Helvetestinden West face from Einangen Col
Helvetestinden - literally The Hell Peak - is a mighty granite peak lying on Moskenesøy Island, the Lofoten western island. Its location is truly spectacular, since the Helvetestinden stunning West face is overlooking the wide and white sandy beach of Bunestranda and the Norwegian Sea.
Notwithstanding the impressive steepness of this cliff, scramblers and hikers may easily climb the peak along the "Sor Ryggen" (South Ridge), an excellent route to get to Helvetestinden summit, enjoing breathtaking views all around.
GETTING TO LOFOTEN
There are various possibilities:
- By ferry boat from Bodø to Moskenes, Værøy or Røst (South of Lofoten)
- By ferry boat from Skutvik to Svolvær or Skrova (North of Lofoten)
- By plane from Bodø
- By car from Narvik via Evenes to Svolvær
GETTING TO HELVETESTINDEN
The reference-point is the picturesque village of Reine, lying on the shore of Reinefjorden, on the island of Moskenesøy, to the South of Lofoten. Two different ways to get to Reine:
- by car from Svolvær, following the E10, a beautiful trip across the islands in about 124 km.
- by ferry boat directly from Bodø to Moskenes (5 km. from Reine)
The approach walk to Helvetestinden is starting from the small village of Vinstad, lying at the entrance of Bunesfjorden; Vinstad is very well reached in 1 hour from Reine, sailing by ferry into Reinefjorden and Kierkefjorden, a beautiful trip among several impressive granite-peaks.
***HELVETESTINDEN WEST FACE ROUTES (Norwegian Scale)
- “Left Approximation” 6- 600 mt.
- “Helvetesveggen” 5+, A1 500 mt.
- “The Next Best Thing” 6+ 300 mt.
- “Norwegian Sheep Ranch” 7 300 mt.
- “Den Franske Pillaren” (The French Pillar) Grade unknown 300 mt.
"Sor Ryggen" (South Ridge) - the descent route - is an easy scramble, an excellent way to get to Helvetestinden top by walking.
SOR RYGGEN REPORT (NORMAL ROUTE)
From Vindstad's wharf follow an easy path along Bunesfjorden’ left shore (Western shore) crossing the small village and reaching the fjord’s back. A good track on the left (notice “Bunes”) leads to a pass - Einangen Col - having exciting views over the scenic beach and the majestic cliff overlooking it. From the col the main trail reach the beach; to get to Helvetestinden' top head to right, crossing a grassy slope and taking a track – in the beginning not very obvious - which leads to the easy-angled gully rising among granite slabs to Brunaksla Col, at the starting of Helvetestinden South Ridge. From the col an amazing view over Kierkefjorden’s back with the village of Kierkfjord appears. The track heads to left; an easy scramble along the ridge with exciting views both to Bunestranda on the left-hand and Kierkfjorden on the right-hand leads over the top. A sensational view over Norwegian sea. You can register yourself on the Summit-Book, curiously placed inside a little cairn by a tyrolean team of climbers.
Where to stay
It's a nice experience to do free camping in Bunestranda, an unforgettable beach below Helvetestinden majestic West Face; you're getting there after 45 minutes by walking from Vindstad.
Equipped campings in the area:
- Moskenes Camping, Moskenes
- Skagen Camping, Flakstad
- Moskenesstraumen Camping, Å i Lofoten
Rorbuer in Reine
When to climb and hikeBest months are late May, June, July and August.
ClimateOn Lofoten the weather can change suddenly from clear and blu sky with sunshine or the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) to violent storms with rain or snow. Maximum temperatures go from +30°C in June and July to -15°C in January and February; the average temperatures for these months are from +12°C to -3°C. The period with the minimum rainfall goes from April to June, while we may expect the maximum rainfall or snowfall between October and December.
Midnight sun: from 27 May to 17 July
Polar night: from 6 December to 6 January
The Northern Lights can be seen over Lofoten from September to April.
"WALKS AND SCRAMBLES IN NORWAY" by Anthony Dyer, Ian H. Robertson and John Baddeley
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