Hiking to Volandstinden
- Type of hike : Loop
- Visibility of the route : Poor to good
- Start/Finish : If you are coming from the north (Ramberg) via the E10, you will see a place where you can park to the right of the road 600m after Finnbyen (a large hangar surrounded by strong-smelling fish driers). Park and cross the road to where the trail begins in a little valley.
- GPS Point : Start/Finish: N68 03.865 E13 11.691
Summit of Volandstinden : N68 04.246 E13 12.652
Summit of Nesfjellet : N68 03.490 E13 12.185
The top of Volandstinden is one of those peaks which, when seen from the road, seems totally inaccessible to hikers. It is, however, easy to climb without any particular difficulty. The steep peak also means it has a unique view over the island of Flakstadoya and bay of Ramberg.
The “trail” – such as it is - starts in a little valley along the E10, opposite a car park fifteen or so metres to the left, so don’t try looking for a proper trail as such. You climb quickly along the right bank of a small stream (or waterfall, depending on the season). At around 140m altitude the valley widens and becomes flatter. Walk through the bottom of the valley (very damp) and cross several small streams but make sure you keep to the right-hand side of the valley. Head for the pass in front of you (south-east). Near the ridge you walk alongside two tiny lakes, go left along the ridge that turns to scree towards the top. The top of Volandstinden is actually the first peak you reach (457m) where you will find a cairn and a beautiful panoramic view. Provided you have a good head for heights, it’s possible to climb to the second peak (440m) 150m north of the first by climbing down a little to the left of the ridge (to the right there is a sheer drop) and then climbing back up on your hands and knees on the right side until you reach the peak. The view from the second peak is just as spectacular as from the first. Then go back down along the same path to the pass and small lakes that you will pass by heading southwards, then turn off to the right towards the rounded top of Nesfjellet (408m). There is not really a trail to the peak but you can walk virtually anywhere over the heathland. To go back to the road, when you are at the top of Nesfjellet head northwards to the marshy valley beneath the peak to reach the trail where you started.
Even though the hike is relatively short and some of it is “off-piste”, it nevertheless offers unique viewpoints that are easily accessed.