By Ferry : Even with ferry , you will have to fly till Bodo which is the main point of ferry departures. From there 4 hour ferry will take you directly to Moskenes , which is less than 10 kms away from Reine. Though it will save you a lot of driving time but be prepared for the rough sea. For Ferry you have the following 2 options :
1) Car ferry from Bodo – Moskenes in my opinion is the best option. You can rent out the car in Bodo and hop on to this ferry which will take you to Moskenes.
2) If you do not want to rent the car , you have option of passenger only ferry from Bodo – Svolvaer.
Either way book in advance. We did not book the ferry tickets , and guess what -> its first come first serve basis unless you have pre booked tickets. Only 40% of the total tickets are sold online and after that , you will have to buy it from the port of embarkation. If the vessel gets full before your turn , you will have to wait for 3- 4 hours depending on the ferry schedule. Wanna guess how many hours did we wait ?? ( Feel free to leave a comment , ill tell you if you guessed it right ???? )
You can find all the details on ferry routes , schedule and tickets here . If you are going to Lofoten , the option in the dropdown you will want to select is Bodo-Moskenes.
Note : If you really get late in buying tickets online and want to try your luck at the departure port , arrive atleast 2 hours before the ferry time to give yourself a fair chance. I am not kidding , I was shocked to see the line. Keep in mind that these ferries are no less than ships which even carry trucks , but they get jam-packed in minutes.
By Driving : Lofoten is connected with the mainland , thanks to highway E10. So if driving is what you like , you can really enjoy the scenic beauty of Norway while driving on E10. Just to give you a rough idea , from Tromso a non stop drive to Lofoten takes about 5 hour and 30 mins.
Where to stay?
Wild Camping is very popular in Lofoten. The reason is simple – Lofoten Islands, like the rest of Norway, enjoy the right of access to the countryside known as ‘Allemannsretten,’ ( Yes do not even try to pronounce ) . This basically means ‘every man’s right’ of free travel and recreation across uncultivated lands in Norway . So if you are visiting Lofoten on a very tight budget and if you are an experienced hiker or camper – you can put out your tent anywhere and you will never need to pay for a night’s accommodation .