Hiking to Hermanndalstinden
- Type of hike : Crossing or return trip
- Visibility of the route : Good to medium
- Start/Finish : There are several possible ways of tackling this hike, but we have chosen the one that seems to us both the most interesting and the least difficult, namely crossing from Forsjorden to Sorvågen. You do this by catching a boat at Reine to Forsfjorden kraftstasjon (the miniature hydroelectric plant at Forsfjorden). A shuttle leaves Reine every day for Vinstad and Kjerkfjord. If you are prepared to pay extra you can ask to be dropped at Forsfjorden. The path starts on the right-hand side behind the miniature hydroelectric plant (alongside the water outflow).
- GPS Point : Quay of Forsfjorden : N67 56.328 E12 58.996
Summit : N67 56.520 E12 56.281
- Note : Steep passages (from N67 56.184 E12 57.448 to N67 56.211 E12 57.216). Avoid this hike if the ground is wet or still coverd of snow.
As the highest peak on the island of Moskenesøya, Hermannsdalstinden attracts certain hikers who want to be able to say they have conquered this Norwegian Everest. Aside from this rather meaningless “altitude record”, the hike itself, although certainly long, is fairly accessible and passes through absolutely magnificent alpine landscapes. The view from the top on a clear day is breathtaking!
Once you disembark at the dock of the little hydroelectric plant of Forsfjorden, walk around the right-hand side of the power plant to where the path begins. You will soon arrive at a water outflow. Walk under the pipes ignoring the red sign that seems to show the path following the right-hand side of the outflow. The path gradually climbs to the left through lush ferns and tall grasses. You have to climb up a little aluminium ladder hanging from an improvised rope. Then continue climbing until you reach a rocky area. From here the path turns to the right, taking you to the banks of Lake Tennesvatnet. The path then climbs the little peak that rises to 448m and divides Lake Krokvatnet from Lake Tennesvatnet. At the top (448m), take the right-hand path that leads down to a little pass before again climbing to the ridge between points 650 and 536m. Between altitude 400m and altitude 500m the ridge narrows. Here and there you will find that ropes have been installed to help you climb. Warning: this section, as well as requiring a good head for heights can be dangerous in wet weather, particularly going downhill! If you can’t face taking it going upwards, you should know that there is no other way down… Once you reach point 650m you will be on a little plateau where you can take a breather before the final climb to the summit. Take the path that follows the ridge up to an altitude of approximately 800m. This will take you to a large scree-slope that rises to the summit. There is a narrow path that crosses the scree-slope but we advise you not to use it as it is subject to rock-falls. Take the path that goes around the left-hand side of the scree-slope. At around altitude 920m the path turns back to the right before rising to the peak via the centre. There is one section where you will need to use your hands to negotiate your way between the rocks. Once you have gone past a first ridge you will see the peak some fifty metres ahead of you. Now all you have to do is climb over a few large rocks in order to reach it without too much difficulty. From the top on a clear day you can see the island of Vågan to the North as well as the islands of Værøy and Røst to the South.
You go back down taking the same path as far as peak 448m. From here you take the right-hand path that goes between Lake Krokvatnet and Lake Tennesvatnet to reach point 413m on the map (below Moltinden). The path forks to the left before falling to a narrow pass running between Lake Tennesvatnet and an unnamed lake marked 222m on the map. The path then rises to the refuge of Munkebu before turning right towards the peak of Djupfjordheia (510m). From Djupfjordheia you walk down towards lake 103. Walk along the left-hand side of this lake. Before you reach Lake Stuvdalsvatnet there is a one hundred metre section where chain hand-holds have been fitted. The path then runs along the left-hand side of Lake Stuvdalsvatnet before joining up with a narrow pass from which you can get down to Lake Sørvågenvatnet and the village of Sørvågen.