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The 5 best spots for hiking in Lofoten, Norway, accessible by the Arctic Route buses

If you are seeking a unique and unforgettable hiking adventure, look no further than Lofoten. This north Norwegian archipelago is known for its dramatic landscapes of towering mountains, deep fjords and immaculate beaches.

The best way to enjoy these is to hop on one of our red buses that take you there daily on our Tromsø-Lofoten-Tromsø and Narvik-Lofoten-Narvik routes from 15 June to 14 August. 

The Arctic Route Summer

The Arctic Route buses are a new summer version of our winter Arctic Route. The Arctic Route Summer connects several towns and villages in Lofoten with important towns and cities in Northern Norway such as Tromsø and Narvik. 

This service runs from 15 June to 14 August and is specifically designed to cater to people who want to explore freely. The buses have comfortable seats, large windows, Wi-Fi and toilets, making the journey as enjoyable as the destinations. 

With our new concept of the travel pass, you can hop-on and hop-off the buses anywhere along our routes: Tromsø-Lofoten-Tromsø and Narvik-Lofoten-Narvik. This makes it very easy to reach any location you wish. With 4, 7 or 10-day options to choose from, our travel passes can prove very useful this summer! 

Travel on the iconic red buses

a bus on a bridge
bus with mountain

One of the biggest advantages of using the Arctic Route buses is that they allow you to access great hiking trails. Most hiking trails are only accessible by car, which can make it difficult for those who dont have their own transportation.

Choosing to travel by bus is not only more sustainable but its also a safe and stress-free way to travel across the archipelago.

1. Reinebringen

When you visit Lofoten, you simply must hike up Reinebringen, a mountain on the island of Moskenesøy. You may have heard about this hike already because its quite famous! With a Sherpa staircase consisting of 1,566 steps, this is a challenging climb.

When you reach the summit, you will be rewarded with unforgettable views. You will see the picturesque fishing village of Reine, as well as the surrounding mountains and fjords. 

hike in lofoten

Details: 

  • Duration (round-trip): 2 hours 
  • Distance (round-trip): 2 km 
  • Level: moderate 
  • Altitude: 448 m

 Reach Reinebringen via our Narvik-Lofoten-Narvik daily scenic bus route and stop in the town of Reine 

2. Festvågtind

You won’t believe the breathtaking views you’ll get from the summit located just north of Henningsvær!

It’s easily accessible and provides a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding islands and the beautiful village below.

A must-visit spot for anyone who loves stunning views and natural beauty. 

red bus in the sunset

Details: 

  • Duration (round-trip): 1.5 – 2 hours 
  • Distance (round-trip): 1.5 km 
  • Level: moderate 
  • Altitude: 541 m

     

To reach this hike, take our Narvik-Lofoten-Narvik daily scenic bus route to the town of Henningsvær in Lofoten.  

3. Haugnyken 

If you are looking for a very easy hike in Lofoten that offers exquisite views, Haugnykenis the perfect choice for you. 

This 1-hour roundtrip is an excellent way to explore the beautiful landscape in a relaxed way. The starting point is the charming village of Melbu. 

man from the back with a backpack on a hike

Details: 

  • Duration (round-trip): 1.5 – 2 hours 
  • Distance (round-trip): 1.5 km 
  • Level: moderate 
  • Altitude: 541 m

To reach this hike, take our Narvik-Lofoten-Narvik daily scenic bus route to the town of Henningsvær in Lofoten.  

4. Djevelporten

This popular hiking route takes you to a spectacular rock formation called Djevelporten (The Devil’s Gate).

You can take impressive photos from the summit to immortalise the moment. This is a relatively short loop trail and is classed as moderate on our level scale.

henningvær picture from above

Details: 

  • Duration (round-trip): 1.5 – 2 hours 
  • Distance (round-trip): 1.5 km 
  • Level: moderate 
  • Altitude: 541 m

     

To reach this hike, take our Narvik-Lofoten-Narvik daily scenic bus route to the town of Henningsvær in Lofoten.  

5. Tjeldergtinden

Tjeldergtinden is an absolute must-do for any adventure enthusiast. This challenging yet rewarding hike is great for the eyes and senses, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and mountains.

The trail is well-marked and takes you through a variety of terrains, including rocky ridges, steep ascents, and narrow pathways.

At the top, you get a panoramic view of the entire region that will leave you speechless. 

Silhouette in the sunset

Details: 

  • Duration (roundtrip): 3 hours 
  • Distance (roundtrip): 2,5 km 
  • Level: moderate. 
  • Altitude: 367 m

     

Get there via our daily scenic bus routes Tromsø-Lofoten-Tromsø or Narvik-Lofoten-Narvik and stop in Svolvær. 

Useful tips for hiking in Lofoten

Before you set out on any of these hikes, there are a few tips to keep in mind.  

  • Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Lofoten is known for its unpredictable weather, so it’s important to be prepared for rain, wind (and even snow). Check out our advice on what to wear and pack here.

     

  • Bring plenty of water and snacks. Some of these hikes can be long and strenuous, so it’s important to stay hydrated and have enough energy.

     

  • Respect the natural environment. The Lofoten islands are part of a fragile ecosystem and must be protected. Be sure to follow the Leave No Trace principles and carry out your rubbish.

     

Grab your hiking boots and get ready to enjoy your trip to Lofoten this summer! 

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