10 popular hikes in Lofoten
The weather changes rapidly in Lofoten, so it is a good idea to study the weather forecast before hiking. Warm clothes is recommended, especially on longer trips. Lofoten Turlag can also offer you more information about trips at the Norwegian Trekking Association. www.turistforeningen.no/english/ They also organize trips you can attend. Please see www.lofoten-turlag.no. We also recommend you to book an organised hike with a proffesional guide, please see your options here.
Always when planning hikes in Lofoten we recommend you to buy a map with marked trails. Even if you are well-trained and an eager hiker, the Lofoten mountains can be rough and not always as easy at they seem!
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Austvågøy and Gimsøy
TJELDBERGTIND (367 m)
Leave the E10 at the Esso station in Osan, Svolvær. Turn second left, follow the track towards the pistol range. At the bend just before the radio mast, turn right and follow the steep path up to the peak. A fairly demanding hike.
Return trip: about 2 hours
HOVEN (368 m)
The walk up Hoven on Gimsøya is excellent if you want to look at the midnight sun. Start at Hov by the golf links. A nice family trip.
Return trip: about 2.5 hours
At Ballstad, start at Kræmmervika and follow a track along the shore to the southern tip of Vestvågøy called Brurstolen, which is a formation in the mountain. Then continue along Nappstraumen to the ruins at South Græna and North Græna.
Return trip: about 4 hours.
EGGUM – UNSTAD
Start from the fortress at Eggum and follow the road, which eventually turns into a path. The second part is more demanding before you reach the beach in Unstad. Particularly good views of the midnight sun here.
Return trip: 4 hours.
KVALVIKA & RYTEN
Kvalvika is a spectacular beach surrounded by high mountains. The view from Ryten is the reason why this is one of the most popular hikes in Lofoten. Turn off the E10 to Fredvang and follow the road to the school in Fredvang. Go to Innersand and follow the sign to Einangen.
Return trip: about 3 hours.
NUSFJORD – NESLAND
Strenuous walk. About 300 metres south of the old school in Nusfjord, a cairned path leads to Nesland. About 200 m before Østre Nesland, there are some giant potholes by the shore. Nesland has Lofoten’s only watermill.
Return trip: about 4 hours. There is lots of great hiking in Flakstad; contact the tourist information centre for some tips.
One of the most popular hikes in Norway, is situated in the municipality of Moskenes. The view from Reinebringen is one of the most spectacular in Lofoten.
Duration: Approximately 1-1,5 hours. Height: 448 meters above sea level. Slope: 45 degrees. Distance: 2 km round trip.
It’s important to wear good hiking shoes, and please bring water. Don’t forget fully charged camera/mobile phone, so that you can bring your memories back home!
From Reine, take the boat to Vindstad to get to the Bunes beach. Follow the road from Vindstad to the end of the fjord and across a small strip of land down to Bunesstranda. This incredible sandy beach is worth the effort! The whole trip, including the boat, takes about 4 hours. The boat can also drop you off in Forsfjord, from where you can walk to Hermanndalstind, Munkebu and Sørvågen.
HORNET (346 m)
An enjoyable, fairly tough walk takes you past the school to Marka where the road ends. From here, either continue right up the path or road to Håheia, 438 m high, with an incredible panoramic view – or continue through a gravel pit and into beautiful Sørlandshagen. There are many paths to choose between here, but they all eventually lead to Nupsneset. Tip: follow the shore back, and enjoy the lovely pebble beach.
The Yellow Trail is the shortest, about 0.5 km long, leading to the ruins of the 1835 stone church, consecrated in 1839 by Bishop Kierschow. It should have held 110 people, but only had 78 seats. The later chancel and sacristy were consecrated in 1883. More information can be found on the board nearby.
About 1.5 km long, the Blue Trail leads to Åndhammarn. Though only 10 metres high, Åndhammarn is a natural landmark and viewpoint on the island. There is no evidence to suggest that this was a place for spirits (‘ånder’), the name probably coming from the Norwegian ‘ørn’ (eagle). There used to be eagles’ nests here, and it is still an overwhelming sight to see flocks of eagles circling the crag.
The trail leads through a sheltered but flat and open area of bogs and shallow ponds. The vegetation is extremely diverse because of the huge variations in salinity.
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