For some people, a vacation is an opportunity to completely relax, letting go of all of the stresses and tensions of regular day to day life and indulging in the chance to do absolutely nothing for a few days. For others, part of releasing tension is exploring, embarking on grand adventures, and enjoying physical activities that challenge their bodies and their minds as they throw themselves into their new surroundings with vigor and enthusiasm.
If you are one of the latter, you may appreciate the opportunity to include Lofoten climbing in your next vacation. Norway is quickly becoming a popular vacation spot due to its immense beauty and cultural offerings, and the Lofoten Islands are a little jewel in the crown of the area. Those that choose to visit this Arctic Circle archipelago are treated to breathtaking scenery, a gentle, mild climate, rich history, and the freedom to explore.
The Lofoten climbing opportunities make these Islands an ideal destination for anyone interested in climbing, from the most beginner of novices to an experienced climber seeking out a new challenge to add to his repertoire. All you need to do is choose whether you want to brave the near vertical mountain walls or would rather follow a gentler path that requires only a bit of help from your hands as you scramble along.
One popular climbing destination is fuglefjellet Vedoya. You will access this island by first visiting the surprisingly flat island of Rost and taking a leisurely boat ride to the next destination. The term “fuglefjellet” means “Mountain of birds” and was given to this place because it is where the puffins come to nest. Climbers have the perfect opportunity to watch the wildlife from this point.
The next stop on your Lofoten climbing adventure can be Varoy. This island is a much more challenging destination. The incredible peaks seem to grow out of the surrounding water and stretch straight up to the sky. Here you will find only a narrow stretch of land that is home to the harbors and associated fishing villages central to the industry and culture of this area. This entire island is available to climb, depending on your skill le el and dedication. The highest peak is called Nordlandsnupen and reaches up to a height of 450 meters.
When you move on to the next island you will be venturing into the largest portions of the Lofoten Islands. This island is called Moskenesoya and is home to amazing fjords. These are the valleys created by water and ice that have washed away the soil and created deep, dramatic cuts into the green landscape. Here you will find the so-called “classic Lofoten climbing peak”, called Svolvaergeita. You will also encounter the highest summit on the Island, Hermannsdalstinden, which is 1029 meters high.
When you are not fully invested in your climbs you may want to take the time to visit Henningvaer, a picturesque little town that is home to a climbing school and offers you the chance to meet up with other climbers.