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Hiking in Lofoten, Norway – The Best Hikes and Easy Hikes

Hiking in Lofoten is one of the most popular outdoor activities. The stunning nature of the Lofoten archipelago is full of hiking trails that fit for all needs. You can easily get lost between the numerous options.

Hiking in Lofoten is one of the most popular outdoor activities. The stunning nature of the Lofoten archipelago is full of hiking trails that fit for all needs. You can easily get lost between the numerous options.

During our trips, we sometimes preferred multi-day hikes, while lately we explored a lot of easy Lofoten hikes that you can do even with kids as we did with our baby and toddler too. The islands offer plenty of short trails and day hikes.

Let’s check the most spectacular hikes in Lofoten!

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1. Reinebringen hike

Reinebringen hike lofoten

Starting point: Reine (see on the map)
Duration: 2-3 hours round trip
Difficulty:  Medium as it is a short but steep trail

Reinebringen viewpoint is one of the most popular hiking spot in Lofoten where you can overview the Reinefjorden below.

Reinebringen is 448 m high, which doesn’t seem that high for experienced hikers, but rather challenging for those who only seek spectacular photo spots. In wet weather the trail, which consist of hundreds of steps built by sherpas to the saddle is rather slippery.

Trailhead: The parking lot is next to E10, behind one of the tunnels, where you need to walk a bit back along the road.

Where to Stay? May’s Apartments (Reine)

2. Munkebu Hut

Munkebu Hut lofoten best hikes

Starting point: Sørvågen (see map)
Duration: 5-6 hours round trip (with the possibility of a multi-day hike)
Difficulty: Moderate-Hard

The trailhead is 1.5 km east of the popularly named village, Å, which is at the end of the E10.

The hike begins at Lake Sørvågvatet, and slowly elevating 450 meters to the lakes near the Munkebu hut, while in clear weather offering great views below. The hike itself about 2-3 hours in each direction.

The Munkebu hut (operated by DNT, but need to pay separately) is a popular overnight basecamp for those who aim to climb the summit of Hermannsdalstinden the next day without a rush.

Where to stay? Buodden Rorbuer – Fisherman Cabins Sørvågen (Sorvagen)

3. Munkebu Hut to Hermannsdalstinden Summit

Munkebu DNT hut

Starting point: Sørvågen (see map)
Duration:  1-3 days
Difficulty: Hard

Overnight: Munkebu hut or tent

Hermannsdalstinden is the highest mountain in western Lofoten with its 1029 meters, and not surprisingly offers a breathtaking view of the Islands.

The hike is difficult with steep, exposed sections, loose rock, and potentially high winds. It is only recommended in good weather.

The roundtrip from the Munkebu hut takes about 6-8 hours. It is only recommended for experienced hikers to walk the whole trail in one day from Å, as it is exhausting with an extensive elevation gain.

Where to stay? Buodden Rorbuer – Fisherman Cabins Sørvågen (Sorvagen)

4. Bunes Beach

Starting point: Ferry from Reine to Vindstad (see map
Duration: 2-3 hours round trip
Difficulty: Easy

Bunes beach is an easy and short hike. You first need to take the morning ferry from Reine to Vindstad. From Vindstad, the path leads along the fjord, to the other side of the ridge and finally down to the beach.

It is a family friendly hike.

Where to Stay? May’s Apartments (Reine) or Stay in a thriving fishing community with spectacular surroundings (Ramberg)

5. Kvalvika Beach

kvalvika beach easy hike lofoten

Starting point: Fredvang (north of south fro the settlement there are two trailheads)
Duration: 2-4 hours
Distance: 7km
Difficulty: Medium

The trek to Kvalvika Beach is one of the most popular beach hikes in Lofoten. The uniqueness of the sandy beach is that it can only be reached by foot, and not by road as it is nested between steep mountains. You can also pitch your tent and enjoy the views a little longer.

If you want to extend the hike, climbing up to Ryten is a great option.

Where to Stay? Milas House (Fredvang)

6. Ryten hike

View of Kvalvika from Ryten

Starting point: Fredvang or Kvalvika Beach (see above)
Duration: 2-4 hours
Distance: 7km
Elevation Gain: 550 m
Difficulty: Medium

The hiking trail to Ryten is a spectacular trail that overlooks Kvalvika Beach and the surrounding of Fredvang. In especially clear weather, even Reinefjord is visible.

Where to Stay? Milas House (Fredvang)

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