In the summer of 2018 Norway’s 40th and newest national park was announced: Lofotodden nasjonalpark. The new national park will cover an area of 86 square kilometers and will be located across the mostly uninhabited northern side of Moskenesøy, locally referred to as the ‘yttersia,’ or the outer side – the most wild, rugged, spectacular areas of Lofoten – and which is only accessible by foot or boat.
Officially set to open in June 2019, it is unknown what changes this may bring to the area in the coming years. Lofoten thus far hasn’t needed a national park to be popular, but perhaps this will draw attention to and increase visitation to some areas that are still relatively quiet today. And hopefully the park will also provide funds for much needed infrastructure like toilets and waste disposal. With time, the idea and functioning of the national park should be more clear.
Drone flying is forbidden within the national park. For more information on flying areas in Norway, see:
Hikes in Lofotodden national park
The following hikes on this website will all take you within Lofotodden nasjonalpark.