Lofoten hiking 2015 – part 4: Sørvågen – Munken – Å

After delivering the car back to Moskenes, we decided to put our tents above the lake in Sørvågen for the remaining few days. From there we had access to everything we needed: hiking path leading to Munken, Å and ferry in Moskenes.


After spending last two days comfortably in car and cabin, we were a bit lazier than in the beginning. Also, after not very reasonable shopping on the way back to Moskenes, we were quite loaded with ‘souvenirs’, which needed storing in the shade.


We managed to find a perfect location for the camping spot, that included even a fireplace area with benches – yeah, let’s increase the comfort level!



Views on the way to Munken: Tennesvatnet


Summer vacation in Norway = expect some snow


On top of Munken. In the background Kjerkfjorden and Helvetestinden in the clouds

The evening we still spent in the cloud, but morning woke us up with full sun. This increased the energy level dramatically and soon after breakfast we left the tents and started the trip to Munken (height: 510m).


The hike with only a small backpack feels so refreshing, especially with beautiful views around and the sun back over our heads!


If we have continued the boot trip instead of getting the car from Reine, we would be coming to Munken from Tennes. It is not the official ferry stop, but it is possible to request a drop-off in there when taking the ferry from Reine to Vindstad. The ascent from that side is pretty steep and the path goes up to the Tennesvatnet lake.


The hike was very pleasant and even though there was snow around, it was probably the warmest day of our trip so far. The trail is not particularly difficult and quite well marked for most of the way. The hike takes about 3h each way, so prepare for the whole day trip. There is plenty of water on the way, so no need to carry too much.


Using the opportunity, we managed to have a little ‘sunbathing’ in front of the Munkebu cabin. It is a DNT cabin, but it is not open (most DNT cabins work like shelters and you can use them, as long as you follow the rules and pay a fee). This one however, has a private key which needs to be collected in Moskenes in summer and Reine in winter. This is available only to DNT members after showing the valid membership card. So do not count on staying in this cabin without planning in advance! More information can be found here: Munkebu hytte.


The Munken peak welcomed us with plenty of snow and magnificent panoramic views. Even with clouds passing by from time to time, the place is magical and worth the climb!

For the night we came back to our perfect camping spot to enjoy the dinner by bomfire.


We decided to pay a visit to Å on our last day of Lofoten adventure.

The ferry back to Bodø was departing at night, so we had the entire day to enjoy.


Å is a scenic fishing village located literally at the end of E10 road. It is full of red Rorbu cabins standing on wooden pals in the sea water. Until end of 1990s cod production was the main  economic activity. Nowadays, many of the Rorbu converted into lodges used happily by tourists coming to enjoy Nordic summer.


There are two fishing museums located in Å:  Lofoten Stockfish Museum  and the  Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. Our choice was to visit the first one – Tørrfiskmuseum in Å: http://www.lofoten-info.no/stockfish.htm

The owner of the museum (Steinar Larsen) is definitely the highlight of the place. He speaks multiple languages (which he has tought himself on multiple trips) and is very keen on giving the history of cod fishing and production based on his own experience. He also offered us coffee and cookies which was very much appreciated :D.


The initial idea wa to hike towards Stokkvika beach, which is 6-8h hike both ways. The mood of the ‘goodbye’ and beautiful sunshine made us more lazy than usually and we ended up setting a sunbath + picknik at the Ågvatnet lake.



Å: the town on the end of the road


At Ågvatnet.


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