View over Yttersand beach, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Mountain Name: Røren – Location: Moskenesøy – Elevation: 295m – Difficulty: Easy – Time: 45 minutes

Røren / Ytresandheia is not so much a mountain peak, but rather a long flat ridge on the northernmost tip of Moskenesøy.  With only a small amount of elevation gain and a good trail, this short little hike provides fantastic views over the turquoise waters of Yttersand beach and across to the distant mountains of Flakstadøy.  If you are just looking for a relatively easy walk with some nice views, this is a good choice.

Getting There

From the E10 head in the direction of Fredvang. Crossing the twin bridges and onto Moskenesøy, continue straight past the left turn to Fredvang and continue along the road, past the ‘Frankenstein’ barn, and turn right towards Yttersand.  Park in the parking area at the end of the road.

The Trail

From the parking area, go past the gate and take small hiking trail on the left, which takes takes you back along the side of the mountain.  As you continue back along the hillside, slowly gaining elevation you will soon come to the entrance of a small valley with a lake. From here, the trail turns right and begins to wind its way up the gentle ridge ridge.

As you ascent to about 270 meters, the trail will begin to flatten out and you’ll have the first views over Yttersand beach and the surrounding landscape. You can continue along the ridge as it takes you over several small prominences before coming to an end on the northern tip of Moskenesøy.
From here, you can turn around and return the way you came, or continue down into the valley of Stokkvika and make a loop on your return journey.

Camping

There are numerous camping possibilities up on the ridge and plateau, so you have many options for finding a place with a nice view to sit and watch the midnight sun.  If the wind picks up, you can descend into the Stokkvika valley and find the abandoned settlement near the rocky beach.

Røren - Ytresandheia hiking guide

 

View over Yttersand beach, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Looking back towards Yttersand beach, Røren, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Hiker with over Yttersand beach, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Looking back towards Yttersand beach, Røren, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Hiker with view mountain view from Ytresandheia, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Hiker on ridge of Røren, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Hiker with view over sea from Ytresandheia, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: View across the sea, Røren, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway