Kvalvika Bay - a true pearl in Lofoten
The hike to Kvalvika Bay is rightly one of the most popular tours in Lofoten. After all, after the relatively easy hike, a romantic bay with a chalk-white sandy beach, surrounded by mighty mountains and in front of it the infinite expanse of the Atlantic, whose water shimmers here as in the Caribbean. A perfect film set!
The special thing is that this beautiful beach can only be reached on foot or by boat. The view of Kvalvika, which is very romantic between the pointed mountains, is an unforgettable sight and an invaluable reward for this hike.
The first route is via the European route E 10 to Fredvang. After leaving the E 10 and crossing the two impressive bridges, turn left and cross the village of Fredvang. Follow the FV 808 a little further until after a short time you have reached the small parking lot for the hike on the left side of the street. The parking lot has space for 10-15 vehicles, depending on how big they are.
If the first official parking lot at the starting point of the hike is already occupied, you should not park along or next to the narrow street. The police make regular checks here. We drove about 500 meters, where there is another parking lot that offers enough space (see picture / parking lots are linked to Google Maps)
We first follow the road for about 500 meters, back to the actual starting point of the tour at the first parking lot. This is where the marked and paved path to Kvalvika begins, which we are now following. The path leads us up a small stone staircase up the hill in front of us.
Then the path leads over wooden planks, as this area can be swampy after rainfall. Nevertheless, you should generally be wearing weatherproof shoes, because the planks can sometimes sink into the mud.
We follow the well-trodden path that is easy to recognize and therefore cannot be missed. The signage of the path gives us additional security. After the section on the wooden planks, it then goes steadily uphill through a small forest.
After about 15 minutes you have a clear view above the trees and can see the view over the Torsfjorden in front of Fredvang for the first time. We continue north towards the mountain ridge in front of us, which separates us from the Kvalvika bay. Since the path runs between two mountains, the route is not particularly strenuous and is also perfect for families.
After about 40 minutes we reach the ridge above the bay and enjoy the breathtaking view down to the beach for the first time. Here we take a break for a few minutes with the mighty view of the Atlantic before we begin the descent on the other side.
The path that descends steeply from here is pretty smooth due to the rain of the past few days. Since there is nothing to stop, this section is unfortunately not entirely safe in these weather conditions. The further we scramble down the path, the more the view opens over the white beach. Madness! This bay is definitely one of the most beautiful that we have seen so far.
The last few meters down we give each other support and are happy when we finally reach the beach. Done!
After the approximately one-hour hike, we now walk almost alone on this dream beach, watch the high waves and walk past the grassy dunes to find a sheltered picnic area for us at the back end of the beach.
Kvalvika Bay is actually a little paradise. After we have found a dream place for ourselves, we look forward to a cup of tea and our "Matpakke" (too good German "provisions package"). The waves of the sea are constantly rolling in with indescribable power - an Eldorado for surfers. This is roughly how we imagine Hawai - just a few degrees warmer….
After our break we actually want to climb along the cliffs into the neighboring bay west of Kvalvika. Although the way over the rocks is secured with a rope, unfortunately we have to give up the project after a short time. The waves are too high, the stones are wet and slippery, so our plan is too dangerous. A little disappointed, we cancel our project.
To do this, we set out to look for another highlight in this bay: a few years ago, two Norwegian surfers built a hut out of rubbish and beach goods between the rocks and lived there for 9 months in winter. This small hut, a kind of hobbit cave, by Inge Wegge and Jørn Nyseth Ranum, can still be found on the beach today and can even be used. Out of gratitude for the great time in the bay, far away from civilization, the two of them left their hut so that it can be lived in at any time as a refuge or for dropouts.
Her adventures from that time are now filmed in the successful work “North oft the sun”. Here you can watch the trailer for this terrific film:
North of the sun teaser from Weggefilms on Vimeo .
We find the hut, well hidden, between some rocks on the beach and are fascinated. Do you know the film "Into the Wild" (