In reply to cinders: When we drove we were fortunate to get the newcastle ferry (RIP). But my advice would be to thoroughly research alternative climbing destinations on the way up. We spent some time in nissedal/setesdal which was really good and quiet. then romsdal which was wet but had the potential to be amazing. we also did stetind on way before crossing to lofoten. make sure you have a laptop so you can get up to date weather and get topos on the journey.
It was my 2nd trip to lofoten (the first we flew and got a train from stockholm = very cheap) and having a car was very very useful and gave lots of flexibility. Its a long drive but enjoyable if you break it up - i'd definitely seek out other spots and be prepared to react to the changing weather.. although sometimes you can get rooted to a location through doggedness of trying to get routes done. the best stuff we did was when we checked forecast and gambled on an 18 hour drive to catch a route before the rain
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> I heard whilst working over there that the Newcastle to Bergen ferry was going to start up again this Summer, anyone know anything more about this, cant find anything on the web
I think it's a myth that has been floating about since it closed...
ferry to calais then to germany and denmark... then to sweden with the brigde (open 24h, unlike the ferries). Stop for some climbing in Bohuslan (or bouldering in Kjugekull). Then up the nice big roads of Sweden to Kiruna, then Narvik Norway and finally Lofoten.