Hi there I am arriving in Bodo (from Trondheim) at 0915 on June 17 2013 and intend to visit the Lofoten islands. I have looked at the ferry timetable from the website (www.torghatten-nord.no/english/default.aspx) and understand that there is a ferry from Bodo to Moskenes and that there are 7 daily departures. I intend to catch the 1015 ferry. However I have read that this is mainly a car ferry? Are foot passengers allowed and is there sufficient space available? Would I have to book this ferry in advance or can I just turn up? I am not keen on renting a car.
Alternatively, I also understand that there is a ferry from Bodo to Svolvaer but from what I see on the timetable (Bodo-Svolvaer-Bodo) the earliest ferry is at 1715? Just to confirm, this means that there is no earlier ferry? I would preferably like to arrive in Lofoten earlier. (I will be leaving from Bodo back to Trondheim at 2110 on June 18, and so would like to spend as much time as possible in Lofoten.)
Related to all this, because of ferry departures I am having difficulty planning accommodation. If travelling to Moskenes, I would then book accommodation in Reine. However if travelling to Svolvaer then I would book accommodation in Svolvaer itself.
With the limited amount of time I have, what would you recommend for my stay in Lofoten? I read that Reine is very beautiful, but then Svolvaer is the base to see the Trollfjord (unless there are boat trips from Reine as well...?). I am keen on doing some hiking to enjoy the midnight sun, as well as taking boat trips to see the fjords or maybe even do some snorkelling? I am open to any and other suggestions!
Thank you so much!! I know I have asked many questions but ANY ADVICE would be really appreciated!