Bunes Beach Hiking Trail

Dip your toes into the ocean at a beautiful Lofoten beach

  • Arriving at Bunes Beach.

    Arriving at Bunes Beach. Photo: Mindok

  • Along the road looking back towards Vindstad.

    Along the road looking back towards Vindstad.

  • Hiking down to the beach.

    Hiking down to the beach.

  • Bunes Beach, with the Bunesfjord in the foreground.

    Bunes Beach, with the Bunesfjord in the foreground. Photo: Swen Stroop

  • Bunes Beach with Helvetestind in the background.

    Bunes Beach with Helvetestind in the background. Photo: Matevž Lavrič

Essential info

  • Destination: Lofoten
  • Season: April-October
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 5.4 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 80 meters
  • Duration: 2-3 hours

About Bunes Beach

Bunes Beach (Bunesstranda) is perhaps the most beautiful beach in all of Lofoten. The beach is situated in a bowl among the mountains with Helvetestind on one side and Storskiva on the other.

This adventure is quite easy and can be done even when the weather is not perfect. It begins with a ferry ride to the start of the trail in Vindstad, which is a great way of seeing more of the many mountains around the nearby Kjerkfjorden. If you do get a beautiful day, consider hiking Helvetestind as well.

Bunes Beach is similar to Horseid beach (Horseidstranda), but Bunes Beach is a bit easier to get to and has more spectacular surroundings.

Getting there

To get to the trailhead you need to take a ferry across Reinefjorden, from Reine to Vindstad. The boat leaves daily from Reine so check the timetable for specific times. If you are not already in Reine you can usually find a parking spot in Reine, or check the bus timetable.

Travel Pass Nordland offers cheap 7-day travel in Nordland county. It is valid for all buses and passenger ferries in Lofoten, including the boat across Reinefjorden.

Trail description

From the ferry dock at Vindstad the trail starts along a narrow gravel road, passing through the village.

Just before the road ends you will see a sign to Bunesstranda with the trail going up the hill on your left-hand side. Follow the trail up the hill and you will find beautiful views of Bunestranda on the other side.

Once at the top, continue following the trail down to the beach.


  • Bring a bathing suit and towel if you want to swim in the arctic ocean

  • Bring water, as it can be hard to find running water


  • There is an outhouse by the beach

  • In July, you can visit the Amanda Café at Vindstad. The café is driven by the community and is not always open, so pack supplies just in case.

Where to stay

Camp on the beach.

Alternatively, Reine is the closest town with accommodation available in traditional “rorbuer, the trademark red fisherman’s cottages.


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