The Seven Sisters Vandring
The highlight of hiking in Helgeland
- Destinasjon: Helgeland
- Sesong: mai-september
- Vanskelighetsgrad: Krevende
- Lengde: 24.7 kilometer (A til B)
- Stigning: 2,890 meter
- Varighet: 12-20 timer
Om The Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters are a set of seven majestic mountains that are located so close together that they can all be climbed in one day. This impressive mountain range was formed more than 20,000 years ago from glaciers.
From the summits, you'll have a spectacular view of the Helgeland Coast and archipelago. If the weather is clear, you can even see as far as the Lofoten mountains.
Climbing all seven summits in one day is a long hike. It’s not extremely challenging, but it requires grit and endurance to make it through such a long journey. However, there are also individually marked trails to each of the peaks, if you don’t want to take all seven of them in one go.
You can begin the hike either from the north or south. It is a good idea to start in the south, as this is where the most challenging parts of the trail are. If you can, leave one car at the north end.
Starting in the south
From Sandnessjøen, drive south along on Road 809, before transitioning to Road 17 (Søvikveien) at the roundabout. Continue driving on Road 17 for approximately 14 kilometers.
About 150 meters after the intersection of Road 17 and Road 828, turn left onto the unnamed road. Parking in the free parking lot at the end of the road.
Starting in the north
From Sandnessjøen, drive south along Road 809, before transitioning to Road 17 (Søvikveien) at the roundabout. After approximately 3 kilometers, turn left onto Road 138. Having driven approximately 6 kilometers, turn left at the signpost. The parking lot will be on your right.
If you prefer climbing other peaks than the northernmost Botnkrona first, continue on Road 138, and follow the signposts accordingly.
This trail description begins from the south.
1. Breitind/Stortind, 910 m.a.s.l.
Breitind (also known as Stortind) is the southernmost of the Seven Sisters. From the parking lot, follow the signposted dirt road that goes down towards the river. Upon crossing the bridge, the markings will guide you to the right. The trail leads you towards the ridge of the mountain, avoiding the cultivated areas, before reaching a gate. Make sure to close the gate as you pass through.
The trail up to the peak follows the ridges. You’ll see towards the peak of Breitinden on your left. Walk in the direction of the transmission towers on top of the shoulder ahead. This is the easiest part of the ascent. When you reach the transmission towers, you’re approximately 400 meters above sea level.
Continuing towards the peak, the trail is relatively steep. It’s important to follow the markings, as it’s easy to get stuck, especially on the right side of the trail. At about 700 meters above sea level, the terrain becomes rocky. You may have to scramble in certain areas.
The trail then evens out. Continue for about 75 meters northeast before you reach the summit. Follow the trail northeast towards the next peak, Kvasstinden.
2. Kvasstinden, 1,010 m.a.s.l.
Follow the markings down the north faced slope towards Kvasstind. There may be snow even in the summer, making the markings difficult to spot. Keep to the right down the mountainside. If it’s dry, watch out for minor landslides. If it’s wet, the rocks may be slippery, so watch your step.
Further down the mountainside, the markings are easier to find. You’ll end up by the lakes situated between the peaks. You’re now at an elevation of 460 meters.
The trail towards Kvasstinden is well marked and located on the opposite side of where you came down. Follow the markings to the top. The trail will turn to the right and up to the peak. Watch out for wet areas at the top. Kvasstinden is very steep peak (“Kvass” means sharp) and can be a challenging peak for people dealing with a fear of heights.
3. & 4. Tvillingan (The Twins), 945 and 980 m.a.s.l.
Upon summiting Kvasstinden, you have to climb down the same way as you came. You’re now back at about 500 meters above sea level. The trail towards Tvillingan is well marked. As the name suggests, Tvillingan (“the Twins”) consists of two peaks, the southern and the northern.
Hike inwards to the left until you pass the lakes. Follow the ridge eastwards until you’re at an elevation of about 700 meters. The trail flattens out a little before you reach a glacier, which you hike along. Snow can make it challenging to spot the markings. Continue until you’ve almost reached the peak and you’ll see the markings on your right.
The trail continues in easy terrain at about 700-800 meters above sea level. There’s a fantastic view of the islands Tjøtta and Mindland. You’re now approaching the southern of the Tvillingan peaks. You ascend the top by rounding it on the north side. Snow may lie in this gorge even past midsummer, covering the markings. Follow the trail along the glacier until you reach the end. Head left in the direction of Litlmarkholten (890 m.a.s.l).
When you’ve rounded Litlmarkholten on your left, you’ll see the southern Tvilling peak. Because of shifting conditions of snow, ice, and water, markings may be lacking in the hollow you’ve now reached. It’s important to take the conditions into consideration when deciding which route to take further. If it’s a lot of hard snow, you can climb straight up until you’re in the middle of Tvillingan. Here you’ll re-find the markings. If it’s wet, keep to the right.
From here, the trail to the southern Tvilling peak is easy to follow. The northern peak, however, is more challenging to climb. The marked trail ends at a peak that’s about 12-13 meter lower than the main peak. Watch your step if deciding to climb all the way up to the top. This final part is not suited for children. Descend on the western side, so that you’ll end up below the gorge that separates the northernmost tops. Look for the trail that goes to the left of the stone lying across the gorge.
5. Skjæringen, 1,037 m.a.s.l.
Skjæringen is the second highest mountain of Seven Sisters. It’s an easy ascent to the shoulder between Tvillingan and Skjæringen. Although Skjæringen is rather steep, the trail to the top is relatively easy to follow. You'll be climbing the peak along the southern ridge. There’s also a trail going up from sea level to the peak along the eastern ridge.
When descending, turn left at the sign and continue towards the next mountain, Grytfoten.
6. Grytfoten, 1,019 m.a.s.l.
On your way to Grytfoten, you’ll cross a section that can be slippery. The trail continues over a section that’s located some 830 meters above sea level. It’s a steep hike along the southwestern ridge. However, it doesn’t require any scrambling. Here too, markings can be difficult to spot because of the snow.
7. Botnkrona, 1,072 m.a.s.l.
Continue on the trail towards the final and highest mountain of the trip, Botnkrona. This trail is relatively easy to follow. Round Botnkrona on the eastern side and hike up from the northern side.
The last 100 meters to the peak can be tough and requires scrambling. From the top, you can see nearly the entire Helgeland Coast.
The trail down to the parking lot in the north takes about 2-3 hours.
This is a demanding hike. It’s very important to be well prepared both physically and mentally
There are lots of rocks along this trail, especially towards the peaks, so be particularly careful in wet conditions
Anyone who climbs all seven peaks of the Seven Sisters can request a diploma from Sandnessjøen and Omegn Turistforening
Offersøy Camping offers 10 cabins and lots of space for RVs. You can also rent bikes and boats.
Sandnessjøen Camping is only 10 kilometers from Sandnessjøen, and it has incredible views of the Seven Sisters. Accommodation options include cabins and scenic spots to pitch a tent or park your RV.
Scandic Seven Sisters, is a chain hotel and it is located only 60 meters from the Hurtigruten ferry terminal.
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