Good to know about Lofoten

When planning yout trip to Lofoten, these advise can come in handy.

2013-07-0915:36 Mariell Hagen

CURRENCY

It’s best to change foreign currency into NOK before your trip. Not many in Lofoten accept EURO or other foreign currencies. Payment cards are widely used in Norway, and most shops accept credit cards such as American Express, Diners, Eurocard, Visa and MasterCard. Foreign debit cards are not widely accepted; we recommend you use an ATM to withdraw Norwegian currency instead.

RECOVERY SERVICES

• NAF (Norwegian Automobile Federation)Emergency number in Norway: 08505

• Viking Recovery Service Emergency number in Norway: 06000.From abroad - tel.: (+47) 22 08 60 00

• Falck Norge. Emergency number in Norway: 02222.From abroad - tel.: (+47) 33 13 80 80

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Fire: 110 - Police: 112 - Emergency medical help: 113. The emergency helpline centres assess the situation and arrange the necessary assistance.

DRIVING

Cars must have headlights switched on at all times. The drinkdrivinglaws in Norway are strict. The legal limit is 0.02% blood alcohol content.

VISITORS’ MOORINGS IN LOFOTEN

There are many visitors’ moorings and sheltered anchorages in Lofoten. Many of these are well described in www.havneguiden.no. This Harbour Guide is a useful tool if you’re sailing your own boat in Lofoten, and we recommend you consult it when planning your trip.

SHOP OPENING TIMES/FOOD

Shops are usually open every day except Sunday from 10:00-17:00 (Thursday 10:00-18:00). Shopping centres are often open longer. In bigger towns, some supermarkets may also open on Sundays. Petrol stations and some kiosks also sell food.

ALCOHOL

You can only buy wine and spirits in the state-owned "Vinmonopolet" shops, which can be found in most towns. Almost all groceries sell beer, but please note that legally the sale of beer ends at 8pm (3pm on Saturdays, not at all on Sundays). The minimum age is 20 to buy spirits, and 18 to buy beer.

PUBLIC ACCESS RIGHTS

Access rights are an integral part of the Norwegian cultural heritage,and require people to respect nature and property. Wilderness is uncultivated land, i.e. most water, beach, marsh, forest and mountain areas. Cultivated land, i.e. fields, meadows, pastures, gardens, newly planted areas, courtyards, building plots and industrial areas is not covered by the right of public access. Lighting fires in woodland and open countryside between 15 April and 15 September is not allowed.

FISHING REGULATIONS

DEEP-SEA FISHING: Sports fishing in the sea with a hand line is free. Note that you are only permitted to take 15 kg of filleted fish out of Norway, and you are not allowed to sell your catch.

CLOTHING

Always be prepared for changes in the weather; it’s better to wear too much clothing than too little, so that you can have a great time without worrying about whether you’ll be cold. Summer temperatures can vary between 25°C and 8°C. Check the weather forecast and be prepared.

SUMMER: Bring a combination of lightweight and warm clothing, and windproof and waterproof outer layers. Good walking shoes/boots will help you make the most of your stay.

WINTER: Wool or thermal underwear, a layer of fleece or wool, and windproof and waterproof jacket and trousers. Don’t forget gloves/mittens, hat and scarf. Consider special winter shoes with a wool liner.

MIDNIGHT SUN AND POLAR NIGHT

• Midnight sun from mid May to mid July.• Time of Arctic colours from about 6 December to 6 January.

NORTHERN LIGHTS – AURORA BOREALIS

The Northern Lights are a physical phenomenon that can be seen in the night sky in a belt around the magnetic poles. They appear to us as a rippling light that varies in strength, shape and colour, from pink and violet to white and luminous green. The Northern Lights come all the way from the sun. Powerful solar storms hurl charged particles out into space, and some of these hit the earth’s atmosphere to form the Northern Lights. Most of Northern Norway, from Lofoten to the North Cape, is inthe Northern Lights belt, which means that you have the best chances of seeing them here – and the mild climate brought by the Gulf Stream means that it doesn’t get much better than that. 

What’s the best time of year to see the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights are an autumn and winter phenomenon, and can only be seen in a dark and clear sky. What time of day can you see the Northern Lights? The Northern Lights can appear at any time, but they tend to be between 18.00 and 01.00 in the morning. The best chance isbetween 22.00 – 23.00 at night (in winter).