Hiking Flakstadtind – A Local’s Favourite on Lofoten Islands

While breathtaking views of dramatic mountains touching pristine beaches and a never-ending ocean beyond them remain, Flakstadtind has not yet been discovered by the majority of tourists who visit Lofoten.

I only encountered a few other people on the trail and spent a magical sunset at the top before promptly launching my camera off a cliff, losing the last couple of day’s images in seconds (I don’t recommend that part).

Things to Know About Hiking to Flakstadtind

Map & roundtrip stats for the hike

  • Distance: 3km / 1.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 460 m / 1510 ft
  • Time required: 2-3 hours
  • Type of hike: out and back
  • Parking: 68.102733, 13.304010

Where is the Flakstadtind hike located?

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Flakstadtind sits right above Skagsanden Beach on Flakstadøy Island in Lofoten. It’s a 5-minute drive from Ramberg, 35 minutes from Reine or 1.5 hours from Svolvær, making it an easy stop in my Lofoten Itinerary.

What is the best time of year to hike Flakstadtind?

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The summer months of June-September are best for hiking Flakstadtind, although I recommend avoiding this hike after heavy rain.

The forecast for the Lofoten Islands is unpredictable and should not be underestimated. I was in Lofoten for around six weeks in the middle of summer, and we had atrocious weather for most of that time.

While some more mellow hikes are doable in light rains or wind, this is not one of them. The steep, muddy trail and exposed rocky ridgeline could be dangerous in bad conditions.

How difficult is the hike to Flakstadtind?

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Overall, this hike is fairly straightforward. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for beginner hikers or anyone afraid of heights.

The beginning may lull you into a false sense of security, but as soon as you round the corner, you’ll be faced with a steep ascent that goes straight up the mountain.

After reading about this hike in Cody Duncan’s ebook West Lofoten Hikes, where he describes it as “easy,” I wasn’t expecting to gain around 200m of elevation in the last 350 meters of the hike.

Most of the trail can be muddy at times, and there are some high steps where you may need to use your hands, but the most exposed section is just before the summit. At the end of the day, as long as you’re okay with a little exposure, the small suffer-fest is nothing when compared to the views.

Highlights of the Flakstadtind day hike

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From the tiny summit of Flakstadtind, you can enjoy an incredible 360-degree panorama of mountains, fjords, and tropical-looking beaches. This hike is severely underappreciated.

The main view is over Skagsanden and Flakstadsanden beaches, which combine with quite an interesting-looking little peninsula. Behind you, you can also see the gradient colours of Flakstadpollen Bay and many of the mountains and valleys of Flaskstadøy Island.

Conveniently, a little signboard at the top tells you the names of all the mountains and significant points you can see.

Despite what looked like a small storm, we hiked up just before sunset and were treated to quite the show. Light, whispy rain clouds floated around us and caught the colours of the sunset, giving some cool silhouettes.

Unfortunately, after spending some time taking photos at the summit, I knocked my camera from its mount on my backpack, and it flew off the side of the mountain, bounced, and launched another few hundred meters down.

We tried to scramble around and find it but had no luck. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack, but in this case, it was a camera in an enormous boulder field.

Using the occasion, I would like to thank my friend Kate from Bags Always Packed for letting me use her photos in this post.

How to get to the trailhead of the Flakstadtind hike

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The official trailhead for Flakstadtind is a little pullout on the side of the E10. You should see a small gate and powerlines directly in front of you with space for about 3 cars.

Although this hike is not popular, it is a local favourite, especially on a clear day. These three spots may be taken quickly.

We parked at the much bigger lot near Skagsanden Beach and walked down the side of the road to the trailhead. It took about 10 minutes extra each way.   

Flakstadtind trail description

Enter the gate you see from the parking area and follow the trail on the right-hand side of the stream. This section is quite easy and slowly reaches a plateau in a little under a kilometre.

Eventually, you will come to a small shack, where you will want to get your hiking poles out. Flakstadtind is to your right. Follow the trail that essentially goes straight up the side of the mountain; you can’t miss it.

Some parts of this trail are quite muddy, and towards the top, it can become quite exposed, but look out for loose rocks and keep pushing on—the views are worth it!

Other hikes to do nearby Flakstadtind

Volandstind

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Just around the corner from Flakstadtind, you’ll find Volandstind, a pyramid-looking mountain that overlooks Ramberg Beach and Fredvang Bridge (which you will have driven over at some point). Despite the daunting western face, this is one of the easiest hikes in Lofoten with an amazing payoff.

Ryten

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One of Lofoten’s most famous viewpoints, Ryten, is a hike that everyone should have on their list of must-do hikes in Lofoten. With unbeatable views of Kvalvika Beach and a clear view of the ocean to the west, it’s another top option for sunset.

Hestræva

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A truly off-the-beaten-path hike on the Flakstadøy Island. If you are looking for solitude, consider hiking to Hestræva. You can count on incredible views of Flakstadpollen Bay and the surrounding mountains.

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Marta
Marta

Hi! I am the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me hiking somewhere in the mountains.

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