20+ Best Lofoten Island Hotels✔️Luxury to Budget & Rurbuer!

If you’re planning an epic getaway to the stunning Lofoten Islands in Norway, it’s only right that you find a hotel that’s equally as special.

After living in Lofoten for a year, I explored every inch of this incredibly beautiful land and put together this list of the best Lofoten Island Hotels, ranked from most to least expensive.

To make it as easy as possible for you I’ve broken the list down into Luxury, Mid Range, Budget Hotels and Hostels, plus added sections with the best rorbuer and holiday homes for those of you who are looking for something a little bit different.

Before we dive right in, I do have to remind you that Lofoten is an incredibly popular destination and the best rooms sell out way in advance. You need to book at least 6 months in advance if you want to get the best rooms and the best prices.

The distinctive hue of a Lofoten Islands hotel's Rorbu cabins stands out against the rugged cliffs and misty mountain backdrop.

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Quick Summary

For those of you who don’t have enough time to read the whole post and just want a quick overview, here are the top hotels by category.

If you want more information about the best place to stay in Lofoten, check out my other post which details the best towns and villages for different interests. I’ve also given you more location-based hotel options in that article if these aren’t enough.

You can also view them all on the map above which includes the best hotels, activities, viewpoints and secret spots I found during my 2 years of travelling Norway.

💲💲💲Best Luxury:Thon Hotel Svolvær
💲💲Best Mid-range:Villa Bryggekanten
💲Best Budget:Trevarefabrikken
🏠 Best RorbuNusfjord Arctic Resort
🛏️ Best Hostel:Furu Hostel

1. Luxury Hotels in Lofoten

While there aren’t many typical luxury hotels in Lofoten, the few that do exist will certainly blow you away. Here are the best of the best that have all the facilities you could possibly need for a deluxe trip

NOTE: If you are looking for a more unique stay, make sure to check out the section on the best Rorbuer in Lofoten below as there are plenty of luxury options there too!

Thon Hotel Svolvær – Best 5 Star Hotel in Lofoten

Location: Svolvaer

This is probably the most luxurious hotel in Lofoten in the typical sense. So if you like the predictability of a 5-star hotel chain, the Thon Hotel is your best bet.

With a bar, restaurant, sauna, and private parking on-site, you’ll have everything you need for the end of the day so you can focus on getting outside and exploring. Plus, it’s pet-friendly!

Nordis Apartments – Luxury Apartments with Hotel Facilities

Location: Svolvaer

If you’re looking for a little more space but don’t want to give up your 5-star amenities, these apartments are sure to fit the bill. This modern building has been designed with style and comfort in mind and is conveniently located in the centre of town.

Here you’ll be treated to room service and a private patio in addition to the onsite restaurant, terrace and bar.

Hattvika Lodge – A Famous Mordern-Styled Rorbuer Resort

Location: Ballstad

One of the most popular luxury hotels in Lofoten, Hattvika Lodge will spoil you with its modern take on the classic Norwegian rorbuer.

Enjoy this special waterfront location with a beautiful sauna and hot tub where you can relax with unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains.

The Tide – Best Luxury Hotel in Lofoten for Families

Location: Sørvågen

For a more central location, The Tide is a great choice if you prefer not to be directly in a town.

It’s also a great option for families as there are plenty of accommodations like family rooms, board games, and even dog bowls available so you can even bring your furry friends.

2. Mid-Range Lofoten Hotels

Adventurous traveler standing on a rocky summit overlooking the Lofoten archipelago, the ocean dotted with islands stretching into the distance.

Mid-range hotels in Lofoten vary quite a lot when it comes to both standards and price. If you’re not careful, you could end up paying more for an uninsulated shack than for a decent hotel, especially in the high season (July and August).

But fear not, below are the best accommodation options for mid-range travellers in the Lofoten Islands. Each has a great location, top-notch facilities and decent prices.

NOTE: Accommodation prices in the Lofoten Islands can be quite high. If these mid-range hotels are a little out of your budget, try the budget options below. They’re just as nice but have a cheaper price tag.

Villa Bryggekanten – Best Mid-Range Hotel in the Lofoten Islands

Location: Henningsvær

This beautiful old stilted building has been transformed into a chic boutique hotel with an unbeatable location.

Situated directly over the water in Henningsvaer, you can kayak from your doorstep through a mesmerising fjord with towering peaks and traditional rorbuer all around.

Scandic Svolvær – Top Choice for Views in Svolvaer

Location: Svolvaer

For another dependable chain hotel with reasonable prices, Scandic Svolvaer sure does punch above the average with its stunning location.

While the rooms could be considered quite cosy, the huge views you get from your bed here more than make up for it. You also have a bar and terrace on-site for further options to lap up an incredible Lofoten sunset.

Unstad Arctic Resort – Best Surf Hotel in Lofoten

Location: Unstad Beach

Surfers unite! This super cool hotel has a great cafe/restaurant onsite plus surfboard lessons and rentals located just a short walk from the famous Unstad Beach.

After a day of arctic surfing, their sauna is always ready to warm you up and the cafe serves the best cinnamon buns in Lofoten, what’s not to like?

Hemmingodden Lodge – Family-Friendly Spacious Cabins

Location: Ballstad

Choose from suites or apartments at this beautiful lodge with a great location for exploring all Lofoten has to offer.

The spacious cabins are all located on the water with unbeatable views of the surrounding fjords which makes it great for families. Plus, you have access to a great bar and restaurant as well as an incredible sauna with views to match.

3. Budget Hotels in the Lofoten Islands

While super-budget hotels do not really exist in Lofoten, the reason they’re not “cheap” is because the quality standard in Norway is quite high.

On top of this, prices generally rise quite significantly during the summer, but if you book far enough ahead you can usually find a great deal.

That being said, if these hotels are still a little out of your budget, check out the section below on Lofoten’s best hostels. They all offer private rooms and great facilities for a fraction of the cost.

Trevarefabrikken – Coolest Hotel in Lofoten

Location: Henninsvaer

Trevarefabrikken is the social centre of Henninsvaer and an absolute must-visit regardless of whether or not you stay here. This old factory has been turned into a hip bar/cafe/hotel/events space that hosts everything from rejuvenating yoga to raging festivals.

The outdoor space is a favourite local hotspot at sunset (orca whales are commonly spotted here) plus the luxurious sauna with a view tops off the experience.

Brygga Restaurant and Rooms – With a Great Seafood Restaurant

Location: Å

This cosy hotel boasts a delicious onsite seafood restaurant. Being this close to the water (actually on top of it), it’s no surprise that the food is fresh!

Located at the bottom of Lofoten in the village of Å, Brygga Rooms is a great place to stay if you’re looking for a serene atmosphere to enjoy at night.

Catogården – Boutique Home & Activity Centre

Location: Reine

For a boutique stay with plenty to do, you’ve come to the right place. This cosy hotel will feel like your home away from home, plus you’ll have access to a sauna, hot tub, kayaks, and a fitness room.

What’s more, Catogården is quite a social place so you might even make some friends.

Valberg Gjestegård – Comfortable Bed and Breakfast

Location: Valberg

With a bit more of an off-the-beaten-path location, this cosy B&B is another great option if you are looking for an authentic Lofoten experience away from the masses of tourists.

With a large garden and a delicious home-cooked breakfast featuring eggs straight from the hens outside, you might not ever want to leave!

4. Best Rorbuer / Fisherman’s Cabins in Lofoten

A picturesque Lofoten Islands hotel complex of red cabins lies nestled against the rugged terrain, with a backdrop of dramatic mountains and icy waters.

Rorbuer are traditional fishing cabins in Norway that are often built on stilts directly over the water. Generally painted in bright reds, yellows or blues, you’ve probably seen pictures of them floating around social media in the past and now you have the chance to stay in one!

Many rorbuer have been converted into luxury hotels and cozy cabins, open for you to spend a night or two. The Lofoten Islands certainly have the most rorbuer in all of Norway so there are plenty to choose from, which can be a little bit overwhelming.

To help you out, here I’ve listed the best of the best Rorbuers you can book in Lofoten. Most of them have additional facilities available on-site like saunas, hot tubs, spas, restaurants and more but make sure to book fast as these are the first ones to book out!

Nusfjord Arctic Resort

Location: Nusfjord

For the most authentic rorbuer experience, you can’t beat the famous Nusfjord Arctic Resort. Nusfjord is an open-air museum made up almost entirely of rorbuer. During the day you can watch blacksmiths do their work, see wood carvings in process and even get some delicious treats from a traditional bakery.

At night, all the tourists depart and you’re left with the most serene setting in an incredibly picturesque fjord full of towering peaks.

Eliassen Rorbuer

Location: Hamnøy Island

Eliassen Rorbuer is another rorbuer resort that you’ve probably already seen in pictures. Located on the tiny Hamnøy Island just 5 minutes from Reine, this is a popular photo spot amongst photographers.

But you don’t have to worry about the masses bothering you here, “the” photo is taken from the road bridge and very few tourists actually come over to the rorbuer themselves.

Lofoten Basecamp

Location: Leknes

If you’re a hiker, you’re in for a treat as Lofoten Basecamp is located just across from one of my favourite hikes in Lofoten (Offersøykammen). While these aren’t the most traditional rorbuer you will find in the Lofoten Islands, they have everything you need for a comfortable stay including large, modern cabins and a great sauna with a view.

Plus the location just outside of Leknes in central Lofoten is hard to beat when you have a white sand beach just around the corner.

Solsiden Brygge Rorbuer

Location: Ballstad

Solsiden Brygge adds a luxuriously modern touch to the otherwise traditional red rorbuer tucked away on a quiet cove in Ballstad.

You don’t even have to go far to have the perfect day in Lofoten. Here you can rent a fishing boat, and return to a relaxing soak in a wood-fired hot tub before dinner at the delicious seafood restaurant on site, simply divine!

Anker Brygge

Location: Svolvær

If you want easy access to the endless facilities of Svolvær but don’t want to stay in the middle of it all, Anker Brygge is the perfect solution.

Located on a small island attached to Svolvaer, here you have uninterrupted views of the mountain surroundings right from your cabin. The traditional feel of the decor and onsite restaurant only add to the experience here.

Henningsvær Rorbuer

Location: Henningsvær

For something a little more affordable, these cosy rorbuer have an unbeatable location in the famous town of Henningsvaer.

The wood interiors will certainly make you feel at home and the onsite sauna and hot tub is the perfect place to relax after a big day exploring.

5. Best Hostels in the Lofoten Islands

The entrance to Furu Hostel and Café in the Lofoten Islands basks in the golden evening light, promising a cozy retreat for travelers.

As I mentioned before, hotels and hostels in Norway generally have quite a high standard, so even though you may need to share a bathroom at some of these options, you can be sure it will be a nice one!

I picked these hostels from personal experience and can assure you they are the best Lofoten has to offer. Most of them have a mix of dorms, private rooms and apartments to choose from so you can easily balance privacy and price while still benefiting from the friendly nature of these hostels.

Furu – the Best Hostel in Lofoten

Location: Bøstad

Room Types: Dorms, Privates, Apartments

We actually stayed at Furu hostel for the entire winter season in Lofoten and cannot recommend this place enough. The owners and staff make you feel welcome from the minute you step foot inside and the cozy interior might make you never want to go back out.

Not only are the rooms very well decorated, but Furu is located right on the shore of a huge lake with a waterfront sauna, fire hut, hammocks and kayaks for rent.

Lofoten Å HI hostel – Social Hostel in an old Rorbu

Location: Å

Room Types: Dorms & Privates

Hidden down at the southern tip of Lofoten, the HI hostel in Å is a great choice if you want a chance to stay in a traditional rorbu without having to hand over your life’s savings.

While the interior of this hostel is pretty basic, it’s a great place to meet new friends.

Unstad Surfpacker – Located near the Famous Unstad Beach

Location: Unstad Beach

Room Types: Dorms & Privates

If you’re coming to Lofoten to surf but the Unstad Arctic Resort is too expensive, the Surfpacker Hostel is your next best option.

Located just a short walk from the beach, you can spend all your time in the water and even run home for lunch!

Lofoten sommerhotell og vandrerhjem – Best Breakfast in Lofoten

Location: Kabelvåg

Room Types: Private rooms only (shared bathrooms)

If you’re a backpacker like me who loves to get good value for money, this hostel is a great option and everyone raves about the breakfast!

The rooms are also quite modern and spacious, plus with a location just a few mins drive from Svolvaer, what more could you want?

6. Top Lofoten Holiday Homes

An old, rusted winch sits on the stony shores of the Lofoten Islands with a red hotel building in the background, encapsulating the area's fishing heritage.

If you’re visiting Lofoten with family or a group of friends, holiday homes are a great option as they provide lots of space for a much more affordable price.

NOTE: While you can always find holiday homes in the towns, the best ones are a little more secluded so I recommend you rent a car if you’re choosing this option.

But don’t worry, in exchange for a less convenient location you will be rewarded by oceanfront locations surrounded by towering mountains and a serene atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.

Holiday Home in Digermulen

Location: Digermulen

Sleeps: 6

Price: $$

While the location of this holiday home is not exactly central to most tourist attractions, the views from this luxury cabin more than make up for it!

With floor-to-ceiling windows facing the water and a secluded spot nestled into the trees, it’s the perfect retreat for spending some quality time with your friends or family.

Peacefully Cottage on the Forest’s Edge

Location: Valberg

Sleeps: 7

Price: $

Another holiday home with an incredible view is this adorable cottage in Valberg.

Not only is the indoors suitable chic, but there are so many functional outdoor spaces for you to enjoy in any type of weather.

Holiday Home in Tengelfjord

Location: Tengelfjord

Sleeps: 8

Price: $

You might be noticing a theme in these holiday homes… Incredible waterfront location, peaceful setting, chic interior and great prices. This one ticks all those boxes and more!

Even though it sleeps 8 people, the price is incredibly reasonable and the space is divine.

Cozy Cottage

Location: Leknes

Sleeps: 6

Price: $

For something a little more central, this holiday home in Leknes is perfectly situated halfway down the Lofoten Island chain.

While it’s not located directly on the water like some of the other suggestions on my list, sleeping 6 people for this price is almost unheard of in Lofoten!

Frequently Asked Questions about Lofoten Island Hotels

Aerial view of a Lofoten Islands hotel nestled among scattered islets connected by a curving bridge over calm waters at dusk.

What are the best hotels in the Lofoten Islands?

The best hotels in Lofoten are Thon Hotel Svolvær (luxury), Villa Bryggekanten (mid-range) and Trevarefabrikken (budget).

Which is the best luxury hotel in Lofoten?

The best luxury hotels in Lofoten are the Thon Hotel in Svolvær, Hattvika Lodge in Ballstad, and Nusfjord Arctic Resort which consists of beautiful historical rorbuer cabins.

Are there good hotels in Svolvaer?

Yes, there are plenty of good hotels in Svolvær but some of the best are Thon Hotel Svolvær (luxury), Lofoten Suiteapartments (mid-range) and Lofoten Villa (budget).

Which hotels are near the Lofoten Islands airport?

The main airport in Lofoten is located in Leknes, The Scandic and Lofoten Overnatting are two hotels located near the Lofoten Islands airport.

A hiker rests on a mountainside with a Lofoten Islands lodging visible in the distance, enveloped by the fiery hues of the setting sun.

After all those amazing options I hope you found your dream Lofoten Islands Hotel! If for some reason you are still looking, make sure to leave a comment below and I will do my best to help you.

Also, remember that Lofoten is one of the most popular destinations in Norway (no one can resist those amazing mountains), so I cannot stress enough how important it is to book in advance! Places often sell out at least 6 months in advance for the summer season and prices can go through the roof.

Lastly, if you want to learn more of my insider tips, you can see all my posts on Norway here.

Happy Travels,
Kate


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Kate is the outdoor loving, mountain obsessed creator behind Bags-Always-Packed.com. Since the age of 18 she has travelled to 50+ countries in search of the tallest peaks, new cultures, and the most off the track experiences possible. With over 10 years of adventures under her belt, Kate is dedicated to sharing all her experience through this website, helping you to plan your own trips and experience the world, no matter your budget!