THE WEST


Lofoten's western island of Moskenes°ya is well known for its superb scenery of magnificent jagged granite peaks. Despite this the amount of climbing that has been done is very limited and in reality Moskenes°ya is a better destination for mountaineers and hillwalkers than rock climbers. The are a few exceptions; the big roadside slab found on Reinesvaet, (the Reine Slab) and a small collection of major routes scattered around the spectacular peaks of Kjerkfjord. In general the rock isn't quite as good as elsewhere and the stubborn vegetation can be a bit of a nuisance though doubtless there are many more high quality routes and venues waiting to be discovered.

Although the island chains run southwest/northeast the old-time fishermen always referred simply to travelling west or east and this tradition has stuck throughout Lofoten.

The tiny ferry - MS Fjordskyss (30 places) - operates daily from Reine to Kjerkfjorden (also spelt 'Kirkefjord') and Vindstad (also spelt 'Vinstad'). In the peak season (late June to mid August) there are normally three sailings a day, with an extra late evening sailing on Fridays.

Routes

Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Approach walk Other
Helvetestinden
(The Hell Peak) This pointed peak north of Bunesfjorden has a huge west-facing slabby wall that...
5
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

60 mins

Windy
Merraflestinden
The conspicuous flat-topped peak dominates the northwest side of the head of Kjerkfjorden and is...
2
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Breiflogtinden
This amazing spire of rock lurks just over the col from Kjerkfjorden and can clearly be seen both...
2
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

30 mins

Windy
Maslitinden
The big slabby wall to the north of the settlement of Kjerkfjord has a single route up the...
2
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

30 mins

Windy
Vinstad
This peak is west north west of Vinstad and has one hard route on it currently.
1
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

30 mins

Windy
Olstinden
The huge slabs overlooking Kjerkfjord have a solitary route.
1
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

30 mins

Windy
Ølkontinden
This peak lies to the north of the village of Hamnøy (which is 3km northeast of Reine). There are a...
2
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

120 mins

Windy
Reinesvaet (The Reine Slab)
A huge barrel-shaped buttress right above the road, just north of the small town of Reine. Those...
2
Trad
Sun and shade
Roadside

0 mins

Ramberg
Just to the south of the lovely little town of Ramberg, and its superb beaches, is a fine and steep...
1
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Stortind
Stortind (Big Peak) is the impressive pointed peak which stands to the west of the Flakstadpollen,...
3
Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
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  • Latest Comments

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    The Next Best Thing
    "On the upper part (above the ledge), the grades are not correct : it's more like..." 25/Aug

    Hungry Eyes
    "Changed from *** to N6 ***, no votes" 27/May

    Borr i Bekkmørtna
    "An Excelent route worth to climb! From pitch 3 goes straight up, following crack..." 18/Jul

    Permit to Åsgård
    "Rob Lamey roblamey@hotmail.co.uk Top quality route, a must adventure up the ..." 27/Jul

    Sea Breeze
    "I just want to add some usefull information. There is a tunnel under the cliff. ..." 15/Jul

    Recht Rinne
    "This route - or a variation of it - was climbed by Svein Smelvær and Bjørn Hanch..." 31/Jul

    Norwegian Sheep Ranch
    "Pitch 1 is a somewhat runout (7- ish) and longer than 60 m. We had to simul-clim..." 29/Jul

    Sørvest pillaren
    "Did this in early August 08 - this is now three months later so the details are ..." 11/Nov

    Sea Breeze
    "I agree with the comments above. The two final pitches were bold and quite hard..." 13/Oct

    Sea Breeze
    "Would agree with comment No2. Overall feeling is fluttery alright, but great fri..." 29/Jul

    Sea Breeze
    "A few things to say. It is pretty bold, but apart from pitch 7 not desperatly so..." 01/May

    Sea Breeze
    "A pleasant route. The old bolts are just single 8mm. Take some tat and spare n..." 12/Mar

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