Take a trip through one of the most rugged, harsh and spectacular coastal landscapes in Norway. At times Golta lies dormant, with nothing more threatening than a light breeze, but at times it unleashes a furious inferno of wind, raging seas and 15 meter high waves.
Start your trip at the old trading post at Glesvær. Follow the road a short distance northwest to Golta. At Golta you’ll find an information board about the North Sea Trail and the surrounding area. Continue on the marked trail, which bears east towards Litletjørna. Further up the path, there are fantastic views westwards over Goltasundet (the strait of Golta). You’ll join another path up here to Glesnes farm. This is the old dirt road between Glesnes and Telavåg. In Hølen the path passes an old sheep enclosure, a dry-stone wall and then continues west next to Goltatjørna lake. North of Goltatjørna, the trail goes past Lauvatnet Lake at Vassvika and up to Øvre Løten. You’ll see the two telephone poles that remain from the first telephone line that used to follow the old road. The terrain is unforested, with heather and marshes. In the marshland you can still see many peat holes from the time when peat was dug-up and used for fuel. Further along the trail you’ll come to Stovevatnet lake and Sandviksvatnet / Grudnavågsvatnet lake, where you pass through Eidet. Continue through an opening in the dry stone wall and up a rift in the otherwise steep mountain side. Once at the top you can enjoy wonderful views of the region, before descending to Selstøvågen. In Selstøvågen there’s an old mill, a small stone shelter and a sheep pen. A little further west you’ll see two old fishing shacks. The mill and shacks were the only buildings left in Telavåg after the Telavåg tragedy during World War II. Follow the road at Selstø and take the second right for the main road back towards Telavåg and Nordsjøfartmuseet. You can take an alternative route, an outer trail west at Goltatjørna, by following a path along the strait of Golta. The path passes close to old fishing shacks by the straits and continues as far as the open sea, before turning northwards, where it rejoins the North Sea Trail, north of Grudnavågen. For more trails see our website.