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troll enHiking-Lofoten was founded in 2012 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 neinety hikes and that number will be increased by a further twenty by the end of summer 2017!
Many of you have thanked us by email or in the forum, which fills us with joy, but we believe that hiking-lofoten could be even better with your contribution. Don’t worry, we’re not asking for money as the site will always be free. What we are hoping for, on the other hand, is concrete participation to improve the content and more generally, help the site develop.

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Finally a complete paper guidebook!

Hiking the Lofoten Islands

Hiking the LOFOTEN ISLANDS

  • 60 day hikes (including Værøya Islands)
  • 11 days Trek across the archipelago
  • 224 pages
  • 325 color illustrations
  • 89 maps

Price: 28€ (+ shipping)

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In addition to Amazon.co.uk, and Amazon.de you can now find our guidebook at the following bookstores in Norway :

In the Lofoten Islands

RØDSAND LIBRIS LEKNES
Storgata 8,

8370 Leknes - NORWAY
Tlf : +47 76 07 59 38
Available now !

RØDSAND LIBRIS SVOLVÆR
Vestfjordgata 8
8300 Svolvær - NORWAY
Tlf: +47 76 07 59 22
Available now !

SANDSLETTA CAMPING
Midnattsolveien 993
8315 Laukvik - NORWAY
Tlf: +47 90 91 52 30

Available now !

Other stores in Norway


SKANDINAVISK HØYFJELLSUTSTYR BODØ
Torvgata 2,

8006 Bodø - NORWAY
Tlf : +47 75 52 23 10 -
Available now !

BOKHUSET LIBRIS TROMSØ
Storgata 86
9008 Tromsø - NORWAY
Tlf : +47 77 68 30 36
Soon available !

 

 

 

You can also buy the book in several European bookstores: see complete list of resellers here

Special Booksellers

VÆRØYA - Pearl of the South

Hiking Lofoten Islands Nordlandsnupen

Værøy Island is in the south of the archipelago, just 1 ½ hours by ferry from Moskenes, and while it’s less visited than its big sisters, it has splendid landscapes. They’re definitely worth the detour. All kinds of hikers can traverse a great part of the island on foot, whether it’s to Værøy’s rounded peaks or through its magnificent landscapes. Unlike in the rest of the archipelago, a real effort has been made here to mark out the trails and keep them in good condition. You’ll find the starting points of the hikes clearly indicated, with distance and time shown for each one. In addition to marked trails, the hikes have pretty signs placed in the different points of interest with old photos and explanations in Norwegian and English.

Discover the 7 best hikes on Værøy Island

* Værøy ferry schedule :
High Season
Low Season

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Guided and self-guided tours in the Lofoten Islands

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An Athletic Trek in the South of the Lofoten Islands

Trek de 4 jours aux îles Lofoten - Norvège

This very athletic trek combines the most beautiful summits of Moskenesøya Island into one big hike. It’s intended for people who don’t have the time to take longer treks (like the great hike across the Lofotens), but who like physical exertion in high-mountain landscapes. You should have some mountain experience and a good sense of direction, for aside from the height difference and distances you’ll have to cross, most of the hike will be off-trail, over wild, uneven terrain...

3 to 4 jours – leave : Sørvågen / arrive : Reine
Total distance : 39km
Height difference +/- 3600m, maximum altitude 1029m

Best season : July, August and Septembre
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Download free maps of Norway for your Garmin® GPS!

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Frikart.no is a website that offers free downloadable maps!

Frikart.no propose both topographical hiking maps and road maps for all Norway.

Frikart maps quality is, in our opinion, as good as any other paying maps available on the market. Even better, frikart.no’s maps are on a single file that covers the entire Norway (instead of the 10 different maps files with Garmin® for example).

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Northern Lights in the Lofoten

Renan has shared a video of his trek

Hiking fans and fishing enthusiasts! I wish to share this video with you.

The video summarizes what I would call a Fishing Trek that stretches between step 6 and 10 of the “Great crossing of the Archipelago” proposed on this website. We travelled in late July / early August 2016, and since we had only 10 days of vacation, we privileged the last part of the “Great crossing of the Archipelago” (the most beautiful and the one that seemed most suitable for fishing).
We also decided to cut the stages of the trek in two:
1) to be able to walk more "tranquillo"
2) to bivouac on the water's edge and allow us enough daily fishing time
Between salt and fresh water the spots are plenty and the fish abound!! This trip was magical! : Lol:
Your website is really great and it's thanks to you that we could organize this trip so easily.
Don’t hesitate if you have any questions about the trek, I will be happy to answer.

(text above translated from French by Hiking-Lofoten)

The great crossing of the Lofoten Islands

crossing lofoten

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:

  • To avoid missing the most iconic places on the islands
  • To avoid tarmacked sections of road wherever possible
  • To hike as often as possible within easy reach of supply points (shops, petrol stations) to avoid having to carry an enormous rucksack!

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)
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Picture of the month

Pygargue

White-tailed eagle on the lookout for fish in the Skjelfjord (photo Magdalena Brede)

Should you hike to Reinebringen ?

Hiking Lofoten Islands Reinebringen 1

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

Flora of the Lofoten Islands

Flora of the Lofoten Islands (www.hiking-lofoten.net)

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.

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Download the Lofoten Islands maps

 

Lofoten Islands maps, scale 1:50 000 (UMT33)  download them for free on hiking-lofoten!Lofoten mapsMaps 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...

Hiking-Lofoten on Ulvstinden (902m)

Climbing to the top of Ulvstinen (29th June 2014)

Randonnée au sommet d'Ulvstinden - îles Lofoten

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)

Feedback from trekk

The Lofoten archipelago from North to South in 9 days

Contemplating Lofoten landscape from the summit of HaverenHere 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...

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Discover aurora forecast for Lofoten islands, thanks to NOAA POES satelitte from the "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration"

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GPS routes

  • The GPS hiking routes are finally available as free downloads from the Hikes section!
  • Discover eight new routes in the Lofoten Islands with detailed Topos from Rando-Lofoten.

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

Boat Shuttle

Reine/Vindstad/Kjerkfjord

forsfjord vindstad

If you want to go from Forsfjord power station to Vindstad (or vice versa), and you don’t want to rely on the boat shuttle MS Fjordkyss, it is now possible to do it by foot.

We provide GPX track, map and the description (in french only) for the section connecting Vindstad to Forsfjord. This new possibility is particularly interesting for hikers engaged in the great crossing of the Lofoten Islands trek.

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