Hiking to Svarttinden
- Type of hike : Go back
- Visibility of the route : Good
- Start/Finish : The trail start in the middle of the hamlet of Gravermarka
- GPS Point : Start : N68° 18.045' E14° 19.086'
Summit : N68° 18.126' E14° 21.719'
This mountain, which overlooks the tiny hamlet of Gravermarka can be accessed on a good trail which, for once, does not disappear during the hike. After a section through undergrowth you rapidly reach grazing land that offers a clear view over an amphitheatre-like rock formation and a lake. In the last part of the climb, the very beautiful open view is perfect for admiring the highest mountains on the islands. The rocky landscape of the summit is similar to that of high mountain ranges with small lakes and snow patches that remain until late in the season. A good hike, not particularly demanding, accessible any yet very few visitors, only 30 min from Svolvær.
The start of this hike is indicated by a small signpost in the middle of Gravermarka hamlet (GPS: N68 18.047 E14 19.079). Walk behind a house and take a small trail that climbs to a sheep fence. Go through the fence and turn right, you will quickly find yourself in a fir forest that you need to cross. At around altitude 200m you leave the forest area and reach a grassland zone that extends almost to the summit. The trail can be clearly seen and runs along the stream on the left to the flat terrain of Dalvatnet. Before reaching the lake the trail turns left towards Salen and meets up with the right shoulder of the mountain. Once it reaches the ridge, the trail turns right and meets up with the summit of Steindalsheia via a steep slope. From Steindalsheia a wide panoramic view opens up towards the north of the islands and the nearby Vesterålen islands. The trail goes down slightly to a small pass then climbs by the north ridge up the summit of Svarttinden. At the top the terrain is that of the high mountains, very rocky and rugged, the view is breathtaking but you don’t need a good head for heights. Take the same trail back.