The Queen’s Route is a marked hiking trail between the historical fisherman’s villages Nyksund and Stø in the Vesterålen archipelago. The route is a round trip which winds its way along the coastline, the white sand beach Skipssanden, and over mountaintops 400 meters above sea level with an incredible view of the Atlantic ocean. In 2015 the trip was named one of the top 10 most spectacular hiking trails in Nowray by visitnorway.com. Vesterålen has over 150 marked trails and paths.

The Queen’s Route overview:

  • 12-15 km, 5-8 hours.
  • Varied landscape with mountains, shoreline, marshland , white sand beach and stone.
  • Highest pint of the hike: Finngamheia 448 masl.
  • Steep incline in some places, but clear path the whole route.

The Queen’s route is a round trip of about 15 km which takes between 5-8 hours from start to finish. It was named after Her Majesty Queen Sonja who first did the hike in 1994. There are many points of interest along the way. Nyksund is a traditionalfisherman’s village which slowly fell into disuse, but is now an active and creative place with artists and tourism businesses. Stø is a small and charming living fisherman’s village. You can choose to start in either Nyksund or Stø, but we recommend that you always walk the mountain path towards Stø, and along the shoreline towards Nyksund due to some steep areas. The highest point on the hike is Finngamheia 448 masl. The hike is signposted with starting points and marked with the National Trekking Associations red T’s along the way.

Vesterålen is the kingdom of the whales, and from Stø you can go on a combined puffin, seal and whale safari with Arctic Whale Tours. Stay in cosy Gunnartangen Rorbuer or put up your tent or caravan in Stø Bobilcamp and enjoy a warm lunch or dinner after the hike. You can also combine the Queen’s Route with a deep-sea fishing trip or bird safari. From May to August more than 20 000 puffins nest on Anda, just outside Stø.

If you choose to start the route in Nyksund you can get a chance to stay in the historic village. Holmvik Brygge can arrange guided trips of the Queen’s Route hike.

Accommodation in Nyksund

Holmvik Brygge offers accommodation in rorbu and sea houses. Holmvikstua restaurant serves traditional Norwegian food with an international twist. They can also arrange guiding for the Queen’s Route hike.

Accommodation Stø:

Gunnartangen Rorbuferie offers accommodation in 5 different apartments in cosy rorbu with everything you need for self-catering.

Stø Bobilcamping is a campingsite by the ocean, especially well-suited for camping caravans or mobile homes. In Valen restaurant they serve dishes based on local ingredients and produce. They also offer guided fishing trips and puffin safari in the summer season.

Whale Safari:

Arctic Whale Tours runs daily whale safari trips, which include bird- and seal watching, from May to September. Come along for whale watching, leave with  memories for a lifetime.