The Lofoten Islands form a long rocky peninsula on the north western side of Norway. Famous for high quality rock, the area has recently become more popular with improved road and airport links to the rest of Europe. Lofoten also holds the status of one of Norway's "must visit" rock climbing locations.
The network of islands including Moskenesøya, Vestvågøya and Austvågøya lie within the Arctic Circle but often enjoy better weather than the mainland as well as the midnight sun. They are however a long way from anywhere and certainly have a remote feel...
Rock Climbing in the Lofoten Islands
The mountains here rise up to a maximum of ~1000m directly out of the sea making a complex archipelago with a huge variety of climbing to match. The vast majority of the climbing in the Lofoten Islands are multi pitch and traditionally protected with many of the pitches following cracklines. More recently, there has been plenty of development on the Islands resulting in short sport routes, bouldering venues but really Lofoten is about multi pitch routes. Henningsvær has evolved as the climbing centre of the area and now sports a Climbing Cafe.
A trip to The Lofoten Islands would suit most levels of rock climbers with good climbing from 'Severe' upwards, with a huge variety of routes in the VS-E2 bracket (e.g. Vestpillaren on Presten at grade 6/E2 5b - John Lyall pictured above courtesy of Neil Stevenson).
The best part of the season runs from late May until the end of August. Although, late May still might be still quite snowy and the temperatures will be started to drop by late August. June and July are arguably prime time, with the advantage of the "midnight sun" running from late may until late July. Like anywhere in the Arctic or Europe for that matter the weather can be unpredicatable
- Arrive in Narvik on Saturday, and transfer to accommodation.
- Climb some of the best objectives in the area...
- Travel from Narvik on the following Saturday.
What’s not included?
- Flights to and from Tromsø.
- Hire car as required.
- Accommodation, 6 nights half board or self catering quote available on request.
- Mountain rescue, repatriation and cancellation insurance.
For a full quote please feel free to contact me, I look forward to climbing with you in Lofoten...