Uttakleiv, Haukland, Kvalvika, Bunes and Horseid beaches of the top 5 beaches of the Lofoten Islands. I wrote about planning a trip to the Lofoten Islands. And I recommended these beaches as the best places for wild camping in the Lofoten Islands.
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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.
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And you can get to Bunes Beach and Horseid Beach by ferry and some kilometers of 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.
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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 won’t find solitude here because there’s always a lot of people. Day and night, dozens of tourists come here to see the famous landscape. It’s a beautiful place.
There is a beautiful view of the rocks and a long sandy coastline from the shore. The rocks have a fancy shape. You always have a story for a beautiful picture. Uttakleiv beach is a great place to watch the polar lights. You can enjoy the sunset all year round.
You can spend the night directly at the campsite with sea views from the window or in a grass tent near the beach. Now there is a toilet and water.
The local community may charge a small fee for overnight accommodation and a trip to Uttakleiv.
How to get here
Follow road E10 from Svolver and find the Uttakleiv road sign (68.181642, 13.626637). 11 km to Uttakleiv. This is a short road. 11 km to Uttakleiv. This is a short road. In some places it has no asphalt surface.
You can choose a longer road. After passing Leknes, turn right and follow the road sign Uttakleiv (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 in the Lofoten Islands. It is a tropical beach above the Arctic Circle. It has a snow-white sandy beach, huge boulders of great shape in the water and turquoise water.
Haukland Beach looks like the beach of the Seychelles. The long coastline is a great place to walk along the sea. You can admire the sunset in the evening and watch the polar lights in autumn and winter.
Next to the beach is a great place for wild camping. Next to the beach, there is a toilet and water (not for drinking). Every night this camp is full of people looking for a place to sleep.
There is a small hotel nearby.
You can also rent a kayak and take a small boat trip. The cost of one kayak is 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.
Kvalvik’s beach is beautiful. At the edge of the cliff there are two sandy beaches overlooking the sea. However, the mountain pass offers fantastic views of Kvalvika beach. You can lay a route on Ryten and watch Kvalvika beach from above. The camping site is on the grass next to the beach.
Drinking water can be taken from a stream right on the beach. But, unfortunately, there’s no toilet. The local community is discussing it, but so far it’s not.
Kvalvika Beach has become a fashionable place in recent years. But most tourists leave the beach in the evening. It’s a relatively secluded place to sleep.
Kvalvika Beach landscapeI suggest you watch the sunset and the midnight sun from Ryten. The sunsets over the ocean in autumn. But in summer, 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 take a parking space and do not leave cars along the road. The police can fine you. Follow the path to the top of the pass. Before there is a steep ascent on the big rocks, but then the path becomes flat and follows you through the swamp. The path to Kvalvika beach is very easy. You need 1-1.5 hours. The length of the route is about 3 km one way.
But be careful. It’s a steep road to the beach. Slippery rocks are very dangerous.
On the right side of Kvalvika beach, the route to Ryten begins. You don’t have functional fitness and are planning a hike to Ryten? I advise you to plan a sleepover at Kvalvika. You shouldn’t take all your travel gear for one night.
You will remember the unique landscape of Bunes beach. Many massive dunes covered with grass. I’ve never seen anything like it. There are different angles for photo shoots and many beautiful views.
I like Bunes Beach because it’s 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 there is a creek where you can get 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 hardest to reach. This beach is a bit like Bunes beach, but this is the first impression. They look different. I like both of them. I recommend you visit both.
How to get there
By ferry Reine- Vindstad- Kirkefjord-Reine
In Kirkefjord go right and after about 100-150 meters you will see the road on your left. You should follow it until the pass. It’s not difficult to climb.
From the top there is a beautiful view in both directions. Come down and follow the path along the way. Keep to the left. Once you reach the sandy beach, follow the right side of the beach to a small ledge. It’s the perfect camping spot. Drinking water 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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