There are marked hiking trails throughout the entire Vesterålen area, and they may be used during both summer and winter. The routes are easily accessible and are found almost anywhere one wants to explore.

There are three marked coastal trails, each described by a separate brochure. One is located in Bø (Straumsjøen – Spjelkvågen), one in Andøya (Stave – Bleik) and the third is in Øksnes (Langenes church – Klo). 

There is also a touring map with several suggested trip itineraries. The map is also very suitable for use as a road map. There are also marked trails to the Norwegian Trekking Association’s cabins in Vesterålen. The local hiking association has cabins both in the mountains and along the seashore. 

Møysalen National Park is one of the country’s smallest national preserves, with only  51.2 km2 and is located on Hinnøya, Norway’s largest island. Towering in the centre of the national park is Møysalen, the mountain that was selected by outdoor magazine Ute as «Norway’s most beautiful natural attraction». There are guided treks to the peak, which is 1262 m above sea level. Surrounding peaks in the area rise up to 1000 m above sea level. 

Ask for the brochures containing route suggestions and descriptions at the local tourist information. You can also visit Vesterålen Hiking Association’s website at www.turistforeningen.no/vesteralen if you want information about the seasonal excursion programme or the local hiking association’s cabins in Vesterålen. 

Right of access

The Outdoor Recreations Act provides the right of the public to access and stay in wilderness areas. It gives us the right to passage in wooded and mountainous areas, to go skiing, -sledging and to ride horseback on trails and roads. The public right of access safeguards the right to spend time and to set up tents in wilderness areas, but not closer than 150 m from houses or cabins. Wilderness is defined as all uncultivated land and comprises most lakes, shorelines, moorlands, forests and mountain areas in Norway.

As users of the public right of access we also have obligations. We must behave in a cautious and considerate manner and avoid causing harm or inconveniences for owners, users, damage to the natural environment or harm to domesticated animals or wildlife. On many maps, bathing sites are marked that are not posted with signs or adapted to public use. You are personally responsible for investigating whether these can be used in accordance with the above-mentioned legal restrictions. The same applies for marked tent sites. Be careful to tidy up after yourself before you leave a resting place or tent site. Take all refuse with you. You must also exercise caution when lighting fires outdoors and you must not light open fires near any forested area during the period 15 April to 15 September.