Cycling in Lofoten

Lofoten is famous for its dramatic natural landscape, and it’s perfect for cycling - much of the terrain is surprisingly flat and easy. There can be quite a lot of traffic on the E10 in high season, but there are plenty of quieter side roads to choose from.

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These lovely roads also allow cyclists to get close to small communities off the beaten track. You can often find yourself cycling almost completely alone in a peaceful, open landscape with stunning views wherever you look.

Evening bike rides, especially in the west and north of the region between late May and mid July, will also give you the chance to cycle under the midnight sun. And if you can avoid the month of July, you can enjoy your cycling holiday without most of the summer traffic. Sea birds, including sea eagles, can be seen in Lofoten all year round. Most of the roads in Lofoten are tarmacked, with a few short gravel sections. The distances are relatively short: the furthest, from Fiskebøl to Å along the E10 is about 160,7 kilometres. Please pay attention to that there are few sidewalks in Flakstad and Moskenes and the tunnels are narrow.  

Cycle ferry between Nusfjord and Ballstad

You can avoid the Nappstraumen Tunnel by taking the cycle ferry from Ballstad to Nusfjord at 10 am, or from Nusfjord to Ballstad at 11 am between June 1th and August 15th. It costs 300 ,- NOK per person. Pre-booking here

Cyclists are advised to bring waterproof and windproof clothing, good shoes, gloves, reflective vests, helmets, good lights and reflectors for the bikes and a first-aid kit.

Looking for guided cycle trips or bike rental?

We have companies who offers packages with accommodation, bicycle rent and guided trips in the Lofoten Islands. Please have a look here for suggestions.  


Fiskebøl-Laukvik-Svolvær: 68 km

From Fiskebøl, follow the outer edge of Austvågøya to a stunningly beautiful area. Incredible sandy beaches and ideal hiking terrain mean that you will definitely want to take your time. In summer, you can enjoy the midnight sun at Laukvika. The route winds between moorland, lakes and fjord arms. The last part of the route is on the E10.

Henningsvær-Stamsund: 63 km

Back to the E10 and past Lyngvær, cycle over Gimsøy Bridge with its lovely views, and stop off to walk around Gimsøy. Very few cars, lovely walking country and stunning sandy beaches make this a superb trip. In summer,enjoy the midnight sun from the north side of this island. You can also stay overnight in Hov. To get to Vestvågøy, you have to cross Sundklakkstraumen. Follow RV 815 along the southern edge, turn off onto Valbergveien, a relatively quiet, tarmacked road, and cycle on to Stamsund.