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. 870 steps have been built so far, but the project is not yet complete. The current advice from local authorities is to stop at the top of the steps.
Summer 2019: As reported on the Reinebringen Facebook page, Sherpas will continue to lay steps for 6 weeks from early June. During this time the trail will be closed for everyone’s safety. Check the page for updates, as there are frequent posts with the latest information.
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. The start of the trail is often muddy and slippery so good hiking boots or shoes are highly recommended.
Due to the steep and tricky terrain, expensive helicopter rescues have been required on Reinebringen. Use common sense, be prepared, and take care.
The trailhead is located about 1 kilometer from Reine. If you’re staying in Reine, you can easily walk there.
If you’re driving from the north, the best parking lot is located at the corner of road E10 and the road into Reine. View in Google Maps.
From Reine, walk 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).
If the first parking lot is full, or you’re coming from Moskenes, park safely by the side of road E10 before the southern entrance to the tunnel.
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.
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