When people ask me for hiking tips I always put Kvalvika beach on top of the “must do” list. The walk is relatively easy, and the scenery is a reward that is more than worth the hike.
The beach is facing the open sea on the north side of the island Moskenesøya, and is surrounded by steep mountains that rise more than 500-600 meters.
(Kvalvika during summer and winter.)
Up until late 1930’s a few people actually used to live in this bay, and you can see traces of where their buildings used to be. You will also find a small cabin that was built out of driftwood by two young Norwegian men who lived here for nine months a few years back, following their dream of living in nature. This cabin is open for everyone, and still holds a lot of the items these men used when they lived here.
The beach even has it's own little playground. Here's my littlesister, Tanita Hansen.
How to get there
There are several trails that lead to Kvalvika, but here I will describe the easiest and most used trail. Find your way to Fredvang, and then continue for approx. 3 km until you reach a parking spot on the left side of the road. During summer you are unlikely to be alone, so there will always be a number of cars here, which makes it impossible to miss the parking spot. On the other side of the road the trail starts, and is market with a wood sign that says Kvalvika.
The hike takes 1 hour each way, and the highest point on the hike is 170 meters. The first half of the hike is the easiest, and ones you start the descent towards the beach the terrain gets steeper.
The isolation from the rest of the islands is one of the things that makes this beach so special. Last year I took a bunch of my relatives with me on a hike and I quote my uncle: “It was like entering another world”.