Fykantrappa Hiking Trail
Climb the Rallar stairway
- Destination: Helgeland
- Season: June-September
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 1.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 320 meters
- Duration: 1.5-3 hours
At the heart of Glomfjord in Meløy, you’ll find Europe's best-preserved stairs. Fykantrappa was built in 1919 by “Rallare,” who were migrant workers. The 1,129 steps take you up some 300 meters, from the bottom of the valley to the top of the mountain.
The stairs were built so that the workers could easily access the mountain to lead water down to the Glomfjord power plant. The wooden staircase that follows the steep mountainside has become a much-visited tourist attraction. This impressive construction is well worth a stop along Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten.
Fykantrappa is located at the innermost part of Glomfjord in Meløy. Between the Fykan Tunnel and the Svartis Tunnel along Road 17, there’s a road leading further into the valley. This road leads all the way to Glomfjellet Mountain, however, turn left before the first tunnel. You’ll then get straight to the parking lot by Fykanvatnet Lake.
From Bodø, you can take bus 200. Stop at Fykanvatnet and hike the 2.7-kilometer long road along the lake to Fykantrappa.
From the parking lot up to the mountain, it’s approximately 1.7 kilometers and 300 meters in altitude. The trail can be a challenge for people with a fear of heights.
The stairs are well-maintained and avalanches are rare.
Where to stay
Svartisen Apartment Hotel is a 20-minute drive to the northwest along Road 17.
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