Hiking to Varden and Stortinden

randonneur sur Djevelporten

Pictures and track proposed by Halfdan Holm

This trip takes you up to Småtinden (The small peaks), giving a view of both KabelvÂg, SvolvÊr and western Lofoten. There are several small peaks that can be climbed on this trip, including Varden, Varden's twin peak, and Stortinden.

IThere are several possible ways you can start this trip, but common for them all is that the ascent starts at the southwestern corner of Stor-Kongsvatnet. You follow the trail up the ridge towards ÿrntindsaksla, which you pass on the north side. Keep to the north and you cross a small river which is also the last chance to fill up your water bottle. This section can be quite muddy and wet.

Now the trail may become somewhat unclear at times, but it should be possible to follow if you stop and look out for it at times. The trail continues up to the pass between the twin peaks, of which Varden is the northernmost one. From this pass one can reach all three of these small peaks. There is no visible trail to Stortinden, but you pass on the western side of Varden's twin and follow a ridge with a somewhat exposed eastern side. There is a path to Varden, and summiting it requires a bit of scrambling. Varden's twin can be reached without much difficulty. Same way back.

Hiking to Kroktinden

Vue du sommet de Blåheia

The Kroktinden summit, “the crooked summit” in Norwegian, looks like the tooth of a saw pointing to the sky. It’s a beautiful peak, relatively easy to reach, and offers a series of fantastic panoramas over the most mountainous island in the archipelago. Finally, not to diminish your pleasure in the slightest, a pretty little trail is visible all along the way and goes right to the summit.

Hiking to Kvittinden

Vue du sommet de Blåheia

Few hikers come here, although the summit is relatively easy to reach and looks down over the magnificent fjord of Austnes. You can admire varied landscapes of high pastures, lakes and mountains all along the way. If you want to walk far from crowds of tourists, while looking at one of the most beautiful summits Austvågøya Island, don’t miss this magnificent hike.

Forsfjord to Vindstad

Forsfjord Vindstad

There’s a little trail that takes you from the electric power station of Forsfjord to the hamlet of Vindstad. This itinerary lets you avoid the very undependable ferry service that connected the two points (only on demand) until last year.

The trail is barely visible but won’t give you any major problems. It goes through two passages of big stone blocks and passes over a few rocky slabs where you’ll have to be careful, especially if you’re carrying a heavy pack. Finally, like many places in the Lofotens, the ground is partially covered by thick vegetation (ferns).

From Napp to Nusfjord

Hike from Napp to Nusfjord in the Lofoten Islands (Norway)

This long hike, which crosses the island of Flakstadoya from north to south, takes you to the small hamlet of Nusfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first section of the route goes along the shore of Nappstraumen, the stretch of sea that separates the islands of Vestvagøya and Flakstadøya. Don’t be fooled by the apparent flatness of this coastal hike.


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