Hiking to Sautinden
- Type of hike : Go back, Loop, Crossing
- Visibility of the route : Good to poor (in some parts)
- Start/Finish : When you enter the village of Laupstad (coming from Svolvær), take the first road to your right, just after the big bend in the road (where you'll find a parking lot). Take the street for a hundred yards or so, then take a right into a dirt road that you'll follow to the end.
- GPS Point : Starting point (parking lot): N68° 21.322' E14° 42.055'
Trail start: N68° 21.744' E14° 42.946'
Point where the trail heads toward the south ridge: N68° 21.977' E14° 42.455'
Summit: N68° 22.212' E14° 43.706'
- Extensions : Going to Morfjorden - Difficulty medium, 4 to 5 hrs, distance 12,6 km, ±1000 m, max altitude 596 m
The summit of Sautinden—literally the “sheep summit”—actually has pastures that sheep love. It is very easy to reach. Sautinden is at the northern limit of the Lofoten Archipelago and gives you a magnificent panorama over the Austnes fjord as well as the two highest peaks of the Lofotens. Finally, the trail leading to the top can take you to other summits like Kvittinden and Kåpa, but also to the hamlet of Morfjorden on the north coast of the islands.
At the end of the dirt road, you’ll see a sheep fence. That’s where a good trail starts and climbs the little valley of Morfjordelva. The path parallels the stream and continues through the unwooded part, covered with blueberries in August.
You quickly reach a mountain pasture and then a small plateau with a large bog on the your left (Morforddalen). Walk due north, toward the Morfjordskaret pass. To reach the Sautinden summit, stay on the little trail to the right of the valley and the electric line.
This trail disappears at the foot of the southwest ridge of Sautinden. From then on, just follow the ridge to the summit plateau. Don’t trust the countless little paths left by sheep, which go off in all directions.
All along this rounded ridge, you’ll have a view from above on the great fjord of Austnes and the little village of Laupstad down below.
The summit resembles a small plateau rather than a peak. It gives you a magnificent panorama over the most mountainous part of the islands to the east and over the Norwegian Sea to the north.
It is then possible to follow a ridge line northward to the Dalheia plateau. It’s slightly higher than the summit itself and gives you an impressive view of the hamlet of Higrav at the bottom of the valley.
Once you're on the Dalheia plateau, you can go back down toward the Morfjordskaret pass by walking along the northwest ridge of the plateau. Be careful to keep your distance from the edge of the ridge, especially in foggy weather: it is fragile and gives onto a precipice.
When you get to the pass, you’ll go under the electric power line and reach one of the many paths that will take you back to Laupstad.
From the Morfordskaret pass, you can also reach the place known as Morforden and climb the summit of Kåpa on the way (414 m / 1,358 ft).
All you have to do is go back down the little valley of Sørelva by walking along the stream.
After the pass, you go by a rather flat boggy area crossed by a stream. A vague trail follows the power line for a few hundred yards along the left bank of the stream.
The slope then gets steeper toward the right, and reaches a real path that will take you to the hamlet of Morfjorden.
Halfway up the slope, between the pass and the hamlet of Morfjord, after the path has crossed the second arm of the stream, you’ll find a sign saying “Kåpa”. This extremely small trail leads to a summit ending at 414 m (1,358 ft) that gives you pretty panoramas over the two valleys. If you’re not lucky enough to get picked up at Morfjord, you’ll have to turn around to get back to Laupstad.