A hike on the sky - the sky so close to the Lofoten.By Elisa | On 5. März 2018 take an adVANture · On March 5, 2018
Himmeltinden, Lofoten, Norway. Closer to heaven than earth. Climb a summit above the Arctic Circle and sweaty but happy to enjoy the views of a picturesque landscape. Where mountains and sea give the handle in the hand. In the Lofoten, the Himmeltinden at my feet. One of my most beautiful hikes during my solo road trip through the north of Norway.
The Himmeltind, or Himmeltindan, is a 931m high mountain on the island Vestvågøya in Lofoten. Walking on foot is the famous Haukland beach, one of the most beautiful places I could sleep during my entire tour. So nice that I stayed there for several days. In the immediate vicinity is the small town Utakleiv.
You can get to Haukland Strand, the starting point of the hike, by leaving the E10 at Leknes and following the signs to Utakleiv. The roads are narrow, sometimes cross the paths and just before you want to turn back, you reach the destination.
I leave my campervan right on Haukland beach, enjoy a quick breakfast and am on the way to the highest peak in the vicinity in the morning. It is early September, the sun is shining from the sky and there is barely a cloud in sight. A hiking day can not start any better.
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I cross the small road and follow a farm road, which is closed by a turnpike for cars. An old gray-haired man, tall and with a good-natured face, I ask for direction as he opens the turnpike. Yes, I'm on the right track and the weather is wonderful for this tour. So I walk a good 500m on the paved road to the left hand a trail on the grassy slope shows. This is the old cart track, which between 1850 and 1947 was the only connection between Haukland and Utakleiv.
Immediately it becomes steep and serpentine-like, the path meanders along the slope. In some places the path is washed out and I need both hands to get ahead. That will not be the last time that day. After about 30 minutes I reach the saddle and on the next few meters the old cart track runs relatively flat. Past rocks and a pond, a small wetland biotope.
Shortly after catching the first glimpse of Utakleiv beach, I have to leave the path and turn right towards Himmeltinden. Even if you do not see the summit from here, you can hardly miss the branch. A sign shows the direction - a rarity for hiking trails in Norway.
The rain of recent days has softened the earth in some places, so I have to make my way up over slippery rocks and moss. At the beginning still leisurely, it gets steeper with each altitude difference. The way is easy to see, but it is not possible to get lost. If I run out of breath in between, because there are no flat Verschaufpausen, then I sit down on one of the large boulders and enjoy the view, which is beautiful every minute.
After a few hours, it should have been 2.5, I reach a relatively flat meadow saddle, which I think in the beginning, that he is my goal. Instead, I still lack a good 130m to the summit and have it in itself. Right along and soon steeply rising again, I need an hour or so to reach my destination. And on top, after a few climbing over boulder fields, I do not regret a minute. And yes, maybe I'll shed a few tears at the sight of immaculate nature.
The direct way back is via the same route. Alternatively you can descend on the saddle the old cart path towards Utakleiv and from there take the old coastal road to Haukland beach.
(↑ 931m – ↓ 931m) DURATION AND LENGTH (↑ 931m - ↓ 931m)
I needed about 7 hours for the 9km, including a long break at the summit.
The path is easy to spot almost everywhere. Over the entire route relatively steep, it is a bit slippery in some places and muddy after heavy rains. Sturdy footwear is therefore a must, even windproof clothing and headgear on the summit.
Until the middle / end of June and from mid / end of September, snow may be lying on the summit. In bad weather conditions the tour should not be undertaken. Despite the exhausting climb, the hike on the Himmeltinden is a popular tour of the locals. That's why I recommend an early start.
TO EAT AND DRINK
A proper snack sweetens every strenuous climb. That's why you should already stock up on all the food and water in Leknes, the next big city, because there is nothing to buy in the vicinity of the sky.
As a research for the hike served me the Another nice hike in Lofoten is the tour to Kvalkika Bay . Here you will find not only a secluded bay, but also a beautiful camping spot and a small self-built cottage, the use of which is available to everyone.
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