Sandy white beaches, steep mountains, and an amazing view towards never ending oceans. Ryten and Kvalvika is an unmatched combination you can’t afford to miss if you’re going to Lofoten, and it is the perfect place to watch the sunset.
In this article you will read about the hike to Ryten, and the amazing Kvalvika beach at the foot of the mountain.
Destination: Fredvang, Moskenesøy
Vertical meters: 543 meters
Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
On the North- West side of Moskenesøya, you will find the mountain Ryten. Ryten stretches 542 meters above the sea, and has a panoramic view of Kvalvika beach. From the top of Ryten, you really get to enjoy the unbeatable Lofoten combination of sandy white beaches, turquoise oceans, and steep mountains. – And that with a relatively minimal effort!
How do I get there?
There are two main route alternatives. You can either go straight to Kvalvika beach, and hike to Ryten from the beach, or you can go directly to the mountaintop first and take a detour to Kvalvika, which is what we did. These hikes have two different parking spots.
If you wish to go directly to Kvalvika, take E10 and head towards Yttersand, and then towards Fredvang. Park your car in the parking lot here (Google Maps), (shown in the image below). If you want to hike Ryten first and take a detour to Kvalvika second, you should drive approximately 3 km past Fredvang, on Fv808 and park your car approximately here. There are signs pointing out where to park.
From both parking spots lot you’ll see a sign and a path leading towards the trail.
This describes the hike to Ryten first, and then to Kvalvika. The path is quite clearly marked, and since it is regularly used, it is easy to follow. The first part of the trail takes you through a meadow, where you’ll have to pass several sheep gates. The trail then takes you towards the mountains, and will after some time turn towards the right, and the inclination will start to increase. After about 30 minutes you will be on top of a valley, where you’ll have to pass to small lakes. The terrain flattens out a bit, and you will eventually be able to get a nice view of Kvalvika. You will also start to see the ridge of the mountain. You can choose to follow the ridge towards the top for the best view, or you can take one of the less exposed trails towards the top. After a last steep inclination, you will find yourself on top of Ryten with a breathtaking view of Kvalvika.
Towards the top, you will find a rock that is popular to make optical illusions with. – It is actually much safer than it looks 😉
To get to Kvalvika, you will have to descend for a little bit the way you came up. Once you have descended from the top, you will find a trail slightly to your right, leading you down towards the beach. Most likely you will be able to see it quite clearly, as you will have a great view of the beach, and the path is well worn.
The hike from the parking lot to Kvalvika directly takes about 60 minutes.
Kvalvika is perhaps the most beautiful beach we have ever visited, and if you are lucky enough to get it to yourself, it is paradise on earth.
On the right side of the beach, you will find a river running down the side of the mountain. This is a nice source for drinking water if you are spending the night. If you continue towards the left end of the beach, you’ll find (with some searching) a small ‘hobbit cabin’ built by two norwegian explorers who spent nine months surfing at Kvalvika some years ago. Look up ‘nordfor sola’ if you are interested in their story.
Spending the night?
After the sun has set, you can either camp on top of Ryten, or at the beach. Both places are recommended, and you will find plenty of space to pitch your tent. On the beach there are several grassy patches suitable, and on top of Ryten there are some flatter areas suitable for a tent as well.
Tip: This is a very popular hike during the day, especially in the summer season. If you do the hike during the afternoon/evening, you might get the place virtually to yourself. Remember to bring a head lamp, even in the summer 🙂
NB! This is one of the most popular hikes in Lofoten, and the trail gets a rough treatment during the summer months. Try to avoid making new tracks, and follow the trail as much as you can. We try to do as little damage as possible, and to preserve nature as much as we can:)
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