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 yellow zones).
The closest area with a lot of “not yellow” camping zones, where you can set up your tent, is Festvåg – a beautiful area with great hiking and swimming opportunities only minutes away. (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). It’s about a 20 minutes walk from Henningsvær and the festival area, but we will set up a free shuttle buses that will go all day and up until a little after closing time each night (The shuttle bus is free for festival attendees between Festvåg and Henningsvær – find timetables here.)
There is also a parking services at Festvåg called “Festvågtind Car Park“. We’ll set up toilets and water at Festvåg.
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
Together with our collaborator Brim Explorer, we have set up a hybrid-electric cruise with it’s own bar – that travels from Svolvær to Henningsvær on Monday 1st at 14:00. With a stunning view over the Lofoten archipelagos, it’s the most classy, environmental and picturesque way to get from Svolvær to Henningsvær (takes 1 hour). Book you’re ticket here
Also, together with an array of organisations in Lofoten, we have set up a shuttle bus that will go from 25th of July until 7th of August between Svolvær and Henningsvær – for only 100kr a day one can hop on & off. Book here.
In addition there are affordable daily public buses between Svolvær and Henningsvær: Use this travel planer for public 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).