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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.

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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 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
Slettnes lighthouse
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
Cape Kinnarodden, the northernmost point on mainland Europe, is a solid challenge for the experienced hiker in good shape. Read more
Guided Walking on the Lofoten Islands with HF Holidays
Cape Kinnarodden, the northernmost point on mainland Europe, is a solid challenge for the experienced hiker in good shape. Read more
Discover the Lofoten Islands on foot with Inntravel
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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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