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Norwegian Scenic Route Lofoten: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints

One of Norway’s most popular destinations, the Lofoten Islands feature outdoor experiences across jagged mountains, white sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters. Norwegian Scenic Route Lofoten leads through the highlights of this breathtaking archipelago and this guide features 10 of the best adventures along the way.

The 230 kilometer scenic route begins in Å at the western end of Moskenesøya Island and travels over a total of six islands along road E10. The route finishes at Raftsundet on Hinnøya Island. There are several recommended short detours to coastal settlements including Nusfjord, Vikten, Uttakleiv, Unstad, Eggum, and Henningsvær.

The route can easily be connected with other scenic routes for a longer road trip. To the south, Helgelandskysten finishes near Bodø where a ferry departs to Lofoten. To the north, it’s easy to reach Andøya and from there, Senja.

Ferries

There are several car ferries that connect to destinations around the Lofoten Islands. These can save considerable time compared to driving from the mainland.

From Bodø, there is a daily ferry service to Moskenes, near the western end of the scenic route. The journey takes just over 3 hours. It costs 100 kroner extra to book a place in advance. 60% of capacity is kept available if you just want to show up. Note that ferries are cancelled in bad weather. Check departure times on Entur (Bodø ferjekai, Bodø to Moskenes ferjekai, Moskenes).

Further north along the coast there are ferries to Svolvær and Lødingen. Svolvær can be reached from Skutvik in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check departure times on Entur (Skutvik ferjekai, Hamarøy to Svolvær ferjekai, Vågan).

The ferry from Bognes to Lødingen takes 1 hour. Check departure times on Entur (Bognes ferjekai, Tysfjord to Lødingen ferjekai, Lødingen).

To the north there is a 30 minute ferry from Fiskebøl to Melbu on Hadseløya Island. Check departure times on Entur (Fiskebøl ferjekai, Hadsel to Melbu ferjekai, Hadsel).

Tips

  • The roads can be narrow and windy. During the summer, the roads get busy with large buses and campervans. For visits in the wintertime you should have experience driving on icy roads.
  • It’s possible to experience a large part of the scenic route by bus. The Lofotenekspressen bus line runs the length of the islands from Å to Narvik along route E10. Learn more about traveling by public transport on Lofoten.
  • Many of the beaches are popular camping spots, with grassy areas to pitch tents. Alternatively, the classic fisherman cabins known as “rorbuer” are a popular choice.
  • Kayaking, fishing trips, and other water-based activities are available around the islands and offer a different perspective of the mountainous landscape.

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Å to Raftsundet

Munken

Lofoten

Hiking Trail
Demanding
12.2 km · 6 – 8 hr

Munken

The hike to Munken takes you straight into the heart of the Lofoten mountains. From the top you’ll find a 360 degree panoramic view.

To turn the trip into an overnight stay, consider a night at the Munkebu cabin. Accessing the self-service cabin requires a Norwegian Trekking Association membership.

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Bunes Beach

Lofoten

Hiking Trail
Easy
5.4 km · 2 – 3 hr

Bunes Beach

A visit to Bunes Beach is suitable for everyone. Take the ferry from Reine to Vindstad and enjoy the easy walk to the beach.

Keep track of how long the walk takes. That way you will know how much time to leave for the return journey to ensure you catch the ferry back to Reine.

For longer stays, the grassy area at the back of the beach is a popular spot to camp.

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Nubben

Lofoten

Hiking Trail
Easy
1 km · 1 – 2 hr

Nubben

Nubben is one of the easier peaks on Lofoten and offers views of Ramberg and surrounds. The short trail is somewhat steep, but is well-trodden and not too difficult.

Afterwards, make sure to take a stroll on Ramberg Beach.

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Nusfjord to Nesland

Lofoten

Hiking Trail
Medium
7.9 km · 3.5 – 5.5 hr

Nusfjord to Nesland

The short 6 kilometer detour to Nusfjord takes you to one of Norway’s best preserved fishing villages. Consider spending the night in one of the restored “rorbuer” standing over the water.

The scenic trail from Nusfjord to Nesland runs south along the coast. The two settlements are historic fishing villages and the trail has connected them for centuries. 

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Mannen

Lofoten

Hiking Trail
Medium
3.9 km · 1 – 2 hr

Mannen

Mannen rises up above three of Lofoten’s prettiest beaches. From the top you can admire Haukland and Vik to the south, while Uttakleiv sits to the north.

The hike to the 400 meter peak is suitable for most people, but you’ll need to watch your step as you make your way across the somewhat narrow ridge.

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Uttakleiv Beach

Lofoten

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Uttakleiv Beach

Arguably the most photographed beach in Lofoten, and possibly Norway, Uttakleiv Beach sits at the end of a 10 kilometer detour from the E10.

The beach is a popular spot for observing both the midnight sun and the northern lights. A large grassy area, combined with some basic facilities, make it an attractive camping spot.

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Unstad to Eggum

Lofoten

Hiking Trail
Medium
13.3 km · 4 – 6 hr

Unstad to Eggum

Unstad and Eggum lie on the northern coast of Vestvågøy Island. The beach at Unstad happens to be one of Norway’s best surf spots. 

Connecting Unstad with the fishing village of Eggum is a quiet coastal trail through green meadows and alongside steep mountains.

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Festvågtind

Lofoten

Hiking Trail
Medium
2.9 km · 2.5 – 3 hr

Festvågtind

Festvågtind, on Austvågøy Island, is one of Lofoten’s most popular hikes. The trailhead is just a couple of kilometers out of Henningsvær, with several parking options along the road. The peak rises from the coast for a bird’s-eye view of Henningsvær.

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Glomtinden

Lofoten

Hiking Trail
Medium
5.6 km · 2 – 4 hr

Glomtinden

An easy summit by Lofoten standards, the trail up to Glomtinden is a gradual ascent with views towards Svolvær and the impressive Vågakallen mountain.

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Djevelporten and Fløya

Lofoten

Hiking Trail
Medium
3.4 km · 3 – 4 hr

Djevelporten and Fløya

Just outside of Svolvær is a small network of trails leading to some local landmarks. Djevelporten, “the devil’s gate”, is a rock wedged between two hillsides. Nearby is the peak of Fløya with views over Svolvær.

The hike also heads past Svolværgeita, an oddly-shaped rock formation that is popular to climb. 

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