What are the road surfaces like on the minor roads in Lofoten? Are they Tarmac or gravel?
the ones that I remember were asphalted and there is also not a lot of cartrafic at all on these roads.
Almost all public roads in Norway are asphalt (tarmac), and in good condition. You might find roads with cracks in the road, but nothing that would slow you much down.
Be adviced though, you are driving in an area with hash climate. Roads might be icy, even if they look dry. If you are not accustomed to drive on icy roads, you might want to take a course for driving on slippery conditions (norwegian: Glattkjøringskurs). Any drivers school in Scandinavia can help you with this.
There generally isn't that much trafic that far north, so there isn't much in the line of trafic jams. However, some roads might be closed due to bad weather, especially in the winter.
YES, it was unfortunately also my own experience that in case of Major roadworks they simply totally Close down a toad and the Deviation will be much longer in most cases and might totally Change your plans.
And what is even worse is the fact that you might read only a tiny notice about that in some strange place like the touristoffice or a tiny notice along the road, that does not look like something very important, just some words in norwegian without any traficsign included like "Deviation" or similar
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