Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 68.32875°N / 14.11340°E
Additional Information County: Nordland
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Elevation: 1207 ft / 368 m
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Overview

 

Hoven 368 m

 

Hoven is a coastal peak overlooking the Norwegian Sea and lying on the Northern part of Gimsøy, a small island belonging to the Lofoten archipelago and located between the two larger island of Austvagøy to the East and Vestvagøy to the West. Its pyramidal shape is well visible and dominates the landscape to the North when you’re driving on the E10 Kong’s Olav route passing from Gimsøy to Vestvagøy. With a height of only 368 meters, it’s not an important peak and it's probably the easiest summit to climb on Lofoten mountain chains; anyhow to climb Hoven is without any doubt an advisable outing, in reason of its “facing West” favorite situation, completely isolated on Langøya Northern coast. This fact makes the summit point an extraordinary panoramic place from which taking 360° views.

Hoven summit cairns
Hoven summit cairns

Moreover its quick and easy accessible standard route makes the mountain absolutely perfect for a night ascent, in order to observe during the clear nights the phenomenon of the midnight sun or, alternatively, the middle summer arctic sunset.

Hoven, waiting for the sundown
Hoven, waiting for the sundown

Getting There

Getting to Lofoten Islands

There are various possibilities:

- By car from Evenes Airport to Svolvær - 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

The reference point to climb Hoven is the small village of Hov, on the Northern coast of Langøy Island.

Moonrise seen from the summit of Hoven
Moonrise seen from the summit of Hoven
Hoven after a mid-summer sunset, Lofoten
Hoven after a mid-summer sunset, Lofoten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting to Hov

From Svolvær, Lofoten main town, take the E10 Kong’s Olav route towards Leknes and , cross the bridge connecting Austvagøy to Gimsøy, then leave the main road E10 and take the road n. 861 following the signpost to Hov and Lofoten Golf Links, getting a road fork. Here turn to left, reaching the village of Hov and park near the Lofoten Golf Links.

A midsummer sunset from the summit of Hoven

I strongly recommend this destination on clear days to enjoy the incredible summit views or, even better, as a class destination to watch the midnight sun observable on Lofoten from May 20 to July 17, or later in the season, after July 17th, to contemplate the middle summer arctic sunset. Hoven can be also be choosen as short walk when the weather is uncertain and the fog envelops the highest summits.

Hoven summit pano towards Austvågøy and Vestvagøy islands
Hoven summit pano towards Austvågøy and Vestvagøy islands
Sun plunging into the Norwegian Sea, summit of Hoven
Sun plunging into the Norwegian Sea, summit of Hoven

Hoven standard route report

Hoven West Flank Route

Summit altitude: m. 368
Difficulty: Easy walk
Vertical gain: 368 m
Exposure: West
Starting point: Village of Hov - Gimsøy Island
Hoven, on the summit, waiting for the sundown
Hoven, on the summit, waiting for the sundown

 

Hoven has a modest elevation and it is easily climbed on a gentle angled route, following the main trail starting from the village of Hov; despite the modest elevation the summit views are wide and impressive over Lofoten seascape, the surrounding peaks and the Vesterålen islands across the sea to the North-East. An easy and brief but unforgettable outing!

People near the summit
People near the summit
Moon-rise over Austvågøy seen from Hoven
Moon-rise over Austvagoy seen from Hoven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route description

From the parking area near the golf links, walk south towards South following an obvious gravel road (signposts "Hoven") heading to a building looking like a small hangar. Nearby the building leave the main gravel road - don't follow it - and take an obvious trail wandering at first through a flat ground, then starting soon to rise. Anyhow all the tracks converge in a well worn path and you follow the obvious route heading towards West up the flank of the mountain.

Small Arvikvatnet seen from Hoven summit trail
Small Arvikvatnet seen from Hoven summit trail
Hiking up Hoven
Hiking up Hoven
The descent with Vesteralen in the background
The descent with Vesteralen in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a few small easy rocky steps, but the most part the trail rises amongst the low arctic vegetation. After 1 hour you reach the summit marked by various cairns. When you are on the top pay attention to the rocky East side dropping down steeply!

Red Tape

There are no particular restrictions in hiking.

Climate

On 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

Sun plunging into the Norwegian Sea, summit of Hoven
Sun plunging into the Norwegian Sea, summit of Hoven

The Northern Lights can be seen over Lofoten from September to April.

Useful info about climate: Meteorologisk Institutt

Month Avg Low Avg High Precipitation (mm) Wet Days Daylight (Hours)
January -2°C 1°C 65 18 5
February -2°C 1°C 60 17 10
March 0°C 3°C 65 18 14
April 1°C 5°C 55 17 20
May 5°C 9°C 55 18 24
June 7°C 12°C 70 18 24
July 9°C 15°C 65 18 24
August 8°C 15°C 90 20 22
September 7°C 13°C 100 22 15
October 5°C 8°C 110 23 10
November 3°C 6°C 85 19 6
December -1°C 3°C 75 19 2

When to Climb

Best months to climb are late May, June, July and August.

Midnight sun in Lofoten: from May 27th to July 17th Polar night: from December 6th to January 6th

Accomodation

On Lofoten - as usually in Norway - free camping is allowed if not expressly forbidden. Anyhow there’s plenty of other accommodation, as hotel, b&b and the typical Norwegian "rorbuer" and cabins.

Meteo

Meteo Gimsøy

Meteo Lofoten

Guidebooks and Maps

 

Hoven map

 

 

Turkart 1:50.000 – Vestvågøy

External Links

Tourist info: Lofoten Islands Lofoten