Hellostinden Hiking Trail
Find panoramic views on Vestvågøy Island
- Destination: Lofoten
- Season: May-November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 7.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 630 meters
- Duration: 4-5 hours
Hellostinden is on Vestvågøy Island, more or less alongside Route E10. At a modest 573 meters in altitude, the peak is easily overlooked, but delivers impressive panoramic views.
From the top you can see practically all the peaks on Vestvågøy, as well as the mainland, Henningsvær, and Stamsund. The sea surrounds three sides.
The trail is accessible to most, although the trail can be hard to see in some parts. Some exposed parts can be found if you’re looking for it, but they are not required to reach the top. The view at the summit can be enjoyed from a small plateau.
Heading west on Route E10, the trailhead is on the left, about 7 kilometers from the bridge from Gimsøya Island.
There is parking available in the small pockets along the side of the road. Be sure to park completely off the road. Otherwise there is parking at Gamle Skola café.
The trail is partly-marked and well-trodden.
From the parking lot at Gamle Skola café, cross the road and look for a purple garage about 100 meters south along the road towards Leknes. From the garage, walk in towards Lyngedalsvatnet Lake and follow the boulders along the west side of the lake.
After 300–400 meters you’ll come to a trail heading towards the right in the direction of the summit. Follow the trail up this first ridge and down the back side. Start heading up again, turning right towards Kvanndalsvatnet Lake.
The trail then heads up and over the shoulder on the western edge of the lake where there is a small plateau. Continuing southwest, you’ll reach the shoulder of Hellostinden. Turn southwest and follow the the trail to the summit.
Return along the same trail.
- Water is available from two lakes on the way up and some streams.
- There are nice camping spots along the whole trail, particularly by Mørkdalsvatnet and Lyngedalsvatnet lakes.
- The west side of the ridge towards the top, as well as the south side of the summit, have steep cliffs. Keep a close eye on children and dogs.
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