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1. Posted by walkitwils (Budding Member 52 posts) 9y

Hi

For a short break (10 days) next June (ish) I am travelling to Norway. I do not drive so was wondering if anybody knew of any relatively cheap ways of getting to the lofoten islands from bergen? I did some research last year but had to cancel the holiday due to illness and threw out of the plans so if anybody has every done this journey (i,ve seen lofoten photos on this site, you cant hide) your ideas would be greatly welcomed.

Cheers

Walkitwils

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 9y

I just went to the Lofoten last month. Absolutely gorgeous area of Norway. The easiest/fastest way of getting there is probably to fly to Bodø, from where you can take a ferry to the southern (and most beautiful) island of the Lofoten, or from where you could fly on to Svolvær. I _think_ it should also be possible to take the train up to Bodø, but I figure that's a trip which would take at least three days. (You'd be passing some awesome scenery though, especially the Salfjellet highlands right on the polar circle; I don't think it's a very direct route though - I might be mistaken, but I suspect you'd first have to travel all the way east to Oslo before being able to go north. Seems to confirm with this weblog entry by a guy who did just that.)
According to my Lonely Planet, it should also be possible to take the Hurtigruten coastal ferry up from Bergen all the way to Stamsund for 2536 kroner (€325) - plus extra cost if you want a cabin. (It doesn't say how long that trip would be, but I'd count on 3 days again.)

On the Lofoten there's buses driving their entire length. I don't know their frequency, but I saw dozens upon dozens of backpackers all over the Lofoten, so I suspect the infrastructure for getting around without a car is at least "good enough".

Note that because of the geography of the Lofoten, there's not much hiking possibilities (excepting some of the mountain-climbing type), and that most villages are pretty sleepy and uninteresting, other than having brightly colored houses to feature in your photographs. You'd truly be going there for the scenery. (But wow!)

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 25, 2007, at 8:39 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Just to add a couple of things to Sander's comments...

I _think_ it should also be possible to take the train up to Bodø, but I figure that's a trip which would take at least three days.

It is, but it isn't quick, as you have to go via Oslo and Trondheim. You can do it going by day Bergen - Oslo (great scenery, so if you do it, do this one by day), Oslo - Trondheim overnight, then day to Bodø. Alternatively, you can do Bergen - Oslo - Trondheim in one long day, straight onto the overnight train to Bodø . I've done both in the pas, and straight through it's roughly 26hours. You can do it qucker by getting a night bus Bergen - Trondheim and then the day train (though i haven't checked if the bus arrives early enough to connect).

According to my Lonely Planet, it should also be possible to take the Hurtigruten coastal ferry up from Bergen all the way to Stamsund for 2536 kroner (€325) - plus extra cost if you want a cabin. (It doesn't say how long that trip would be, but I'd count on 3 days again.)

Yup. The boat leaves Bergen each evening, and you get to Lofoten on Day 4, and obviously get to see some different things on the way, including a trip up the gerainger fjord. Not quick (or desperately cheap) but if you have time, it's worth it.

If you are only there for 10 days, flying is probably best to cover such a distance. Norwegian routes are well developed in general (3 of Europe's 10 busiest air routes are internal Norwegian ones) though from Bergen, tmay work out cheaper to fly via oslo or Trondheim instead of direct to Bodø

4. Posted by walkitwils (Budding Member 52 posts) 9y

Hey guys

Cheers for all the advice it is most helpful. I think since I fly into oslo I will go direct from there to Bodo. I did want to do the oslo-bergen rail line but I will do that another time. Its not much less than a year away but I still cant wait. Thanks again

Walkitwils :)

5. Posted by KineAgathe (Full Member 21 posts) 9y

Hurtigruten "cruise"
http://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/classic.asp
http://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/classic_north.asp
http://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/lofoten_islands.asp

Visit Lofoten
http://www.lofoten-startside.no/engelskindex.htm

Cheap flights from Oslo to Bergen, Trondheim, Bodø etc.
http://www.norwegian.no/

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