Uttakleiv, Haukland, Kvalvika, Bunes and Horseid beaches are the 5 best beaches of Lofoten. In a series of articles about the Lofoten Islands, I wrote about planning a trip to Lofoten. And I recommended these beaches as the best places for wild camping in Lofoten.
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These are the most beautiful beaches that you can see here.
You can get to the Kvalvika only on foot. Time to place 1-1,5 hours.
And you can get to Bunes Beach and Horseid Beach by ferry and some kilometer hiking. These are the most beautiful beaches in Lofoten. There is also a start for hiking in the mountains and very convenient places for wild camping.
Each of these five beaches is unique, and you should visit each of them.
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Uttakleiv Beach is one of the most photographed beaches on the Lofoten Islands. Uttakleiv shots will be found all around the world.
A lot of people saw pictures of Uttakleiv Beach.
You will not find solitude here, because there are always a lot of people here. Day and night dozens of tourists come here to see the famous landscape. It’s a beautiful place. From the shore, there is a lovely view of the cliffs and long, sandy coastline. The stones have a bizarre shape. You always have a plot for a beautiful shot. Uttakleiv Beach is an excellent place to observe the Polar Lights. You can enjoy the sunset all year round.
You can spend the night right in the camper with a sea view from the window, or into a tent on the grass near the beach. There are a toilet and water now.
The local commune may charge a small fee for overnight accommodation and travel to Uttakleiv.
How to get here
Go along the road E10 from Svolvær and look for the road sign Uttakleiv (68.181642, 13.626637). 11 km to Uttakleiv. This is a short road. 11 km to Uttakleiv. This is a short road. In places, it does not have asphalt covering.
You can choose a longer way. Having passed Leknes, turn to the right, you go on the road sign of Utakleyv (68.156611, 13.527191). 10 km to Uttakleiv. This road is narrow, but of good quality and has an asphalt surface.
Haukland Beach is the most famous beach on the Lofoten Islands. It’s a tropical beach beyond the Arctic Circle. There is a snow-white sand beach, huge boulders of excellent form in the water and turquoise water. Haukland beach looks like a beach in Seychelles. The long coastline is a great place to walk along the sea. You can admire the sunset in the evening, and in the autumn and winter watch the Polar Lights.
Near the beach is an excellent place for wild camping. Nearby there is a toilet and water (not for drinking). Every evening this camp is filled with a lot of people who are looking for a place to stay overnight.
Nearby there is a small hotel.
Also, you can rent a kayak and make a small boat trip. Price single kayak 3 hours: 400 – NOK
double kayak 3 hours: 500 – NOK
Haukland Beach is a more suitable place for camping than Uttakleiv Beach.
How to get there
Haukland Beach has located 2 km before reaching Uttakleiv. You will see it before entering the tunnel.
Kvalvika Beach is beautiful. Located in the edging of cliffs are two sandy beaches with a sea view. Still, from the mountain pass, a fantastic view of the Kvalvika Beach opens. You can make a track on Ryten and watch the Kvalvika Beach from the top. The place for camping is on the grass near the beach.
Drinking water can be taken from the stream directly on the beach. But, unfortunately, there is no toilet. The local commune is discussing this issue, but so far it is not.
Kvalvika Beach became a trendy place last years. But most tourists leave the beach in the evening. This is a relatively secluded place for overnight.
I advise you to admire the sunset and Midnight Sun from Ryten. Sunset over the ocean in the autumn. But in the summertime, the beach will be in the shade, and you will not see a beautiful sunset.
How to get there
Park your car or bicycle in the parking. (68.068395, 13.129843).
Try to need a place in the parking lot and do not stay cars along the road. Police can fine you. Go along the path to the top to the pass. Before there is a steep climb along the big rocks, but then the way will become flat and follow you along the swamp. The route to Kvalvika Beach is easy. You need 1-1.5 hours. Route length is about 3 km one way.
But be careful. Down to the beach, the road is steep. Slippery stones are very dangerous.
On the right side of the Kvalvika Beach starts the route to Ryten. You do not have a functional fitness, and you plan the hiking to Ryten? I advise you to schedule an overnight stay on Kvalvika. You should not take all the camping equipment for one night.
You will remember the unique landscape of Bunes Beach. A lot of massive dunes covered with grass. I’ve never seen anything like it. Here there are various angles for photo shootings and a lot of beautiful viewpoints.
I like Bunes Beach because it is a lonely place for camp. Most tourists leave it in the evening. You will quickly find a place for a tent on the grass in front of the beach. To the left of the beach is a stream, where you can take drinking water.
How to get there
By ferry Reine– Vindstad- Kirkefjord-Reine (67.933340, 13.085982). Try to buy a ticket in advance in the summer.
Go through the village on the way to the top to the pass. You are on Bunes beach. It’s an easy walk.
TIP. Plan 2 nights. The first on Bunes Beach and the second on the Horseid Beach. Buy one ticket for the ferry to Vindstad and Kirkefjord. Be sure to save your ticket before returning to the Rhine. Otherwise, you will have to pay twice.
Horseid Beach is the most isolated of all Lofoten beaches. But also the most difficult to access. This beach is a bit like the Bunes beach, but this is the first impression. They look different. I like both. I recommend visiting both.
How to get there
By ferry Reine- Vindstad- Kirkefjord-Reine
In Kirkefjord go to the right and, approximately, in 100-150 meters you will see a path on the left. You should follow it to the pass. The climb is not challenging. From the top opens a beautiful view in both directions. Go down and follow the path along the path. Keep to the left. After reaching the sandy beach, go to the right side of the small ledge. This is an ideal place for camping. Drinking water is in the creek.
THE BEST ACTIVITIES ON THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
- Explore the Lofoten Islands with a Trollfjord cruise and wildlife safari in Norway. It was an unforgettable experience for me. (Only until September 15)
- Enjoy the magic of the Northern lights
- Discover Lofoten with Kayaking. Admire the breathtaking scenery and kayak around Trollfjord.
- Join our Northern Lights weekly photo tour
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