Bleikmorenen Nature Reserve Hiking Trail
Explore the oldest moraines in Norway
- Destination: Vesterålen
- Season: April-October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 4.6 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 130 meters
- Duration: 1.5-2 hours
About Bleikmorenen Nature Reserve
Bleikmorenen Nature Reserve attracts both geologists and nature lovers. Situated right beside Bleik village and its beautiful beach on Andøya Island, the reserve is an easy and interesting place to explore.
The trail through the reserve is a pleasant walk on even terrain. The reserve is made up of small lakes and grassy fields that are surrounded by the moraines.
Moraines are created by a moving glacier leaving behind rock and soil. These deposits build up over time and form mounds of various sizes. The process can last for thousands of years and this is why moraines are often very old.
The highest moraines in the reserve reach up to 40 metres in height. The moraines along the shore of Bleiksvatnet Lake are smaller and reach about 10 metres. The northern border of the reserve that runs along the coast features a 2.5 kilometer-long moraine averaging between 15 and 25 meters high.
The area around the lakes is often damp, so wear waterproof shoes.
Bleikmorenen Nature Reserve is by the village of Bleik, located along Road 976 and part of Norwegian Scenic Route Andøya. Bleik is a 6 kilometer drive south of Andenes.
From Bleik, follow Laksebakkveien south out of the village. There is a free parking lot on the right-hand side, just before the lake.
You can also access the reserve from the beach.
Follow the trail to the left of a small building. After a 20-meter walk, the trail splits. Continue straight ahead.
Use Bleiksøya Island ahead as a guiding point and walk past the small lakes on the way towards the beach.
Walk around Holmevatnet Lake and follow the shoreline southeast towards the mountains. Cut south through the reserve towards the large Storvatnet Lake (also known as Bleiksvatnet).
Turn left upon reaching the lake and follow the trail back to the starting point.
- It is best to bring water than to drink from the lakes in the reserve.
- All vegetation (including seaweed and kelp) is protected.
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
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