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The Lofoten islands are filled with hiking trails for all abilities and ambitions. On any given trail you’ll encounter spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, coastline, and ocean.
The entire archipelago is lined with peaks worth climbing. Many are challenging and require a good level of fitness, but the casual hiker won’t be disappointed with plenty of compelling vistas just a short hike away. For a more relaxed adventure, the coastal trails and sandy beaches are well worth a visit.
As in most of Northern Norway, the best time to go hiking is in July, August, and September. 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 Norwegian national weather service provides detailed weather reports and forecasts for Lofoten in English.
From late-May until mid-July the midnight sun makes “night” hiking tempting, especially with the prospect of quieter trails and peaks. Many trails in Lofoten are not well marked, but have well-worn trails. Take care and watch your step, as there are many exposed trails and steep cliffs. Monitor the weather and be prepared for all conditions, as things can change quickly.
Note that the trail to Reinebringen is closed while important conservation work is completed in the area. Increased traffic in recent years has caused problems with erosion and stone steps are being built by sherpas to help the landscape cope. While people still hike the trail, it is dangerous and strongly discouraged. It is anticipated the trail will reopen in 2019. In the meantime, there is no shortage of peaks to tackle for stunning panoramas and that top-of-the-world feeling.