Hiking to Måstad
- Type of hike : Go back
- Visibility of the route : Good to poor in places
- Start/Finish : From the port of Værøy, take the 'Nordland' direction. Once you're at the hamlet, keep on Route 791 and then on the dirt track that prolongs the road to the end. Park near the toilets. The trail starts just behind the beach of Heimretussen.
- GPS Point : Starting point: N67 41.040 E12 39.423
Måstad hamlet: N67 38.564 E12 35.645
Water supply point in Måstad: N67 38.479 E12 35.849
Summit of Måhornet: N67 38.106 E12 35.301
Summit of Måstadheia : N67 38.803 E12 34.772
- Extensions : Måhornet and Måstadheia summits, difficult (if done the same day as return trip to Måstad ); 7 to 8 hrs; 17,5 km; ± 1150 m, max altitude 439 m
- Note : Hikers usually make this a roundtrip. Some passages along the north coast of the island are very rocky and uneven, which slows you down. If you've decided to make this hike in one day and you're planning on adding the Måhornet and Måstadheia summits, don't forget that you'll still have to go back' If you want to see the hamlet of Måstad in beautiful light, it's best to leave early enough to reach it during the morning. The mountains that surround the village quickly cast their shadow. Careful: there's only one permanent supply point for water on the way (see GPS point).
This long hike lets you get to the old village of Måstad in southeastern Værøy by traversing a large part of the island. It’s also the only way to get to the summits of Måhornet and Måstadheia, with their fantastic viewpoints over the open sea and their unique end-of-the-world atmosphere. The whole Måstad peninsula is classed as a natural park.
The trail begins behind the beach of Heimretussen on the good dirt track that was supposed to reach the village of Måstad but was never finished. The track soon gives way to a coastal trail with magnificent panoramas over the sea, and further out, over the island of Moskenes. The trail wavers between the seashore and the flanks of the mountain. Certain passages in the rocks can be rather dangerous.
Slightly before you get to the narrowest part of the island, where the trail goes over the southeast coast through a little pass, you’ll find a good stony track. The trail goes between the small summits of Klakktuva and Eidet in a meadow area where a few lonely sheep may be grazing.
Next, the track takes a passage that is literally cut into the cliff below Hagslett. At the beginning of summer, magnificent wild pansies and a large number of white catchflies grow all along this narrow passage. The landscape of Måstadvika Bay is quite simply extraordinary. The track goes back down toward the hamlet. All that remains of it today are a few scattered houses. But the many foundations and low walls show that was far more populated until relatively recently.
The Summits of Måhornet and Måstadheia
These two peaks are only accessible from the old village of Måstad. (See preceding hike)
Once you're in the hamlet of Måstad, at the end of the track you’ll see a little trail that climbs the mountain in a fairly direct way. Follow this trail: it will rapidly lead you to the Reka pass on your right.
From the pass, you can either go off to the right toward the summit of Måstadheia, which makes a kind of big grassy plateau with pretty viewpoints toward the north, or to the left, to reach the summit of Måhornet, which gives you a magnificent panorama over the island.
For the return hike, you’ll have to take the same way back unless you're lucky enough to get a private boat to pick you up at the village of Måstad.