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Hiking in Vesterålen
Måtind, Andøy, 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 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.

Lyngen Alps hiking guide

Discover the incredible walks, hikes and sites in Lyngenfjord’s free hiking brochure.

The brochure guides you to a selection of the finest routes, of various levels and with different themes. There’s something for everyone: Coastal walks by the open sea, tough climbs to majestic peaks, glacier hikes and cultural excursions to explore both the rich fauna and Norway’s mining and war history.

You can also visit the cairn where Norway, Sweden and Finland meets, and even conquer Finland’s highest mountain!

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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
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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… Read more
The Queen's Route
The world's northernmost mainland lighthouse was built in 1905, destroyed in 1944 and rebuilt in 1945-48. Situated on a vast coastal plain between the… Read more
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Cape Kinnarodden, the northernmost point on mainland Europe, is a solid challenge for the experienced hiker in good shape. Read more
Kinnarodden - the northernmost point on mainland Europe
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    Getting here and around

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

    • Northern Norway cycling/hiking 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/hiking 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/hiking 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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