We are proud to present this new and exciting hike! The terrain varies greatly and is tough in some areas, which means that some days involve significant climbs. The legs range from 15 to 20 km. We will camp overnight in tents along the way, with a couple of exceptions (if it works out that way).
The entire trip takes 10 days.
Demanding hike in a harsh landscape
It’s hard to describe this hike in detail, but we will cross Norway’s fourth largest island during a week-long hike. The island is surrounded by the Norwegian Sea. The total distance of this hike is around 110 km, which we will spread over seven legs. We will camp overnight in tents except for the fourth night, which we will spend in a turf hut (providing the legs work out as planned).
The terrain is brutal for the first three-fourContact us for dates days, which involves significant climbs in the rocky, mountainous landscape. However, we will be rewarded with spectacular views in all directions. The middle part of the route is hilly with numerous good fishing lakes, so bring your (light) fishing rod if you enjoy fishing. On the last two days, the terrain is rolling countryside and you almost get the feeling that it’s downhill all the way.
The weather here on the edge of Norway can also vary greatly, from the most beautiful weather imaginable (sunny days where you feel like stopping for a swim in every mountain lake) to coastal fog, low temperatures (perhaps 3 ˚C) and strong wind. It’s important to be prepared with suitable clothes, maps, compass and GPS.
Your backpack must have space for everything
This is an “unsupported” hike, which means we carry all the equipment. This involves big and heavy backpacks, but thankfully they get lighter as the week progresses. We will be accompanied by a couple of huskies with packsaddles, so they can carry some of the food. However, participants must envisage carrying all their gear and perhaps some food.
You will spend the first night in an Aurora Canvas Dome at GLØD HQ in Alta (double room). We will spend the following eight nights in tents (two per tent) as we head southwards across the island of Sørøya. We spend the last night in wonderful fishermen’s cabins at Big Fish Adventure on Sørøya (double room) offering views of the open sea. We can relax here and enjoy a tasty dinner at the hotel before we head back to try out the sauna or enjoy a cold beer on the balcony.
For past three summers, the municipalities of Hammerfest and Hasvik have had a project to mark the route between Akkarfjord and Sørvær. One of the people responsible for this work is Rikki Nielsen, who is also a guide at GLØD. Rikki will be the main guide on this hike. He has heard, learned and experienced a lot on the island of Sørøya during the summers he has worked marking the trail. He will gladly share his stories with us! He will be joined by another guide and sherpa, Trygve Nygård. However, Trygve will probably play second fiddle on this hike and could be a bit lazy after many months of desk work. But he is really looking forward to it!
“Everything” is included!
All transfers (including ferry/express boat) from arrival in Alta until you depart on day 10 are included, as are all meals from dinner on day one to breakfast on day 10. All equipment is included apart from private equipment as listed on the packing list. Guides and polar dogs are also included.
Travel there and back
We are based in Alta and this is a return trip from there. There are direct daily flights from Oslo and Tromsø on SAS, Norwegian and Widerøe.
Arrive in Alta, packing, stay overnight in an Aurora Canvas Dome
Day 2 – 9
Early departure to Hammerfest, boat to Akkarfjord on the north of Sørøya
Eight days hiking the full length of the island of Sørøya
Dinner and accommodation at Big Fish Adventure in Hasvik on the last night
Ferry from Hasvik to Øksfjord
Transfer to Alta (arrive about 13.00/1pm)
A full packing list will be provided when your booking is confirmed.