When you travel through Northern Norway, you are often reliant on boat transportation to reach all the gems along the way. You can travel to the Lofoten Islands by ferry or express boat from the north or south. In 2012 four new gas-powered ferries were stationed on the routes Bodø – Værøy – Røst – Moskenes and Bognes – Lødingen. This provides extra vehicle space and a comfortable voyage.

Ferry routes and timetables: Select a route to view timetable and price details, and to see a map with an overview of the routes.


Bodø - Værøy - Røst - Moskenes

Bodø - Moskenes (3-4 hours)

Svolvær - Skrova - Skutvik (2.5 hours)

Bognes - Lødingen (1 hour)

Melbu-Fiskebøl 25 min.

Digermulen-Finnvik 10 min 

Hanøy-Kaljord-Stokmarknes 60 min

Refsnes - Flesnes (30 min)



There is more traffic in summer so it’s a good idea to order your tickets a minimum of one day in advance. Most routes have extra departures during the summer months. The summer timetables are normally published in April. For timetable-related questions, please contact Torghatten Nord AS www.torghatten-nord.no (information in English).

Express boats

The express boat service from Bodø to Svolvær is a fantastic way to travel to Lofoten – all year round. This scenic voyage takes you between islands and skerries along the coast and has several ports of call in both Hamarøy and Steigen. The express boat does not have a vehicle deck, but you may bring your bike. However, it’s a good idea to arrange this in advance.

Bodø - Svolvær (Nordlandsekspressen) 3 - 4 hours (depending on route)

Travel planner and deviations:

http://www.177nordland.no