The E10 connects the north to the south of the Lofoten. A spectacular route, filled with breathtaking nature spots. We decided to explore the part of the tourist route between Leknes and Henningsvaer. The day before we drove to the slightly further situated Fredvang, where we climbed to mountain top Ryten. Today we take it easy by discovering the most beautiful beaches and villages. All these places are well marked along the side of the road, which makes it easy to find all the highlighted places. Curious to find out what we saw along this part of the tourist route? I’ll tell you everything about it in this article.
Vik Beach and surroundings
The first stop is Vik Beach, located in a large round bay and surrounded by green rocky mountain walls. It’s almost abandoned. Apart from a single hiker, there’s no one on the beach, making it the perfect picnic spot. We have lunch on the rhythm of the almost silent wavy sea and the sound of sheep bells. The road that runs along the bay doesn’t bother us, it seems like almost no one drives here. It’s really pleasant staying in this quiet arctic paradise. Such a serene place, where I could easily stay all afternoon, staring at the turquoise clear water and the pointy mountains in the background. But today we’d like to see more than just Vik Beach. Haukland Beach is located next to Vik Beach. This beach was a bit more crowded, so we only stopped to take a quick picture. A picture of the beautiful flowering meadow behind the beach: the perfect place to pitch your tent. Somehow we totally forget about the exit to nearby Utakleiv Beach, but that doesn’t matter, all beaches are amazing here.
As an alternative to Utakleiv Beach we drive over a small mountain pass and end up in a completely different environment. It seems like we are in the Alps. This is characteristic of the Lofoten. At every corner a surprise is waiting for you, and after a few kilometers the environment changes again. Large valleys, rugged shores, marshland areas, rolling hills, babbling brooks, rugged mountain landscapes, scarce vegetation, but also areas with lots of trees. Nothing looks the same and that makes the Lofoten so special. One island differs greatly from another island, but the difference of landscapes on a particular island may be even greater. The Lofoten have so many different faces so you keep on being amazed by the beautiful nature. Areas that are so beautiful that you just watch them in silence. For example, we discovered a quiet stream filled with yellow flowers. Very simple, but so beautiful.
Unstad and Eggum: cute coastal villages
The next exit leads us towards Unstad, a cute village hidden behind a mountain, which we reach after driving through a tunnel. There is an unspoilt beach full of little rocks. This gives the beach a unique look. In winter this beach must look like it’s coming straight out of a fairy tale, when the rocks and the sand are covered under a thick layer of ice and snow. The colorful houses and farms of the village are beautifully situated: at the foot of a high mountain wall, with the sea as a backyard and surrounded by flowering meadows with cute little sheep. It seems like time has stopped here.
Once back on the main road, we soon take a new exit. To Eggum, a typical village bordered by a nature reserve. Here we take a little walk along the coast. The path is relatively flat and there are lots of sheep with cute little lambs, which always makes me happy. It’s also possible to walk from Unstad to Eggum via a ten-kilometer coastal trail, unfortunately we don’t have time for it. At the beginning of the Eggum nature reserve there is a small snack bar and a terrace. Additionally, you will find remains of ww2, a stone lookout tower and a statue that I didn’t find very interesting so I didn’t take a picture of it. On the other hand, I really liked the nature reserve. But I’m more a nature than a history lover.
At the end of the day we drive back towards Henningsvaer. At the last moment we decide to take a final detour towards the north of Gimsoya, the smallest island of the Lofoten. Once again we are welcomed by a very different environment. Gimsoya is very green and there are many more trees than on the other islands. In the north you will find some beautiful beaches behind the green fields. Flat sandy beaches with an incredibly blue sea and in the background the rugged mountain peaks of the neighboring island. During our visit, the mountains in the distance were surrounded by veil clouds, giving the landscape a mysterious touch. I can definitely recommend a detour to Gimsoya. Doesn’t it look gorgeous?