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The entire Lofoten archipelago is filled with peaks worth climbing. Choosing just a handful can feel a bit challenging, so we have some tips and suggestions for picking the right hikes for you.
The good news is that 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.
Start in Svolvær for Djevelporten and Fløya. Then head towards Henningsvær for the hike to Festvågtind. If you have some extra time, hike Glomtinden and on your way through Gimsøya island, trek up its lone peak, Hoven.
Near Leknes, hike Himmeltinden, Vestvågøya Island’s highest peak. Visit Haukland and Utakleiv beaches. With more time, consider Justadtinden. Moving west to Flakstadøya Island, pop in to Nusfjord. Then hike Ryten and visit Kvalvika Beach.
On Moskenes Island, take the ferry across the Reinefjord and hike to Bunes Beach. Trek up to Helvetestind for a bird’s eye view if you have the energy. With an extra day (or two) hike Munken and visit the Munkebu cabin.
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.
The trail up famous Reinebringen is currently 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.