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Måtind, Andøy, Vesterålen Hiking in Vesterålen
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Hike around the clock

In Northern Norway, there is no darkness throughout the summer thanks to the the midnight sun. Stay up around the clock and enjoy fjords, mountains, high plateaus and myriads of islands in a new light – the region is a 1,000 kilometre long treasure trove of trails, providing an endless variety of hikes.

Hiking offers in Northern Norway

Tough trek along the Queen's Route in Vesterålen

Dronningruta (the Queen's Route) in Vesterålen is the glorious, 15 kilometre long path to the abandoned fishing village of Nyksund.

The route goes between the sea and the mountains and is considered quite challenging – but for anyone in good physical shape who are used to medium altitudes, the views are definitely worth the effort.

Hiking on ancient trails to Slettnes Lighthouse

Slettnes lighthouse is the world’s northernmost mainland lighthouse, located at the Nordkyn peninsula in the far north.

This remote point on the map is the starting point of a 12 kilometre network of easy trails along the Arctic Ocean. The first part goes through previously inhabited areas, and the traces of houses, stone fences and even a Sami Iron Age labyrinth dot the landscape, all well marked. To the north, the infinity of the Arctic Ocean is only interrupted by the odd ship.

The return hike goes along lakes with a colony of waders. If done at night, you can see the midnight sun over the Arctic Ocean.

Kinnarodden - the northernmost point on mainland Europe

Cape Kinnarodden, the northernmost point on mainland Europe, is a solid challenge for the experienced hiker in good shape. Located at the Nordkyn peninsula, the terrain of the well-marked 46 kilometre return trail varies from relatively easy to rocky and tough.

It is necessary to spend one night in a tent. Please contact the tourist information at Mehamn or Kjøllefjord for advice and weather forecast.

Arctic light in Lyngsalpene mountain range

Lyngsalpene is an area of outstanding natural beauty with steep mountains that rise straight from the fjord as well as glaciers, waterfalls, valleys, rivers and lakes.

Experience it all during a week at Lyngen Havfiske & Tursenter, where you sleep in an idyllic rorbu (fisherman’s cabin). The stay includes four guided hikes to different areas of Lyngsalpene. This could be hiking to the glacial lake Blåvatn (“the blue lake”), visiting a glacier or climbing a peak. Every evening you will be served a delicious local specialty, and you can also relax in the sauna or try out the hot tub.

As a bonus, you get to see the midnight sun or the northern lights, depending on when you choose to go. The tour is available 6-12 August 2017 (midnight sun tour) and 10-16 September 2017 (northern lights tour).

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Check out the map below to see where the different hikes are located.

Featured hiking destinations
The 15 kilometre long Dronningruta (The Queen’s Route) is the best known of numerous hikes that go along the open ocean to quiet valleys, coastal… Read more
Hiking in Vesterålen
The 1,800 metre high Lyngen Alps hide a region of very varied hiking; from coastal paths through glacier hikes to the highest peak in Finland and the… Read more
Hiking in Lyngenfjord and the Lyngen Alps
Nordkyn, just east of the North Cape, is a peninsula with a steep, rocky coastline and surprisingly easy terrain. Hike to abandoned fishing villages,… Read more
Hiking in Nordkyn and Cape Kinnarodden
Featured hiking products
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… Read more
The Queen's Route
The Nordkyn peninsula offers 250 km of marked trails. The terrain is only moderately demanding, with soft, heather-clad ground and gently rolling… Read more
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    Getting here and around

    Get in-depth travel information on Northern Norway's official website.

    • Northern Norway cycling car

      By car

      Driving is a scenic way of getting around in Northern Norway - but be aware that distances between the bigger cities can be larger than you think. It is possible to rent a car at all of the airports in Northern Norway.

    • Northern Norway cycling boat

      By boat

      Another option is to go with the shipping line Hurtigruten, which stops at 25 ports in Northern Norway, including Vesterålen, Tromsø, Hammerfest, Nordkyn and Kirkenes.

    • Northern Norway cycling plane

      By plane

      There are airports in Bodø, Harstad/Narvik, Tromsø, Alta, Kirkenes and Longyearbyen, plus 20 short runway airports. Travel time from Oslo to Tromsø is around one hour and 45 minutes.

    Safety in the mountains

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    Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

    1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
    2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
    3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
    4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
    5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
    6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
    7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
    8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
    9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

    Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

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