Hiking to Hustinden
- Type of hike : Back and forth or loop (if descent by Kjølen)
- Visibility of the route : Poor to good
- Start/Finish : Leave from the car park at the foot of a tiny ski resort 200m from the E10 road between the village of Napp and the hamlet of Vareid.
- GPS Point : Start/finish: N68 07.824 E13 23.389 (identical if loop)
Summit: : N68 07.872 E13 20.723
Crossing in the village of Vikten for the return (to Gauktinsvatnet): N68 08.514 E13 18.895
This majestic peak is in the northern part of the island of Flakstadoya from which there is an u uninterrupted view over the Norwegian Sea and the entire island. The hike offers a variety of landscapes including peatland, peaks, craggy mountain tops, and lakes, and crossespasses through the picturesque hamlet of Vikten with its golden -sand beach.
From the car park walk to the small little river located to the west (on your left) the source of which is Lake Morkdalvatnet a little higher up. Walk along the left bank of the river until you reach the lake. From the lake a gently sloping meadow leads to the ridge that will take you to the top of Hustinden (691m).
Once at the top you reach Tindliheia , altitude 597m (north facing). The ridge then descends and forms a large wide loop to the north- west. Walk down towards Lake Vasskroken keeping to the right-hand side of the valley. Don’t go as far as the shore of the lake, but head towards the fields belonging to the farm below.
For the return journey cross the village of Vikten and then take the little road that climbs on your right towards Lake Gauktinsvatnet. Once you have crossed a few fields where sheep graze, walk on the trail alongside the stream to Lake Gauktinsvatnet. When you get to the lake, which you walk around on the left until you reach the other end, the trail is clearly marked. Once at the other end, cross a small little stream and climb the valley until you reach the pass between Middagstinden and Hustinden. It is easy to climb down from the pass, even though the ground is a little spongy. You will recognise Lake Morkdalsvanet below to your right. Then walk to the outlet of the lake and cross it. Take the same path to the car park as you originally took when you started the hike.