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Wild and wonderful Lofoten walks

There’s not a stick or stone in Lofoten that May-Britt Paulsen isn't familiar with. Here are her tips for treks that will raise your heartbeat and reward you with 360-degree views over Lofoten.

May-Britt Paulsen i Lofoten.

Paulsen runs Northern Partner AS from Svolvær in Lofoten that puts together customized quality events in Lofoten for private and business clients.

“One big focus is climbing to the summits to gain 360-degree views that many of the mountains in Lofoten offer. But you don't need to go far to reach a vantage point. I like to explain about the summits that are not that demanding, but that deliver a big return in terms of the time and energy it takes to get there,” Paulsen says to Scandinavian Traveler.




The Skrova lighthouse at Saltværsøya. Photo: Shutterstock


Even though Skrovafjellet is only 281m high, it's a fantastic trek,” says Paulsen.“Your heart rate climbs and you work up a real sweat. From here, you enjoy remarkable 360-degree views. You can see Ofotfjord, towards Værøy, Mosken and even Landegode by Bodø. And, not least, you can see the whole of the Lofoten Wall, a collection of mountain peaks that, from a distance, appear to form a straight line. Magical. There are also many fine, white beaches around the island that are easy to see from the summit.”Only around 180 people live on the island.There's rarely many people there, but if it is crowded, it's because of the fine weather and the local population, plus a few visitors, obviously, are out enjoying themselves.The island is often called the Lofoten Hawaii as it has the least rain and most hours of sunshine in the whole of Lofoten, according to Lofoten.com.If you feel a bit hungry or thirsty, there are places to eat and a convenience store on this tiny island.


Skrova is a 30-minute ride with the ferry from Svolvær, or a bit quicker via hurtigbåten from Bodø.

The view from Keiservarden in Lofoten. Photo: Terje-Rakke - Nordic-Life - www.nordnorge


“Another trip I recommend is to Keiservarden. That’s a gentler outing,” says Paulsen.The mountain is not actually in Lofoten, it's in Bodø, but has wonderful views over Landegode, Børvasstindene and the Lofoten Wall. Keiservarden is a plateau at the top of Mount Veten. It’s named after German Kaiser Wilhelm II, who supposedly climbed the mountain in 1891. It rises 366m above sea level and offers magnificent views.In 2016, Keiserstien, the Kaiser's Path, was built by Sherpas from Nepal. Once you've climbed the 500 steps, you reach a resting point with a Kværmannsbu cabin. During Nordland Music Week, concerts are hosted at Keiservarden.



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From beach to mountain top at Uttakleiv. Photo: Kristian Nashoug - www.lofoten.com

Uttakleiv og Veggen

Uttakleiv on Vestvågøy is perhaps Norway’s most photographed beach. When you stand on the shore and look up, you can see the mountains of Mannen and Veggen. Mannen is a popular destination. But we also recommend Veggen. It's steep but not sheer. However it doesn't offer any easy stretches. At the highest point, the views seem to go on forever.Although Uttakleiv only has a few residents, many tourists have discovered its beautiful beach. Maybe because British newspaper The Times crowned it the most romantic beach in Europe. It's stunning, to say the least. The people here are doing their best to preserve it. They are implementing erosion control measures and cultivating grassy areas to maintain the cultural landscape. It's also perfect for walking. They were recently awarded a cultural landscape prize for their efforts.If you want a less demanding circular walk, or maybe come with children, you should take the old route from Uttakleiv to Haukland that includes a large beach. Instead of entering the village, stick to the mountain side on the way up, go “behind the mountain” and this will then bring you back to Uttakleiv.There are also camping facilities here.

Uttakleiv og Veggen


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From the beach to the summit of Himmeltindan

“This mountain is demanding, but offers a long and interesting walk,” says Paulsen.The trek starts from Uttakleiv on a grassy cart track in the direction of Klumpan. It continues across Tuva and up along the ridge where you’ll be 931m above sea level. The peak itself, at 964m above sea level, is cordoned off. Even so, the views at 931m altitude are highly impressive. The somewhat demanding trek to Vestvågøya’s highest peak takes 5-6 hours up and down. There are steps on certain stretches, but they're unmarked.You can also start from the beach at Uttakleiv or Haukland, and head up to the pass between Mannen and Himmeltindan. There are steps to take you to the top from here and views that make you feel the king of the world.

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