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HIKING IN LOFOTEN ISLANDS: BETWEEN SEA AND MOUNTAINS

HIKING IN LOFOTEN ISLANDS: BETWEEN SEA AND MOUNTAINS

Lofoten islands are an archipelago in northern Norway, north of the Arctic Circle. With its dramatic scenery of mountains, lakes, virgin beaches, it’s a paradise for hikers and nature lovers.
Here a few of my favourite hikes there.

1. REINEBRINGEN

Departure from Reine
Level: easy
Time: 2h return
Positive elevation gain: 448m

The path is easy to find. Walking from Reine to Å, you take the walkway on your left, before Ramsvikstunnelen tunnel. A few meters further you’ll see the way on the right, which is signposted. The path is quite steep all the way, no shadow so bring enough water and be careful not to sliper on the small gravel and stones.
The views at the top are magnificent and you’ll have the best pictures in the afternoon, when the sun is behind!

Vistas del Reinebringen
View from Reinebringen
Camino al Reinebrigen
Path to the top of Reinebrigen

2. HORSEID BEACH

Departure fromthe village of Kjerkfjorden (take a ferry from Reine)
Level: easy
Time: 3h return
Positive elevation gain: 180m

In Lofoten you can also find beautiful and quiet beaches with white sand and clear turquoise water! To go to the beaches of Bunes or Horseid, you have to take a ferry from Reine. I choose to go to Horseid. It’s a 30 minute ferry ride via Vinstad to Kjerkfjorden, where the path starts. Bunes is also beautiful but maybe there’s more people as the walk is shorter to get there.
From the ferry jetty in Kjerkfjorden, you go right and passed the small river on the left. You start going up a bit and you see the houses every time smaller Once you’re at the top of the small hill, you see the beach on the other side.
The water is green and clear, and I’m alone on the beach. I can’t resist to put the feet in the water but not for long.. it’s freezing!

Kjerkfjorden
Kjerkfjorden
Kjerkfjorden
Kjerkfjorden
Playa de Horseid
Horseid beach
Playa de Horseid
Horseid beach

3. KVALVIKA BEACH

Departure from the road between Fredváng and Krystad
Level: easy
Time: 2h return
Positive elevation gain: 180m

The path is signposted on the road south of Fredváng. Today, it’s very foggy and it’s almost 11pm!!! Thanks to the midnight sun, it’s still clear enough to hike and I decided to sleep on Kvalvika beach tonight. The path is going up a little bit and as I’m arriving at the top of the hill, I leave the clouds behind! It’s beautiful: on one side, a sea of clouds, and on the other side, I can see the beach with the sunset! From here, the path is going down a bit steeper until I arrive at the beach. I can watch the sunset, but actually the sun is not setting as it’s going up again! It’s almost 2am when I decide to put my sleeping bag with views at the beach, it’s stilldaylight and I barely sleep as it’s hard to close the eyes in front of this beautiful landscape!

Dejando las nubes detrás
above the clouds
Sol de medianoche en las islas Lofoten - Llegando a la playa de Kvalvika
Midnight sun, arriving at Kvalvika beach
Sol de medianoche en las islas Lofoten
Kvalvika beach midnight sun
Lista para dormir, son las 2h de la mañana
ready to sleep, it’s still clear at 2am!
Playa de Kvalvika
Kvalvika beach at daytime

4. MOUNT RYTEN

Departure from Kvalvika beach (see n.3 above)
Level: easy
Time: 2h return
Positive elevation gain: 543m

From Kvalvika beach, you go up on the right side of the beach, it’s easy to find and to follow until the top. Half way, you find a lake and a red sign on a rock as the path is going up. If you go straight, there’s a nice view on Yttersand village and beach below in the distance.
At the top, there’s a beautiful view of Kvalvika beach surrounded by the mountains and behind, the fjords.

Playa de Kvalvika
Kvalvika beach
Ovejas en el monte Ryten
Sheeps in Mount Ryten
Vistas del monte Ryten
Views from Mount Ryten
Vistas del monte Ryten
Views from Mount Ryten
Pueblo y playa de Yttersand
Village and beach of Yttersand

5. MUNKEBU HUT AND HERMANNSDALSTINDEN

Departure from the village of Sørvågen
Or from Forsfjord (take the ferry from Reine) to hike to the top of Hermannsdalstinden directly without going to Munkebu hut, shorter but steeper.
Level: medium/high
Time: between 11h and 12h30 return, to Munkebu Hut only: 5 to 6h return
Positive elevation gain: 1029m (410m to Munkebu hut)

This hike is longer, you can camp in between in the wild or in the huts (they are closed, ask for the key in Sørvågen) or if you don’t want to go at the top of Hermannsdalstinden, you can go back from Munkebu hut, where you already have good views and beautiful landscape.
The path is going northeast from Sørvågvatnet, the lake of the village of Sørvågen. Quickly you arrive to another lake, Stuvdalsvatnet, you just have to follow te shore. Then, the path is going up until you’ll reach two lakes. The views here on the lakes we left behind are very nice. A bit further you arrive at Munkebu huts, surrounded by mountains and lakes.

mapa - de Sorvagen a Hermannsdalstinden
map – Sørvågen to Hermannsdalstinden
Lago Stuvdalsvatet
Lake of Stuvdalsvatet
Subiendo - Vistas a los lagos
views of the lakes going up
Llegando a Munkebu Hut
close to Munkebu Hut
Llegando a Munkebu Hut
Munkebu Hut

Once in Munkebu huts, I’m going in between the two lakes and behind the huts. The paths is going to another lake, Krokvatnet, and on the left to the top of Hermannsdalstinden. It starts to be steeper and harder, with some ropes to help. It’s a bit slippery and very steep in some parts. I don’t dare to go further, I’m almost at the top, but I’m afraid to fall or slipper when there’s no rope and nobody around!
I enjoy the view from where I am and decide to hike back.

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Subiendo al Hermannsdalstinden
Hermannsdalstinden
Subiendo al Hermannsdalstinden
Hermannsdalstinden

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