Leknes to Hagskaret Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing from Leknes to the mountains

  • Mestringsfølelse etter motbakkene er ferdige

    Mestringsfølelse etter motbakkene er ferdige Photo: Stine & Jarlen

  • Husk å stoppe for å nyte utsikten

    Husk å stoppe for å nyte utsikten Photo: Stine & Jarlen

  • 30 minutter fra byen og havnivå føler du at du er på vei alene mot Nordpolen

    30 minutter fra byen og havnivå føler du at du er på vei alene mot Nordpolen Photo: Stine & Jarlen

Essential info

  • Destination: Lofoten
  • Season: December-April
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 9.4 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
  • Elevation Gain: 340 meters
  • Duration: 1.5-3 hours

About Leknes to Hagskaret

The cross-country skiing trail from Leknes and up to Hagskaret is a great option if you want to do some skiing in Lofoten. The trail takes you up 300 meters with great views from Hagskaret. 

The trail is 10 kilometers each way, but you can do a shorter one by just going to "Gapahuken", an open shelter after 2.5 kilometers. It is also possible to take the bus back to Leknes from Hagskaret.

Getting there

Park your car outside of Lofotenhallen by Leknes. From there follow the trail northeastwards. 

You can also start at Hagskaret and follow the trail up to Steinheia and down to Leknes. Head towards Stamsund from Leknes and after 4 kilometers you will find a small parking lot on the left side of the road just after crossing the cross-country skiing trail. 

Trail description

From Lofothallen follow the trails going northeastwards passing Himmelstein and Skullbruheia. After 2.5 kilometers you will pass an open shelter (Gapahuken) and the trails take you across the wetlands around Tuva. From here the trails go east and up the hills and down to the foot of Steinheia. Follow the trail going south along the mountain and down to Hagskaret. 


  • Check skisporet.no for updated information on the cross-country skiing trails 
  • For checking the timetables for buses in the area go to en-tur.no


Questions or comments? Let us know.

By Stine & Jarlen

Stine and Jarlen are exploring everything Lofoten has to offer with their beautiful dogs.

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