Hiking in the Lofoten Islands

As soon as we arrived with the ferry in Moskenes we set off towards the village of “Å” in our rental car. It wasn’t more than a fifteen minute drive until we arrived at what was quite a small village, which could be seen in just a few minutes walking around. Driving up through the islands we soon realized that all of Lofoten was all villages (like Reine from the picture above) laying in beautiful mountain landscapes.

Lofoten was also a great place for hiking and camping. If you are a serious hiker you could do 3 or 4 hikes a day easily as there are so many hilltops and viewpoints close to each other. We did two a day, the first one being probably the most famous to “Mannen” (the Man) which was just over half an hour each way up to 400 meters altitude where we got a good view of Haukland Beach, known for its good surfing conditions.

Second up was the Devils Bridge which was a much longer and tougher hike, taking close to two hours each way. The path went past the famous Svolvær Goats to a rock that was wedged between two mountains.

From the top we could from the top was nice, but not as nice as the hike in Kvalvika where we got a view of Ryten Beach. We were at 68 degrees North looking down at a crystal white beach with turquise clear water – just as if we were in the Carrribean!

Last stop on our trip was the Lofotr viking museum in Bøstad which was a huge, interactive, open air museum where we got to row a viking ship, try on viking outfits and watch the guides pretending to live their “everyday viking life” and telling us facts and stories from this place which had the largest house ever found from the Viking era.