Frequently asked questions
Showers and toilets
Luckily Lofoten is a small place, so a toilet and a shower is always near by - most campsites in Lofoten offer this.
You can use gas stations, cafes or any tourist office for toilets.
Showers you find at most camps and public bathrooms.
- People are usually very friendly, so you might even end up sitting on a toilet in someones private home.
- you are handed a map upon arrival pointing out camp sites, toilets, showers and gas stations
Water and food
You can refill water at all gas stations as well as the camps around Lofoten and public restrooms, - and is never a problem getting.
Lofoten has the BEST water! Super fresh, cold and super clean.
Shops you will find in every small town you pass, never more than 15 - 20 minutes away.
Some cheaper than others. In Leknes and Svolvær you can even get fresh bread from one of the bakeries.
Insurance and tolls
There is a 10 000,- NOK self-risk fee, if there is an accident that damages the vans exterior or interior or other cars or properties.
- Engine failure/problems is covered by our insurance and is not covered by you.
A deposit fee of 5000 NOK will be charged upon arrival, and held during your stay and refunded on departure - another 5000 NOK can be charged if needed.
IMPORTANT: You are responsible for the van while renting it, this means damages caused by you, will be covered by your self-risk fee. - you agree to this when renting a van from us.
There are no tolls in Lofoten.
What kind of license do you need, and how old do you have to be to drive our vans
You must be 18 years of age and have a valid international drivers licence to drive our vans.
An international driverslicense is a license that has a picture of you, and usually a translation into english.
- We will take a picture of your licence when you arrive for record keeping.
Driving our vans outside of Lofoten
It is NOT allowed to drive outside the Lofoten Islands,- this has to do with deals that we have with local mechanics in Lofoten, making it easy for us to give you assistance should anything happen to the van. If you drive outside of Lofoten without permission, then you will risk paying the transportation of the van back to Lofoten should anything happen, - up to 20 000 NOK.
Pick up, drop offs, and late returns
Pick up and drop off is in Svolvær at Vorsetøyveien 18, just next to the Police station.
- Look for our sign by the road, our office is just to the right of it.
Pick up and drop of is only possible at our location in Svolvær.
Pick up is between 15:00 - 16:00 (3:00 - 4:00 PM )and drop off at 12:00 (noon) - unless other times are agreed. For late checkins or check-outs, ask us in the chat or via email.
Important!: Late returns will result in a penalty of 1000,- NOK pr hour the van is late.
Booking, payment, cancellations and deposit
The minimum booking days is 3.
The entire booking amount is charged when you book, but you can cancel up to 14 days before arrival for a full refund if you are Norwegian, and 30 days if you are foreign.
(minus the booking fee: 2,4% for European cards, 2.9% for non-European cards)
After 14 days (Norwegian citizen) 30 days (foreign) we can not refund any of the booking amount.
Exeptions regarding cancellations: We hold the right to reference to force majeure: Events beyond the company's control - all external elements that effect you as a customer, and not us as a business. - If this comes into play, we are still comitted to fullfilling your booking at a later time, when force majeure does not apply anymore.
The total booking fee includes a 25% tax fee - this fee is included before confirming the booking.
Insurance: Self-risk fee is 10 000,- NOK and a fee of 5 000,- NOK will be withdrawn upon arrival and refunded at departure.
(in case of an accident or damage to the vehicle or the interior, the fee will be witheld until the final report and damage control is done)
Cash, VIPPS, VISA, VISA Electron, mastercard, Maestro, AMEX
Refunds can take between 5 - 20 days to appear on your banking statement, depending on your bank and holidays etc
How many people can sleep in the vans
All our vans are different, so check out the "book our vans" page for more info on bedspace regarding each van.
Check this before booking.
We can often offer a solution with a combination of van and tent, so that you can travel up to 5 people together. Ask us about this in the chat.
Heat inside the vans
All our vans need to be connected to electricity to have the heating fan work when the engine is turned off. When driving, the van produces heat through the aircon system.
In the summers, extra heat is usually not needed, but we recommend you park at camps that offer electricity, should it be needed.
All camps in Lofoten offer electricity.
How to travel to Lofoten and how to get to our office
Here we will help you with details on how to get to Lofoten and to us here in Svolvær. (read about bus options at the bottom, and boat access further down)
Our address is Vorsetøyveien 20, 8300 Svolvær.
Easiest and fastes way is to fly to Svolvær airport (SVJ) you can catch a direct flight from Oslo (OSL) to Svolvær or fly to Bodø (BOO) and then to Svolvær - these flights are usually the most expensice, and are operated by
Second best option is flying to Leknes (LKN), 1 hour away from us by bus or car.
You can reach Leknes directly from Oslo or via Bodø with
Third alternative (THIS IS USUALLY THE CHEAPEST OPTION) is a flight to Evenes (EVE). Evenes is reachable from Oslo, Stockholm (ARN) and many other desinations, and has many airlines porting, so usually many options and the cheapest options. From Evenes you can catch a 3 hour bus to Lofoten and Svolvær.
Airlines flying to Evenes are:
Fourth alternativ is a flight to Tromsø (TOS) but this is a complicated commute to Lofoten, and takes about 6-7 hours by bus, including changing busses a few times.
Schedule from Tromsø to Lofoten can be checked here:
Here are 3 options getting to Lofoten by boat:
Flying to Bodø and catching "hurtigbåten" from Bodø to Svolvær. Takes about 3,5 hours.
You can check the schedules here:
Hurtigruten which departs from all major harbours in Norway and ports in Svolvær.
Check the schedules here:
The ferry from Bodø to Moskenes, followed by a busride from Moskenes to Svolvær.
Check the schedules here:
Bus connections: - there are 2 options going to and from Evenes
1: The local busschedules can be checked here:
2: (best option in summer)
There is a new airport bus starting up on July 3rd 2020, that will take you to and from Evenes airport, you can check the schedule at https://www.flybussen.no/
*If the information above is incorrect or is difficult to understand or work with, please let us know, and we can be helpful in planning your travel to Lofoten - we try to update this information as often as we can.
Fuel and gas-stations
Our vans are delivered with a full tank of gas, that is not included in the rental, so you can return the van full, or we can charge you the amount you used.
Petrol (95) is at 17,29 NOK Pr Liter (PR February 2020)
Diesel is at 16,30,- NOK PR Liter (PR. February 2018)
- prices vary at different petrol stations
Fuel stations can usually be found not much further than 30-40 minutes apart, but usually much closer.
We always recommend you plan refueling before leaving an area.
Google will easily guide you to the closest one.
What you need to pack with you and bring
We recommend you pack clothes for all types of weather. The weather in Lofoten can change within hours, so you need to be prepared.
What is NOT included in the rental:
- Soap, conditioner, shampoo
- water/drinks (you get a full 20 litre watertank when you check in, that can be refilled anywhere)
- Sheets (unless you rent from us)
- Sleep mask, as the sun is up 24hours in the summer, and our curtains are not light dense, but only block out about 50-60% of the light.
- Clothes and shoes for all types of weather
- Chargers for your devices
- first aid kit, for hiking etc (there is one in all our vans, but they are big, and not for bringing on hikes)
Animals in the vans
You can bring an animal in all our vans, but you need to pay a rinse fee of 650,- NOK (one time fee). This fee can be added at the end of your booking, under "add extra options", and must be added before booking.
Winter rentals (October 10. - May 20.)
We are usually closed between October 20th and May 20th - but we do rent out our winter-van Willy, as he has a diesel heater and isolated windows.
- we only accept bookings on Willy in this period via email, chat or phone. - So please contact us if you wish to make a booking.
What time of year should you visit Lofoten
Lofoten can be beautiful all year around, the winter brings beautiful northern lights, snow and fantastic skiing conditions, but if you are looking for a summer experience, stable weather and nice temperatures, then we recommend visiting Lofoten between mid May and mid September.
May and June is beautiful, the midnights sun is up, but can also be abit rainy and windy.
Starting September and out, the northern lights can appear, but is most likely to be seen from November till February/March.
Warmest months are June, July and August.
When should I book?
Our summer calendar starts to fill up in January/February, so the earlier you book, the better the chance of getting the van you want, and the dates you want.
You can always book, and cancel up to 14/30 days before arrival. (read more about cancellations in the thread about bookings and cancellations)
Bringing your own car, where can you park it
We have a parkinglot where you can park your car for the whole period you rent a van. The parking is free.
PLEASE READ: What happens if our van breaks down and/or is not available when we arrive
If we are having problems with the van when you arrive and can not give you the van you rented, we will give you another van if we have one available.
We have 2 backup vans that are just for this purpose, so we are well prepared for any problems that might occur.
If we do not have a van available, we will then contact other van rental companies and try to help you book another one with another company (if you end up renting from another company, you will have to follow their rules and guidance, and our business will be concluded, as so we do not have any responsibility for you or the van you rent).
If there are no vans available in Lofoten, we will help you sort out accomodation and a rental car as long as there is availability. If we can not sort out any of these options, you will be on your own, as we have done all we can to sort out the situation, but we can say after 5 years now of doing this, that we have until now found good solutions in the few cases that have occured. We have also since the summer of 2020 hired our own mechanic, making the downtime of the vans minimal, and it usually takes us only a few hours now to solve issues that can occour.
Your booking is of course refunded if we can not work out any solutions.
- By renting a van from us, you accept this risk.
If a van breaks down while you are driving it, we will first try to fix the problem at the sight of the breakdown, - if that cant be done we will bring the van to the closest mechanic and have it fixed there. Our aim is always to fix the problem as quickly as we can, as we know this will disrupt your holiday, but you might be required to go with the van to the work shop whilst they fix it.
Regarding refunds if a breakdown occurs: If the van breaks down, we refund the hours from when the van breaks down and until we have solved the situation. By this we mean the time it takes for us to fix the van, give you a new van or have solved new accommodation and rental car.
If you are displeased with the van you have rented
If the van you have rented is not up to the standard you expected, then we must be informed as soon as possible. This can include cleanliness, parts or equipment that does not work, car problems, and or damages. We must be informed immediately when and if you discover an issue, - if we are not informed before the end of your rental, we will not give a refund or be able to solve the issue during your stay.
Check in: arriving late and or departing early
If you are arriving later than check in hours (15:00, 3pm) then that is no problem, but you must let us know 2-3 days in advance of your arrival date what time you are arriving and by what transportation.
Checking out before 12:00 / 12pm is no problem. We have a keydrop outside our office, so you are free to check out any time you wish (before 12:00/12pm), - you park the van at our designated parking area and leave the key in the keydrop box by our office door. Check out later than 12:00 (noon) might be possible, just ask us and we will sort it out if possible.
Whale watching in Andenes
Alot of people ask us about whale whatching trips to Andenes, and as Andenes is outside the Lofoten area, it is not legal to go there with our vans. The best solution if you wish to visit Andenes, is to park the van at our location and rent a car.
Other options is of course renting a car and doing the Andenes trip before our after your rental with us.
Car rentals in Svolvær:
Lofoten Bil (10 % discount) www.lofotenbil.no
Avis (no discount)
Hertz (no discount)
Eurocar (no discount)
Electricity inside the van
All our vans are equipped withthe very powerful ECOFlow 600 powerbattery - giving you about 80 iPhone charges. Also charges computers, cameras etc - can also run devices like waterboiler, heat fan and bigger devices for a short period of time.
When you are parked at a campsite, or a site with electricity you will have external unlimited electricity inside the van.
How many kilometers/miles are included in the rental
You have unlimited mileage when renting a van from us, but you are restricted to driving only within the Lofoten islands.
Can´t find the dates you are looking for?
If the dates you are looking for are not available, then write us a message in the chat, and we can give you alternative dates that might fit your schedule. Or we can have other solutions with other vans.
July usually fills up first, and by March/Arpil is usually fully booked.
Our automatic vans usually books up first, so be early if you wish to book in July and or drive an automatic van.
Hiking in Lofoten
Hiking in Lofoten is maybe the main reason why people visit our beautiful islands.
We are very focused on our guests having the best and safest experience possible when hiking; so we have listed a few apps we recommend you download before arriving;
Fatmap: Find the perfect route, plan like a pro with the world's most advanced 3D outdoor map and record your adventures and share them with the community.Whether skiing, ski touring, freeriding, hiking, biking or running, if you love mountain adventure, you'll find your community on FATMAP.
www.ut.no - webpage overlisting most hikes in Lofoten, with detailed route descriptions.
PEAKBOOK: The Peakbook App is a very handy tool enabling you to register your tours, ascents and other visits as well as being a fully functional navigation device with gps and maps. With the App your tours are instantly available on Peakbook, long before you reach home. Your tours can already be fitted with text and images from your device while on tour. No need to turn on your computer to register unless you want to refine your tours via the website, which of course is possible.
- We do also recommend you download the app "Hjelp113" - an app that pinpoints your location and gives you your exact coordinates, should you need emergency assistance while hiking, or in other emergency situations
Rental in other parts of Norway
(for now) We only rent out vans in Lofoten - but we have some wonderful companies that we can recommend;
For Tromsø, check out www.glampervan.no
What is included in the rental and inside the van
Our goal is that you should only need to bring clothes when renting from us, so we have made sure the following equipment can be found in all our vans;
- Camping gear: chairs, table, portable gas-grill, pans, pots etc
- All the kitchen supplies you need for camping; plates, cups, cutlery, wineglasses, bowles, water boiler, french coffee press can
- ECOFlow 600, super batterycharger (powerbank), we have made the big investment of buying these batteries, because we know how important it is to have your devices charged when travelling, and so now you find an ECOFlow in all our vans. - more than 200 000mAh
- JBL Flip Bluetooth speaker - we have put this speaker in all our vans, because some good music or a good podcast can be a really important part of your trip!
- Wool blanket for those chilly Lofoten evenings
- Pillows and duvets (bring your own sheets or rent from us)
- Cardgames and yatzy
- Electric cooler or refrigerator, depending on which van you rent, - but all our vans have cooling options when you are connected to electricity
- First aid kit
- handheld flashlight, and batterydriven flashlights (only available when it is dark Sept - May)
- cleaning supplies, dust board, soap, dishwasher fluid