Information about Bonfire Regulations and Fire Bans in Lofoten

In Norway, there is a general ban on lighting bonfires from April 15 to September 15. During this period, it is not permitted to light bonfires or use grills (including disposable grills) in or near forests and other uncultivated land without municipal permission.

Even though the general fire ban is in effect, it is permitted to light fires in places where it is clearly not a fire hazard, such as grilling on the beach far away from forests and vegetation. It is also allowed to grill at approved and designated grill and fire pit areas sanctioned by the municipality. If you live in Lofoten, you can also continue to grill in your own garden.

Although there is generally a fire ban, you can still grill in your own garden. In Vestvågøy municipality, it is also allowed to burn brushwood on your own property, provided it is done safely. However, it is desirable that you inform the 110 central (phone: +47 75 55 74 00) beforehand. In Værøy and Flakstad municipalities, you must apply for permission from the municipality. Burning brushwood in densely populated areas is not permitted, regardless of size.

What does a total fire ban entail?

In cases of high wildfire risk, the local fire department may impose a total ban on outdoor fires. Such a ban means that you are not allowed to grill or light bonfires in forests, fields, or on the beach. The use of established fire pits is also prohibited during a total ban. Grilling in your own garden is usually allowed, as long as it is done safely.

We recommend you download the YR app (the common weather app in Norway) on your phone to check for various warnings.

Is it allowed to have bonfires on Midsummer’s Eve?

Vestvågøy and Moskenes municipalities allow Midsummer’s Eve bonfires through local regulations, but it is desirable that you inform the 110 central. In Værøy and Flakstad municipalities, you additionally need permission from the municipality.

Tips for Safe Bonfire Burning:

  • Consider wildfire risk and wind conditions.
  • The person responsible for the fire always bears responsibility for fire safety.
  • An adult, sober person should be in charge of the fire.
  • The fire should be a safe distance away from buildings and vegetation.
  • It is not allowed to light fires on rocky surfaces.
  • The fire must be manageable, ensuring you can control and extinguish it if necessary.
  • Keep appropriate extinguishing tools readily available.
  • It is prohibited to burn plastic, building materials, and other waste.
  • When leaving the bonfire site, ensure the fire is completely extinguished.