Moskenes immerses you in an Arctic landscape of jagged peaks and cobalt-blue bays. The region occupies the southern half of Moskenesøya Island in the Lofoten archipelago and is dotted with postcard-perfect towns and fishing villages. Enjoy the Midnight Sun in the summer months and visit in winter to see the Northern Lights dancing in the sky.
Things to do in Reine
The lively village of Reine is a great base for exploring Moskenes. Set beneath rugged granite peaks and built around a picturesque harbour lined with colourful wooden fishing huts, it’s one of the most beautiful villages in Norway. Ferries depart from the harbour and take you across the fjord to the tiny hamlet of Kjerkfjorden. Follow a two-hour trail to Horseid Beach, a stunning stretch of sugar-white sand surrounded by granite mountains.
Hamnøy is one of the oldest villages in the Lofoten archipelago and is peppered with red and white fishing cabins. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront and admire art at one of the local galleries. Boat and bicycle rentals are a great way to stay active while you sightsee. Winter snowfall gives Hamnøy a fairy-tale feel. The open-air Norwegian Fishing Village Museum in the village of Å features beautifully preserved historic buildings.
Hermannsdalstinden rises more than 1,000 metres above sea level and is one of the tallest mountains on Moskenesøya. A well-marked hiking trail starts in the village of Sørvågen and winds up to the summit. You’re rewarded with spectacular views over the village and the Lofoten archipelago.
Getting around Reine
Moskenes is located in Nordland county, on the island of Moskenesøya. Towns and villages in Moskenes are compact and easy to get around on foot, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore Moskenes at your own pace. Ferries run between Bodo and Moskenes in around four hours. Reine is a two-hour drive from Svolvaer Airport.