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Ryten Summit & Kvalvika Bay Loop Walk

Wanderung · Flakstad
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  • 0.90 km second small lake & viewpoint
    / 0.90 km second small lake & viewpoint
    Foto: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • / Kvalvika beaches from the summit of Ryten
    Foto: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • / On the beach at Kvalvika
    Foto: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • / A signpost on the way down to the road from the saddle-point
    Foto: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • / Wooden walkway leading down to the road
    Foto: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • / A wooden boat house on the shore
    Foto: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
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Enjoy this wonderful loop walk on varied terrain and raised wooden walkways from the road side taking in countless viewpoints over Kvalvika Bay from the summit of Ryten.
9 km
4:30 h
819 hm
842 hm

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. 


The view makes the extra ascent up to the summit of Ryten well worth it, if you’re able, don’t miss it!
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Catherine Allan 
Aktualisierung: 07.06.2019

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516 m
Tiefster Punkt
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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). 


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Points of Interest

Kvalvika Bay

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.  



Roadside parking spot south of Fredvang (10 m)
68.074648, 13.136627
68°04'28.7"N 13°08'11.9"E
33W 422362 7552358


Roadside parking spot south of Fredvang


0.00 km – After parking in the small parking spot on the left-hand side of the 968 road leaving Fredvang as described begin the hike.  With your back to the sea TURN RIGHT and walk along the road with care for 100m.

0.10 km – TURN LEFT off the road onto a grassy path with a wooded area on your right. Begin ascending on the grassy path (boggy at times) keeping to the edge of the wood as best you can.

0.30 km – When the woodland ends on your right continue STRAIGHT ON towards the saddle-point ahead. 

0.70 km – With the dammed lake on your right continue STRAIGHT ON towards the second small lake.

0.90 km – On reaching the second small lake BEAR RIGHT at a boulder to follow the path as it hugs the right-hand shore of the lake.  Check out the viewpoint over a bay below before you TURN LEFT to continue on the path and ascend on a rocky path there are two steep sections where you can use the metal chains provided is you wish). 

1.60 km – With a signpost for Ryten on your right continue STRAIGHT ON the path.  Soon the path crosses exposed bedrock and raised wooden walkways – take care as both can be slippery when wet.

2.20 km – Beside two large boulders a few faint paths meet, for Ryten continue STRAIGHT ON to ascend to the summit viewpoint. 

3.30 km – After traversing the hillside on a narrow path with a steep drop down on your left to the sea BEAR RIGHT to ascend further and follow the dirt path to the summit.  The path passes through a small boulder field at the summit – keep a look out for the summit cairn ahead.

3.70 km – You have reached the cairn; it marks a great viewpoint over the ocean and down onto Kvalvika Bay.  From here retrace your steps and continue STRAIGHT ON to the junction at the two large boulders. 

5.10 km – On returning to the large boulders TURN RIGHT for Kvalvika Bay and descend on a grassy path towards the wooden walkways.  Descend carefully on the wooden walkways with a stream on your left.  When the walkway ends continue STRAIGHT ON following the rough and rocky path down to the beach.  Take your time on this section.

6.10 km – After the ground levels with the beach ahead the path splits, BEAR LEFT to follow the grass around to the dune at the back of the beach. 

6.20 km – Here at the back of the beach you’ll BEAR LEFT to ascend the rocky, more gradually ascending path to the saddle-point visible ahead. 

If you wish to take a walk on the beach, it’s easily accessible from here by turning right.  Return to this spot when you’re ready to continue. 

Take care on the ascent especially when crossing the bedrock or at the boulder field near the high point. 

6.90 km – A cairn marks the high point of the saddle, continue STRAIGHT ON the rocky path to descend the other side back to the road.  Encounter further wooden walkways on your descent. 

7.70 km – With the road in sight BEAR RIGHT to follow the rocky path into the trees and continue descending.  More wooden walkways and a short section of stone steps will bring you down to the roadside. 

8.00 km – On reaching the road opposite the larger car park for those walkers hiking only to Kvalvika TURN LEFT onto the road and walk along it with care back to your car.

9.00 km – Arrive back at the smaller car park south of Fredvang where you parked.  Now head back to Reine for some well-earned refreshments or onto your next mini adventure of the day!


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68.074648, 13.136627
68°04'28.7"N 13°08'11.9"E
33W 422362 7552358
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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. 

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