The arctic nature of the Lofoten island's arctic is vulnerable, so please be a considerate guest of nature when you are here.
In Norway, it is a citizen right, protected by law, to walk freely where you want in nature. Please mind that this do not include fields or gardens. Tenting is only allowed for two days, and no nearer than 150 meters from houses. We find it important to leave our beloved nature as we find it, so please do not make new paths, and bring any litter back to be disposed of properly.
It is strictly forbidden to let your dog run loose, as it poses a danger for both wildlife and sheep. Every year we get sheep killed by visitors' dogs, and the farmer is then in full right to get the dog put down.
The Lofoten Hiking Society has set up an easy list of guidelines for walking in the Lofoten. This way, you can be sure that your visit doesn’t diminish other people’s experience:
1. Camp in designated areas
2. Leave no trace
Avoid leaving traces in nature, such as cairns, tent pegs etc. Allow others to have the same great experience you've had.
3. Follow the path - and avoid the creation of new paths
4. Throw waste in waste bins
If you are in an area without bins, bring your waste with you until you can dispose of it.
5. Use public toilets
If none are present, go in the ocean or dig a pit in the ground. Avoid using wet wipes, as they take a long time to decompose.
6. Respect privat property
Camping closer than 150 metres from an occupied house or cabin is forbidden. You can only camp on cultivated land if you have an agreement with the land owner.
7. Be considerate in traffic
The roads in Lofoten are narrow, yet many use them. Keep well clear of cyclists when passing them. Be especially mindful of cyclists in tunnels.
8. Ban on fires
During the summer months, there is a general ban on open fires. Use designated sites for fire, and make sure that there is no risk for a forest fire.
9. Respect wildlife
Avoid disturbing animals unnecessarily. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
10. In the interest of the environment
As well as your own experience and safety, we recommend activities organised by a tour operator. You can find a list of such organisers at www.lofoten.info