Ryten Hiking Trail
Climb high above Kvalvika Beach
- Destination: Lofoten
- Season: May-September
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 7.4 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 560 meters
- Duration: 2.5-4 hours
A beautiful trail that overlooks the whole Fredvang area and Kvalvika Beach. On clear days you can even see the Reinefjord. The trail is characterized by Kvalvika, the shape of the waves that nicely hit the sand. If you stand on the summit and you look back to the beach, it's one of the most spectacular views of Lofoten. This hike connects with the hike to Kvalvika.
Drive the E10 towards Fredvang. Cross the two bridges and follow the sign 'Yttersand.' Keep going straight, don't turnoff towards Fredvang. After you followed the road in a curve to the left, you will see after a few hundred meters a small grass area where you can park. The trail is starting from here. Several residents in the street make their garden available to park for a fee of 100 NOK per day or even less.
The first part of the trail can be muddy. Work is being done on ramps above the muddy parts. After a kilometer a slight climb starts up, this consists of grass and rocks, but also mud. Note that it can be slippery. When the first plateau is reached, you reach two small lakes. Follow the trail up to the right. The first two kilometers of the trail is marked with red dots and easy to follow.
After a few hundred meters you will reach a larger lake. When you follow the left trail you come to Kvalvika beach. But if you want to go to the summit, follow the right trail. From now on it is a slight climb to the lookout point over Kvalvika beach and the summit of Ryten. It's easy to follow the trail up.
Where to stay
At the end of the road 806 on the way to Yttersand, you come to a junction. If you turn left, you will reach a farm at the end of the road. Here you can camp for a small fee.
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By Nadja Kroon
World traveler originally from the Netherlands.