Ryten Hike

How to Hike Ryten and Enjoy the View over Kvalvika Beach

Julie Norway 2 Comments

The hike to Ryten has all of the ingredients of a perfect Lofoten Islands hike: sweeping vistas across the mountains and fjords, a fun but slightly strenuous hike to a mountain peak, and a breathtaking view of a white, sandy beach. The icing on the cake is a “mini Trolltunga,” an outcropping of rock where you can get creative with your photos.

By Lofoten standards, this is a relatively easy hike. Most of the hikes we did in the Lofoten Islands featured a steep, strenuous, thigh-busting climb to a mountain peak, all for an amazing (and very worthwhile) view. Ryten is different. Yes, you still climb a mountain, but the trail is less steep and less strenuous. Along the way, the views keep changing, which keeps things interesting. But the real reason to do this hike is for that final view from the top of Ryten.

Facts About the Hike

Distance:  8.7 km (5.4 miles) round trip
Elevation Gain:  680 meters (2240 feet)
Difficulty Level:  Easy to moderate
Length of Time:  3 to 5 hours

Where is Ryten?

Ryten is located on Moskenesøya in the Lofoten Islands. The closest town is Fredvang.

There are two different ways to hike to the peak of Ryten. We hiked up the “direct route,” which starts near Ytresand and hikes directly to the top of Ryten. You can also hike to Ryten via Kvalvika Beach. This post covers the direct route to the top of Ryten.

Ryten Hiking Map

Where to Park

For the direct route, there are two places to park. You will have to pay a small amount to park at both of them. The parking lots are operated by the locals who have turned part of their property into a car park.

Parking lot #1. I named this “parking lot #1” since it’s the first parking area we saw and it is located right next to the trailhead. To get here, cross the Fredvang bridges, follow the signs to Yttresand, and stay straight when the road turns off to Fredvang. The road curves to the left and then you will see a large, grassy parking lot on the left hand side of the road. This is simply part of someone’s yard that was turned into a small parking lot. It costs NOK 100 to park here. GPS Coordinates: 68.090657, 13.156302

Ryten Parking

Parking lot #1

Parking lot #2. This parking lot is slightly farther down the road but it shaves off a small part of the hike. You will miss the short walk through a field of wildflowers, which I really liked, but for many this may not be that big of a deal. This parking is located at the Peat Museum, also called the Lofoten Torvmuseum. It costs NOK 20 to park here. GPS Coordinates: 68.089081, 13.139661

Lofoten Peat Museum

Parking lot #2

These prices are from our visit in 2018. We did not know about the cheaper, closer parking at the Peat Museum at the start of the hike. We noticed people hiking up from a different location, so after the hike we went investigating and found the second parking lot. It’s quite the price difference and worth the savings to park at the Peat Museum.

Hiking to Ryten

The trailhead is located on Fv806 right next to the first parking lot. If you park at the Peat Museum, there is a trail that joins up with the main trail just before the first climb of the hike.

The hike starts off with a short but beautiful walk through tall wildflowers.

Lofoten Wildflowers

The trail takes a turn to the right and then you climb the stile to cross over the fence. After a little more hiking, you begin the first climb of the day. At the start of this climb, the trail from the Peat Museum joins the main trail.

Fence on the Trail

Muddy Trail Ryten

Ryten First Climb

View from First Climb

View from the top of the first climb, looking back toward the parking lots.

At the top of the climb, the trail heads west. The trail is very easy to follow and most likely there will be enough people that you can follow those in front of you. Along the way, you will walk across wooden bridges, saving your feet from slogging through the boggy, wet ground in some areas. They also save the trails from wear and tear.

Ryten Hike Boardwalks

Ryten Boardwalk

Just past the lake, the trail splits. Follow the sign towards Ryten. If you follow the sign to Hytta, you will take a short, unnecessary detour to the Fredvanghytte.

Hytta Sign

Now, you can see the final climb to the peak of Ryten. It’s not overly difficult, but when we did this, it felt like it would never end. Plus, it was crazy windy, with the wind blowing directly into our faces, slowing us down and making us very cold (even in July).

Second Climb Ryten

Once at the top of Ryten, enjoy the spectacular views across the Lofoten Islands. From here, you can see Kvalvika Beach, the Fredvang Bridges, and out across the mountains of the Lofoten Islands.

Ryten

Lofoten Islands

Looking back at the hiking trail. Off in the distance you can see the Fredvang Bridges.

 

Ryten Summit

The official summit of Ryten.

 

Lofoten Islands Hike

Ryten Photo Spot

On top of Ryten is a very cool photo spot. There is a large rock that juts out, similar to Trolltunga, with Kvalvika Beach in the background. If you get the angle right, you can take photos that make it look like you are standing or hanging from a rock with nothing underneath of you. However, this rock sits just a few feet off of the ground, so it is relatively safe. Just note, that it is located near the edge of a cliff, so it’s not 100% safe.

Ryten Norway

Mini Trolltunga

On the day we did this hike, it felt like almost hurricane force winds were blowing on top of Ryten. We all looked forward to posing on this rock, but with the high winds, we felt like it was not safe to do. Tim was the only one in our group who posed for a photo.

Most people stop here, take their semi-crazy photos, and enjoy the view over Kvalvika Beach. To complete the hike, it’s just a five minute walk up the hill to the rock cairn that marks the official summit.

Return Hike

To get back to your car, hike back the same way. It is possible to extend the hike, hiking down to Kvalvika Beach, but this adds a lot of extra distance, time, and elevation gain to the hike.

Hiking Ryten

The awesome view on the return hike.

Where We Stayed

We stayed in Hamnøy at Reinefjorden Sjohus. This place is wonderful. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment, which is really a two-level cabin with a kitchen and a living area. The view from the living room was AMAZING! We could look across the water to Sakrisøy and Reine and see Reinebringen in the background. My only complaint is that they do not have black out curtains, so with the midnight sun, I did find it difficult to sleep. That’s easy to fix by bringing along a sleeping mask. But without a doubt, we would stay here again.


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Comments 2

  1. We’ve just left Norway, sadly didn’t make it up to Lofoten but it’s on our hitlist for next year. Looks like a wonderful hike, hows’ the weather this time of year, the forecast looks pretty miserable but I presume it’s very varying?

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      We did this in July. Clouds and rain are not unusual. It’s hard to predict, but if you plan on spending about a week in the Lofoten Islands in the summer, one to two of those days it could rain (a lot), you might get one or two days of sun, and expect a lot of clouds. But it can vary. Northern Norway received almost 30 straight days of rain and this ended right before our visit. This much rain is unusual but you just never know. I think rain chances go up at the end of summer into early fall. Cheers, Julie

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