Hiking
Nusfjord is the perfect starting point for exploring the arctic landscapes on foot. Whether you are up for a calm walk along the picturesque coast or a more challenging adventure to the breathtaking peaks, we have got you covered. All our hikes will leave you with memorable experiences of the unique Lofoten archipelago – from flora to fauna, and sea to summit.
Hiking

HIKE TO NUSFJORD LIGHTHOUSE (EASY)

A short and sweet walk through the historical rorbu buildings south of the harbour, through a lightly wooded area, and out to the weathered lighthouse perched on the polished rocks.

Next steps

From the harbour, walk south along the road which leaves you with the rorbuer on your left. Follow this trail until the road ends, to where the trail through the meadow begins. The area can be quite wet due to rain and snow runoff, so make sure you are wearing appropriate waterproof shoes.

From here, follow the trail to the left and between two small hills. Walk through this small valley and soon you will see the small lighthouse resting on top of its very own island. Follow the trail until you reach the small bridge where you can cross over to the lighthouse.

From this vantage point, you have the open sea to the south and a great view of the Nusfjord cove to the north. Bring a picnic or simply enjoy the view before heading back to Nusfjord Arctic Resort along the same route. There are many small trails in the area created by the locals and their sheep, so be sure to follow the map to ensure you are heading in the right direction.  

Essential information:
Season: May – October
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 2.2 kilometers (outandback)
Duration: 0.5–1 hour

NUSFJORD TO MELLAVATNET (EASY)

Enjoy this light hike to the spectacular lakes vest of Nusfjord Arctic Resort. The hike follows a less-known path up an easy incline – and within minutes you will be away from the hustle and bustle of the village and surrounded by the beautiful nature of the lake, Mellavatnet.

Next steps:

From the reception desk at Landhandleriet, follow the road heading directly west towards the tall mountains in the distance. Follow this road for about 200 meters as it makes a slight northward turn, passing the public parking lot on the right. At the end of the road keep left of the very last house and follow the dirt path into the forest.

You will pass the first small lake, Nervatnet, on the left. Continue on the dirt path for another 500 meters until you reach the eastern shore of Mellavatnet. Here you will come to a fire pit and many places to enjoy a picnic at the banks of the lake. From this point on, the exploration is endless. Cross the bridge across the stream and explore the forest, follow one of the many small animal trails, or walk along the lake’s shore to the next peak. Return to Nusfjord along the same path.

Essential information:
Season: May–October
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.3 kilometers (outandback)
Elevation Gain: 50 meters
Duration: 0.5–1 hours

TØNSÅSHEIA (MEDIUM)

The hike to Tønsåsheia and Mosestinden is a two-for-one adventure. These two peaks are so close to one another that it is an absolute must conquering both in one try. Flakstadøya’s tallest peaks provide incredible views of the surrounding mountains and ocean and an overview of the picturesque fishing village.

The trailhead to the Tønsåsheia hike is located just a few hundred meters away from Nusfjord Arctic Resort.

We also offer guided tours of this hike, including mountaineering to Stjerntinden upon request. Get in touch for more information and price.

Next steps:

The hike to Mosestinden and Tønsåsheia begins a few hundred meters south of the center of Nusfjord Arctic Resort. Follow the road along the water which takes you past all of the historic red «rorbuer» – the fishing cabins.

The beginning of this trail is marked with a sign, “Fiskesti» (fishing track) pointing you away from the ocean into the hills. After following this trail for about 300 meters, you will see a fork in the road, marked by a pole with a green top. For Mosestinden and Tønsåsheia, take a right-hand turn at this pole and follow the trail up the little hill. Make sure to continue in this direction for at least 100 meters. The trail will take you up, down, and back up again. Make sure not to connect back to the coastal trail on one of the small sheep trails.

Note: Follow our map to ensure you stay on the right trail in the beginning due to the occasional cross trails made by the local sheep that can cause some confusion.

The next kilometer of the trail will bring you up and down through a soft mountain path, occasionally encountering some areas that are quite wet due to creeks or rain runoff so wear the appropriate shoes so make sure your feet stay dry for the rest of the hike.

Halfway through the hike, you will come across the most demanding section due to the steep, loose gravel trail. You will gain 100 meters in elevation during this portion of the hike and it is crucial to respect the difficulty to ensure your safety. Remember to take it slow on the way up and dig your heels in on the way down to maintain a solid grip. The terrain before and after this section of the trail is very stable and easy to manage.

When you have completed about two-thirds of the hike, you will come to a large plateau where you will see a pile of stones on the right-hand side of the trail. Follow the trail going straight uphill for the final 300-meter elevation gain to the top of the mountain.

When you reach the top of the steep hill, the obvious path disappears. Head northeast across the flat plateau until you reach Mosestinden, which overlooks the fjord and valleys below. From this viewpoint, you can see Nusfjord below, the vast ocean out to the east and Stjernhauet to your left. The tall peaks behind you are Stjerntinden and Tønsåsheia.

To continue to Tønsåsheia, head to the highest point of the plateau. A narrow ridge will connect you to the peak. You can choose to walk on the south-side or on top of the ridge. There are a few different and secure trails to choose from but it is recommended to climb on the south-side of the ridge if it is windy.

After a few hundred meters, you will see a metal sign marking the top of Tønsåsheia located on the narrow peak. Be careful if it is windy for there is not a lot of room at the top. From the peak of Tønsåsheia, you will see the amazing views over Nusfjord to the east, Kjelfjorden and the rest of Flakstadøya to the west, and Stjerntinden to the north. Southwest of Tønsåsheia lies Moskenesøya, the island with the adventures to Munken, Bunes Beach, and Helvetestind.

Essential information:
Season: June – October
Difficulty: Demanding
Distance: 7.2 kilometers (outandback)
Elevation Gain: 790 meters
Duration: 3–6 hours