Hiking to Hellostinden

DifficultyEasy / Medium
LocationVestvågøya
Duration4 to 5 hrs
Distance8.53 km
Climb680 m
Maximum altitude566 m
Map - 1:50 000Vestvågøy
Snow riskUntil June at the summit
  • Type of hike : Go back
  • Visibility of the route : Good to medium or poor (in some places)
  • Start/Finish : Coming from Svolvaer, keep on for 2 km (1.2 mi.) after the hamlet of Grundstad. In the middle of a big bend in the road, just after the place known as Lyngedal, you'll see an old wooden shed (formerly a garage) on your left. It is possible to park in front of this building without blocking traffic. Take the path to the right of this shack; it leads to a pretty house at the edge of the lake.
  • GPS Point : Starting point: N68° 15.505' E14° 02.447'
    Crossing of the stream: N68° 14.730' E14° 01.280'
    Summit: N68° 13.984' E14° 00.135'
  • Note : The first part of the hike goes over boggy terrain'a fragile natural environment. Avoid this hike if the terrain is soaking wet
Randonneuse au sommet de Hellostinden
Description


At the northwest tip of Vestvågøya Island, in a part of the archipelago that is still rarely visited, the discreet summit of Hellostinden holds pride of place. The walk to the top goes over relatively easy terrain through open landscapes. The panorama is magnificent from the summit, particularly the view of the Vågakallen massif on the neighboring island of Austvågøya. A hike for the whole family.

Walk between the house and the lake and follow the trail along the right bank of Lyngedalsvatnet Lake (west). Around 250 yards after the house, the trail goes away from the bank and rises on the right to reach the big mound of Tuva.

Once you're at Tuva, take the trail that goes slightly down again between the dwarf birches and go back up facing the trail toward a high point marked 218 on the map. You walk around this butte by the right to approach Lake Kvanndalsvatnet.   

Walk along the north bank of the lake and cross its outlet. Keep going toward the east for about 250 yards, then turn to your left to climb the first shoulder. In this extremely rocky part of the hike, the trail seems lost in spots. Keep well on the center-right of the shoulder and you’ll reach the plateau at 320 m of altitude (1,050 ft).

You’ll find some sheep paths on the plateau. Cross the plateau in a southwest direction to reach the north shoulder of the Hellostinden summit (on your right).

From the shoulder on, the slope grows steeper and the trail follows the crest. The high mountain pasture offers magnificent panoramas and if you're lucky, you might see a herd of goats perched on the neighboring cliffs.  

In the last part, the slope becomes gentler and you reach a plateau marked to the southeast by a cairn.
Enjoy the view and take the same way back. 

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