Looking for a fairly easy hike in Lofoten, Norway, with a spectacular view? A hike to Ryten might be the right choice for you.
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Height: 543 meters
Distance: 3,5 km
Time: 2-3 hours
Getting There & Parking
Ryten is located on the beautiful island of Moskenesøy. The Ryten trail head we chose is located along road Fv806, a short drive from the main road E10, which makes it is very accessible if you’re driving. We found a parking spot in the area marked as PARKING on the map below and it was easy to see that we were in the right area when we got there. The trail is marked with a sign which made the process very easy. It is another Ryten trail head along road Fv808, marked as KVALVIKA PARKING on the map, which leads you to Kvalvika Beach on your way up Ryten.
There are several places to camp in the area. When we did this hike we were camping in our lavo at Lofoten Beach Camp, so it only took us fifteen minutes to drive to the parking spot by the Ryten trail head. Lofoten Beach Camp is a great and very affordable developed campground that I truly recommend. For 150 NOK we got a spot for our lavo, wifi and access to toilets and showers. It is also possible to do laundry here, which is a huge plus. They also have rooms and bungalows available for rent if you’re not that into tent life. It is also possible to camp in a tent closer to the hike, and it’s become very popular to camp at both Kvalvika beach and Forsvatnet lake.
The Hike To Ryten
THE TRAIL. The trail is clearly marked with signs from the parking area and it is very easy to follow. You can read a more detailed description of the trail here.
DURATION. The hike should take approximately 2-3 hours if you’re in somewhat good shape, but the hike is absolutely doable for people in any shape. The sun never sets in the arctic during the summer months, so take all the time you need! The important thing is that you enjoy the trip, not how fast you can reach the top (unless that’s your thing, of course, what do I know). My travel squad and I took a long lunch break at the summit, and I took a looot of photos on the hike, so we spent approximately 4 hours on the hike in total.
THE VIEW. If you’re looking for a hike where you get the most for your burned calories, this is it. I don’t even know where to start. The view of this hike is amazing from start to finish and I enjoyed every second of it (despite being way too sweaty and out of breath at times). Once you get closer to the top you’ll get an amazing view of Kvalvika beach with the steep mountains in the background. A bit further up you can sit on the Insta-famous cliff or pretend like you’re barely holding on to it, but don’t worry: It’s actually very safe, the ground below is just cropped out of the photos you’ve seen.
VISITING KVALVIKA BEACH. Several other hikers continued down to Kvalvika beach on our way down the mountain. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to do so ourselves, but it sure looks amazing and I’ll make sure to schedule time for it next time.
Is It Overrated?
I’ve read and heard from other travelers that the hike to Ryten is overrated. So, is it? I can’t speak for anyone else but my answer is a definite no. I personally like this hike so so much and it has everything I look for in a hike: amazing scenery wherever you look, the loud silence of nature and fun photo ops. The only downside for me was the crowds of people. I mean, I can’t really complain since I’m one of them, but it was really annoying at some points when we basically walked in one super long line up the mountain. But that is the reality of high season travel.
The Importance Of Traveling Responsibly In Lofoten
Lofoten’s claim to fame hasn’t been all flowers and butterflies. Although most visitors behave perfectly, the ones who do not ruin it for everyone else. Last summer the locals were sick of people camping in their backyards without asking, of people pooping in the middle of popular hiking trails, and inexperienced tourists hiking in dangerous areas despite warnings – putting themselves and their helpers in unnecessary dangerous situations. No one is going to stop you from exploring wonderful Lofoten, but please travel responsibly and consider these travel tips:
- Respect the forces of nature and be careful while hiking and climbing. Do proper research on routes prior to hiking and bring necessary equipment. Always tell someone where you’re going in case of emergencies.
- Nearly all uninhabited lands are open for camping in Norway, with the exception of yards, parking spots, cemeteries (!), animal enclosures and within 150 meters of any building. If you’re in someones property, be sure to ask them for permission. Do not get upset if they say no, it’s their right.
- Leave no trace: Lofoten is a fragile arctic environment, treat it as such. Leave the nature as it was before you arrived, and please don’t litter. Learn more here.
- Toilets: Use public toilets whenever you can. If you cannot hold it, walk as far as you can from a public trail to do your deed. And cover it up after so no one has to step in your poop later.
Looking for other hikes to do in Norway? Check out Hovdsundet here.