The Queen’s Route is a marked hiking trail between the historical fisherman’s villages Nyksund and Stø in the Vesterålen archipelago. The route is a round trip which winds its way along the coastline, the white sand beach Skipssanden, and over mountaintops 400 meters above sea level with an incredible view of the Atlantic ocean. In 2015 the trip was named one of the top 10 most spectacular hiking trails in Norway by visitnorway.com. Vesterålen has over 150 marked trails and paths.
The Queen’s Route overview:
• 12-15 km, 5-8 hours.
• Varied landscape with mountains, shoreline, marshland , white sand beach and stone.
• Highest point of the hike: Finngamheia 448 masl.
• Steep incline in some places, but clear path the whole route.
• Accommodation possible in both Nyksund and Stø
The Queen’s route is a round trip of about 15 km which takes between 5-8 hours from start to finish. It was named after Her Majesty Queen Sonja who first did the hike in 1994. There are many points of interest along the way, with beautiful views, the white sand beach Skipssanden, the view down to the fisherman’s villages and varied paths. You can choose to start in either Nyksund or Stø, but we recommend that you always walk the mountain path towards Stø, and along the shoreline towards Nyksund due to some steep areas. The highest point on the hike is Finngamheia 448 masl. The hike is signposted with starting points and marked with the National Trekking Associations red T’s along the way.
Normal hiking gear, such as good walking shoes, is recommended due to the varied terrain. Windproof clothes are also recommended. There is no access to water on the trail, so bring plenty of water and food for the trip. You can get maps for the trail in the regional tourist information in Sortland, or get to know the route by having a look at the info boards in Stø and Nyksund.
Nyksund is a traditional fisherman’s village which slowly fell into disuse, but is now an active and creative place with artists and tourism businesses. With its colorful wharf and creative atmosphere Nyksund is a great stop on your hiking tour, or Vesterålen adventure. Huset på Skåltofta(https://www.visitnorway.com/listings/the-house-on-sk%C3%A5ltofta-at-nyksund/189099/) offers accommodation in a modern house with panoramic views and everything you needs for self-catering. Does a hot tub, everyday luxury and relaxation sound tempting after a long day of walking? Nyksund Spa & Hiking Club(http://www.nyksund-spa.com) has five bedrooms and a spa section. For accommodation in the traditional fishermen houses known as rorbu, contact Holmvik Brygge or Ekspedisjonen Vertsbrygge. At Holmvik Brygge(http://www.nyksund.com/) you can stay in apartments or rooms and try their locally sourced food. Ekspedisjonen Vertsbrygge(https://www.facebook.com/ekspedisjonen/?rf=224631080892855) can offer accommodation in rooms, a cozy café and a restaurant with local food.
Stø is a small, charming and active fisherman’s village on the northernmost point of Langøya. Only a few minutes’ walk away you will find the beautiful white sand beach Skipssanden, and 10-15 minutes away by car is Myre harbor, the most prolific fishing harbor in Norway. If you wish to stay overnight in Stø Gunnartangen Rorbuferie(http://www.gunnartangen.no/EN/) is a cozy alternative, with rustic fishermen’s houses right by the ocean. Vesterålen is the Kingdom of the Whales, perfectly placed by the continental shelf with very nutritious ocean areas on the coastline. Arctic Whale Tours (http://www.arcticwhaletours.com) will let you experience combined bird- and Whalesafari from May to September.
Would you like to walk parts of the Queen’s Route with boat transport between the two villages? Sea Safari Øksnes (http://www.seasafarioksnes.no/) can collect and bring you between Nyksund and Stø, take you deep-sea fishing or tailor a boat trip for you.