Hi all! So excited to be going to the Lofoten Islands but need some advice as I'm getting confused. Any advice would be great!!!
FYI- we plan to hire a car. We don't like too many 'touristy' things, so rare lakes, little rural towns, viking history is most suitable. We also want to have a crack at the northern lights if we are lucky!
So queries are...
1. We fly to Bodo, arriving at 10am on the 10th and leave Bodo midday on the 14th. The way the ferries work for Bodo - Moskenes we can only catch the 3pm on arrival day (arriving 7pm at night), and must leave 7am on the 13th (day before we wanted to). This gives us only 2 1/2 nights in Lofoten instead of 4 :(
Query - what are the roads like? Are we best off to travel from Bodo (via ferry) then from Moskenes up through the islands to Melbu, then drive the 5-6 hours back to Bodo via the mainland, making the travel an actual circuit? Or should we stay put in one place on the Lofotens travel around where we can then go back via the way we came (a day early), and do a day trip around Bodo somewhere?
2. Any good tours you can advise for a northern lights tour? I can only seem to find one and they leave at Svolvær and Kabelvåg which are fairly north.
3. Should we stay in several places or one place? What is the most stunning? There seems to be a really cool and high mountain peak turning up in photos, but whenever i search for it, it is coming up under different names (from reine, to moskenes, to vestvagoy)
Thanks all. Any advice would be fantastic.