Information about Reinebringen
Duration: ca 1-2 hours.
Altitude: 448 metres above sea level.
Season: May - September.
Incline: ca 45 degrees.
Distance: 2 km (round trip).
Starting point: Reine outer harbor.
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen - visitnorway.com
As always, hiking in Lofoten is at your own risk, so make sure you follow the path and watch out. Even if the path towards the top follows the Sherpa steps, it is very steep and parts of it can be demanding. You follow the stairs built into the steep mountain side and if you need a break, there are several nice spots with benches built along the path, allowing you a rest before the last few metres. The stairs finish ca 150 metres before the top, so make sure you walk very carefully and watch out for loose rocks. If a rock comes loose, it may roll down the mountain side and cause injury to other people hiking up the stairs further down. The hike is not recommended for young children and for safety reasons, this hike is strictly not recommended in the winter season.
Reinebringen is far from one of the highest mountains in Lofoten, but the view from the top of Reinebringen is known for being one of the most spectacular ones. It is a favourite among many hikers and you will soon understand why when you reach the top. Sit down and enjoy the great view over the picturesque Reine village and the wild fjords and mountains. We also recommend the hike during the midnight sun season in Lofoten, as it is maybe even more beautiful at that time. And not least, there may be less people. The hike is extremely popular among locals and tourists alike.
It is very important to wear sturdy shoes, take plenty of water to drink and a wind proof jacket. An extra set of dry clothes is also recommended. And do not forget a fully charged camera battery, so you can bring your memories with you back home. But do not forget to enjoy the moment!
It could be that the mountain is closed during parts of the summer in order to complete the work on the steps. It is therefore a good idea to visit the Reinebringen Facebook page for updated information, or visit the local tourist information. As of January 2020, the mountain path had 1566 steps and several benches along the beautifully built Sherpa steps. You can read more about Reine and surrounding areas on Wikipedia.
If you decide to travel to see Reinebringen and arrive by car – you find parking at Reine Ytre Havn (outer harbour). This is where the hike starts. You first walk through the centre of beautiful Reine towards Reinehalsen (viewpoint by the main road) and then walk further along the E10 direction Å. Follow the old road outside of the tunnel. You find this at the left side of the road, outside the road fence. If you arrive by bus, the nearest bus stop is «Reine kryss» (Moskenes).
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 here.
- Take care of Lofoten when you visit – read more about how to be a responsible guest
Frequently asked questions:
Is it true that there may be rock falls?
Yes, that’s correct. Rock falls may occur in the mountains. There are ca 150 steps left to be completed in the Sherpa stairs. So please take extra care when you walk up the stairs and look out for loose rocks.
Is it correct that Reinebringen may be closed at times?
Reinebringen has been closed at times due to work on the steps up the mountain. Please visit the Reinebringen Facebook page for updated and correct information about the Reinebringen path.
Can I do the hike if I am scared of heights?
Some parts of the hike can be very steep and «airy», and even if most of the path is built on steps, the hike is considered to be of medium difficulty.
When will the remaining steps be finished?
Reinebringen will be closed when the remaining steps are being built, but this will not be done before the autumn 2022 because of the corona virus. We recommend that you visit the Reinebringen Facebook page for updates.
Is the hike suitable for children?
The hike can be suitable for young people who do not suffer from fear of heights. We do not recommend the hike for small children.