Cycling in Lofoten

Lofoten is perfect cycling terrain, thanks to its combination of generally flat roads, stunning scenery and enticing detours at frequent intervals.

For 83km of breathtaking cycling, head to Holandshamn and make your way back to Svolvær along the Kaiser Route. Lonely shoreline, jagged mountains and abandoned farms will be your constant companion. Unlike the west of Lofoten, this trip takes in parts of the island largely undiscovered by tourists. A long stretch runs parallel to Trollfjord. Ask at the tourist office for information about hiring bikes and getting to Holandshamn.

Another possibility is the 63km from Henningsvær to Stamsund, a lightly trafficked route that takes in some fabulous scenery and quiet beaches en route.

The tourist office in Svolvær can give further cycling suggestions. Grab the Hjulgleder handbook to cycling in Lofoten.

Hiking Lofoten

For a guide to hiking trails in the Lofotens, buy the Hiking Lofoton booklet (80kr) from the tourist office in Svolvær. It contains brief descriptions and maps for nine different trails, including Svolvær's very own Svolværgeita.

Unstad to Eggum

A popular hike connects these two tiny villages on the island's west coast. A 9km coastal track winds past several headlands, a solitary lighthouse, superb seascapes and the ruins of a fortress by the ocean. Eggum and Unstad are both about 9km from the main road and are served infrequently by buses.

Take care after rain as the trail, particularly around Unstad, can be slick with mud. The tourist office in Svolvær may be able to help with bus timetables, but don't count on it.

Around 1.5km beyond Eggum if you're coming from Unstad, watch for the Head sculpture by Swiss artist, Markus Raetz. Part of the Skulpturlandskap series, it is an extraordinary work of art, changing shape in subtle ways and taking on 16 different forms as you walk around it.

Glomtind

As you drive out along the road to Henningsvær from the E10, you'll come across all manner of campers and hikers just before you reach the town. The chances are that many are here to conquer Glomtind (419m), a steep one- to 1½-hour ascent that rewards those who climb with marvellous views. Be prepared for a particularly steep climb near the summit.

Festvågtind

If you've conquered Glomtind, and even if you haven't, the three-hour return climb to Festvågtind (541m), also near Henningsvær, is an even more popular climb. At the top of the first steep slope (watch for loose rocks, both underfoot and from hikers higher up), turn right for a smaller climb and good views from Nipen (211m). Where the path forks, Heiavatnet is a lovely sheltered lake where some hikers like to cool off (and we mean really cool off) with a swim. From the lake, it's a very steep climb to the top of Festvågtind, with stellar views of Henningsvær and beyond.

Kvalvika & Ryten

As you travel beyond Ramberg in the direction of Å, follow the signs to Fredvang and keep going as far as Torsfjorden. From the car park, the trail climbs to 170m above sea level. It then follows the clear trail down to Kvalvika, from where another trail climbs steeply northeast, then northwest to Ryten (543m). It's a tough, three-hour climb from the car park, but the views are some of the best in Lofoten.