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To the Summit of Munkebu

IMG_7193Coming out from Selfjord in the morning allowed us to resupply and start our trek to  Munkebu, (Munkan),  which offered one of the most spectacular 360 views of the islands. This trek was not part of the Great Crossing but it probably should be. This is a great hike with some of the most spectacular views of the Lofoten Islands. Our plan was to hike in far enough to setup for summiting Munkebu the following day with day packs and then return to our campsite for the second night. This worked out really well so that we could thoroughly enjoy the all that Munkebu offered.

The crowded trailhead is out of Sørvågen where the area offers nice lakeside park options for picnics. The beginning of the trail features a beautiful cascading waterfall. You have to climb some rock faces with the help of chains and then you pass by Lake Stuvdalsvatnet before you come to a rocky promontory.

We decided to camp just past where the trail veers to the right and begins its climb to Djupfjordheia at 510 m. We got an early start the next day so we were ahead of the other day hikers.

You then drop into a saddle area where there is a beautiful chalet that is used by the local hiking club.IMG_7231

The final climb to the summit begins right behind the chalet. This final climb up to 2513′ or 766 m is fairly straight up but the rewarding views are to die for.

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We were the first to the summit but were joined by probably 20 hikers before we left.IMG_7265

We did take the high alternate route on our way down to rejoin the trail at Djupfjordheia on the way down.

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