Reinebringen Hiking Trail
Climb high above Reine on Lofoten’s most popular hike
- Destination: Lofoten
- Season: May-September
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 1.4 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 420 meters
- Duration: 2-3 hours
Reinebringen is arguably the most popular hike in the Lofoten Islands. A short, but steep trail leads up the mountainside to a ridge high above Reine village. Instagram has been flooded with pictures of the spectacular views over the village and the surrounding coast.
Due to the incredible popularity of the trail, erosion has caused some serious damage to the landscape. A project was started in 2016 with Sherpas laying stone steps up the mountainside. By early summer 2019 steps were laid almost to the top, but the summit is still to be secured. While the steps make the trail more sustainable and safer than before, good footwear is required, so be prepared and take care.
For an excellent, albeit longer alternative to Reinebringen, consider Tindstinden. The trailhead is in Sørvågen, a short drive south of Reine. The trail to Munken departs from the same parking lot. Similar hikes to Reinebringen in other parts of Lofoten are Festvågtind near Henningsvær and Fløya near Svolvær.
If you choose to hike Reinebringen, aim for a clear sunny day. A wet trail is slippery and dangerous while clouds and fog ensure there are no views. Parts of the trail are often muddy and slippery so good hiking boots or shoes are highly recommended.
Before you head off, check the Reinebringen Facebook page which has frequent posts with the latest parking and trail information.
Due to the popularity of the trail, there has been some parking chaos throughout summer 2019. Please do not park on the side of the road–it’s unsafe. There are two official parking areas provided by the municipality. The trailhead is located about 1 kilometer from Reine. If you’re staying in Reine, you can easily walk there.
The best spot to park is by the harbor in Reine. Follow the signs into Reine, turn right at the gas station, pass the large drying racks, and park in the marked area. Parking costs 50 NOK per day (cash) and supports local efforts to provide parking, toilets, and garbage collection for tourists. From here it’s a 1 kilometre walk to the trailhead.
From Reine, walk back out of the village and south along road E10 with Reinebringen on your right-hand side. Don’t go into the tunnel and instead follow the path to the left hand side. Follow the big white arrows painted on the ground. They lead to the trailhead amongst the bushes, just before the path reaches the E10 on the other side of the tunnel (Ramsvikstunnelen).
Additionally, there is a small parking lot by Djupfjord Bridge along Road E10. It’s a short walk north over the bridge and along the road to the trailhead. If this parking lot is full, drive into Reine and park by the harbor.
Follow the trail into the birch forest, and you will see it splits into several trails used to avoid wet and muddy sections. Try to stay as close to the trail as possible. This first section of the hike is uphill but never very steep.
After around 800 meters, look for the stone steps. Follow the 870 steps as they steadily climb up the mountainside. The Sherpas have also constructed seats in places for some welcome rest. The ascent up the steps is a good workout, but not too challenging.
The current advice from local authorities is to stop at the top of the steps. The rest of the trail is steep, slippery, and dangerous.
If you must continue, do so with great care. There are lots of loose rocks, so watch out for rocks coming from above and any rocks you may cause to fall below. Yell out to any one that is in danger of being hit by a loose rock.
Several trails wind up the mountainside towards the ridge. Most people finish at the ridge and enjoy the iconic view of Reine and the surrounding mountains. It's also possible to continue to the left or right along the ridge for different perspectives.
- Parking (free)
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