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Are you excited to hit the islands but have some questions in mind before booking?
Check below on some frequently asked questions about our hostel, the bookings or the experiences you can have on the Lofoten Islands. However we probably can't predict all questions that may come up and do please get in touch with us if you cannot find what you are looking for.
Send us an email to email@example.com, call us up +47 920 37 870 or send us an whatsapp message.
Your FURU family is stoked to hear from you.
Do you have free Wifi?
Yes, we offer free Wi-Fi throughout the whole building.
Do you serve any meals?
We serve homemade, locally-sourced vegetarian and pescatarian dishes, hot drinks, and local brews and spirits at our very own FURU Café. Besides breakfast, lunch and dinner, will we always have snacks and fruits during the day. And, of course, you will always be able to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and a warm pastry when you come into the Café.
Can I store my luggage before check-in or after check-out?
We have a storage space for your luggage free of charge. However, we only have a limited amount of space, so if you have larger luggage please (surfboard, ski equipment etc.) let us know beforehand so we can sort it out for you.
If you are heading on a camping trip and have a night before or after your trip booked with us, you can leave your luggage free of charge. We experienced this service ourselves while hiking in Nepal and it was a lifesaver when travelling with lots of climbing gear.
What are the reception and cafe opening hours?
Our FURU crew at the reception is there for you from 8:00 to 22:00 everyday.
During the summer, our Café will serve you as well between 8:00-24:00.
From September to June our breakfast is available at 8:00-10:00 and dinner between 17:00-21:00.
If you are keen to get up early for a sunrise adventure, do let us know the day in advance and we will try to figure out a breakfast solution for you. As we have some early adventurers, please keep the noise levels to a minimum after 22:00 in- and outside the building.
Is there a parking lot next to the hostel?
Yes! There is free parking right in front of the hostel. Please check the signs and keep the turning points free for everyone to get safely in and out.
If by any chance it's totally full, park the car temporarily in front of the entrance, come in to the reception and we will make some space for your adventure mobile right away.
Is there wildlife on the property?
Please be respectful when it comes to our nature around the building and when you see some wildlife, please hold distance and respect its habitat.
We frequently have elks visiting our little forest and be aware that Elks are not to be pet or fed. It’s the safest to watch the majestic animals quietly from a safe distance. By the way, how cool is it to have Elks in our backyard? Have your camera ready!
How do I get to the Hostel?
All roads lead to FURU - literally! It's true, as we are in the heart of Lofoten and directly located on the only road (E10) that connects the islands. If you want to know more about how to get to us, click here for all the info you need.
Is it possible to wash my clothes?
We offer a laundry service for a small fee to cover our costs. If your gear is due for a wash after many days in the mountains or on the road, come see us at reception and we can get your clothes back to you by the next morning (if your clothes can be in the dryer).
We don't allow you to wash your clothes in the bathrooms yourselves, as it will clock up our systems. Thank you for your understanding.
Can I invite people who aren’t staying in the hostel?
Absolutely - the more the merrier! Your friends are welcome to hang out in the Café area.
The rooms are reserved only for the hostel guests.
How do I book courses, gear or trips with FURU?
When booking your stay with us, you will have the chance to additionally book courses, gear and trips on our booking page. Further you can always directly write our cooperation partners we mentioned at the activity sites.
Do I need special clothes or experience to book activities at FURU?
You don't need any experience to do any activity we offer. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the outdoors and all the activities Lofoten has to offer.
Each activity is different but solid outdoor clothing is needed.
For hiking, please bring good hiking or trail running shoes and versatile layers that will equip you for both the sunny and those rainy days in between.
If you want to go on a kayak expedition, you can wear your normal clothes as you will receive some specific kayak gear from our guiding friends which you will throw over your own clothes.
Surf and climbing gear can be rented but it's always good to have a set of swimwear with you and a pair of climbing shoes if you have any.
There are no stupid questions and please ask us if you have any open questions.
Can I walk with shoes in the house?
It’s a Scandinavian tradition to take your shoes off when you walk into someone’s home. As FURU will hopefully feel like your home, we ask you to take off your shoes before entering the living areas. You will see the signs directing you to our little shoe corners.
Shoes are allowed in the Café and common areas. However, if you got some dirty hiking boots, please do leave them outside the building.
Are there restaurants nearby?
There are a couple Cafés a short drive away! We are also happy to direct you to some really cool places our friends are running. Just come by the reception and we will help you out.
In the meantime, stick around and try something tasty on our Café menu.
Do you have a kitchen that can be used?
We currently have no open kitchen for our guests. You can prepare your favorite camping meal outside on one of our tables at the lakefront. We also have a guest fridge in the basement for you to store your camping food while you stay with us.
We try to keep the prices at the Café the lowest on the island and hope you will enjoy our simple and tasty food on the menu.
Can I bring my own food and drinks into the hostel?
You’re welcome to bring your own food and store it in the fridge in the basement. However there is no cooking allowed in the house and please eat your own small snacks (fruits and dried snacks) in the rooms as due to Norwegian rules, you are not allowed to bring your own food into a Café area.
Do you have a drying room?
We have a drying room for your moist adventure clothes and wetsuits in the basement. If you got ski or surf gear with you, we can store those in our adventure shed outside. Please ask the receptionist for the key.
Can you make a bonfire?
There are certain rules in Norway when it comes to making a bonfire during the summer.
And even our own fire pit and grill house at the lakeside is openly available, please always come to the reception first before lighting up any fire. It is not allowed to start a fire without the reception's assistance. We are always happy to help you out with getting the fire started.
Can I reserve over the phone?
Yes! Give us a call at +47 920 37 870
What is your cancellation policy?
You can cancel your booking for a full refund no later than 7 days before your arrival. After that period, you’ll be charged the full booking price. We recommend booking a travel insurance, which could help cover your expenses should something come up.
How do I cancel my booking?
If you booked directly with us, you can shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel your booking. Please be sure to include your booking reference number.
If you booked through a 3rd party site, you’ll need to cancel the booking through them.
Can I change my booking?
You bet! You can modify your booking no later than 7 days before your arrival. After that time, you will still be charged for your original booking.
If you booked directly with us, you can shoot us an email at email@example.com to make changes to your booking. Please be sure to include your booking reference number.
If you booked through a 3rd party site, you’ll need to modify your booking through them.
Is there a female dorm?
Yes! We have one dorm for women only. Please choose "female dorm" when booking your stay. If that is booked out, grab a couple friends and book a whole dorm room for yourself.
Can I check-in outside of the opening hours?
Unfortunately, it could be that we’ll be busy surfing some great waves, climbing mountains, or chilling in the hammock out of working hours. But most probably someone will be around to welcome you nevertheless.
If you arrive in the afternoon before check-in time (16:00), kick back, relax, and enjoy the common areas until we are ready for you.
If you arrive late at night, please let us know in advance so we can send one of our late-nighters to the reception to greet you and check you in.
Can I book without a credit card?
No, we need at least a valid credit or debit card in order to secure the booking before your arrival (pre-authorization). This doesWhen you are here, you can pay by cash, debit or credit card at our reception.
Can under 18s stay in the hostel?
If you are under 18, you’ll need to stay in a private accommodation and be accompanied by an adult. We don’t allow anyone under the age of 18 to stay in a shared dorm if not the whole dorm is booked and accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if any under 18s are included in your booking.
Is there a minimum or maximum stay for the rooms and apartments?
You can stay as long as you want and we have space - we love having you around! Just let us know what your plans are. If you want to book longer than two weeks, please contact us directly and we will sort it out for you. Without contacting us, you will not be able to book more than 14 days online.
Are bed linens and towels included?
Towels and bed linens are included in the private rooms and apartments. For guests staying in the dorms, the bed linens are included whereas the towels can be rented at the reception.
Do I have to bring a sleeping bag?
Nope! All of our beds are equipped with a comfy duvet, pillow and bed linens. We ask that you don’t use a sleeping bag in our beds due to hygiene.
Are hair dryers available?
We have hairdryers available to borrow at the reception. We’ll just take a small deposit that we’ll give back to you once the hair dryer is returned.
Can I bring my dog with me?
We love animals - dogs especially! We have one apartment dedicated to pet owners that is only rented out to those who are okay with dog hair. Please contact us directly to book this particular apartment.
If you are allergic to animal hair, do let us know in advance, so we don’t accidentally put you into the apartment where animals stayed before.
Unfortunately, due to health and safety reasons, dogs are not allowed inside the main building.
If you’d like to keep your dog outside, we have a dedicated space where your pup can hang out on the leash. We’ll make sure it gets enough cuddles and water.
Can I smoke in my room?
Nope! And we’re pretty serious about this due to fire hazard in this old, wooden building. There is a smoking area outside with a dedicated smoking bin. Anyone caught smoking anywhere inside the hostel will be kicked out and receive a 2000kr fine. Please check our Terms and Conditions.
Are the rooms accessible with a wheelchair?
Absolutely! All rooms and apartments are accessible by wheelchair.
Can I book for a group?
Yes! If you want to book for more than 6 people, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are more than happy to help you with your group and your specific needs.
If you’d like to reserve half or the whole building (60 max), please contact us at least a few months ahead of time. We love hosting companies, university/school groups and have camps & workshops. We’re always stoked to create memorable experiences for you, your friends, students or colleagues.
Do you provide lockers in the dorms?
Yes! You will have a personal locker with a padlock in your dorm room. It’s perfect for safely storing your camera, laptop and other valuables. Additionally, all rooms come with a lock and keycode.
Can I be sure that all my friends will stay in the same dorm?
You can only be 100% sure that everyone stays in the same dorm if you book a private dormitory on our website.
We will try our absolute best to accommodate everyone in the same dorm if you booked individual beds, however we can’t guarantee this. Call us up if you want to check up if we have space.