Volandstind Hiking Trail

Hike up to the top of the world

Essential info

  • Destination: Lofoten
  • Season: May-September
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 4.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 440 meters
  • Duration: 2-3 hours

About Volandstind

Volandstind peaks at 457 meters above sea level, with views of Ramberg and Fredvang to the north and the Skjelfjord to the south. While the mountain looks intimidating from the roadside, an easy trail leads to the back of the mountain and up along a ridge to the summit.

The trail is not very exposed and is suitable for most people.

Getting there

The trail starts in Skjelfjord, a short drive south of Ramberg.

Driving south on the E10 from Ramberg, with Volandstind directly ahead, turn left towards Skjelfjord. Park by first building on the right-hand side, an orange building with cod drying racks across the road.

Trail description

The trailhead is behind the orange building. The trail is unmarked but well-trodden and easy to follow. Initially dirt, the trail becomes rockier as you start to ascend. As you climb there are views of the Skjelfjord below.

Look for the large boulder ahead and follow the trail leading to the left of it. Follow alongside the base of the hill, heading slightly uphill.

Cross the creek and pass by the rock shelter. The trail becomes steeper, winding up the rocky hillside. The trail then flattens out and turns towards the ridge up to Volandstind.

From here, continue north up and along the ridge. The trail may not always be clear, but stick to the ridge.

The top is marked by a cairn. You can continue, and make the somewhat steep and more challenging climb to the next summit for views towards Fredvang.

Return along the same trail.

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  •  The Skjelfjord was an important port of refuge for allied ships in World War Two during April and May of 1940


  • Parking (free)


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