. September and many houses/ cabins/ rorbu/ apartments are available in the Ballstad area. Some are quite expensive, but some are around 12 000 – 20 000 Nkr = US$ 1200 – 2000 monthly. Here you can also contact the hosts directly and ask if they can give you a discounted price since you plan to rent two months. and are in Norwegian only; sorry about that. But maybe you can use Google Translate (it is built into Chrome)? Another option is to write an ad on yourself (in English, of course, all Norwegians speak and read English very well).

      You should also check out this Facebook Group called “Husrom i Lofoten” (which can be translated into “renting a home in Lofoten”): Here you can write an ad (in English) specifying your dates and what you are looking for and in which area.

      Good luck with finding a rorbu! And have a fantastic 2-month stay in Lofoten next summer!!

      All the best,

    • Hi Brandon!

      Thank you for commenting! Have a fantastic trip to Loften in December! Crossing my fingers that you will see a lot of Northern Lights!

      The weather in the last three weeks has been fantastic here in Northern Norway. No snow and clear sky, and a lot of spectacular Northern Lights dancing across the sky every evening and night. Although the sun is now below the horizon and we have Polar Night, the sky has been on fire during the day in all colors of pink, orange, and yellow. So beautiful!

      All the best,

    • Hi Ruby!

      Thank you so much! Lofoten is a great area to travel in with pets. Many accommodations in Lofoten allow pets as well.

      All the best and happy travels,

  4. Many thanks! Lofoten is an extraordinary region to go in with pets. Numerous facilities in Lofoten permit pets too.

    • You’re welcome! Yes, you are right, many Lofoten hotels and accommodations allow pets. And with so many fantastic hikes to choose from in Lofoten, it is the perfect place to bring your dog.

      Thanks for commenting!

      All the best,


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