Guide To Reinebringen –  Lofoten’s Most Famous Hike

If you want an epic first day in Lofoten, hop off the ferry and drive straight to the Reinebringen trailhead. Within a few hours, you will admire some of the best views of Lofoten’s majestic fjords and picture-perfect mountains.  

Things to Know About Hiking to Reinebringen

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While there’s certainly a reason that this is the most famous hike in the Lofoten Islands, don’t be fooled. It’s not easy and can be dangerous. Before heading off, you must be prepared with knowledge and equipment.

The roundtrip stats for the hike:

  • Distance: 2.8 km / 1.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 410 m / 1350 ft
  • Time required: 1.5-2 hours
  • Type of hike: out and back
  • When to go: July – September
  • Trailhead: 67.922416, 13.078241
  • Parking: option 1, option 2 (harbour)

Where is the Reinebringen hike located?

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Reinebringen is located just outside the town of Reine on the island of Moskenesøy in the Lofoten Islands.

It’s an easy 5-minute drive from the Moskenes ferry terminal and a highly recommended stop in my Lofoten itinerary.

What is the best time of year to hike it?

The best time of year to hike Reinebringen is the peak of summer, generally late June – August. However, the safety of this hike highly depends on the conditions. I was lucky to squeeze it in before a week-long storm with gale-force winds. The next day, it was too dangerous even to leave my van.

I also need to emphasize that this is NOT a winter trail. Unprepared tourists die on this hike yearly despite the local government adding warning signs and gated closures outside of hiking season.

Many factors contribute to it being such a dangerous hike in winter, including extremely steep slopes, avalanches, and cornices. Since it is usually pretty crowded, you may be tempted to visit outside of peak season, but if there is snow on the trail, even in June, please don’t hike it.

How difficult is the hike to Reinebringen?

As you may have pictured already, this is not an easy hike. However, if you have good weather and great cardio, it’s not the hardest hike in Norway; it’s just steep (410 m in 1.4 km). 

When Reinebringen became overwhelmingly popular, a sherpa staircase was built to combat erosion.

The stairs were not yet completed when I visited Lofoten, so the last section was still quite challenging. Thankfully, the stone staircase was finished in 2022 and now goes from the base to the top of the mountain (just a casual 1,800 stairs).

Don’t be fooled, though. Even with the staircase, the assent is still demanding, and the ridgeline at the summit is quite narrow and exposed. Make sure to stay away from the edge, even in summer.

Highlights of the Reinebringen day hike

You’ve probably already seen pictures of the jaw-dropping views from the top of Reinebringen, but I can comfortably say that this is one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen.

I hiked up in the late afternoon and stayed for the whole of the golden hour to watch boats come in under the bridges and see the sunset start to light up the surrounding mountains. It feels like you’re in a different world, and you’ll quickly forget about the 1,800 stairs you must downclimb.

The aforementioned unprepared tourists are also quite the spectacle during this hike. Its popularity on Instagram, combined with the easy access from Reine, means you will almost definitely be sharing the trail with many different types of people. It’s common to see flip-flops or other inappropriate footwear (although I presume most people who wear those don’t make it to the top).

How to get to the trailhead of the Reinebringen hike

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While you may see cars parked randomly on the side of the road, this is illegal. The only parking for the Reinebringen hike is in Reine, a short walk from the trailhead.

Where to park

There is a small parking area at the Reinehalsen viewpoint on the bridge at Reine’s entrance. This is the closest option. However, it is always full and intended to be a quick photo stop (limited to 4 hours), so the locals prefer you don’t park here.

I recommend parking at the outer harbour parking lot. It’s huge, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a space. It costs NOK 25 per hour for regular cars and NOK 35 for campers.

Note: Parking at the harbour will add approximately two kilometres to the total distance

Reinebringen map & trail description

Regardless of where you park, getting to the Reinebringen trailhead from Reine is pretty simple. Head back towards the E10 (the main road through Lofoten), and you will see a paved path on your left that runs alongside the road.

This paved path runs around the Ramsviktunnel tunnel and will take you to the start of the trail, which is very hard to miss (especially when there are likely to be 50 other people walking the same way).

The sherpa steps start right from the Reinebringen trailhead to give you your first taste of the hike.

Once you’ve crossed over the road tunnel, the next 15 minutes combine stairs and more gradual sections of the path as you make your way up the mountain. Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security. As the path turns to the right, you’ll face the hundreds of stairs that take you up Reinebringen.

When you finally reach the top, the stairs continue to your left along the ridge, giving you plenty of places to stop and admire the view. Don’t get too close to the edge; even in summer, people have fallen while trying to take a selfie.

There is also a second summit to the right of the ridge. However, this is not a stone path and is usually pretty muddy, so be careful to explore further.

Other hikes to do nearby Reinebringen

Ryten

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If you’re a little bit intimidated by Reinebringen or looking for a hike that you can do outside of summer, Ryten is a fantastic option that offers equally amazing views. You may have also seen this one on Instagram, known as Lofoten’s “mini Trolltunga”.

Volandstind

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For a super easy hike (by Lofoten standards), Volandstind offers great value for effort. It has beautiful views of Ramberg Beach and some of Lofoten’s iconic tiny islands.

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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