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There are two ways to get a spectacular view over the town of Svolvaer…hike to the top of Svolvaer Fløya or climb Svolvaergeita. We did both on the same afternoon, making this one of our most memorable days in the Lofoten Islands.

Svolvaer is one of the largest towns in the Lofoten Islands. Fløya is the mountain that forms the backdrop of the town. From the top of Fløya, you can look over not only the town of Svolvaer, but over nearby mountain peaks and islands off in the distance.

Svolvaergeita, also called The Goat, is a pinnacle of rock that is very popular with rock climbers. It’s located on the slope of Fløya and it’s from the top of this rock that you get one of the most unique views over Svolvaer.



Read all about our experience in the Complete Guide to Climbing Svolvaergeita.

We combined the climb up Svolvaergeita with the hike up Fløya. This made for a very long day, but it was worth it. However, we were not able to get to all of the viewpoints on the hike, but I will provide a link to give you all of the details so you can have the full “Fløya experience.”

We did not even start the hike to Svolvaer Fløya and Svolvaergeita until 4 pm, which was our climbing time with Northern Alpine Guides. Good thing it never gets dark in Svolvaer during the summer months!! Our hike up to Fløya started at the very late time of 7:30 pm. For us, it was a race up the mountain and then back down, so we could get into Svolvaer by 10:30 pm to get some dinner in our bellies.

How to Hike Svolvaer Fløya

Svolvaer Fløya Hiking Stats

Distance:  4.5 km (2.8 miles) out-and-back
Difficulty:  Moderate
Total Ascent: 580 meters (1900 feet)
Length of Time: 3 to 4 hours

Please practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace: plan ahead, stay on the trail, pack out what you bring to the hiking trail, properly dispose of waste, leave areas as you found them, be considerate of other hikers, and do not approach or feed wildlife.

Svolvaer Fløya Step-By-Step Trail Guide

Getting to the Trailhead

The trailhead is located next to the Svolvaer cemetery. Nice way to start a hike, don’t you think?

We found parking on Blåtindveien, just a few steps from the trailhead. The GPS coordinates for the trailhead are 68°14’40” N 14°34’41” E.

Floya Trailhead

Hiking Fløya

The first part of the trail is the most difficult, in my opinion. This section is steep and you need to be prepared to use your hands to rock scramble up the steeper sections. There is one 10 meter section of smooth granite rock where you can pull yourself up with a chain.

Since we did this hike (in 2018), two sets of sherpa stairs have been added to this section of the hike. You will still have to do some rock scrambling but the stairs have made the trail easier and faster to do this hike.

The trail is marked with white and blue blazes.

Steep part of the trail

At the top of this first section, the trail forks. To the right is the trail that takes you to the base of Svolvaergeita. Go to the left to continue hiking up Fløya.

At this point, the trail gets less steep. It doesn’t exactly level out, but at least for a little bit it’s a shallow, easy incline. However, it can be very muddy here, especially if it has recently rained. At this point, it looks as if you are hiking away from the peak, and you are, just for a little bit.

Hiking Svolvaer Floya

Up to the ridge

Looking up at the final climb to the summit.

Finally, the trail turns toward the peak and you have one final climb to the summit.

Final Climb

Svolvaer Floya Hike

Once on the ridge, you can turn left to officially summit Fløya. We did not do this since it was now 9 pm and we were exhausted from also climbing Svolvaergeita.

Turn right to walk out to the viewpoint over Svolvaer. Be careful here…the trail is narrow with a long drop-off on the left side of the trail.

Along the ridge

Walking along the ridge. The Fløya peak is in the background and Tim, Tyler, and Kara are walking to the Svolvaer viewpoint.


View over the Mountains

Floya Panorama

This is a panorama of the Fløya viewpoint with Svolvaer in the background, taken with Tim’s iPhone.


Out to the Peak

Floya Viewpoint

Floya Rock Cairn


The view over Svolvaer is magnificent! Below you, you can see the rocky pinnacle of Svolvaergeita.

Svolvaer Fløya View

Floya View Panorama

Another panorama that Tim took with his iPhone.

To get back into Svolvaer, retrace your steps down the mountain. It’s much faster going back down!

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The Devil’s Gate (Djevelporten)

This post would not be complete without including the Devil’s Gate (Djevelporten). This is a chunk of rock, wedged between two cliffs, almost like a mini Kjeragbolten. Sadly, we missed this. We just never came across it on our hike up the mountain. And since it was so late in the day, we had zero interest in searching for this rock.

Since our visit, the sherpa stairs were added to the first part of the trail. Signs have also been added that point you right to Djevelporten. Beyond the sherpa stairs, as you hike up Fløya, you will reach this sign. You can either hike out to Djevelporten now or save it for the return hike.

Svolvaer Floya Trail Sign

Trail sign/ photo credit: Jessica Huffman

One of our awesome readers wrote in to us with this updated trail information and photos. Jessica says that going to Djevelporten first was a nice break from hiking up the trail. In comparison to Kjeragbolten, she says that Djevelporten is wider and flatter, and also not as high off of the ground (it’s just a few meters off of the ground), so it is much less intimidating. Thanks Jessica!

Jessica and her husband on Djevelporten/photo credit: Jessica Huffman

Post-Hike Restaurant Recommendation

Now that you burned all of those calories to get to the top of Fløya, how about a great meal? Fellini Pizza makes awesome pizza and pasta. Plus, they are open until 10:30 pm, perfect if you finish your hike late in the evening (we got here right at 10:28…just in time to pick up our pizzas that Tim called in as we hiked back down the trail).

Where We Stayed

We stayed at Nyvågar Rorbuhotel in Kabelvåg, a 15 minute drive south of Svolvaer. A rorbuer is a classic fisherman’s cottage that has been converted into a hotel room, that usually comes equipped with a kitchen, living room, and private bedroom. We had a two bedroom cabin with the bedrooms on the second floor and the kitchen and living area on the lower floor. While visiting the Lofoten Islands, it’s worth staying in a rorbuer at least one time. Nyvågar Rorbuhotel also has an onsite restaurant and breakfast was included during our stay.

If you are new to hiking or are curious about what you should bring on a hike, check out our Hiking Gear Guide. Find out what we carry in our day packs and what we wear on the trails.

Does this look like something you would like to do? Comment below if you have any questions about how to hike Svolvaer Fløya or if you have advice for our readers.

More Information for Your Trip to Norway

LOFOTEN ISLANDS: For an overview of the best things to do, read our Lofoten Islands Top Ten List. Get lots of travel planning advice in our Lofoten Islands Itinerary. For advice on where to stay, read our Lofoten Islands Hotel Guide.

HIKES IN NORTHERN NORWAY: Segla is a beautiful but tough hike on the island of Senja. The Stave-Bleik Coastal Trail is a gorgeous hike in the Vesteralen Islands. In the Lofoten Islands, you can also hike to Ryten, hike Festvågtind for views over Henningsvaer, or hike to the top of Reinebringen.

NORTHERN NORWAY ITINERARY: On this 10 day Norway itinerary, road trip through Senja and the Vesteralen Islands, two beautiful off the beaten path destinations, and visit the Lofoten Islands.

PLACES TO GO IN NORWAY: For a list of top experiences in Norway, don’t miss our Norway Bucket List. If you are a hiker, we also have a hiking guide with 14 epic day hikes to do in Norway.

HOW TO VISIT SVALBARD: Learn more about how to plan a trip to Svalbard in our Svalbard Travel Guide. We also provide important planning information in our Svalbard Packing List and in our article about how much it costs to visit Svalbard.

Going to Norway? Read all of our articles about Norway in our Norway Travel Guide.


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  1. Avatar for Severine Vincent
    Severine Vincent

    Quick question, i am a solo hiker and planning a trip to the Lofoten islands in June. I have hiked pulpit rock and Kjeragbolten a couple of years ago. Would it be suitable to do the hike on my own and is the path easy enough to follow? How busy is it June? Otherwise can you recommend guides? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      If you have hiked Kjeragbolten, you should be just fine on this trail. It is very easy to follow and I don’t see a need for a guide for this hike, especially since you are an experienced hiker. In June, the trail will be a little busy, but less so than a visit in July and August. Have a great time in Norway! Cheers, Julie

      1. Avatar for Severine Vincent
        Severine Vincent

        Thank you so much Julie! I so look forward to going to the Lofoten islands. Third time in Norway, I have fallen in love with the country!
        Best wishes

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    Joanna Mendoza

    Hi! We’re planning to do this hike in the first days of June. However, I have knee arthritis which sometimes makes steep and long hikes hard for me. Is this something I can attempt to do? Any tips is appreciated. We’re following this itinerary for hike suggestions but I wish I can a do a lot of them given my knees😩

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      The hikes in the Lofoten Islands are tough on the knees, unfortunately. Svolvaer isn’t as steep as many of them (out of the hikes that we did in the area, this was probably the least steep). I think it’s worth the the try. As you are hiking up the trail, if you think it will be too much, then you could turn around early. Bring hiking poles because hey can take a lot of weight off or your legs when hiking downhill, which is the part of the hike that is the toughest on knees. And once back at your hotel, ice your knees. I hope you have a great trip! Cheers, Julie

  4. Avatar for Jessica

    Hi! I just did this hike today and have a few updates for you.
    First, Sherpa stairs have been added for a good portion of the first 500ft of ascent. There are still small sections between the sets of stairs where you have to climb and scramble over boulders, but the stairs really help!
    Second, the the trail is VERY well marked to show you how to get to both Floya and Djevelporten. There are signposts that show where the trail splits and then you can choose to do a circle route to Djevelporten —> Floya or vice versa.
    Stepping out on the rock wasn’t nearly as scary as Kjeragbolten. It’s just several meters off the ground and much wider and flatter.
    I have pics of the signposting and at Djevelporten if you’d like. I couldn’t figure out how to email them to you.
    Thanks for your great articles!

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    lisa ruchte

    Your travels are marvelous. We will be in Svolvaer in June on a cruise and we only have 4.5 hours in the morning to do a hike. Would you suggest Floya or Svolvaergeita? We want to hike not climb. And with either of these, do you have to go all the way to get a great hike and view? Just wondering if we find we are running out of time.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Skip Svolvaergeita and consider doing the hike. I think you will have enough time to hike up to Floya, which is the main viewpoint over Svolvear (the round trip hike takes 3 to 4 hours depending on your speed). If you have time, you can also see if you can find Djevelporten. You will get nice views as you hike up to Floya but it’s really worth it to get to the top for that final, stunning view over Svolvaer. Cheers, Julie

  6. Avatar for Dominique

    I’ve loved your posts on northern Norway. We visited Lofoten last winter and loved it. Planning on heading back next summer, this time with a 6 month old in tow. Did you come across any hikes that would be suitable with an infant? We are experienced hikers (but first time parents!) and would be cautious of any hikes that would be too steep / dangerous. Thank you!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      The hikes (at least the ones we did) in the Lofoten area were deceptively challenging. Many were steep climbs uphill to a viewpoint, like Reinebringen. Reinebringen was the steepest one we did. I recommend looking at the website 68North. This is a great resource for hikes in the Lofoten Islands. But note, all distances and elevation gains and recommended times are for one way. This is not stated in the posts, not what we saw, and we only figured this out after doing two of the hikes. So double everything you read. You may be able to hike Matind on the Vesteralen Islands.It’s a longer hike but one of the easier ones we did. Plus, it was my favorite. I will be writing about this soon. We did so much this summer that I it’s going to take me some time to get to everything. 🙂 Have fun! Cheers, Julie

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