Festvågtind Scenic Area, Henningsvær, Nordland, Norway 

The isle of Austvågøy counts a good number of interesting peaks for summiting; many of these, located in the North of the island, are quite remote to approach, but we can find other fine ones close to Svolvær and Henningsvær, accessible by short scrambles and featuring incredible views over the magnificent seascape, the islands and the surrounding ranges. Festvågtinden is one of these peaks, located on the southern side of Austvågøy and closely dominating Henningsvær, the Venice of Lofoten, a village lyng in a superb setting made of stunning peaks and surrounded by the sea.

Notwithstanding its tremendous look, Festvågtinden is a walking peak and its standard route doesn’t involves any rock climbing or scrambling, as a matter of fact it’s wrapping around the peak and getting rather easily to the summit, from which it’s possible enjoy great views over the village and the surrounding cliffs. For this reason the ascent is advisable when the weather is clear. The trail rises sometimes very steeply, but the ascent is done by walking and the only rocky moves – quite easy and not exposed – are encountered on the last meters along the summit block. After rainy periods it can be a bit muddy, but it reaches quickly a notch along the summit ridge without real difficulty. A breathtaking view appears across the sea on the other side of the crest. From the notch the summit crest leads in a few minutes to the summit signal.

Epic Norway Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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