The Lofoten travel budget is one of the topics we are more asked about us since we came back from this trip. Norway, as a Nordic country, is reputed to be expensive. And yes, it is indeed expensive. However, we managed to minimize our expenses.
In the end, our 10 day trip to Lofoten was cheaper than we thought. Of course, we did not indulge in luxury. We cooked our food brought from home and we slept in our Camper Van wrapped with a good sleeping bag while the temperature outside fell from 0ºC.
Still, traveling cheap, Lofoten was a unique experience that we are eager to repeat.
BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES
To get to Lofoten you have to stop in Oslo and fly to one of these airports:
- Tromso: It is the furthest from Lofoten (7 hours by car) of the three options, but the frequency of flights is higher and the prices lower.
- Evenes: It’s right in Lofoten, but flights are scarce and the price increase.
- Bodø: From the airport you have to take a 4 hour ferry to Lofoten. We would save some time with respect to Tromso but also the frequency of flights is not as high as in Tromso.
We, since flights were significantly cheaper, flew to Tromso reducing our travel budget to Lofoten.
The flight tickets with two stopovers to Tromso from Madrid cost 200€ round trip, with a checked bag.
Total flight expenses = 200 € per person *
* Note: Price for flights from Spain. However, from other countries such as the United States, flights to Lofoten are very expensive (above $ 1,000). Still the trip certainly deserves it.
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Total expenses in travel insurance = 32 € x 0.95 = 30.5 € (2 people)
ACCOMMODATION AND TRANSPORTATION – CAMPER VAN
The cheapest way to travel to Lofoten is by renting a Camper Van. We found one that was especially cheap in Tromso, Norwagon, so we rented the van there and drove it to Lofoten.
The price of the Camper was 150 € per day. We rented it 9 of the 10 days of our trip to Lofoten.
Total cost Camper Van (accommodation + transport) = 1350 €
ACCOMMODATION IN RORBUER
At least one night it is essential that you sleep in the typical fishermen’s huts that have given Lofoten popularity, the Rorbuer.
We stayed at the famous Eliassen Rorbuer one night and we could not be happier. The cabins are amazing.
Of course, keep in mind that the price does not include sheets, towels, or cleaning. You have to leave the cabin as you found it so that you will not be charged a 40 € fee.
Total expenses on accommodation of one night in the Rorbuer = 130 €
Finally we could not do it, but our plan was to sign up for a whale watching excursion. For this it was necessary to have a good telephoto lens, so we decided to rent the 70-200 2’8 for Nikon.
However, although we did not use it for whales, we used it for a lot of photographs of the fjords.
Total cost of telephoto rental = € 100
For those who are in Spain and Portugal, we rent it with Fragmáticos with whom we collaborate. If you want to have a discount of 5%, use the code ATLAS5 when making the purchase on your website.
EXPENSES DURING THE TRIP
I think this is one of the few trips where we did not used cash money at all. We paid everything with our credit cards. Our expenses were based mainly on gasoline.
90% of the diets during our trip to Lofoten was food taken from home. As we commented at the beginning of the post, Norway is an expensive country, so if you do not want to spend a lot on this trip, I recommend that you bring a checked bag filled with food.
As a roadtrip it is not uncomfortable to carry a backpack + suitcase and the money you can save on restaurants or even buying food at the supermarket is considerable.
Still, buying water, bread, eggs and some fruit and vegetables, we spent more than those purchases in almost any other country.
Total expenses of diets (supermarkets and airport meals) = 150 €
Our Camper Van was diesel and still fill the deposit seemed very expensive, about 80 €. We also made many kilometers, since apart from the journey from Tromso to Lofoten every night we drove looking for clearings to see auroras.
Total expenses in gasoline = 300 €
Feeling the magic of the Northern Lights and the immensity of the fjords is priceless. We dedicated ourselves to these two functions during the 10 days that lasted our trip to Lofoten. However, there are other activities that perhaps you will do, such as whale watching, kayaking or visiting museums.
In this case you should also consider the price of these activities for your travel budget to Lofoten.
Total expenses for Fjords + fishermen’s huts + northern lights contemplation = free!
TRAVEL BUDGET TO LOFOTEN IN 10 DAYS PER PERSON = 1230 €
I hope that this travel budget to Lofoten will help you to foresee that the country is expensive, and if you want to travel cheap, you may be able to do things that you would not do in other trips, such as billing a suitcase with food or traveling by Camper Van.
If your budget is not too high before asking yourself, how much is it worth to travel to Lofoten? ask yourself: Giving up comfort is worth to get to know Lofoten? Here the answer.