Fløya and Djevelporten (590 m)

HIKING TRAIL
FLØYA PDF
2020-08-0615:24 Tobias Kongevold Forsaa

Fløya is a proud mountain, towering over Svolvær in Lofoten with the famous and characteristic Svolværgeita in front. On the hike up to this mountain you will pass Djevelporten («The Devil’s Gate”), which is a large rock stuck in a gorge. There are also Sherpa stairs, called Djeveltrappa («The Devil’s Stairs») - an attraction in itself.  

Sherpatrappa Fløya

Photo: Sherpa stairs leading up to Djevelporten and Fløya - Sissel Hansen 

Fløya is Svolvær’s local mountain, and it has become even more popular with the Sherpa stairs going almost all the way up the mountain side. If you walk up to Fløya, you get a fantastic view over the city. Svolvær has 4700 inhabitants, and this is the area with the biggest population in the archipelago. Svolvær has a small airport and it is the port of call for both Hurtigruten, ferries and the express boat. In this small, big city you find a large selection of restaurants, galleries, shops and accommodation. The tourist information is at the central square, and they have plenty of tips about everything that Lofoten has to offer. What about kayaking in the harbour of Svolvær or a boat trip to the Trollfjord? You find more information about Svolvær on Wikipedia.

 

Information about Djevelporten and Fløya

Starting point: The parking in the city centre or the parking by the start of the stairs in Blåtindveien.

Season: Spring, summer and autumn.

Distance: 1.5 km (one way).

Altitude: 590 metres above sea level.

Duration: 2 hours (one way).

Difficulty: Easy up the stairs, medium towards Djevelporten. Demanding if you go all the way up to the cairn at the top.

Djevelporten

Photo: Djevelporten - CH - Visitnorway.com

Parking

The hike starts right outside the centre of Svolvær. There is a parking area to the northwest of the church yard, just where the Blåtindveien makes a narrow curve. But this parking fills up quickly and it may be easier to park in the city centre.

Tour description

The path leads you from the parking and up the hill.

After a short walk you come to the Sherpa stairs – or «Djeveltrappa» – as it is called by the locals. The work on the stairs started in 2019 and will be continued.

These stairs make it easier to reach a higher altitude, as long as your thigh muscles allow it. Luckily, there are several nice benches along the way, where you can relax and enjoy the view.  

Chose the right path

When you come to the part where the terrain flattens out, the path splits in two directions. One direction goes to the right towards Svolværgeita, which is where you go to climb the famous mountain. If this is what you would like to do, you can find out about available mountains guides from the tourist information. 

If you are going to Fløya you follow the path that goes straight ahead. After a while the path turns eastwards and then it goes through a wide valley, which ends in a gorge between the Frosken and Fløya mountains. There is a footbridge across the marsh. The terrain upwards is quite steep and craggy.

Steep and exposed

When you reach the top of the gorge you see the Djevelporten directly in front of you. This is the large rock stuck between the two mountain sides. This is a very steep and exposed area and it is very risky to go out onto the Djevelporten. Please be very careful if you decide to do this.

The path towards Fløya continues upwards in an arc shape along the mountain side. The path is good, but it goes through exposed terrain on the very edge of a cliff. When you arrive at the top you will have a magnificent view of the Vestfjord and Svolvær under your feet! On top of this mountain you will have plenty of space to enjoy a break. It is not possible to go down from the mountain in front of Svolværgeita – with a view towards the city. Follow the same path down or a path marked Lofoten High5 in blue and white.

If you want to reach the very highest point, you need your hands and feet to climb up a steep and challenging 2–3 metre long passage. After that, you can walk the last few metres to the top, which is marked with a cairn.

Please be aware that the steep passage can be even more demanding when you are going back down, especially in wet weather!

More useful advice

  • If you require an experienced tour guide to accompany you on a hike, you may book hikes in many beautiful Lofoten mountains 
  • Take care of Lofoten when you visit – read more about how to be a responsible guest

 

Frequently asked questions:

Is this hike suitable for families?

Yes, the Sherpa stairs are fine for older children. There are several steep parts and some quite demanding parts. After the stairs there are some areas that require climbing.