Tønsåsheia Hiking Trail
Conquer two peaks above Nusfjord
- Destination: Lofoten
- Season: June–October
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 7.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 790 meters
- Duration: 3–6 hours
The hike to Tønsåsheia and Mosestinden is a two-for-one adventure. These two peaks are so close to one another that it is an absolute must conquering both in one try. These peaks provide incredible views of the surrounding mountains and ocean and an even better perspective of the picturesque fishing village of Nusfjord below to the east.
This trailhead to this hike is located just a few hundred meters away from Nusfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So make it a day trip to Nusfjord or stay for the weekend to enjoy the serene fishing village and a challenging hike to two of Flakstadøya's tallest peaks.
From Leknes, follow E10 south towards Å for about 22 kilometers. Turn left towards Nusfjord. Follow this road for 6 kilometers until you arrive in the fishing village. There is public parking in the designated parking areas, one located very close to the Nusford Rorbuer reception building.
There is no bus service into Nusfjord.
The hike to Mosestinden and Tønsåsheia begins a few hundred meters south of the center of Nusfjord. Follow the road along the water which takes you past all of the historic red "rorbuer" - the fishing cabins. This hike starts at the same trailhead for the hike to Nesland.
The beginning of this trail is marked with a sign, “Fiskesti" pointing you away from the ocean into the hills. After following this trail for about 300 meters, you will be presented with a fork in the road, marked by a stick with a green top. To head to Mosestinden and Tønsåsheia, take a right-hand turn at this stick and follow the trail up the little hill. Make sure to continue in this direction for at least 100 meters. The trail will take you up, down, and back up again. Make sure not to connect back to the coastal trail on one of the small sheep trails.
Note: Follow the Outtt tracked map to ensure you stay on the right trail in the beginning due to the occasional cross trails made by the local sheep that can cause some confusion.
The next kilometer of the trail will wind you up and down through a soft mountain path, occasionally encountering some areas that are quite wet due to creeks or rain runoff so wear the appropriate shoes so ensure your feet will be dry and feeling great for the rest of the hike.
Halfway through the hike, you will come across the most demanding section due to the steep, loose gravel trail. You will gain 100 meters in elevation during this portion of the hike and it is crucial to respect the difficulty to ensure your safety. Remember to take it slow on the way up and dig your heels in on the way down to maintain a solid grip. The terrain before and after this section of the trail is very stable and easy to manage.
When you have completed about two-thirds of the hike, you will come to a large plateau where you will see a pile of stones on the right-hand side of the trail. Follow the trail going straight uphill for the final 300-meter elevation gain to the top of the mountain.
When you reach the top of the steep hill, the obvious path disappears. Head northeast across the flat plateau until you reach Mosestinden which overlooks the fjord and valleys below. From this viewpoint, you can see Nusfjord below, the vast ocean out to the east and Stjernhauet to your left. The tall peaks behind you are Stjerntinden and Tønsåsheia.
To continue to Tønsåsheia, head to the highest point of the plateau. A narrow ridge will connect you to the peak. You can choose to walk on the south-side or on top of the ridge. There are a few different and secure trails to choose from but it is recommended to climb on the south-side of the ridge if it is windy.
After a few hundred meters, you will see a metal sign marking the top of Tønsåsheia located on the narrow peak. Be careful if it is windy for there is not a lot of room at the top. From the peak of Tønsåsheia, you are provided amazing views over Nusfjord to the east, Kjelfjorden and the rest of Flakstadøya to the west, and Stjerntinden to the north. Southwest of Tønsåsheia lies Moskenesøya, the island with the adventures to Munken, Bunes Beach, and Helvetestind.
There are public restrooms available in Nusfjord as well as a cafe, restaurant and a "landhandel", a historic country store.
Nusfjord Adventures also have exclusive fishing trips, kayak rentals, and guided hikes available for booking. Contact them at: +47 906 673 61 for more information about adventures they offer.
Where to stay
The Nusfjord Rorbuer are the adorable red fishing cabins in the heart of Nusfjord that are available to book.
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