Kvalvika is a beautiful beach isolated on the west coast of Moskenesøy in Lofoten. The beach is surrounded by many spectacular mountains. The greatest of them all is Ryten, a 542 meters tall mountain on the north side of the beach. Ryten is the perfect place to watch the sun dipping into the ocean.

    Destination: Fredvang, Moskenesøy
    Distance: 3,5km
 Vertical meters: 543 meters
    Time:2-3 hours
    Difficulty: Easy
   Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
   Type: Hiking


Where to start?

Park your car at the parking lot near Kvalvika (Google Maps). From the parking lot you will see the trail leading in to the bushes. Continue through the mountain pass with Torsfjordtinden on your right. After 30 minutes you will reach the top off the pass, and start the decent down to the beach. It will take approximately 60 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the beach.

When you are finished enjoying the inner part of the beach, you should go far north on it. There you will see a small creek running down the hills. Start ascending along side it. After a few hundred meters of ascending, the terrain will flat out and you will arrive at a small lake. You should now start to get a beautiful view of Kvalvika and the ocean. Pass the lake and keep going up the path until you reach the top of the mountain.

The trail up from the beach

On top of Ryten, there is a pointy stone that is very popular to make optical illusions with. On this picture you can see Kari Schibevaag hanging from the stone with her dog “Truls” in her backpack. This makes for great photos, and is much safer than it looks 😉

Kari Schibevaag hanging from the stone with her dog “Truls” in the backpack

Ryten is a great mountain to view the sun dipping down into the ocean.

After the sun is set, you can camp on top of Ryten or at the beach, or you can start the return journey. PS: make sure to bring a headlamp 😉


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