A short climb to the exposed mountain peak of Glomtinden (419m), with extensive views over the Lofoten Islands.
It takes a couple of passes to find the starting point of the hike, which is a small parking area half-way along Rørvikvatnet lake. I’m dropped off and begin walking up the old gravel road (closed to traffic) that ascends gradually above the E10. There’s a few other people on the trail, which seems to be popular, but it’s not too busy. Views of Vestvågøy across the lake to the west get more impressive as the trail climbs.
After 1.6km, there’s a small foot-track on the right; it’s not sign-posted but is the route up to the Glomtinden summit (the gravel road continues for another 2km or so before it joins the E10, and is an alternate access point for the walk).
The view continues to get better as the narrow track ascends more steeply, soon reaching a small outcrop of rocks. There’s now also views to the east, with Hopsvatnet lake below.
After 2.7km, there’s a small plateau just before the summit, with a rocky platform that juts out to the east. The view from here is spectacular: from Rørvikvatnet lake to Hopsvatnet lake and Svolvaer in the distance, with the mountain of Vågakallen (943m) to the south.
From here I’ve just got the last, steep 200m to the summit, with some scrambling required at times. There’s a couple of routes you can follow to the top – or just make up your own!
From the top of Glomtinden, the view to the east is really no better than from the saddle below… but you now get 360-degree views, from Rørvikvatnet lake to the west, the lakes of Hopsvatnet and Hopspollen to the north-east, and Kabelvag and Svolvaer to the east.
From the top, it’s a quick, 45min descent back to the car park at the bottom. It’s been a very enjoyable introduction to Lofoten Island hiking!
|Location||At Rørvikvatnet on west side of E10 tunnel; look for a gravel road (closed to traffic) that has a small parking area. (It’s also possible to start at Hopsvatnet on the eastern side of tunnel.)|
|Distance||6km return (from Rørvikvatnet start point)|
|Grade||Easy. 340m ascent.|
|Map||Topographical maps on-line at GotTur.no|
|Resources||“Explore Lofoten” (book) by Kristin Folsland Olsen (p.54) – a great resource with over 60 walks
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