Female traveler posing on a rock on Ryten mountain, looking over Kvalvika Beach in Lofoten, Norway

View of Kvalvika Beach from Ryten. Photo: evenfh / Shutterstock

The 28 Best Hikes in Lofoten

The entire Lofoten archipelago is filled with peaks worth climbing. Under these peaks lie white sandy beaches and costal trails that offer a more relaxed but no less scenic adventure.

Festvågtind

Medium
2.9 km · 2.5 – 3 hr

Kvalvika Beach

Medium
7.2 km · 2 – 4 hr

Djevelporten and Fløya

Medium
3.4 km · 3 – 4 hr

Helvetestind

Demanding
8.4 km · 3 – 4 hr

Mannen

Medium
3.9 km · 1 – 2 hr

Ryten

Medium
7.9 km · 2.5 – 4 hr

Bunes Beach

Easy
5.4 km · 2 – 3 hr

Reinebringen

Demanding
1.4 km · 2 – 3 hr

Tjeldbergtind

Medium
3.8 km · 2 – 3 hr

Volandstind

Medium
4.5 km · 2 – 3 hr

Munken

Demanding
12.2 km · 6 – 8 hr

Offersøykammen

Medium
2.7 km · 1 – 2 hr

Nubben

Easy
1 km · 1 – 2 hr

Himmeltinden

Medium
7.6 km · 4 – 6 hr

Flakstadtind

Demanding
2.5 km · 2 – 3.5 hr

Horseid Beach

Easy
8.5 km · 3.5 – 5 hr

Holandsmælen

Medium
4.2 km · 1 – 2.5 hr

Stornappstinden

Medium
4.3 km · 2 – 4 hr

Justadtinden

Medium
11.7 km · 4 – 6 hr

Glomtinden

Medium
5.6 km · 2 – 4 hr

Nusfjord to Mellavatnet

Easy
1.3 km · 0.5 – 1 hr

Hoven

Medium
3.5 km · 1.5 – 3 hr

Unstad to Eggum

Medium
13.3 km · 4 – 6 hr

Nusfjord Lighthouse

Easy
2.2 km · 0.5 – 1 hr

Nusfjord to Nesland

Medium
7.9 km · 3.5 – 5.5 hr

Hellostinden

Medium
7.5 km · 4 – 5 hr

Tønsåsheia

Demanding
7.2 km · 3 – 6 hr

Vågakallen

Expert
7.6 km · 5.5 – 6.5 hr

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Hiking in Lofoten

Travelers flock to Lofoten to take in the dramatic scenery and hike the trails. The most popular hike is arguably Reinebringen, and its trail has been recently upgraded with stone steps. It’s popularity though, has resulted in parking chaos, queues up the mountainside, and some dangerous situations.

To have a pleasant experience, try and hike early in the morning or later in the day. Even better, choose a different hike for a quieter trail and more unique experience. There are no bad views in Lofoten and any hike or viewpoint will make a mighty impression.

Terrain and difficulty

Since Lofoten is packed with mountains lined up along the sea, most of the popular hiking trails are to summits. That means tackling a lot of ups and downs on dirt and stone trails.

In addition to the total distance, check the elevation gain on a trail to get a good understanding of how tough it is. Some trails have exposure (steep drops) and there are no safety railings.

There are also routes for casual hikers and families. An easier summit is Nubben, by Ramberg Beach. The coastal trails and sandy beaches are also good options. See Bunes Beach, Nusfjord to Nesland, or some of the other trails around Nusfjord.

Woman hiking Mannen, Lofoten

Hiking Mannen above Haukland Beach. Photo: evenfh / Shutterstock

Suggested itineraries

If you plan on exploring the length of Lofoten, allocate at least four days. If you’re not traveling further in Northern Norway, such as to Senja or Tromsø, try to spend at least a week in Lofoten.

With an express boat connection from Bodø, Svolvær is a great starting point. From there, you can work your way through the islands and finish in Reine. From there, nearby Moskenes has a ferry connection back to Bodø making it an easy round trip.

For a shorter stay in Lofoten, consider using Reine as a base. Reine is on Moskensøya Island at the western end of Lofoten and has good facilities available, including popular rorbuer accommodation.

Most importantly, it provides easy access to hikes like Bunes Beach, Helvetestind and Munken. It’s just a short drive to Flakstadøya Island for more hikes and historic village of Nusfjord.

Woman hiker looking down towards Fredvang, Lofoten

Looking towards Fredvang. Photo: evenfh / Shutterstock

When to go

As in most of Northern Norway, the best time to go hiking in Lofoten is in July, August, and September. In these months, the trails will be clear of snow and the days are long. The average high temperature in this period is between 10 and 15°C, but high temperatures over 20°C do occur in July and August.

If you’re happy to stick to lower ground (and avoid the crowds) good hiking can be had from May. There are no hard and fast rules though and the true beginning and end of the seasons varies depending on snowfalls and general weather conditions.

The midnight sun arrives in Lofoten in late May and stays until mid-July. Very long days last into August meaning “night” hiking under the glow of the low-hanging sun is a fun option.

The white sandy beaches of Lofoten are without a doubt one of the scenic highlights. Swimming in the water though, is only for the brave. In July and August, the water temperature at Unstad Beach, a popular surfing spot, averages just 12°C.

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