Hiking to Andstabben
- Type of hike : Go back
- Visibility of the route : Medium
- Start/Finish : Behind the parking at "Å i Lofoten" (just after the tunnel)
- GPS Point : Start/Finish : N67 52.787 E12 58.642
Summit : N67 52.631 E12 56.883
- Note : This trail contain some steep sections where you will need to scramble. Risk of vertigo at the top.
Despite two tricky sections, this short hike takes you rapidly to a fantastic view point over the southern-most point of the island of Moskenesøya and Lake Ågvatnet. Located only a few kilometres from the summit of Tindstinden and of equivalent difficulty, the climb up Andstabben offers an even more impressive panoramic view.
The starting-point is the village of Å i Lofoten. At the terminus of the E10 road you will see a car park after a short tunnel. To the west of the car park, take one of the small trails towards Litlandstabben (65m) and climb to the top of the hill. From here the trail goes down to a small pass that separates Lake Ågvatnet from Andstabbvika bay. Make sure you stay on the ridge and do not go down to the lake. At the pass continue along the trail (which is not always visible) that initially runs parallel above Lake Ågvatnet, under the north slope of Andstabben. The trail climbs gradually from the pass for roughly 500m before turning left (south-west) to head up the mountain. Between altitude 120m and 220m there are a few steep sections that you have to climb using your hands (to be avoided if the ground is wet or if visibility is poor).
At around altitude 220m the trail turns left towards the north-east ridge of the mountain. At altitude 300m the trail turns right and then stops offering an open view over Vestfjord. The panoramic view at the top is breathtaking!