Hiking-Lofoten was founded three years ago and was born out of the fascination a handful of hikers had for the Lofoten Islands. The keen interest caused by the site has exceeded our expectations by far and encouraged us in our work as volunteers and internet novices.
The site was originally based around ten or so hikes but now offers almost seventy and that number will be increased by a further thirty by the end of summer 2016!
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Since Rando-Lofoten was founded, a certain number of visitors have told us they would be interested in a trekking itinerary that crosses the archipelago from one end to the other. Crossing a region from north to south or east to west often enables travellers to set themselves a goal when faced with the unknown. But over and above the physical or psychological challenge we believe it is important to remember that hiking is above all about discovery and enjoyment.
In drawing up the following itinerary we gave ourselves the following goals:
Lastly, this itinerary is not the only possible one. Many of the hikes on the Rando-Lofoten site do not lie directly on the route of this crossing but are easily accessible if you branch off, provided you have the time and inclination.
The duration/distance of the stages we propose here is only a suggestion based on a reasonable level of fitness and decent weather, but it may be adapted to your own criteria. If you decide to camp you can pitch your tent virtually anywhere on the islands, provided of course that you comply with the regulations in force. Although water supplies are to be found everywhere at all stages, you will find relatively few food stores on the route. We have made a note of all the food supply points on this itinerary (shops, restaurants, petrol stations) that existed in 2014. To avoid disappointment, once you get there you should, however, check the opening times of these supply points when you leave each stage for the next...
|Trekking in the Lofoten from north to south in 11 days
Detailed description of the "the great crossing of the Lofoten Islands"
(160 km distance and 9,193 m uphill)
Every summer many climbers tackle the climb up Reinebringen on the island of Moskenesøya in the Lofoten archipelago. Many users of this site have asked us why we don’t mention this itinerary in the “Hikes” section. Here is our answer.
First of all, we do not consider the climb to the Reinebringen pass to be a hike a such. It is a very steep climb for roughly 1km leading to a small pass with a breathtaking view over the village and fjord of Reine.
Even though we don’t ignore such beautiful viewpoints and don’t baulk at climbing steep slopes to reach them, we don’t think this climb is worth the effort for the following reasons:
First of all, there are mountains nearby that have panoramic views that are just as impressive not only from the top but throughout the climb. In our opinion the Helvete hike to the top of Veinestinden is much more interesting than the Reinebringen hike! The same is true of Brunakseltinden or Munkan, for example.
The terrain to reach Reinebrigen is getting more and more dangerous. Each year the “track” deteriorates due to the large number of people hiking in an environment that is totally unsuitable. As a result the terrain, which is extremely steep, has become crumbly and ravines have formed. In many places only a few steeply sloping slabs remain that are very dangerous when the ground is wet. On this particularly steep track that is very demanding in places, some “hikers” have created new parallel tracks wherever they consider the previous track too worn out! The mountain side, which has been completely churned up by hikers, is gradually becoming a series of furrows that will encourage landslides and falling rocks. There are rumours that the Moskenes town council intend to develop the path, but so far nothing has been done.
While we are on the subject, we would like to remind you, and this applies to all hikes in the Lofoten islands, that in order to minimise the impact of hiking in this wilderness you must stick to any tracks that exist.
It is for these reasons, even though we fully understand the pride the locals must feel when they direct summer tourists to the viewpoint, that we do not consider this hike to be vital. For those who nevertheless feel they would like to tackle this climb, the GPX route is available on our website.
The Rando-Lofoten team
Stéphane Martineau, botanist and Moutain Leader, has contributed in various hiking, "nature" and Pyrenean fauna books. He is also the author of several publications on wild edible plants. His work has led him to hike through the Lofoten every summer since 2011. Through this article, fruit of his observations you will get the keys to understand this amazing mixture of alpine and marine vegetation, specific to the Lofoten Islands.
Lofoten Islands maps, scale 1:50 000 (UMT33) download them for free on hiking-lofoten!Maps from the Norwegian National Institute of Cartography (Kartverket) are available in high definition (Tiff) on a set of ten maps. Essential to prepare your hikes in the Lofoten Islands...
Summit of Ulvstinden – Moskenesøya – lofoten Islands
Norwegian hikers enjoying their victory after climbing Ulvstinden, one of the most difficult summit of Moskenesøya island (south of the Lofoten archipelago)
The Lofoten archipelago from North to South in 9 days
Here then is an initial description of the route and my immediate overall impressions. Without saying any more before I give a complete account of the crossing, which will be uploaded shortly, I’d like to give anyone considering venturing in the Lofoten Islands a few essential items of information, in no particular order: the characteristics of the terrain and their impact, the unpredictable nature of the trails, vital requirements for such a crossing, a few tips and, of course, a few of the aspects that made the greatest impression on my journey...
Find the answers to your questions in our new Northern light article
Wind: 57.93 km/h
The shuttle boat MS Fjordskyss (http://www.reinefjorden.no), which links every day the village of Reine to the hamlets of Vindstad and Kjerkfjord, will not stop any longer at Forsfjorden this summer. Since it is not possible to reach Forsfjorden by the shuttle boat we will soon publish on that site the GPS Track of the walk from Vindstad to Forsfjord. Although there is not an official path it is possible to go from Vindstad to Forsfjord with good walking skills.
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Increasingly accurate maps!
The Day Walks section has been improved thanks to the work of Frank Ingermann and the fantastic vector map background of Norgeskart.no (Norwegian Mapping Authority - Karverket). Hiking-Lofoten offers hiking guides that are getting ever more accurate and professional. Come and find out about them!
Northern lights forecast
Discover aurora forecast for Lofoten islands, thanks to NOAA POES satelitte from the "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration"
Day Length in the Lofoten
The Lofoten archipelago is located above the Arctic Circle, the result of this situation is a period of permanent days in summer and at the opposite a period of permanent night in winter (polar night).
To organize properly your trips and expedition in this region, it is important to take this phenomenon into account due to the high latitude. Discover our Sunset/Sunrise calendar
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