Leave the road on the east shore of lake Storvatnet behind and ascend the wooded slopes. After the initial steep path, the ascent eases, but the path seems to disappear into the rocky landscape – here it’s best to follow the GPS track and take the route that suits you best. Once you gain the ridge you’ll have excellent views east to Vestvågøy island, follow the ridge to reach the first rocky knoll with a small wooden hut just below it’s top. Enjoy the view here and decide whether to continue following the small cairns along the rest of the ridge – there is only one unavoidable section that requires scrambling up 3 m of rock at 2.40 km – otherwise scrambling can be avoided by dropping down to the left and walking around. Reach the summit to be greeted by spectacular panoramic views, you can extend the route with an additional 600m (out and back) by continuing to the tall cairn further along the ridge from where you'll get the best views of Nusford village. From here simply retrace your steps to the car taking care on the scramble if you opt to go beyond the first viewpoint.
Please Note: The route is not recommended if the forecast is for a lot of rain or poor visibility. Although a ridge walk, the ridge is broad in places with steep drop offs, and is largely pathless which can make navigation challenging in bad visibility.
The outward route on the GPS track follows the ridge more directly, whereas the return route follows are easier route going around most difficulties along the ridge. Follow the route as is, or walk it your preferred way.
Parking: Begin the hike just 5 minute drive from Nusford village and park in the large gravel layby with space for a few cars opposite the old quarry on the shore of Storvatnet lake.
The route is not recommended if the forecast is for a lot of rain or poor visibility. Although a ridge walk, the ridge is broad in places with steep drop offs mostly on the right as you walk south. The route is also largely pathless which makes navigation challenging in bad visibility.
There is one unavoidable section of scrambling up a groove in the rock for ~3m – this is 2.40 km into the route. Otherwise any potential scrambling on the highpoints of the ridge can be avoided by dropping down to the left and walking around. The scramble isn’t recommended if the rock is wet or if you suffer from vertigo.
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Points of Interest
Nusford is said to be the oldest fishing village in the Lofoten archipelago, with some cabins dating from the 1800s and with traces of settlement from as far back as 425 BC. The village has only 19 permanent residents living in the UNESCO recognised site. Access is free is you’re staying at the Nusford Arctic Resort – with 19 delightfully renovated fishermen’s cabins and many perks, including free access to the wood-fired ocean-facing sauna and hotubs.
The peak itself is just a highpoint on the ridgeline that dominates the skyline when seen from below in Nusford. The views over Flakstadøy island and across the strait to neighbouring Vestvågøy island are unrivalled from the odd lunar-like landscape you’ll find on the ridge.
Food & Drink
There is nowhere en route to eat or drink, but there is a café in Nusford and you can ask at your hotel for a packed lunch the evening before. Otherwise, it’s a 30 minute drive to the much larger, although not particularly scenic, town of Leknes where you’ll find supermarkets for groceries and a few cafes and restaurants.
Buchtipps für die Region
Although this isn't a long hike you'll experience mountain conditions and weather, and the tricky terrain make this a full days of activity. Remember you're in the Arctic Circle - so make sure to bring waterproofs, warm layers, hats, gloves, and a buff for warmth. Stiff-soled walking shoes or boots are essential along with walking poles to help take the pressure off your knees on the descent!
Make sure to bring plenty of water, and food (lunch and snacks) for completing the walk as there is nowhere to restock or fill your water bottle en route.