This is a hiking trip that will require a moderate amount of physical fitness, previous hiking experience, and the ability to carry all your own camping/photography equipment. Each day will consist of some hiking, the longest being approximately 8km, including a mountain pass. On some days we will also attempt to hike to a nearby peak up to 600 meters for some fantastic beach views.
The nature of Lofoten requires a great deal of flexibility to the local weather conditions once on the Islands, which is why I have added a few ‘buffer’ days into the trip. Ideally we can complete the hike in one journey, however, if the weather says otherwise, we will have transport available to split up our planned destinations into two segments if necessary. Accommodation will be reserved for the entire duration of the trip, allowing us the greatest flexibility possible.
On days that we are not hiking/camping, we will visit some of the roadside highlights of Lofoten, including the beaches of Vestvågøy and Flakstadøy. Additionally, we will take in the fantastic views around Reine and Hamnøy.
As this workshop takes place in the height of summer, the northern lights will unfortunately not be visible.
Arrival on Lofoten: Saturday, July 23
You will be picked up in early afternoon in Leknes. We will first head to our accommodation to drop off baggage and discuss packing options for the hike.
Days 2 – 5
We will be dropped off in Reine, where we will catch the ferry to Kjerkfjord and begin our hike to Horseid beach. This is one of Lofoten’s most wild and secluded destinations, which is among my favorite places on the Islands. We will camp here on the first night.
Leaving Horseid, we will ascend a mountain pass on our way to Selfjord. Weather permitting, we will attempt to camp in the mountains, which leaves us several small peaks as possibilities for sunset/sunrise. Otherwise, if the weather is poor, we will continue to Selfjord, where we have the option of staying at a DNT mountain hut.
From Selfjord, we will be picked up and driven several kilometres to the trailhead for Kvalvika beach, which we will then hike to for the night. Weather and legs permitting, we may attempt a hike to the summit of Ryten for late afternoon and twilight light over the beach.
If we haven’t climbed Ryten on the previous day, we will attempt to do so on our return to Fredvang, where we will be picked up and brought back to our accommodation on Vestvågøy.
We will tour some of the highlight of Vestvågøy and beyond.
Departing Lofoten: Friday, July 29
The tour will officially end at 12:00 in Leknes. However, all attempts will be made to best accommodate transport to your departing flights or ferry.