A new favourite hike: Offersøykammen in Lofoten Islands, Norway

A woman sitting on a rock on top of a mountain, wearing a blue jacket and bright blue beanie. She is looking out to a series of islands separated by water that is deep blue and bright in colour. On the right is a ridge of a mountain.
This view was unreal.

The Offersøykammen hike was a hike we did in the Lofoten Islands in Norway, and it definitely tops my list of favourite hikes. The hike is located in the Vestvågøy municipality, and is a relatively short hike. The closest major town is Leknes, where we stayed for just one night in the middle of our trip in Lofoten.

Offersøykammen is not one of those day-long ordeals—it’s not over four hours, but it’s certainly not as short as an hour. It took us almost two hours as fit, active people, so I’d say it’s a pretty strenuous 2–3 hours depending on how comfortable you are with climbing and descending rocky terrain with a steep gradient. That’s right—it’s quite a climb. The Norwegians are natural-born hikers and it’s worth considering how frequently they hike and how much it’s a part of their life. If they say a hike is easy, definitely see that as a “medium” for a relatively fit or experienced hiker.

The views from this hike are so incredibly rewarding, especially if you consider the effort-to-reward ratio. For a relatively short hike, the views are incredible. I kept seeing “360 degree views” advertised for multiple hikes in Norway, but this one was truly, 100%, 360 degrees. Views all the way around. We had done the Reinebringen hike (which I’ve not yet written about in a blog post ) in Reine, but even then I didn’t think that was a complete 360º view. There was a part of the ridge that was too dangerous to climb further, so some of the view was off the side of the ridge.

What makes this hike difficult is the terrain and the steep grade. I’m not joking when I say that half the hike, you are looking up or looking at the side of a mountain, unable to really gauge where the top of it is. The bottom half is filled with trees and not very open, so you’re scrambling amongst bush for a while. When it gets to being open at the second half of the hike, you experience trying to crane your neck to see the top of the mountain. It seems like it never ends and the angle at which you’re hiking makes it quite deceiving.

The start of this hike is actually on the E10 highway. There is a concrete parking area nearby called Skreda. There are toilets and you can also fill your bottle here. Then you need to cross the highway to locate the start of the trail, about 600 metres to the east. The original start of the hike is just opposite the point at which you can see three cabins by the water.

A man walking away from the camera, down the side of a highway with small cabins and cars parked down on the right, and a mountain going up the left
Notice the grey cabins on the right. The trailhead is on the opposite side of the road to this.
A similar view to the previous photo, showing the man walking across the highway and towards a trail on the left side.
The suggested, better trailhead is on the left

Apparently there are a couple of ways that all lead to the same point. One of them is closer to the parking than the original start. Any path leading upwards will likely be leading you towards the hike, but it can help to check the satellite view on your maps app or Google maps based on your current location just to be sure. We learned the hard way that one of those paths was actually more difficult.

It was scrambly, wet, and slippery due to the recent rain. I think a tree had even fallen over the path and maybe had fallen just the night before. In better weather it might have eventually led us up the mountain without struggle. We turned back and walked along the highway a bit further and found the original trailhead.

There was a lot of climbing up rocks to begin with, and then we began to see a bit of a view behind us, through some sparse trees. It was still rather early in the morning so we weren’t getting a lot of sun yet. Due to the recent rain, we had a lot of clouds in our view.

A view down on a remote area, surrounded by still water. There are a few red cabins scattered near the water. The sky is a bit cloudy with the sun coming up over the horizon
A bit of a view once we got going

After a few hundred metres of elevation we found ourselves above the trees so we had a better view of the water below. At this point it also looked more like we were climbing a mountain as there were less trees, and less visible rocks. The trail split in some areas but became less steep so it was easier to look ahead. You have to keep reminding yourself to look back while doing this hike, as all you’re seeing is the mountainside as you climb.

A relatively flat area with large rocks and lots of grass growing amongst it. The sky is blue with little sunlight.
The terrain becoming a bit less steep
Large grey rocks leading upwards, with shrubs growing amongst the rocks
Climbing again

This part can also be a little muddy if there’s been recent rain so you need to watch your step as it might not be that grippy. There are some larger rocks you can get a better footing on, but overall you just keep climbing upwards.

Green mountains on islands separated by still blue water. Some clouds are on the horizon while the rest of the sky is a bright blue
A beautiful view looking back
A woman standing on the side of a steep mountain with many rocks, with a black shirt and a blue raincoat tied around her waist. She has her arms up in the air.
We literally couldn’t see the top of the mountain as we went on

There are tonnes of opportunities to take photos of the beautiful view. Just make sure you keep turning around and having a look.

A man standing on a mountain with dirt paths, with grassy areas of the mountain and a view of water and other islands behind him. The man looks small in relation to the rest of the picture.
This is the scope of what we’re looking at!
A woman wearing a blue raincoat, dark leggings, and sunglasses, holding two thumbs up and standing on a mountain with a view of islands and water behind her. The sun is bright and shining from behind clouds.
We are good 👍🏼

At some point, the illusion of the top of the mountain stops being an illusion and you reach a point where the ground is flat and you can see more of the view.

A view of an archipelago of green islands with a mountain with red flowers in the foreground. The sky is streaked with clouds.
Spot the two hikers on their way back down
A man standing on a large rock embedded into a mountain. He is wearing dark clothes and is facing the right, with his arms outstretched. The sky is filled with a large white cloud that takes up most of the sky in the picture.
I took a really good photo of Nick 💪🏻
A woman wearing a bright blue raincoat standing on the same rock as the previous photo, looking slightly away from the camera with a thoughtful expression. The sky is white from cloud cover and some mountains can be seen in the distance.
I think he could have taken a better photo of me. LOL

Continue walking and you’ll notice the metal box with the guestbook. That is, if you’re not taken aback by the view first.

A metal box propped up on short pillars, on top of a mountain with the open sea in the background, and dark green mountains on the left and right side with a gap in the middle. Some clouds are in the sky.
The guestbook box, with an incredible view in the background

For a brief moment I pondered if there was anywhere else to go from here. Maybe just walk out that way (there’s a ridge, but I don’t think it’s very safe), walk around a little bit and take in all the views, but essentially, we were at the top of the mountain. The start of the hike was a long way down, and in the distance we could see the other islands of Lofoten. We could see the sea stretched beyond our peripheral vision, and the little, sparsely populated islands on it.

A mountain ridge. In the background are islands and mountains.
I didn’t dare walk on this ridge but looked somewhat possible…

We took photos but mostly took in the incredible view. I wanted to laugh at the Reinebringen hike we did a few days prior and say “360 degrees, my ass”, but I know I maybe wasn’t on the topmost part of the mountain, and it was a busy hike… but just in comparison to hiking Offersøykammen and the views it had to offer, this was by far the most incredible view I’d seen. It filled me with every joy that a hike in nature possibly would. My affinity for mountains, and lakes, and natural green, just completely fulfilled.

I sat on a rock and looked out at the view and couldn’t believe it was real. I felt like I was at the edge of the earth (I know—earth has no edge).

A similar photo to the previous, shown from a slightly different angle, with the woman looking out to the right
Might as well be on the edge of the earth.

The rain began to pick up slightly as we signed the guestbook. We did worry about a potential downpour on the descent. I wished for more moments to take the view in. I was, and am still so determined to go back.

A notebook open to a page where the handwriting on the left page reads: “holy fucking shit”, Georgie Cooke, SYD AUS, with Nicholas Cooke
My reaction upon reaching the top of the mountain

The descent was easier as it wasn’t too technical, but because there wasn’t much grip, it was a little trickier. You could go the route of being super careful or you could—like I’ve seen most people do—just descend in a speedy fashion with broader strides and make sure you are engaging all your leg muscles. That doesn’t quite work for me though, and I think it’s because I have smaller feet. Even though I try to get a grip on rocks and use as much surface area of the sole of my foot to maintain stability, my feet are often so small that I risk slipping on rocks. Compare that to Nick’s larger feet, which allow him to step on and get a grip on some rocks that I would observe and know to be unstable for me and my foot. It’s an interesting observation, I must say.

A man walking down a path between some shrubs on a mountain hiking trail. In the background is a small pool of water on the mountain. Mountains are in the background, separated by the sea
On the descent

The rain didn’t actually get any worse on the descent, and it started a little windy but calmed down. It made me wish we really did take another moment to savour the views. In the grand scheme of things, Offersøykammen was a relatively short hike, and although I would do it again in better weather, only time will tell when I find myself visiting this corner of the earth again. It’s really quite far from Australia. 😅

If you find yourself in the Lofoten islands I strongly recommend this hike. Even if you are not extremely fit, it will take you a few hours at most. The views are exceptionally rewarding. If the rain has been really heavy in the days prior, I wouldn’t recommend it since it can be slippery and dangerous, and not very enjoyable. But other than that, definitely give it a shot. 🤩

Other posts about this Scandinavian trip:

Do you think you’ll enjoy this hike as much as I did? Are there other hikes on your list for Norway?

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I’ve never really hiked myself. Sounds like it could be a rough one but all the pictures look gorgeous! Kinda makes me wanna do a hike someday.

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