A straight forward route – on this hike you’ll ascend the peak of Svarttinden from the small hamlet of Gravermarka on the island of Austvågøya to gain fantastic views of the surrounding peaks and fjords. The route follows a narrow but continuous path all the way to the summit ridge, where it crosses a rocky area. Begin on steep forested slopes before the slope eases and you emerge from the trees to pass a small mountain lake. From here the slopes ramps up again and the path zig-zags it’s way towards the lower peak, from here traverse the ridgeline to reach the cairned and jagged south top of Svarttinden. Enjoy wonderful views of neighbouring Gimsøya island to the west before retracing your steps to finish back at Gravermarka.
Parking: After turning off the E10 onto the 864 road pass through the hamlet of Sydalen, then in the next hamlet of Gravermarka park in the small gravel car park behind the grocery store.
Points of Interest
Moose (Alces alces)
Norway is home to a population wild moose, but they have only inhabited Lofoten since 1949, or at least this is when they were first sighted on Hinnøya island. From then the population has spread among the easterly Lofoten islands. Generally they prefer wooded landscapes, making them difficult to spot, but can occasionally be seen on the upper mountain slopes and swimming in lakes or in the sea between islands.
Lofoten’s most north easterly island Austvågøya is home to Svolvaer, the largest and most urban-feeling, fishing village of the archipelago. The island even boasts a small airport, and is the seat of the Lofoten art scene.
Find our more about the island here: https://lofoten.info/en/vaagan.
Food & Drink
There is nowhere to eat or drink along the trail today. The hike starts from behind a small café/grocery store in Gravermarka (check the opening times before relying on being about to buy provisions here), but there is also a supermarket in Kabelvåg and nearby Osan.
Although this 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 recommended along with walking poles to help take the pressure off your knees, these will be 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.