FESTVåG


Park at a lay-by (room for half-a-dozen cars) on the outside of the bend just north of the first bridge on the road towards Henningsvær. If this is full, then parking by the quay below Gandalf and in the space below Junior Veggen are also possible. The two Festvåg cliffs stand next to each other and are visible above the road. Walk along the road (away from Henningsvær) to the next bend, then turn right into the shrubbery at the old granite foundations of what was a holding tank for the Henningsvær water supply. Follow stone steps up the foundation's right-hand side. This is the start of the Festvågtinden path - the path that leads up the back of the valley to the Heiavatnet reservoir hidden on the shoulder high above and on to Festvågtinden. To reach Lille Festvåg, scramble left around several large boulders, then head straight up the hillside to the cliff base. For Store Festvåg, continue up the Festvågtinden path until level with the base of the cliff. Cross the scree (many loose blocks - care required though there are vestiges of a path) to reach the foot of the wall.
Lille and Store (Little and Big) Festvåg are two of the closest cliffs to Henningsvær. They are a pair of excellent crags with a number of interesting and varied routes, which mostly tackle grooves and cracks. From a distance the cliffs look loose, but in fact the rock is mostly solid and well-featured offering excellent climbing on clean rough granite.

Routes

33 trad routes (N5+...N7+)
8 sport routes (3...6a)
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
Festvåg Outlying
There are two small buttresses on the rocky hillside between Gandalf and Festvåg. So far three crack
3
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

30 mins

Windy
Lille Festvåg
Lille Festvåg is the left-hand of two cliffs, tall and barrel shaped and seamed with cracks and groo
10
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Store Festvåg
The bigger of the two Festvåg cliffs has a high concentration of good routes with easy access and is
24
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Junior Veggen
Just before the first bridge to Henningsvær is a rocky hillside with a slabby face. A baker's dozen
13
Sport
No sun
Uphill

8 mins

sheltered
Senior Veggen
During a visit to the UK, Jonas Dahlstrup realised that it was possible to climb tiny rocks and...
11
Afternoon sun
Uphill

8 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For FESTVåG

    Straight Albatross
    "Solid rock, average climbing. Worthwile if you did the other routes...." 08/Jul

    Luksusdyret
    "The rock on the second pitch is a bit rotten going through the roof system, so 2..." 06/Aug

    Running for Rasmus
    "Maybe we did not understand where the last pitch goes? It was like 4+/5-?" 03/Aug

    Luksusdyret
    "The second pitch was fine but beware of the three loose blocks." 18/Jul

    Blod eller gull
    "The offwidth crack in the first pitch is pretty hard. At least if you are not us..." 15/Jul

    Gaukerisset
    "Tremendous second pitch, one of the best we did on the trip. Much easier than it..." 11/Jul top50

    Skiløperen
    "maybe not very hard for the grade, but sustained impressive climbing. 6- is ok." 29/May top50

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