PRACTICAL INFORMATION REGARDING TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
Camping & facilities
Housing in Henningsvær, a village of 500 people, is both very scarce and very pricy – that’s why it’s most popular to camp out in the stunning nature.
On a general note camping in Lofoten follows the same right of public access laws as in the rest of Norway – the so called “allemannsretten”. But, the municipalities of Lofoten has set up some excluded zones where tenting is forbidden (all of Henningsvær is for example in the red zone). You can find the interactive map here (it is prohibited to put up tent in the red zones).
The closest area with a lot of “not red” camping zones, where you can set up your tent, is Festvåg – a beautiful area with great hiking and swimming opportunities only minutes away. It’s about a 20 minutes walk from Henningsvær and the festival area, but we will set up free shuttle buses for our festival audiences that will go all day and up until a little after closing time each night. (please note that not all places in Festvåg is “not red”, and that some are on private property – where they charge a nightly rate, like Festvåg Nature Camp)
There is also a parking services at Festvåg called “Festvågtind Car Park“.
We’ll set up toilet facilities at Festvåg, and showering facilities at Henningsvær school. One can therefore have a ritual of taking the shuttle bus into Henningsvær in the morning, showering and then checking out some of our day-time talks or screenings.
Getting to Henningsvær
There are affordable daily buses between Svolvær and Henningsvær – which is the best way to get to Henningsvær from the regional capital. Use this travel planer for buses in Lofoten.
The larger task is getting to Lofoten in the first place. We recommend traveling by train or by car if you have the possibility to (preferably electric; there are great charging opportunities all along the coast). The drive north is one of the most scenic in the world – passing natural and cultural heritage sites left and right – it is truly an experience of a lifetime. The train north also passes some magical scenery, with the added benefit of being able to kick-back with a book or two.
There is a train option from Oslo to Bodø via Trondheim. We recommend day-time train to Trondheim, and night train to Bodø (the longest stretch). From Bodø, you can either take the passenger boat to Svolvær or the ferry to Moskenes, with bus connection to Henningsvær. With the last latter option allowing you to travel through half of Lofoten on your way to Henningsvær.
There is also a very “trans-siberiansque” 18 hour night train ride from Stockholm to Narvik. It’s often the cheapest and most convenient train option to Lofoten.
Nearest airport is Svolvær and Harstad, with Svolvær being nearest and Harstad/Narvik (EVE) being cheapest – both have bus connections to Henningsvær. Flybussen.no has about 4 shuttles pr day between EVE and Svolvær (costs about 320kr) – one can also take the public Line 300 (about the same price to Svolvær).