Hiking to Håheia

DifficultyEasy / Medium
LocationVærøya
Duration3 hrs
Distance5.69 km
Climb450 m
Maximum altitude441 m
Map - 1:50 000Vest-Lofoten
Snow riskUntil March
  • Type of hike : Loop
  • Visibility of the route : Good to fair in places
  • Start/Finish : Leaving from the village of Værøy, take the little road toward Sørland (behind the village). The road passes on the left of a big boggy plain shown by blue hatching on the map. At the end of the road, you'll find a crossroad with the beginning of the track that leads to the beach of Sørlandshagen on one side and the road leading to the NATO radar station on the other.
  • GPS Point : Starting point: N67° 40.343' E12° 39.485', parking lotStarting point: N67° 40.343' E12° 39.485' (parking lot)
    Pass: N67° 40.710' E12° 38.559'
    If extension:
    Summit of Hornet: N67° 40.804' E12° 38.966'
    Summit of Håheia plateau: N67° 40.000' E12° 37.909'
    Radar station: N67° 39.775' E12° 37.591'Pass: N67° 40.710' E12° 38.559'
    Summit of Hornet (if extension): N67° 40.804' E12° 38.966'
    Summit of Håheia plateau: N67° 40.000' E12° 37.909'
    Radar station: N67° 39.775' E12° 37.591'
  • Extensions : Summit of Hornet, medium; 4 hrs; 6,4 km; ± 550 m, max altitude 438 m
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Description


The summit of Håheia (438 m). is the second highest peak on the island of Værøy. It is also the only peak in the archipelago that has a road. It is private and leads to a NATO radar installation. Outside of this little bit of civilization, the wide open landscapes you’ll go through are magnificent. If the weather is clear at the top, you can admire the southeast of the Svartisen glacier, which is 120 km (75 mi). away on the Norwegian continent. This hike is easy and accessible to all. If you have time, you can extend it a little, to the summit of Hornet.

At the foot of the small valley of Rømdalen, you’ll see a good trail. At the start, it has a sign showing the distance to Håheia, Hornet and Gjerdheia-Breivik. When you raise your head, you can see, facing you, the road coming out of the tunnel and winding in three sharp bends up to the pass.

From the pass, you can go up to the Hornet summit on your right by following the little ridge trail to the top (see last map below). Careful: the Hornet peak is rocky and relatively steep. To get back to Håheia, take the banked left-hand trail that goes into the moor slightly under the 320 m point. The trail parallels the paved road and then goes along the ridge line to point 421.

The wide, rounded ridge you’ll reach gives you a fabulous view over the two sides of the islands. The trail then reaches the little road and goes up to the big NATO antennas. You’ll have no problem crossing the radar base by the road and reaching the 438 m point. to get a spectacular view over the south of the island and the protected bay of Måstadvika.

On the way back, you can walk along the paved road. There’s not much chance of coming across any cars.
Toward 300 m of altitude, the trail leaves the road and goes to the right on a steeper slope and then meets the trail you started on, a bit below the exit of the tunnel (N67 40.506 E12 38.861).

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