If you are an inexperienced winter driver we recomend to plan your trip in a way to avoid long and unnecessary driving. When you book your flight make sure you fly to the airport closest to your final destionation, for our guests this means Leknes or Bodø. From Leknes it will take you around one hour to arrive to 'Reinefjorden Sjøhus', from Bodø you take the ferry to Moskenes and drive approximately 20 minutes from Moskenes to us.
When you rent a car we recommend you to make sure it is equipped with studed tires. The winter tiers without studs work good on snow, but here in Lofoten we often get ice on the roads and for ice you need studs!
So when does winter start in Lofoten? This can vary a lot from year to year. When the temperature starts to drop in October you can start having some ice on the roads in the mornings. If you are unexperienced driving on cold roads, days like this can be good to have a long breakfast and wait for the sun to rise and for the road to be used by other drivers before you start driving. When the real snowfalls starts to come the road maintenance crew will do their best to keep the roads clear, in case of heavy snowfall they will prioritize E10 before they plow the smaller roads. The road maintenance crew will also spread gravel on the roads when icy, this will help you to get a better grip. After the first snowfall the snow can come and go until around the end of April.
Even though Lofoten is above the arctic circle it is acctually not that cold in the winter (by norwegian standards). Due to Lofoten's location the climate is relatively mild, this means that rain can fall even during the winter. Rain on cold roads is not a good combination! If you get this weather, try to make other plans and stay off the road if possible.
When the roads start to freeze it is important to remember a few things; (This is just a few recomendations from us)
We hope this information will be helpful! With the right preparation, you can travel safely even when the weather turns on you. For more information about driving in snow you can fo example press here.
We recommend everyone travelling to Lofoten in winter to plan one day at home after your trip, before you get back to your everyday life. This way you have the option to be more flexible if the weather is to bad to travel the day of your departure. During strong winds bridges, ferries and planes can be closed/cancelled.