Remote beaches in Lofoten

Here’s a short review of some great beaches on the west coast of Moskenes island in Lofoten.

The west coast of Moskenes island is remote and isolated with no roads. Access to these beaches is only through hiking, sea kayaking or boat.

All of these beaches used to have settlements before the inhabitants moved to more central areas in the 1950s.

Some of the beaches are huge and ancient. They have been around a long time and are surrounded by some of the oldest mountains on this planet. They are a bit harder to get to, but they are great to camp on and the midnight sun can create long lasting memories as it paints the sky and landscape orange. Watertemperature? Cold!

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Bunes beach

Accessible by ferry or sea kayak from Reine, Bunes beach is one of the more popular and accessible beaches. It has a fresh water source, toilet and plenty of campsites. Privacy is usually not a problem here as it’s such a huge beach. It’s also possible to hike up to nearby peaks, such as Helvetestinden.

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Looking down on Bunes beach from Helvetestinden.
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Tentview towards the midnight sun.
From Helvettestinden.
From Helvetestinden.
A campsite near Bunes beach.
A campsite near Bunes beach.
With good weather the beach can be spectacular.
With good weather the beach can be spectacular.

 

Horseid beach

Accessible by ferry from Reine and a following one hour hike. This beach is one of the least visited beaches. There is fresh water near the beach. Horseid beach is the largest beach.

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Looking down on Horseid beach from Branntuva ridge, a great hike from Horseid.
Hiking towards Horseid beach.
Hiking towards Horseid beach.
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Exploring the huge Horseid beach.

 

Kvalvika beach

Without doubt the most visited beach, This is mostly due to that it’s easily accessible by a short hike. Kvalvika has also recently received attention from the movie “North of the sun”.  There is a fresh water source on the beach. Excpect many visitors on this beach.

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During summertime you may have trouble finding a good campsite.
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Peaceful one moment and rough the next. Conditions can change within minutes.
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Sea kayaking to this beach is only for those who knows what they are doing. The conditions can be rough.

 

Refsvika beach

Only accessible by boat or sea kayak. A long and steep hike from Å is possible but only for the most dedicated hiker. The beach is small and surrounded by steep mountains. There is a cave nearby with 2-3000 year old paintings. There used to be a settlement here and you can see the remains.

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Sea kayaking here requires planning and preparation. It’s not for beginners.
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One of several caves on the west coast of Moskenes.
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Looking down into a cave on the west coast of Moskenes.
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Inside one of several caves on the west coast.
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