A short, varied and undulating hike which adds a little extra challenge and takes in the spectacular view down onto Kvalvika Bay from the summit of Ryten. Leave the road behind and follow a vague (and at times boggy path) as you ascend towards two small lakes before curving left and following the path over exposed bedrock. The route makes use of raised wooden walkways that allow you to avoid the worst of the boggy ground with ease. At a junction in the route with a small lake down on your left you can choose to bear right and ascend to Ryten’s summit for the best views down onto Kvalvika Bay. Alternatively, to shorten the walk simply turn left now and descend towards the beach on a rocky path and on wooden walkways. Spend some time exploring the beach before ascending towards a saddle-point for wonderful fjord and mountain vistas before making your descent to the roadside.
Parking: Park in a small car park (large enough for around 4-5 cars) on the left-hand side of the 986 road after passing through Fredvang. There’s a small wooden signpost for Ryten on the left-hand side of the small car park. Further along the road there’s a larger car park for a hike taking in Kvalvika Bay alone.
Good walking boots/stiff-soled shoes are essential and walking poles are recommended to help you make the most of this hike.
The terrain is varied and includes walking on dirt path, boggy ground, exposed sections of bedrock, rocky paths, and through a couple of boulder fields (small boulders at the summit of Ryten and larger boulders approaching the saddle-point above the beach).
A well-walked route, this circuit is a popular hike, and recent path renovations have seen the construction of raised wooden walkways above the bog and worn sections of path. These make navigating the wet terrain easier for you and also help reduce erosion of the landscape by walkers. The walkways tend to dry quickly in the sun, but care is needed when crossing them especially when wet to avoid slipping – the walkways vary in height above the ground (maximum height is 1m).
Points of Interest
One of the Lofoten's most beautiful beaches! Located on the island of Moskenesøya north of Reine on the west coast the beach can only be reached on foot or by boat, although a popular destination for hikers this isolation and distance from towns and roads are part of what makes this place so special. At high tide there appear to be two beaches in Kvalvika Bay but at low tide they sand forms one continuous strip. The best view of the beaches is from Ryten's summit so it's certainly worth the extra ascent!
The village of Reine is itself a charming base full of converted quaint fishermen's cabins painted in traditional reds, yellows and whites. The village has a small centre of culture, gallery, places to eat and you'll find the coast scattered with large wooden frames used to dry thousands of cod at the beginning of the summer.
Food & Drink
Despite its small size there are a few places to get food in Reine, the Reine Rorbuer (Classic Norway Hotel) has a great restauant serving delicious local cuisine. Alternatively, there's the Bringen Cafe, Vertshuset Lanternen Bistro opposite the convenience store, and of course the convenience store which sells a selection of groceries for a packed lunch, pastries, coffee and tea, along with a small selection of hot takeaway foods.
Although this a short walk you'll need plenty of water (at least 2 litres) and a packed lunch - we recommend buying provisions for a picnic on Kvalvika beach as there is nowhere to pick up food or water en route.
Although this is a short hike you'll experience mountain conditions and weather - remember you're in the Arctic Circle. 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 - especially useful on the descents!
Bring plenty of water and food for completing the walk as there is nowhere to restock or fill your water bottle en route.