Licensed Guide and Norway Tour Planner

Trollfjord Guide

Trollfjorden is a narrow and stunning fjord located within the Lofoten archipelago up north in Norway.

Characterized by steep, towering mountain walls that plunge into the crystal-clear waters below, Trollfjorden is a relatively short but narrow fjord, creating a sense of intimacy and awe.

When to Visit

The best time to visit Trollfjorden in the Lofoten Islands depends on your preferences for weather, outdoor activities, and the overall experience you seek. Here are considerations for different seasons:

Blog: See my packing list for Norway.

Summer (June to August): Summer is the peak tourist season, offering milder temperatures and longer daylight hours. During this time, Trollfjorden is popular for boat tours, allowing visitors to enjoy the stunning scenery, wildlife, and cultural aspects of the fjord. The lush greenery and vibrant landscapes make summer an ideal time for exploration.

Spring (April to May) and Fall (September to October): Spring and Fall offer a balance between fewer tourists and relatively good weather. The landscapes may be less green compared to summer, but the fjord remains accessible for boat tours and outdoor activities. Temperatures are cooler and the atmosphere is more tranquil. With some luck you might see northern lights in March-early-April and late-September-October.

Winter (December to March): Winter in Trollfjorden has its own unique charm. The fjord is often covered in snow, creating a serene and magical winter landscape. While boat tours may operate less frequently, the fjord can still be appreciated from viewpoints and trails. Winter enthusiasts may find this season appealing for its snow-covered scenery and there is also a good chance of seeing Northern Lights.

Getting Into

The Trollfjord is only accessible by water, or a 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) hike over rugged terrain. For easy access on a fjord cruise ferry, I would recommend staying in Svolvær and to do a cruise from there.

See more info about getting there and touring the fjord under “Things to do”.

Trollfjord Lofoten boat cruise on a winterday with purple hues in the sky and water

Places to Stay

With its own airport and many cruises to the Trollfjord, Svolvær is a very good choice to stay in.

For a “rorbu” experience (house on stilts into the water, traditional fisherman hut), I recommend Svinøya Rorbuer and Rorbuanlegget Svolvær Havn. Svolvær also has a few nice regular hotels such as Thon Hotel Lofoten and Svolvær, or check out Nordis Hotel & Suites.

Note that prices for hotels highly fluctuate throughout the year, and if you book early you can sometimes find good deals! The high season in Norway goes from June to August.

Places to Eat

The fjord cruise ferries will have a cafeteria onboard, but you could, of course, head for a bite in Svolvær before or after the cruise.

Here are few nice restaurants and cafés:

  • Kaffebrenneriet Brent is a charming café with good coffee and food.
  • Duus Matverk is another nice café with tasty sandwiches and coffee.
  • Sakura Lofoten has some of the best “asian” seafood dishes in town.
  • Paleo Arctic Restaurant uses local ingredients to compose creative and tasty dishes. Try their catch of the day.
  • Restaurant Kjøkkenet (kitchen) is a gourmet restaurant with a traditional vibe. You can expect traditional dishes from the North of Norway based on high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients.

Things to Do

If you are heading to Lofoten I think the Trollfjorden is a must-see! Different types of cruises take you there, lasting from 2-5 hours.

You can find Trollfjorden Cruises here (GetYourGuide). Choose between a regular ferry, high-speed RIB boats, or luxury cruises with food included.

beautiful wooden boat in the dock

How to Get Around

Public transportation

The best way to see the Trollfjord is to make your way to Svolvær and take a fjord cruise from there.

You can get to Svolvær with a flight. From Oslo there will be a stopover in Bodø, and a smaller plane from there. Airport: SVJ.

beautiful wooden boat in the dock

Join us on Patreon

A happy Rich Steves Tour Group on a sunny day with Pål in Norway

Become a part of the virtual viking Norway With Pål family, support, and get exclusive content and perks!

Subscribe For More

Pål handing you a plate full of delicious Norwegian waffles

Get my digital recipe book with seven traditional and tasty Norwegian delights!

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Donate on Paypal

Pål sitting on some rocks close to the water

Did you find this helpful? Your support helps me to continue sharing all about Norway. Tusen takk! Thank you!

DISCLAIMER: Products on this page may contain affiliate links, and I might make a small sum per purchase. For you this does not affect the product price, but supports me and my work, and makes me able to continue sharing my passion for Norway with you. Thank you, tusen takk!