Travel Budget for Lofoten Islands Visit Lofoten Islands on a Budget or Travel in Style

Lofoten Islands, Nordland Fylke, Norway

How much does it cost to travel to Lofoten Islands?

You should plan to spend around $54 (kr578) per day on your vacation in Lofoten Islands. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $35 (kr376) on meals
  • $11 (kr115) on local transportation
  • $14 (kr156) on hotels

A one week trip to Lofoten Islands for two people costs, on average, $749 (kr8,087). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Lofoten Islands cost?

A one week trip to Lofoten Islands usually costs around $375 (kr4,044) for one person and $749 (kr8,087) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Lofoten Islands on average costs around $749 (kr8,087) for one person and $1,498 (kr16,174) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Lofoten Islands will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Lofoten Islands on average costs around $1,606 (kr17,330) for one person and $3,211 (kr34,659) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Lofoten Islands has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Lofoten Islands expensive to visit?

Lofoten Islands is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Norway, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Lofoten Islands is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in Europe for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as Lofoten Islands.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Lofoten Islands Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Lofoten Islands?

The average Lofoten Islands trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Lofoten Islands travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) kr156 ($14)
Local Transportation 1 kr115 ($11)
Food 2 kr376 ($35)
Entertainment 1 kr267 ($25)
Alcohol 2 kr4 - 12 ($0 - 1)
Accommodation Budget in Lofoten Islands
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Lofoten Islands is $7.21 (kr78). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Lofoten Islands is $14 (kr156). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Lofoten Islands

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Transportation Budget in Lofoten Islands
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Lofoten Islands is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $11 (kr115) per person, per day, on local transportation in Lofoten Islands.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Lofoten Islands
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Rental Cars in Lofoten Islands
The price of renting a car in Lofoten Islands will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Lofoten Islands
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Lofoten Islands can vary, the average cost of food in Lofoten Islands is $35 (kr376) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Lofoten Islands should cost around $14 (kr150) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lofoten Islands is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Lofoten Islands
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  • Entertainment and activities in Lofoten Islands typically cost an average of $25 (kr267) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Alcohol Budget in Lofoten Islands
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  • The average person spends about $0.73 (kr7.86) on alcoholic beverages in Lofoten Islands per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Lofoten Islands On a Budget
Lofoten Islands A fishing village in the Lofoten Islands, Norway
Lofoten Islands is an archipelago and traditional district in Norway. Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, spectacular nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track. The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. Kayak between the islands, go fishing for the catch of your life, or look for sea eagles soaring in the sky. If you are seeking unforgettable nature experiences, Lofoten will definitely not let you down.
The various wilderness outposts of the area offer an untrammeled landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long, surf-swept beaches. Between late May and mid July you can experience the midnight sun, while the northern lights can be viewed from September to mid April.

The midnight sun, the day that never ends, is a popular reason for many tourists to visit Lofoten. The earth is rotating at a tilted axis relative to the sun, and during the summer months the North Pole is angled towards our star. That's why, for several weeks, the sun never sets above the Arctic Circle. Like a prolonged sunset and sunrise all at once, the midnight sun colors heaven and earth in a reddish yellow light.

The northern lights are why many visitors make the journey to Lofoten in the colder months. Winter in the Lofoten Islands comes in thousands of colors that present a visual enjoyment of contrasts, hues and tones. The experience is even stronger at night, when the flickering northern lights in the sky are reflected in the sea.
The Region
Reine is one of the main towns in the Lofoten islands. It has been a commercial center since 1743. Today tourism is important, and despite its remote location, many thousands of people visit annually. The village is situated on a promontory just off the European route E10 highway, which passes through the village.

Another popular town, Kabelvag, was founded as Vagan in the early 12th century by King Oystein Magnusson, who built a church and a fishermen's hostel there. According to Heimskringla, there was something resembling a town there several centuries earlier - the first known town in North Norway, known as Vagar. The Lofoten Museum, as well as the Lofoten Aquarium and the Espolin Gallery, are all located in Kabelvag. It is Lofotens oldest fishing village with great food and small shops.

Due to the area's diverse landscape, you can go hiking, skiing, fishing, ocean rafting or scuba diving. Lofoten is also one of Norway's best sites for surfing, and one of the world's northernmost.

Lofoten has a strong connection to the Viking Age, and at Lofotr Viking Museum you can experience the Viking Age as it really was. At Borg, archaeologists have discovered the largest Viking longhouse ever found from this era. The building is 83 meters long and has been reconstructed as a living museum.

Take a boat trip to the trollfjorden. The rich wildlife in the Lofoten Islands have fascinated visitors for centuries, if you are lucky, you can see both eagles and seals, and a great variation of bird life on a trip to the Trollfjord.

Go for a round of golf at a golf course beautifully located by the ocean, facing the north and the midnight sun. The golf clubhouse has a cafe, bar, pro shop, golf equipment hire facilities and meeting rooms. Apartments and cabins are available for hire. The club has golf courses and activities for groups and individuals throughout the season. The season runs from April to October.
Food and Dining
Lofoton has some great options in dining, especially for seafood lovers. Here are a couple ideas for restaurant options. Fiskekrogen, an ambitious restaurant in Henningsvaer, serves a mix of updated classics (fish soup and cod tongues) and refined new Norwegian (whale carpaccio and perfectly grilled lamb). In Sakrisoy, Anita's Sjomatsells- a fried cod sandwiches topped with shrimp or salmon. This roadside stand doubles as a gourmet general store stocked with local chocolates and cheeses, cod pate, and stock fish jerky.

There are frequent and regular flights from all the major cities in Norway to Bodo Airport, and there are several ways to get to the Lofoten Islands from Bodo. There are daily trains all year between Stockholm, Kiruna and Narvik. From there, you can catch buses to other destinations in the archipelago. There are also trains from Oslo, via Trondheim and Fauske to Bodo. There are public buses every day from Narvik, Bodo and Harstad to Svolvær. There are daily scheduled express passenger boats operating all year between Bodo, Svolvaer and Vaeroy.

There are car ferries from Bodo to several places in Lofoten, and between some of the islands themselves. If you choose to go by car, there are several options of getting to and from Lofoten. If you arrive from north, there is now a boat-free connection between the mainland and Lofoten, thanks to a new road-system in the area. For local transit, The E10 (King Olav V's road) is the main road connecting the Lofoten archipelago from west to east. Travelling by public transport requires some planning, especially if you want to go anywhere off the E10, so check the timetables carefully.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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