Six days hiking on Moskenesøy
- This article is an itinerary.
Six days hiking on Moskenesøy is a tour around the island of Moskenesøy in Lofoten in Northern Norway. It will bring you from sea level, through small villages, and up in the mountains to one of Lofoten highest peaks, Hermannsdalstinden, and back to sea level again. You will have the opportunity for fishing in the sea, relaxing in Lofoten's small villages and white beaches, as well as hiking in Lofoten's spectacular mountains. You can get there easily by train, flight, car or ferry.
The route brings you to several and various nature attractions in Lofoten:
- Sea fishing, boat trip
- Small village culture
- White beaches
- Mountain hiking to one of the highest peaks in Lofoten
- Tent, sleeping bag
- Warm clothing protecting against wind and rain
- Hiking shoes
Get in 
The starting and ending point for the trip is Moskenes in Lofoten. You get to Moskenes in any of several ways:
- By flight: Fly from Oslo/Bergen/Trondheim to Bodø (1,5 hour), and then take the ferry (Hurtigruta) from Bodø to Moskenes. The airport bus stops at the ferry terminal (15 min). Norwegian.no and SAS fly daily to Bodø from all major cities in Norway.
- By train: Take the train from Oslo or other major cities in Norway to Bodø (17 – 19 hours). You could save a lot of money if you get a low price ticket, called “Minipris”, available on nsb.no for 199 or 299 NOK. In Bodø take the ferry (Hurtigruta) to Moskenes.
- By car: Drive to Bodø, and then take the ferry to Moskenes. In jun/jul/aug you should make a reservation for your car on the ferry on their website to avoid long carlines.
You leave Moskenes in Lofoten the same way you came.
Day 1: Moskenes to Reine 
Walk(5 km) by the local road or take the local bus to Reine. In Reine you can rent a cabin, but is often taken or expensive (about 600 NOK per night), so you should make a reservation weeks, even month, before you leave.
Day 2: Activity day in Reine 
Spend some time in Reine fishing or take a boat safari.
Day 3: Reine to Vindstad/Bunesstranda 
Take the daily boat from Reine to Vindstad, called “Fjordskyss”. The boat leaves in the morning, so check out departure times. Spend some time in Vindstad, and see how the locals live. From Vindstad follow trail to Bunesstranda, a white beach with incredible views and relaxing surroundings. Spend the night here in your tent.
Day 4: Moskenes to Munkebu 
From the beach go back to Vindstad. Take the same boat you came with back to Reine. Grab the bus or walk back to Moskenes. At the busstop right before Moskenes you find the unmarked trail up to Munkebu (a DNT Cabin). You need a key for this cabin. For exact informastion on trail description and key, see http://www.turistforeningen.no/english/cabin.php?ca_id=340. You need a map for this trail.
Day 5: Munkebu to Hermannsdalstinden and back to Munkebu 
This moderately difficult trail takes about 7-8 hours and is partly marked with red T’s. The trail leads you from the cabin at Munkebu to the top of Hermannsdalstinden(1029 m), with spectacular views over most of Lofoten, and back down again to Munkebu. The trail is marked by The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT), but for your own safety you should bring your own map. You could buy these maps in the Lofoten region. There is also an on-line map available here.
The following trail description assumes that you have a map. From the Munkebu cabin, follow the trail to map point 413. From there follow trail passing between the two small lakes Krokvatnet and Tennesvatnet up to map point 448. From there continue down to Krokvatnet and up to between map point 536 and 650. From here continue to the top. In some parts it is necessary to do some easy climbing, but you will not need climbing equipment. Be sure you are not afraid of heights before starting.
Follow the same trail back to Munkebu, and spend the night in the Munkebu cabin.
Day 6: Munkebu to Moskenes 
Follow unmarked trail from Munkebu to Moskenes and take the ferry to Bodø.
Stay safe 
- Always be prepared for a sudden shift in the weather, as this can happen very quickly in Norway. Even in the summer months the weather could be cold and windy.
- When hiking, always make sure to bring a map and a compass, and make sure someone knows where you're going, and when you get back.