Camping in Lofoten? Please read this

«Me and dad have built a shelter in the mountain side where we live. We built it together and it is really nice. You are welcome to visit it when you take a walk in the mountains, or even stay overnight in it if the weather surprises you. But please do not use it as a camp site for many days. Remember, there are many of us who would like to enjoy the summer here» -7 years old Lofoten boy.

2020-06-2922:02 Sissel

Lofoten Beach Camp

Photo: Lofoten Beach Camp.

Visitors and locals goes tttains, the sea shore and the sea more than ever before. To experience nature and the outdoors in Lofoten is what many Norwegians wish to do in their holidays, especially this summer. People in Lofoten are very fond of, and dependent on, the nature around them. Nature is part of their identity, their livelihood and the attraction in the region. That is why it is very important for us to take care of the mountains, the beaches and the sea. 

«Come and spend time with us, but take care of nature and the fish!» Lofoten boy, 7 years old.

“The Right to Roam” – our common good

When you are going to spend your holiday in the wild and beautiful Lofoten landscape, we would like to offer you some advice on the way. Camping in a tent or in a hammock under the open sky is very tempting and thanks to the «Right to Roam», we are allowed to do just that. But, remember that with the right to roam comes also a responsibility. The most important is to show consideration. Everyone spending time in nature needs to consider other people, animals and nature itself. We have a duty to leave no traces and cause no harm to the environment. 


Photo: Reinebringen - Kristin Folsland Olsen. 

In order to experience an enjoyable and liberating holiday that also nature will be grateful for, we would like to clarify a couple of concepts and guidelines. Two important concepts often used in the “Right to Roam” are cultivated and uncultivated land. Cultivated land consists of privately owned land with houses and gardens, farms, pastures and agricultural areas. Uncultivated land is everything else, such as forest, moors, mountains and coastline. The “Right to Roam” applies to uncultivated land. You may camp on uncultivated land as long as you remember that your tent or hammock is placed at least 150 metres away from the nearest house or cabin. You are allowed to camp for up to two nights at the same place and then you have to move on to the next unique outdoor camp. Uncultivated land rarely have public facilities with toilets, so you need to plan your toilet visit carefully.

Remember to always leave nature exactly as you found it. 

The joy of a campsite with facilities

Hov Camping

Photo: Hov Camping.

Does it already feel like too many rules to follow? Do not worry. In Lofoten, you are allowed to camp on campsites with public facilities in wild and beautiful areas. The archipelago has many unique places that offer accommodation that give you the feeling of camping life, but with public toilets and a good system for waste disposal at hand. On our spectacular campsites you can enjoy the outdoors without any worries.

If you visit one of Lofoten’s many places that offer accommodation, you will always be welcomed by friendly and knowledgeable people. People who live and work in Lofoten, who know the region very well and who always are grateful that you visit their workplace.

Are you aware of that when you stay at established campsites or use other accommodation during your holiday you contribute to developing reliable and safe employment in our local communities? 

Use the outdoors, visit the mountain shelter, pitch your hammock, enjoy the summer night at the campsite. We welcome you to Lofoten and thank you for helping us to take care of our nature.