Fykantrappa Hiking Trail

Stairways to heaven

Essential info

  • Destination: Helgeland
  • Season: June-September
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 1.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 310 meters
  • Duration: 1.5-3 hours

About Fykantrappa

In the center of Glomfjord in Meløy you will find Europe's best-preserved stairwells. Fykantrappa was built in 1919 by the rallies and takes you with its 1129 steps up 300 altitude metres from valley to high mountain.The purpose of the stairs was for the workers to easily get on top of the mountain to lead water down to Glomfjord power plant. It resulted in a wooden staircase that rolls up the steep mountain side and has today become a much-visited tourist attraction. This spectacular building is worth a visit and it is a natural stopover when traveling along the Helgeland coast.

Getting there

Rallartrappa is located in the center of Glomfjord in Meløy. Between the Fykantunnel and Svartistunnel on RV 17, there is a crossroad leading further into the valley. This road leads all the way to Glomfjellet, but before the first tunnel, turn left and get straight to the parking lot for Fykantrappa.

Trail description

The trip takes between 30 and 60 minutes. The stairs are well maintained and avalanches belongs to the rarity. 


  • 9 km from Glomfjord to the starting point of the trail.
  • 25 km from Ørnes to the starting point of the trail.
  • From Bodø take bus number 200, stop at Fykanvatnet and hike the 2,7km long road along the lake before you start on the trail to Fykantrappa.

Where to stay

Stay at Svartisen Apartment Hotel if you are close to Meløy. Renting a cabin at one of the surrounding campsites is a good option, especially if you are traveling by car. 


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