Challenge yourself with this handsome peak
- Destination: Lofoten
- Season: May–September
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 4.1 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 390 meters
- Duration: 1–1.5 hours
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Mannen overlooks three gorgeous beaches on Lofoten: Hauklandssanden, Uttakleiv, and all of Yttersia. Haukeland is the starting point of the trip and is known to have the whitest beach of all the islands.
Although the peak itself is rather small, 400 meters above sea level, Mannen provides some incredible views of not only the beaches but also the surrounding ocean and islands.
From E10 turn onto Leiteveien then turn right onto Vikveien before taking another right onto Uttakleivveien then continue onto Fv826. The destination will be on your left. The parking lot is fairly large.
The address Uttakleivveien 200, 8370 Leknes or the destination Haukland Beach can be typed into your GPS.
From the parking area, cross the street and follow the trail to the tunnel. The trip begins rather steep, but slowly flattens out and becomes easier further into the hike. Upon reaching the top of the hill, turn left, and continue hiking along the winding road that has many power lines. You will then hike along the backside of the peak.
The cliffs are especially steep near the top, and the grass often covers the path, so be very aware of your footing. The trail will flatten near the top, before the final rise to the summit.
- It's also nice to take a walk from Haukeland Beach to Uttakleiv Beach, which is less than 6 km.
- Haukeland has been named Norway's most beautiful beach while Uttakliev was named the most romantic beach in Norway.
- Free parking
- Public toilet
Where to stay
Pitching a tent on Mannen can be difficult. There are very few places where the land is flat enough. It is possible to camp somewhere between Haukland and Uttakleiv, although the area is frequented often.
The Right to Roam law enables you to camp anywhere for free as long as you follow some basic guidelines. Read more.