Travel to Lofoten

The Lofoten archipelago is located in the sea, at the north of the Arctic Circle and between the latitudes of 67° and 68°. The Hoop n Hike retreat will be held at the island Skrova, which is situated outside of Svolvær.

Traveling to the end of the world is an ADVENTURE.
To make the travel as cheap as possible, we recommend that you buy your tickets as soon as possible.  The cheapest way might be by train, either from Oslo-Bodø.  Or through Sweden from Gothenburg or Stockholm to Narvik.

We will give you some examples of routes here:

On your way to Lofoten most people will go through BODØ / BOO.  Traveling here may be done by plane (1hr 20min via Oslo) or train (18 hr from Oslo) (links further down).

From Bodø you may choose:

Alt 1. taking the hurtigbåt (boat) 3.5 hours to Skrova. This is a nice boat trip over the Vestfjord. The boat leaves at  17.25 and arrives in Skrova 20.35. Just in time for opening circle. This means, if you are taking the plane, it should arrive the latest at 16.40 in Bodø. You can either take the bus or walk 15 min to get to the boat.

Alt 2.  fly all the way to SVOLVÆR / SVJ and then take the ferry for 30 min. (There are a few direct planes from OSL-SVJ, but most often you have a stop in BOO). To be in time fore the opening circle you can either take the ferry at 16.15 arrives at 16.50 or 20.45 arrives at 21.15.  (one more ferry leaves at 22.20 arrives at 22.50)

Alt 3. coming by train from Sweden to Narvik,  then taking the bus to Svolvær. Bus leaves Narvik 09.40 arrives in Svolvær 13.45, next departure from Narvik 15.30 arrives in Svolvær 20.00. Then the same ferry as alt. 2.

However if you want to explore Lofoten on your own before the retreat, we recommend you to arrive in  Svolvær early enough to take the ferry at 16.15. The next ferry leaves at 20.45 which arrives just in time for the opening ceremony.

Trainfare check out

Airfare check out

Boat from Bodø til Lofoten/Svolvær:ø-Svolvær

Traveling from Sweden through Narvik then bus to Svolvær

Swedish train

Bus from Narvik


About 200 people live in the small island of Skrova, and when visiting we will be taken good care of by the locals.  Read more about the history here, or here (norwegian only)

photo by Terje Nygaard

photo by Synne Skjørten