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Comparison of Lofoten Islands and Fjords

  1. Is Lofoten island is worth visiting as compared to just doing Norway in a Nutshell.

  2. What is the best way to go to Lofoton Islands from Oslo.

  3. Which Fjord is the best for visiting between Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord, and Geirangerfjord.

Thank you.

  • G. Shukla
Posted by
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See Geirangetfjord and Lofoten Is on a Hurtigruten ship. Can't compare them, both are unique and so wonderful to visit.

Posted by
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Which one I can skip if I don't have enough time - Lofoten or Geirangerfjord.

Which Fjord is the best for visiting between Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord.

Posted by
662 posts

There's a lot of distance between the fjords you mention and the Lofoton Islands. Not sure you can do those fjords and the Lofotens. I've not been to Hardangerfjord but have been to the other two. There are more things to do, villages, and sights around Sognefjord. Geirangerfjord is a straight-forward ferry ride and strictly done for scenery in a narrow fjord. Same for Sognefjord, but more off-ship exploring can be done and the fjord is wider and longer.

Posted by
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Most first-time visitors don't get as far as the Lofoten Islands. Friend's photos show me that the islands are lovely, but I would just drop that idea at this time. I don't see direct flights to the islands from either Bergen or Oslo; a connection at least at Bodo is usually required (www.wideroe.no/en), and then within the islands you'd probably need time for additional buses or ferries.

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We had the same question last fall when planning our Scandinavian trip for this summer. My husband and I have done NIN plus Sognefjord in 2000 but the kids haven't seen the fjords.

We were considering Geirangerfjord or going to the Lofoten. In the end, the uniqueness of Lofoten and people's raves that it really is stunning won out and we are headed there. We will fly Oslo to Harstad/Narvik Airport (EVE) and rent a car at the airport. It is then a 2 hour drive to Svolvaer where we will spend our first night. We like this better than flying to Bodo and taking the ferry, less chances for schedule delays/mishaps matching up flight times/ferries. Plus renting a car at EVE was cheaper/easier than Svolvaer of Moskenes (or Bodo having to ferry it across). You can also fly to Svolvaer or Leknes but flights were twice as expensive.

Posted by
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Thank you kbuckard, for your nice detailed reply. Not being able to decide between Geirangerfjord and the Lofoten, we decided to go to both these places in June 2018. When are you going?

We will also fly from Oslo to Harstad/Narvik Airport (EVE) and we plan to take a bus to Svolvaer. I read that the bus takes 3 hours and cost $30 (www.177nordland.no). How much is the car rental at EVE airport? You are right that it’s cheaper/easier to fly to EVE than to fly to Bodo (it’s expensive) and take ferry to Svolvaer (5 hours long choppy turbulent and expensive trip); and as you said direct flights to Svolvaer from Oslo is twice as expensive.

Have a nice trip.

Posted by
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Lofoten for a day? Well, I guess you could do a sightseeing flight or boat trip but I think 3 days is the minimum for such an expensive diversion. Headed there in June and am worried that 5 days won’t suffice. And I bet you don’t know about Andøya (north of Lofoten) where you can swim with the puffins!

Posted by
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Depends on how much time you have. We are doing six weeks in Scandanavia with half of that in Norway, including the Loftons and as far south as on day at the pulpit rock. All of our transportation is by car; we will take the ferry from Bodo to the islands.