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The best camping in Lofoten, Norway

Planning a trip to the Lofoten Islands and hoping to do some Lofoten Islands camping? This guide tells you where to find the best camping in Lofoten Norway.

The Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway are an absolutely beautiful destination that’s perfect for adventurers. From hiking to climbing, kayaking, and more, this beautiful archipelago of islands and fjords is a must-see.

As with all destinations in Norway, the price can be a factor that puts many would-be travelers off visiting. However, if you’re visiting Lofoten in summer then one way you can save money in Norway is by camping.

If you already own a tent and sleeping bag and don’t mind more basic facilities for a bit, then camping in Lofoten is one of the best ways to explore this beautiful place.

And, if you’re visiting Lofoten in winter then you’ll save money just by visiting in the off-season thanks to cheaper accommodation.

If you’re looking for the best places to camp in Lofoten (both wild camping in Lofoten and at campsites), you’re in the right place.

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Lofoten Wild Camping

Many people come to Lofoten dreaming of wild camping in Lofoten in beautiful places. While yes, this is still possible, it’s become harder in recent years due to the vast number of tourists that come to Lofoten for that.

The numbers put stress on the delicate environment that has such a short growing period. Stepping off the trail can lead to years and years of repair for a patch of land.

Sure, one person might not make a difference, but when you consider the number of people tenting on delicate plants, leaving rubbish, or being disrespectful, it’s easy to see why there have been limits put on wild camping Lofoten.

Lofoten is not the place for driving off-road and down side roads to find somewhere to wild camp.

Wild camping like this is prohibited in Lofoten. Stay on roads and park only in places where you will not be a burden to people, wildlife, and nature.

Many parking lots or gravel sites previously used as unofficial campgrounds are now marked with “No camping” signs and can no longer be used for wild camping in Lofoten.

Don’t stay there if there is a sign saying not to, it only ruins it for other future travelers to Lofoten.

Furthermore, don’t use cafe bathrooms to wash yourselves, your clothes, or your boots. When we visited Lofoten we saw plenty of cafes that had signs asking campers not to do this and it’s pretty easy to understand why.

Please use the public showers in Lofoten or the numerous streams around the Lofoten Islands.

Norway’s Right to Roam – Dos and Don’ts

Norwegians have the ‘right to roam’ which loosely means that they have the freedom to roam and camp on most land in Norway.

However, this does not mean you have the right to camp exactly wherever you want or walk exactly wherever you please.

The right to roam works because Norwegians assume the responsibilities that are implied within this act.

  • DO camp 150 metres away from the closest inhabited house or cabin
  • DON’T stay for longer than 2 consecutive days.
  • DO abide by camping prohibitions and signposts
  • DON’T drive over land in search of a wild-camping spot
  • DO follow Leave no trace ethics
  • DO follow the Lofoten Code of Conduct

In 2021, Lofoten restricted the right to roam. Certain areas put regulations in place that protect the land, wildlife and lives of local residents.

These include tent bans at Reinebringen near Hamnøy Lofoten and some of Haukland beach.

Read more: How to hike Reinebringen in Lofoten.

To be sure you’re allowed to camp in a certain area, you can check the official land-use map for Lofoten camping sites.

Right to roam in Norway: Norway has the right to roam which means you can trek and camp in open country (anything not fenced or marked as private). This means you can hike and tent anywhere you like as long as you camp at least 150m away from the closest inhabited house or cabin and stay for no longer than two days. If you see a sign saying private or no camping then you cannot stay there.

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Top tips for Camping in Lofoten, Norway

Before going camping in Lofoten there are some things you should bear in mind about Lofoten’s weather and camping facilities to make sure you have an enjoyable trip.

Wind in Lofoten

Lofoten is known for being a windy place with unpredictable weather. A mountain storm can roll out of nowhere, especially on the western coastline which is exposed to the sea.

Bring a tent you’ve used before in harsh conditions, not one you purchased for £10. You want to trust your tent is going to stay upright overnight and not try and fly off with you in it.

When putting your tent up, make sure you’ve staked it out well so that it’s nice and sturdy.

Weather in Lofoten

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, it’s not particularly cold in Lofoten.

But, I saw that as someone who is from the UK and lived in Canada for 6 years (then decided to get married in the Arctic on a beach in November). My tolerance for cold weather may be a little higher than most.

By not particularly cold the temperature might look okay, but you also need to factor in the rain and wind which can make things feel a lot colder than they actually are.

Personally, I think it’s better to be over-prepared for temperatures and would recommend packing a heavy-duty 3-season sleeping bag, rather than a super lightweight summer bag.

Or at the very least, plenty of warm layers, a hat and gloves as mornings can be very chilly in the mountains even in summer.

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Check the ground carefully before setting up camp

A lot of the land in Lofoten is very boggy. That’s one of the reasons you’ll find so many boardwalks on the hikes out here.

If rain is forecast, don’t position your tent at the bottom of a slope, it’s likely you’ll wake up feeling a bit soggy.

An abundance of water does mean it’s often pretty easy to find water for drinking and cooking through. There are numerous streams and lakes with fresh drinking water all over Lofoten.

However, I would recommend running any water you salvage in this way through something like a Sawyer squeeze just in case.

Read more: Guide to hiking Kleppstadheia in Lofoten

Buying camping supplies in Lofoten

Svolvaer and Leknes are the two largest towns in Lofoten and have plenty of outdoor stores where you can buy camping equipment.

This includes gas for your camping stove since you can’t travel with it if you flew to Lofoten, as well as anything you might have forgotten to pack.

There are also plenty of supermarkets around Lofoten where you can get food. Food in supermarkets generally isn’t too expensive (a 5-pack of noodles is £1-2 and you can find bread for 70p).

Find your campsite in Lofoten early

Lofoten is a busy place in the summer months and camping in Lofoten gets busy early in the day.

Try and pick your campsite earlier in the day and then leave your tent or car/campervan if you don’t need it there for the rest of the day while you go exploring. That way you don’t have to spend the entire evening looking for a free spot.

I’d recommend you have a camping spot secured by 5 pm at the latest in July/August.

Generally, you can’t book a campsite in Lofoten

While there may be some exceptions., most of the camping in Lofoten works on a first-come, first-served basis.

That’s why it’s important to get there early in the day so you’re not left driving around trying to find somewhere to sleep that night.

Lofoten campervan services and dump stations

Hopefully, this one is a no-brainer but make sure you use public waste disposal if you’re traveling to Lofoten by campervan.

You should not and cannot dispose of your grey water on fields and roads.

You can find sani-dump stations, dispose of your rubbish, use toilets, and refill water at the below locations.

This map of campervan services in Lofoten is the best for updated information, opening hours, and addresses.

  • Svolvaer bobilparkering (Svolvaer RV parking), Svolvaer
  • Kavelvåg feriehus & camping, Kabelvåg
  • Car park on Engøya before Henningsvaer
  • Lyngvaer Lofoten bobilcamping
  • Bustranda Sjøcamping
  • Esso Leknes
  • Uttakleiv beach
  • Hagskaret rest area
  • Reine harbour
  • Torvdalshalsens rest stop

Public showers in Lofoten

Many of the official campsites listed below have shower facilities. If you’re camping in Lofoten for a longer period of time, it may be worth spending a night or two at these campsites so you can use the shower every few days.

Some campsites will allow you to pop by and just use their showers even if you’re not saying. There’s often a fee for this (and sometimes even if you’re camping there’s a fee anyway)

Alternatively, swimming pools, gyms, and leisure centers in Lofoten are always good options for a shower. Just pay for a swim or a gym session and either swim or gym (I won’t tell) and then use their shower facilities.

If all else fails there is plenty of access to the sea and streams for a quick shower!

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Hiking in Lofotodden National Park, Norway

Restrictions for Lofotodden National Park

Lofotodden National Park officially opened in 2019 and is Norway’s 40th and newest National Park.

Lofoten’s national park is on Moskenesøya to the west of Lofoten and covers 99 square kilometers lying between the municipalities of Flakstad and Moskenes.

It’s a beautiful place and Allemannsretten (right to roam which is kind of like a hiking and Norway camping law) applies within the national park.

You’re allowed to hike, camp, forage for berries and mushrooms and use wood for bonfires, ensuring you leave old or dying trees as they are habitats for wildlife.

If you have a fire, it must be outside of April 15 and September 15. During these months there’s a general bonfire ban.

You cannot fly a drone in Lofotodden National Park.

Leave no trace. Rubbish must be taken out again and thrown into the bin. Toilet waste must be handled so that it is not a nuisance to other walkers.

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Best Camping in Lofoten

If you’re looking for the best places to camp in Lofoten, this Lofoten travel guide covers all the well-known best wild camping and public campsites in Lofoten.

In general, campsites in Norway and the Lofoten Islands are not places where you’ll find huge privately owned campsites with loads of facilities including pools, and entertainment. Camping in Norway is typically just a patch of land with a couple of toilets and (maybe) showers.

Sometimes there’s a cafe onsite or washing machines, but these aren’t guaranteed.

In many cases, you’ll need to pay extra for the showers and washing machines.

Due to the boom in camping in Lofoten, prices have been increasing and most campsites will cost between 100-300 NOK for the night. Prices vary depending on how many people there are, whether you’re in a campervan or tent and if you need an electric hook-up.

Note: this list of campsites in Lofoten doesn’t include “hidden” camping or secret places to camp in Lofoten. Those places are best if you just happen to come across them yourself and are usually in areas that need more protection.

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Uttakliev Beach

Uttakliev Beach in Lofoten used to offer free camping with a beautiful view of one of the best beaches in Lofoten.

Nowadays, you need to pay for it. Recent prices for Uttakliev beach camping are 250 NOK per night for a pitch.

There are some toilets that are open to both campers, hikers, and those just passing through. There are no showers and a lot of the land is open to sheep grazing so you’ll have to pick your spot carefully to avoid pitching in sheep poop.

However, you do get the opportunity to wake up to an incredible view of the sea.

There’s also a great walk along the old road which follows the coastline which goes from Uttakliev beach to Haukland beach. It’s mostly flat and great for running and walking.

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Haukland beach, Lofoten

Haukland beach

Haukland Beach is near Uttakleiv beach and offers camping.

There are two parking lots, a smaller one with a beach cafe in the summer season and toilets, and a larger one that has a height restriction to get into.

If you’re in a motorhome or tall-height van then you won’t be able to get through the barrier.

While the area around the beach is big, there is only a small area you’re allowed to camp on.

Overnight parking is 160 NOK, It’s unclear whether there’s an additional fee if you’re camping, but 160 NOK seems to be the price for camping too.

Walking between Haukland beach and Uttalkiev beach makes a great coastal walk.

AllTrails is my go-to hiking app for finding, planning, and navigating while I’m out on the trails. With offline maps on AllTrails+ you can be confident you’re still on the right track, even without mobile signal.

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Looking down on to Kvalvika beach

Kvalvika beach

Kvalvika beach is an absolutely beautiful beach and offers hike-in camping within Lofoddon National Park.

At Kvalvika beach you’re surrounded by blue water and huge mountains.

The Kvalvika beach hike here takes you along part of the trail to the popular Ryten hike, over boardwalks and past lakes and endless views.

It’s a beautiful place to camp but it can be super busy in the summer months. So, if you’re picturing being on the beach where it’s just your tent or maybe another couple, that’s not going to be the case. It’ll still be beautiful, but it’s not exactly isolated camping anymore.

You also need to park your car at the trailhead for this hike to camp in Lofoten.

The local community, Fredvang, has become pretty strict about where you can and can’t park and now there is a large car park space. They provide washrooms at the trailhead and drinking water from a tap.

You can also camp in a campervan at the parking lot.

The cost of camping here ranges from 150 – 250 NOK. You must pay in cash or by VIPPS to the person at the entrance or by leaving the money in an envelope provided.

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Lofoten Beach Camp
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Lofoten beach in front of Lofoten Beach Camp

Lofoten Beach Camp on Skagsanden Beach

Skagsanden Beach is near the picturesque town of Nusfjord and is in a beautiful location. Home to Lofoten Beach Camp, Skagsanden Beach has camping for tents and campervans in Lofoten.

It’s the perfect place for midnight sun camping or catching the Northern Lights in Lofoten.

The beach is known for surfing and Lofoten Beach Camp has set up a beautiful cafe and restaurant, provides surf lessons and rentals, and offers showers. They also have an electric hook-up for campervan camping in Lofoten (at an extra cost), as well as grey water and chemical waste disposal and drinking water taps.

You cannot reserve a campsite at Lofoten Beach Camp. They recommend you arrive before 6 pm in the summer months (though personally, I’d get there earlier to ensure you get a camping spot!). The Lofoten Beach camp price is from Adult 50 NOK ; Children 12-18 25 NOK per night.

Read more: Best beaches in Lofoten Islands

Bunes Beach Lofoten

On Lofoten’s North coast is Bunes Beach which offers white sand, hiking, and camping.

This is one of the harder locations to get to since you need to take a ferry from Reine to Bunes beach. The ferry goes from near the Circle K gas station in Reine and you must pay to park.

The ferry goes twice a day and costs 80 NOK per person.

Most visitors to Bunes Beach only visit for the day so it’s just you and a smaller group of campers setting up their tents for the evening. However, Bunes is getting busier every year.

Storms in this area can leave sections of the beach rather covered in debris. However, this means there’s a ready supply of driftwood that can be found for campfires.

Horseid Beach

Horseid Beach is another beach to which you can get a ferry. Horseid beach is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in Lofoten. While you can hike there, taking a ferry to Horseid beach adds to the adventure and saves your legs for all the hiking around the beach that you’ll want to do.

With all the hiking opportunities in Lofotodden National Park from Horseid Beach, you’ll likely find yourself wanting to stay here for two nights.

Take the same ferry as to Bunes beach, but get off at Kierkefjord/Kjerkfjord.

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Myrland Beach

Myrland Beach is a beautiful beach at the end of a quiet, single-track road and situated within a small hamlet of houses.

You get impressive views and, of course, a backdrop of mountains.

Mryland beach itself is white sand and the water here is turquoise. It almost looks tropical but you can be sure it won’t feel tropical!

Eggum Camping

The tiny village of Eggum, Lofoten is just off the main road. To get to the beach itself you need to drive down a private road and pay 40 NOK (dropped into a postbox) if you’re planning to camp it’ll cost 200 NOK

After driving down this road for a couple of kilometres, you’ll get to a parking lot where you can walk down to the beach. The beach here is different to many of Lofoten’s beaches in that it’s rocky and not sandy.

It’s still beautiful though and there’s a great (but rocky narrow and steep in sections) coastal path that goes all the way around the coastline to Unstad.

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Unstad beach

Unstad Arctic Surf

Unstad Arctic Surf is another popular spot for surfing in Lofoten. A short walk from the beach itself, Unstad Arctic Surf is a big cafe and restaurant with a small shop, accommodation a sauna and surf rentals.

You can also camp on their land (for a fee) if you’re in a campervan.

Moskenes Camping

Moskenes camping in Lofoten is the only campsite in Lofoten where you get a view of the entire Lofoten Wall – the range of mountains that make up Lofoten.

At the right time of year, you can sometimes see passing killer whales as they make their journey past Lofoten.

This is the closest you’ll really get to Reine camping these days since the recent restrictions on Reinebringen.

Camping in Moskenes in Lofoten is for tents and campervans and there are showers, toilets, a kitchen and washing machines. There’s also a waste disposal system for those with campervans and mobile homes.

There’s also a pub and you’re perfectly situated for visiting some of the most popular places for photography in Lofoten and the best hiking in Lofoten.

Rystad Lofoten Camping

Camping at Rystad is around 240 NOK and it’s an additional 10 NOK for a 4-minute shower for tents. and 320 Nok for campervans.

There’s a small kitchen and dining area for campers and wifi around the camp area too.

Lyngvær Lofoten Bobilcamping

Not too far out of Henningsvaer, Lyngvaer camping has beautiful views and it’s pretty spacious.

They cater mainly for caravans and campervans travelling in Lofoten and there’s usually space for everyone.

They have electricity, a kitchen, toilet and showers and a laundry area.

You can also rent boats from Lyngvaer camping which is a fun way to explore Lofoten.

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Camping huts at Lofoten Feriesenter

Lofoten Feriesenter

A 20-minute walk from the centre of Svolvaer is Lofoten Feriesenter which has camping for motorhomes and tents as well as cabins.

This is the best camping in Svolvaer, Lofoten.

For tents, it’s 150 NOK per adult and 50 NOK for a child. Campervans cost 375 NOK per person per night.

There is an electric hookup, a kitchen, free internet for guests, and washrooms and toilets.

You get incredible views from here over the lake and up towards the ski hill in Svolvaer.

We actually stayed just around the corner from here during our Lofoten in winter trip in an Airbnb. We saw moose several times a week so you might also see them if you camp at Lofoten Feriesenter.

Hammerstad Camping

Hammerstad camping is in the northern part of Lofoten and this campsite in Lofoten has space for campervans, tents and mobile homes and has a few spots with electric hook-up too.

You can also rent boards to explore the fjords from Hammerstad.

Tent camping is 255 NOK for two people and one medium-sized tent and campervan camping starts at around 300 NOK per night.

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Skårungen Camping

Skårungen camping

Skårungen camping near Svolvaer has a beach bar, sauna and spa and a cute cafe and restaurant on-site.

There’s a shower block and a kitchen area available for campers as well.

Camping here costs 350-450 NOK.

Kabelvåg Feriehus & Camping

Kabelvåg Feriehus & Camping has great tent pitches, and motorhome and caravan pitches. You’re close to Svolvaer here, the capital of Lofoten, but also in beautiful surroundings.

This Lofoten campground is open all year round. In the summer it’s perfect for hiking, and in the winter there’s a ski track that runs straight by the campground area.

There’s free wifi and all the facilities you’d expect or need.

Brustranda Fjordcamping

Brustranda is at the end of Rolvsfjord and you get beautiful views from this camping area.

There’s a small gift store and restaurant on site as well as washrooms and showers.

Prices for tent camping start at 250 NOK and it’s an additional 10 NOK for use of the showers.

This is one of the rare spots for camping in Lofoten that you can book in advance.

Lofoten Camp Storfjord

With a woodfired hot tub and sauna for rent and a large area for tents and campervans by a lake, Lofoten Camp Storfjord is one of the top places to camp in Lofoten.

Tents cost from 300 NOK per night, and 350 NOK per night for motorhomes.

Sandvika Camping

Sandvika camping offers a family-friendly campsite not far from Kabelvåg. The campsite is open year and also has cabins, apartments, panoramic suites and camping spots.

Their showers and bathrooms have been recently renovated too.

Tent areas have a view of the sea and you can book this campsite online.

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The view from the Hov Gård restaurant

Hov Lofoten Camping

Hov Gård is a horseriding activity centre with a great restaurant and cafe that also offers camping.

The campsite is right by a lovely sandy beach and you get brilliant midnight sun here.

There are tent and campervan pitches both with and without electricity. There are also showers and toilets.

You’re super close to Lofoten Links if you’re in Lofoten for golfing. You can also book the onsite sauna which is a great way to add a touch of relaxation to your trip.

Sandsletta Camping

Sandsletta were Lofoten’s first campsite and they offer plenty of space for caravans, campervans and tents.

Coming up to its 60th anniversary, Sandsletta has a long history of providing services and food. You can also arrange tours and activities through Sandsletta.

The campsite’s on-site restaurant offers coffee, lunches, cake and dinner so you’re not having to cook by your tent or in your mobile home every night.

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Ramberg beach in winter

Ramberg Camping Lofoten

Ramberg is a beautiful beach in Lofoten and you can camp at Ramberg Gjestegard where pitches are spacious.

There are showers, washrooms and a kitchen as well as a restaurant on-site and a small supermarket not too far away.

Prices for camping in Ramberg start at 300 NOK per night.

Sjøstrand Rorbuer & Fisk v/ Børge Iversen AS

This modestly sized camping area by the harbour in Sjøstrand is ideally placed for hiking. It’s better for those camping in a vehicle rather than a tent given its location.

The facilities are a bit older than some of the other campsites on this list, but usually very well managed. Prices start at 150 NOK per night.

Sildpollnes Sjøcamp

Sildpollnes Sjøcamp is in a beautiful location on the fjord. There’s a small grassy area for tents and showering and laundry facilities onsite.

Prices for camping here start at 280 NOK per night

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Camping at DNT Cabins in Lofoten

DNT Cabins are cabins run by Norway’s Trekking Association. They’re camping huts up in the mountains that you need to hike to.

Members are permitted to stay at the cabin, and you can become a member online. You will then need to look at the information available for each of the DNT cabins in Lofoten as to how to book and access them.

For most, you’ll need to collect a key from the visitor information in the nearest town.

Prices and services available at each hut vary but for most, you’ll need to bring your own sleeping gear.

The three DNT cabins in Lofoten are:

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Kvalvika beach

The best apps for camping and wild camping in Lofoten

There are many apps and websites these days that can help you find where to camp all over the world.

While we were living in our van in the US and Canada, we used iOverlander, there’s also Park4Night and Norcamp.de. All of these have a list of campsites in Lofoten as well as showers and other useful facilities.

Do pay attention to when the posting was last updated (some older postings will now not allow camping).

Use common sense when picking one of these spots. If it seems like staying here will be troubling those who live there, don’t stay, find another place. And don’t stay somewhere where there’s a ‘no camping’ sign just because someone else did and got away with it.

FAQs about wild camping Lofoten Norway

Where to find public showers Lofoten Islands?

You can find a shower in Lofoten by checking out this guide to wild camping Lofoten islands Norway. Some examples of Lofoten showers include swimming pools, gyms, and leisure centers in Lofoten, or the sea!

Final thoughts on camping in Lofoten islands

If you’re hoping to do some wild camping in a van far from other people then Lofoten is not the place for that. Due to the popularity of the Lofoten Islands and the numbers of people that descend on the islands every year looking to do this, restrictions have been put in place that protect the delicate Arctic environment from being damaged.

Instead, you’ll find that camping in Lofoten is and should be done at car parks that permit it as well as designated campsites and those owned by local businesses such as the Lofoten Beach camp campground.

This way you won’t find much free camping in Lofoten Islands, but you will be helping protect the beauty of this place.

There are some places where you can find the few free camping Lofoten spots available and there’s also tent camping in places such as Kvalvika Beach and some of the more remote areas, but always check with local tourist information offices about where you can and can’t camp. And, most importantly ALWAYS follow leave no trace principles.

If you’re looking for more things to do in Lofoten, check out this guide to what to do in Henningsvaer as well as my tips on how to see the Northern Lights in Lofoten.

Last Updated on August 29, 2023 by Hannah

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