The Lofoten Islands are one of Norway’s most stunning destinations, renowned for their dramatic coastal landscapes, quaint fishing villages with adorable home rentals, and endless miles of pristine beaches. And fortunately for adventure travelers, it has some of the best Norway beach camping you’ll find in the country.
Lofoten’s beaches are world-renowned for their unique landscape and stunning beauty, and some of the prettiest Norway beaches are on the Lofoten Islands. That includes Skagsstranda Beach on Moskenesøya Island, known for northern lights viewing and salt-and-pepper sand, as well as Haukland Beach on Leknes, with the green hills and turquoise water you’d expect to see on a tropical island near the equator. There’s camping near both.
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However, the best beach on Norway’s Lofoten Islands is probably Uttakleiv, a wide-open beach surrounded by rocky cliffs. But it’s not just the natural beauty that makes it one of the best Norway beach campsites — it’s the neighbors. The Lofoten Islands are known for producing fabulous wool products, which means there are a lot of sheep on the island. And this Norway beach campground is usually full of friendly sheep.
Camping at Uttakleiv Beach
No reservations are needed to camp at Uttakleiv Beach. It’s light on amenities — no showers, and just a few pit toilets — but it’s also pretty affordable, costing about 200 Norwegian Krone (or about $22 US) per night for a car and tent. It’s one of the best Norway beaches for watching the sunset, and add in the friendly sheep that roam the area, and it’s not surprising for it to be pretty busy on summer weekends.
The sheep are friendly, but they’re still animals and can bite, so be careful if you approach them. Don’t feed them any human food as it can hurt their stomachs, and make sure to always clean up and dispose of all your trash. You’ll need to stay in the designated camping area, and since the sheep are also in this area, you’ll probably want to check the ground for any signs of sheep (cough, sheep poop, cough) before pitching your tent.
If you’re exploring the best Norway beaches with a campervan, the cost goes up about 50 Krone.
How to reach Norway’s Uttakleiv Beach
There are three airports around the Lofoten Islands, any of which you can use to reach this unique Norway Beach. Leknes Airport is the closest, but the only flights are to and from Bodø, which means an extra connection if you’re flying from Oslo. The next closest airpot is Svolvaer Airport, which also only connects through Bodø, but usually has a few more flights.
If you want a direct flight from Oslo or Tromsø, your closest option is the Harstad/Narvik Airport, which is about 3.5 hours from the sheep-filled Norway beach. You could also try the Stokmarknes Airport, though it’s much smaller than Harstad and doesn’t cut off too much driving time.
What to pack for Norway beach camping
When it comes time to pack for your beach camping trip in Norway, don’t forget the essentials. This includes a good quality tent with poles and stakes; sleeping bags; water-resistant clothing; sunscreen; insect repellent; flashlights and/or headlamps; sturdy waterproof shoes; cookware and utensils; a first aid kit; matches or a lighter; food rations like nuts or dried fruit for energy boosts; plenty of water bottles or jugs for hydration (fill them up at home); hand sanitizer or wipes for cleanliness purposes; toilet paper and other hygiene products.
Plan ahead as there aren’t a lot of shopping options nearby. While the days are quite long in the summer, which keeps the temperatures fairly comfortable, rain is always possible, even in the “driest” month of July.