Swathed across the mighty waters of Norwegian Sea, the Lofoten Archipelago has recently emerged as a major tourist attraction in Norway. Comprising of several islands on Norway’s northwest coast, the archipelago is renowned for its picturesque beauty, magnificent mountains, abundant wildlife, pristine beaches and fjords, the northern lights and the midnight sun.
The islands are perfect for adventurers who are interested in a variety of adrenaline-pumping activities including surfing, hiking, kayaking, and Northern Lights chasing. Thus, if you are looking for some remarkable nature experiences, Lofoten is the best place to visit.
Best Time to Visit Lofoten Islands
Ever wondered when is the best time to visit Lofoten? Well, the islands have something for everyone all through the year. However, there are definitely great times to visit based on several reasons, which are beyond whether the weather is bad or good. When deciding when to visit, you need to understand why you are visiting, and the things to do and see while there. Are you looking to go hiking or kayaking? Do you want to do beach glamping? Are you interested in seeing the northern lights or the Midnight Sun? Do you want to experience winter in the arctic or capture the snow-capped mountains? These are some of the factors that can influence your plan to visit Lofoten Islands.
Generally, spring occurs during the months of March, April, and May in Norway. During this period, the weather is warm across the country. You’ll see blossoming flowers and natural waterfalls everywhere as the snow melts away. However, you may not really experience spring in Lofoten until late May or early June. Sometimes, you may not experience it at all because, during these months, the sunny summer days have started.
Summer is a great time to visit Lofoten – from the month of June to August. During this period, the nights are short and the days are long. The weather is usually good and steady, and the temperatures are pleasant but somewhat lower than the rest of Norway. If you are interested in seeing the Midnight Sun, you can visit from the middle of May to July. In summer, you can indulge in a wide range of adventurous activities such as hiking, kayaking, biking, and fishing. You can visit the beach and watch the midnight sun brighten up your world. Just keep in mind that you won’t be sleeping much during this period due to the endless days.
Many tourists flock to the islands in summer, you will see the beaches overflown with people trying to relax and unwind. Hotels and other types of accommodation options are filled up during this period. In fact, if you are visiting in summer, you should book in advance or else you may not find a suitable place to stay at the last minute.
Generally, in Norway, you will experience long nights and short days during the winter months (from November to March). November and December are often the dark months of the year as the weather is not predictable or consistent. One moment it’s snowing and another moment it is raining. However, this is the best time to experience the polar night – the sun doesn’t rise at all. As the New Year begins, the winter conditions become reliable, although you may still experience some temperature variations in the first half of the month. But, if you really want to experience the winter season, you should visit in January.
Autumn brings a wide range of unique and colourful moments to Lofoten Islands. You’ll discover beautiful scenery at every corner of the islands. The season begins in September and ends in early November. During this period, the days are shorter, the leaves on the trees turn red and yellow and start falling off, and the air is fresher. Mother Nature puts on a show as the mountain areas are ablaze with autumn colours. Adventurers can enjoy hiking during this season.
Best Time for Adventurous Activities
For first-ever trips to Lofoten Islands, plan it between the months of June and September. In these months, you will see the islands at its liveliest. As the weather keeps on changing too quickly, hikers are recommended to not go hiking in the winters. If tourists are planning solely towards hiking in Lofoten Islands, then it is suggested to go hiking after June. Most of the places in Northern Norway reveal blossoming and lush landscapes by the end of April but Lofoten is different. In short, the months after June are best suited for a visit to Lofoten Islands.
Months of July and August are suited best for tourism because of the great weather, endlessly long days with a great chance at kayaking, fishing, biking, and hiking. You can go chasing the Northern Lights in winter, orca whale spotting during the spring months, and enjoy biking in summer and autumn. While you are in Lofoten, you will keep losing track of time.
Keep a Check on Weather before Planning a Trip
If you are visiting in summer, you should keep in mind that the islands are swarmed with tourists. This is the high season and you may find it difficult to get an accommodation if you don’t book in advance. If you plan to indulge in outdoor activities, the summer months are perfect. All in all, summers are still the better time to explore Lofoten Islands. To predict the climate in Northern Norway is absolutely impossible and there are times when bad weather is a trend here.
In the Lofoten Islands, chances of bad weather are quite high in the month of November and it is advised not to visit the islands then. Experience the wilderness of the Islands and a majestic combination of sea and snow-covered mountains.