REINEBRINGEN HIKING GUIDE
July 2019: Reinebringen trail construction finished for 2019 – the mountain is now open.
At a modest 448 meters high, Reinebringen is far from one of the highest peaks on the Lofoten islands. Yet this is more than made up for by the iconic view from the summit. The view, combined with the easy access from Reine and a constant flow of images on social media means that Reinebringen is one of the most popular hikes on Lofoten, with hundreds of people making the ascent each day during the summer season.
In 2016 construction on a stone stairway on the mountain was started due to the increased erosion and danger of rockfall from the high amount of visitation. As of July 2019 and a cost of 7 million Norwegian kroner, the Nepali Sherpa team as completed all but the final 50 meters at the top of the mountain. So now the route is little more than a 1560 step stone staircase. It is likely the steps will be completed when funding can be obtained.
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Drive towards Reine. At the corner of the E10 and the turnoff into Reine is a parking area. Alternatively, on the Å side of Ramsvikstunnelen is a larger parking area. Both of these will likely be full during summer. A third (and paid) parking option is in the outer harbor in Reine, follow the sign posted route.
The stairway begins on the west, Å, side of Ramsvikstunnelen. If walking from the Reine side, follow the old roadway along the outside of the tunnel. If walking from the Å side of the tunnel, take the pathway up towards the right before the entrance of the tunnel.
There is no longer much of a trail on Reinebringen. Simply follow the steps as they wind their way up the mountain.
After 1560 steps, they currently end at around 400 meters elevation. Leaving you with another 50 meters of ascent on the old trail. Fortunately, this is now above most of the previously dangerous steep areas full of loose rocks. Try to remain to the trail to avoid further erosion.
To reach the end of the ridge at the right, it a steep, muddy path just before reaching the summit. If it has been raining recently, then this will be slippery! Alternatively, once reaching the ridge, you can scramble over the slightly exported rocks on the right.
A word of caution: The new pathway passes below a series of steep rock slabs higher up the mountain. In winter this means the route is in an area of extreme avalanche risk – I have personally seen the steps completely covered in avalanche debris on several occasions. So do not be lured into a sense of complacency that this is now a ‘safe’ hike year round. Read my WINTER HIKING guide for more information about what to be prepared for.
There are several places along the ridge where a tent can be pitched. All are completely exposed, so be aware of conditions and any incoming weather. No water is available near the top, so be sure to bring enough.
In summer, it is likely that multiple parties will attempt to camp on the mountain each night, so do not be surprised to find all suitable camping locations already occupied.