Hiking to Blåtinden
- Type of hike : Go back
- Visibility of the route : Good in the beginning, then medium
- Start/Finish : Coming from Leknes on the E10, approximately 1km before the hamlet of Borg (Viking museum), turn right onto a dirt track at the 'Slydalen' sign. Go back up the trail to the car park at the end of the valley. Remember that it may not be possible to drive on the road at certain times of year.
- GPS Point : Start/finish : N68° 13.072' E13° 48.017'
Summit : N68° 12.272' E13° 49.001'
This is a short hike that does not pose any real problems. It begins in the Slydalen Valley where there are a few isolated farms and takes you to Blåtiden at altitude 604m. The peak is part of the range that overlooks Vestfjord and crosses the large island of Vestvågøya. A magnificent view awaits you at the peak: the fabulous panoramic view over the fjord to the south and the sea to the north gives the peak its name: Blåtiden (“blue peak”).
Go through the sheep enclosure and take the wide path that heads towards the bottom of the valley. You reach the first wooden signpost indicating Blåtiden and Hagskaret to the right and Rolvsfjorden straight ahead. Don’t take the first trail on the right because it is a very swampy shortcut. Continue straight on to the pass roughly 450m further on. At the pass you will come to a second sign and a letter box, turn right and climb towards Blåtiden on the trail along the edge of the plateau overlooking the bottom of Slydalen Valley. The trail then leaves a peatland area and heads towards the peak via the north-west slope. After an initial climb followed by a shorter flat section, the trail climbs sharply once again to the peak. Take the same trail back.