Hiking to Varden
- Type of hike : Go back
- Visibility of the route : Good
- Start/Finish : Coming from Stamsund, take road 815 northwards (Valberg, Vikjorden). After passing Moland farm you will find a little car park to the right of the road. Park here. The path starts opposite the car park on the other side of the road.
- GPS Point : Start: N68° 14.610' E14° 07.475'
Trail fork: N68° 14.819' E14° 06.931'
Summit: N68° 15.545' E14° 07.757'
Varden (Norwegian for “Cairn”) is a magnificent peak that is easily reached and overlooks the narrow stretch of sea separating the islands of Vestvågøya and Vagan. Our route takes us near several little lakes that tempt you to have a swim in summer and soon continues along a curved ridge that offers a magnificent panorama over the Sea of Norway and the northern tip of the Lofoten Islands.
The path goes across peatland and along the right-hand side of a small stream before reaching a fairly steep slope sparsely covered with birch trees. At an altitude of around 120m you reach a first section of level ground where the path forks. Take the right-hand fork (the left-hand fork takes you to Lake Forsdalsvatnet). The path continues to climb to the right above the lake before reaching a plateau at an altitude of around 300m. You pass near several tiny lakes before you reach the pass of Mortenskardet (340m) from where you have a fine view of the north of Vestvågøya. At the pass you walk through a stony area in order to reach the south-west ridge of Varden. You climb this fairly steep slope. At an altitude of around 560m the peak levels off to become a little meadow that is a great favourite with sheep in summer. The peak itself is a genuine natural cairn that rises dozens of metres above the plateau. It is quite easy to reach the rocky peak of Varden provided you have some experience of climbing and have a good head for heights.