Lofoten Beach Hikes

Bunes Beach

Location: Moskenesøya

Distance: 2.5 km

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1 hour

Kvalvika beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Kvalvika Beach

Location: Moskenesøya

Distance: 2 km

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1 hour

Horseid Beach

Location: Moskenesøya

Distance: 4.5 km

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 2+ hours

Map Of Lofoten Mountain Hikes

Værøy Mountain Hikes

Sitting far out to the west, across the fabled at turbulent waters of the Moskensstraumen, sits the small island of Værøy. With a highest point of 450 meters, this small island should not be underestimated, as it offers a wide variety of well established and scenic hikes. In fact, the hiking infrastructure on Værøy is much better developed than on the main Lofoten Islands. Though in turn, the relaxed nature of this small island feels like Lofoten was 20 or more years ago, before the era of over crowded social media and bucket list travel destinations.

Nordlandsnupen hiking guide, Vaeroy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Nordlandsnupen

Elevation: 450m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 1.5 hours

Håen, Vaeroy hiking guide

Håen

Elevation: 438m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1 hour

Hornet Hiking Guide, Vaeroy

Hornet

Elevation: 346m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 45 minutes

Måhornet, Vaeroy Hiking Guide

Måhornet

Elevation: 439m

Difficulty: Difficult

Time: 4 hours

Moskenesøy Mountain Hikes

With its steep mountain peaks rising directly from the sea, Moskenesøy is iconic Lofoten. The village or Reine is a main hub of summer hiking and tourism on Lofoten, and the start of Lofoten’s most famous hike and view, Reinebrinen (448m). The northern coast of the island is only accessible by foot and is home to Lofotodden national park. Here some of Lofoten’s most spectacular mountain scenery can be found, including Bunes, Horseid, and Kvalvika beaches, with Helvetestind, Branntuva, and Ryten mountain peaks rising above.

The highest peaks on the island, 1029 m Hermannsdalstind, is long and winding hike to one of Lofoten’s best views over endless peaks fading into the distance. The easy 45 minute hike to Kvalvika beach makes it one of the island’s most popular destinations for wild camping and to watch the midnight sun on a warm summer evening. And though many of Lofoten’s most popular hiking destinations can be found on Moskenesøy, there are still many trail-less hidden valleys and peaks for the more adventurous traveler looking to pick a route across to find themselves alone in the beautiful wild west of Lofoten.

Lofoten Hiking - Andstabben

Andstabben

Elevation: 514m

Difficulty: Moderate/Steep

Time: 2 hours

Tindstind

Elevation: 490m

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Time: 1.5 hours

Merraflestinden Hiking Guide

Merraflestind

Elevation: 537m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1.5 hours

Open air mountain bivy on rocky summit of Hermannsdalstinden, Moskenesoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Hermannsdalstinden

Elevation: 1029m

Difficulty: Hard/Steep

Time: 4-5 hours

Reinebringen

Elevation: 448m

Difficulty: Hard/Steep

Time: 1.5-2 hours

Hiking Munken Lofoten Islands Norway

Munken

Elevation: 775m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 3-4 hours

VIew across rugged mountain peaks from the summit of Branntuva (702m); Moskenesøy; Lofoten Islands; Norway

Branntuva

Elevation: 702m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 3-4 hours

Helvetestinden

Elevation: 602m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 1.5 – 2 hours

Sunset over Krakhammartind from Markan, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Markan 

Elevation: 600m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 3-4 hours

hiker enjoying view of Kvalvika beach from near summit of Ryten, Moskenesoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Ryten

Elevation: 543m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 2-3 hours

View over Yttersand beach, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Røren

Elevation: 295m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 45 minutes

Fuglhuken

Elevation: 557m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 2 hours

Flakstadøy Mountain Hikes

The tiny village of Nusfjord and the beaches and campgrounds at Ramberg and Skagsanden are perhaps Flakstadøy’s most popular areas in summer. Otherwise, much of the island is skipped over as it sits between the more popular Moskenesøy to the west and the larger town of Leknes to the east. Outside of the popular hikes like Volandstind and Stornappstind, many of Flakstadøy’s (often trail-less) mountain peaks receive only a handful of visitor each year.

The island offers a wide variety of scenic hikes, with the highest point, 934 meter Stjerntind, reached only with a bit of rock climbing, making it one of the most-difficult municipal high-points in Norway. A long coastal walk along the shores of Nappstraumen will lead you to Storbåthalleren cave, with 5000 year old history from Lofoten’s earliest inhabitants.The peaks of Hestræva and Nesheia are formed from a sandy, almost desert like landscape running down the eastern side of the island. If you are looking for an relatively easy hikes for an escape from the summer crowds, many of the hikes on Flakstadøy will be the answer.

Hiking Stornappstind, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Stornappstinden

Elevation: 740m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 2 Hours

Moltid Hiking Guide - Lofoten Islands

Moltind

Elevation: 696m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 2-3 Hours

Mountain landscapes from the summit of Hustind, Flakstadøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Hustinden

Elevation: 691m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 2 Hours

Volandstind mountain hiking guide - Lofoten Islands

Volandstind

Elevation: 457m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1-2 Hours

Blåfjellkammen Lofoten Hiking Guide

Blåfjellkammen

Elevation: 482m

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Time: 1.5 -2 Hours

Flakstadtind Hiking Guide - Lofoten Islands

Flakstadtind

Elevation: 484m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 1-2 Hours

Kollfjellet Mountain Hiking Guide

Kollfjellet

Elevation: 512m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 1.5-2 Hours

Blekktind Mountain Hiking Guide

Blekktind

Elevation: 622m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 2 Hours

Hestræva Lofoten Hiking Guide

Hestræva

Elevation: 485m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1.5-2 Hours

Nesheia hiking guide - Lofoten Islands Norway

Nesheia

Elevation: 434m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 2-3 Hours

Nubben

Elevation: 240m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 45 Minutes

Vestvågøy Mountain Hikes

Vestvågøy is located in the heart of Lofoten. With the airport at Leknes, it is a main transport hub into and out of the islands. A large valley of pastures and farmland dominates the central part of the island, while mountain ranges rise from the southern and northern areas of the island. With softer terrain than much of western Lofoten, many longer hikes can be found here, such as Justadtind or Smordalskammen, that feel more like a normal hiking trail than the ’straight up the side of a mountain’ trail typical of Lofoten. Though plenty of those hikes can be found on Vestvågøy as well, such as Veggen, Offersøykammen, or the high 900+m peaks of Himmeltindan.

Calm sheltered bays and white sand beaches will see both locals and tourists alike crowding the beaches of Haukland and Vik on a 20˚c summer day – though the water looks warmer than it is! Unstad beach, the surfing capital of Arctic Norway sees a younger crowd spending weeks in their camper vans, surfing, drying wetsuits on the rocks, sitting around evening campfires, or hiking up the surrounding easy peaks of Helligberget or Nonstind to catch the midnight sun.

Himmeltinden mountain peak viewed from across Nappstraumen, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Himmeltindan

Elevation: 964m / 931m

Difficulty: Hard

Time: 2-3 hours

Østhimmeltind Hiking Guide Lofoten Islands

Østhimmeltind

Elevation: 883m

Difficulty: Difficult

Time: 3-4 hours

Scenic view from summit of Justadtind over Vestfjord, Vestvagoy, Lofoten islands, Norway

Justadtinden

Elevation: 738m

Difficulty: moderate (long)

Time: 2-3 hours

Skottinden, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Skottinden

Elevation: 671m

Difficulty: Hard/Steep

Time: 1.5-2 hrs

Kleivheia mountain hiking guide

Kleivheia

Elevation: 652m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 2-3 hours

steinstinden lofoten islands mountain hiking

Steinstinden

Elevation: 509m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 2-3 hours

Veggen Hiking Guide - Lofoten Islands

Veggen

Elevation: 489m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 1-1.5 hours

Nonstind hiking guide Lofoten Islands

Nonstind

Elevation: 483m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 2 hours

Nonstind - Ballstadheia Lofoten Hiking Guide

Nonstind – Ballstadheia

Elevation: 459m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1-1.5 hours

Offersoykammen lofoten islands hiking

Offersøykammen

Elevation: 436m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1 hour

View of Vik and Haukland beaches from summit of Holandsmelen mountain peak, Vestvagoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Holandsmelen

Elevation: 434m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1 hour

Mannen, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Mannen

Elevation: 400m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1+ hour

Eltofttuva 361m - Lofoten Hiking Guide

Eltofttuva

Elevation: 361m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 45 minutes

Helligberget | Lofoten Hiking Guide

Helligberget

Elevation: 238m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 45 minutes

Haugheia | Lofoten Hiking Guide

Haugheia

Elevation: 145m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 45 minutes

Gimsøy Mountain Hikes

Gimsøy is the smallest of Lofoten’s E10 connected islands. A series of while sand beaches are spread across the flat northern side of the island, and home to the unique experience of midnight sun golfing. This isolated small peak of Hoven rises from the flatlands over the northwester corner of the islands, offering an easy hike with 360˚ views. More formidable mountains rise along the eastern side of the island, where more sheep than people can be found even in the height of summer.

Storknubben hiking guide - Lofoten Islands, Norway

Storknubben

Elevation: 601m

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Time: 1.5 hours

Autumn view from Hoven, Gimsøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Hoven

Elevation: 368m

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1 hour

Austvågøy Mountain Hikes

The harbor town of Svolvær is the self-proclaimed capital of Lofoten and here one can find the only real ‘city tourism’ on Lofoten: waterfront hotels, restaurants, cafes and pubs, boat tours, etc. With the airport just east of town, daily stops from the Hurtigruten coastal ferry and an express boat to Bodø, Svolvær is another of Lofoten’s main transport hubs. It is a hustling and bustling place in summer. Further west, Henningsvær is one of northern Norway’s biggest rock climbing destinations and the town itself has seen a rise in popularity among young Norwegians in the last years and now also offers a large selection of hotels, restaurants, and pubs. Fløya rising over Svolvær and Festvågtind rising over Henningsvær are both popular hikes with spectacular views.

Austvågøy overall offers a great variety of mountains and hikes, and it the home to Lofoten’s highest, and difficult to reach, peak, 1147 meter high Higravtindan. The landscape is more forested and sheltered than western Lofoten, though many routes can be found criss-crossing the rocky peaks of the central high mountain area. Rising from the sandy beaches on the northern side of the island is 787 meter Matmora, reached by perhaps the most spectacular ridge hike on Lofoten.

Matmora Hiking Guide Lofoten Islands

Matmora

Elevation: 788m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 3-4 Hours

Kroktind (707m) mountain peak reflects in small lake, Austvagoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Kroktinden

Elevation: 707m

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Time: 2 Hours

festvagtinden, lofoten islands, Norway

Festvågtind

Elevation: 541m

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 2 Hours

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