Lofoten are world-famous for their nature and scenery; dramatic rocky mountains towering over blue waters of fjords, as well as fantastic white-sanded beaches hidden in the islands’ remote corners. Haukland Beach and Uttakleiv Beach in Lofoten are some of finest examples of archipelago’s hidden gems. The two beaches make even better visit destination as they’re located very near each other and connected by a coastal path, easy trail over mountain pass as well as an under-mountain tunnel, also they’re easily accessible by car! Haukland Beach and Uttakleiv Beach are well known because of their beauty, so why not turn the two short beach visits into a day (or two, with overnight stay) filled with unforgettable experiences and ‘eagle-eye’ views? Interested? Find out more, below!
How to get to Haukland Beach and Uttakleiv Beach, parking information
Both beaches are located along road no Fv826 Uttakleivveien, only 1.5 km apart (by under-mountain tunnel, drive only), easily accessible by car. They have separate dedicated car parks:
- free car park at Haukland Beach, with changing room (for swimmers) and toilets (summer only). Click here for directions
- paid car park at Uttakleiv Beach, with toilet and basic provisions for camping (all details on camping at Uttakleiv Beach at bottom of page). Click here for directions. Parking charges (2018): car / motorcycle 40 NOK per 3 hours
Please note that there is only one, paid car park in Uttakleiv area (parking on road verges is forbidden), so to avoid parking charges we recommend to drop the car at Haukland Beach and visit Uttakleiv Beach by foot! Read more to find out how!
How to turn two short beach visits into an amazing day out
There are 3 ways of turning visit to Haukland Beach and Uttakleiv Beach into a great day out. Let’s have a look at the ideas:
- walk from Haukland Beach to Uttakleiv Beach along the coast, return the same way (or alternatively by one of the below)
- hike from Uttakleiv Beach to Haukland Beach over a low mountain pass
- hike from Uttakleiv Beach to Haukland Beach over mountain pass, why not add a quick visit to Mannen mountain for an eagle-eye overview of the area
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Mannen mountain is a lower sibling of Veggen mountain. They’re both great viewpoints to the beaches, Mannen (400 masl) is a shorter and easier walk, hence more visitors decide to conquer Mannen than Veggen. At 489 masl, Veggen is a bit higher, a bit rougher and steeper than its sibling, but at the same time much quieter. Find our more about hiking Veggen, here.
Walk from Haukland Beach to Uttakleiv Beach along the coast
There is a very well maintained coastal trail between Haukland Beach and Uttakleiv Beach (see RED trail on a map below). It is a very easy, flat trail adopted from old coastal road used by locals before the tunnel between Uttakleiv and Haukland was built. It is suitable for prams, buggies as well as wheelchairs. If lucky, one can spot a pair of eagles circling high in the sky!
- Distance (one way) 4 km, time 30 mins to 1 hour
- Level of difficulty: 1/5 – easy walk, mostly flat.
To return from Uttakleiv Beach one can retrace their steps along the coast, or alternatively why not enjoy a short hike over a low mountain pass at the foot of Mannen mountain (see BLUE trail on a map below), or even climb to Mannen summit?
Return via under-mountain tunnel is not recommended! It’s a road tunnel without a sidewalk, dark and narrow, walking along it could be dangerous due to amount of traffic.
Hike from Uttakleiv Beach to Haukland Beach over a low mountain pass
To turn the two beach visits into a fantastic day spent in the stunning outdoors, we recommend hiking from Uttakleiv Beach to Haukland Beach (or vice versa) via a low mountain pass at the foot of Mannen mountain (BLUE trail on the map above). To get to the beginning of trail, one has to follow the road from Uttakleiv Beach to the tunnel (600 metres) and turn left, into a dirt road 100 metres before the tunnel. The road runs past a white house and turns into a clear path, climbs gently to the mountain pass with a small lake. On the west side, the slope is a little bit steeper and the path zig-zags down until it reaches a dirt road. Follow this road (to the right) for 400 metres to Haukland Beach.
- Distance from Uttakleiv Beach to Haukland Beach via mountain pass 2.7 km, time 1.5 – 2 hours
- Level of difficulty: 2-easy hillwalk, good path
Hike from Uttakleiv Beach to Haukland Beach via Mannen mountain
For those who enjoy a good hike and decide to add an adventure to the beach visit, we recommend hiking to Mannen mountain (BLUE trail on map above) on their way to, or from Uttakleiv Beach. Mannen mountain is just over 400 metres high, but a great viewpoint. It’s an easy walk over a dirt road and good path to the mountain pass, then an easy ridge walk to the summit of Mannen.
Detailed route description: follow the road from Uttakleiv Beach to the tunnel (600 metres) and turn left, into a dirt road 100 metres before the tunnel. The road runs past a white house and turns into a clear path, climbs gently to the mountain pass with a small lake. Just before reaching the slope edge, the path forks. Turn right at the fork and follow a faint path which soon becomes a good clear trail. The summit of Mannen is approx. 600 metres away. Enjoy the views!
Retrace your steps from Mannen to the mountain pass, along the ridge. Once at the pass, turn right into a zig-zag path descending steeply. Soon the path eases and reaches a small dirt road, turn right and follow the road to Haukland Beach, some 400 metres away.
- Distance from Uttakleiv beach to Haukland Beach via Mannen mountain 3.8 km, time 2.5 – 3.5 hours
- Level of difficulty: 2-easy hillwalk, good path
Why not hike from Uttakliev Beach to Veggen mountain
Veggen mountain (489 masl) stands proud over Uttakleiv Beach and is a fantastic viewpoint to both beaches, Uttakleiv and Haukland. It’s a bit higher, a bit rougher and steeper then its sibling Mannen, but at the same time much quieter. During our hike to Veggen we only met one other couple; from Veggen summit we could spot dozen of hikers on the top of Mannen. Veggen, however is only accessible from Uttakleiv Beach area, there is no trail descending to Haukland. Veggen is relatively short (approx. 3 hours total), the path tends to be muddy (check out all details here). One gets well rewarded for their effort thou, view from Veggen mountain is spectacular! With a little bit of luck, keen eye can spot a pair of eagles nesting in the crags of Veggen! Find out more about hiking Veggen mountain!
- Distance: 2.4 km, time 3 hours (total)
- Level of difficulty: 3-moderate, possible some steep sections
Camping at Haukland Beach and Uttakleiv Beach
Wild camping at Haukland Beach: camping is not forbidden at the large, free car park over Haukland Beach, in fact it’s a good spot to spend a night in a camper. This car park is divided into two sections: there is a height limit barrier at the lower part of the car park (just at the beach edge), however the part nearer road has no barriers. The grassy area between car park and beach is flat and suitable for tents. One thing to note, however, is that there are no toilets (except summer) and the area is pretty much an open space with couple of houses built nearby.
Camping at Uttakleiv Beach: there is a ‘self service’, basic campsite at Uttakleiv Beach, checked twice daily by a warden. The ‘campsite’ is a flat-ish, grassy area at beach end, with some benches and tables provided, as well as a provisional sink & tap with cold water (open air), a two-toilet block and chemical toilet disposal point for campers. As I mentioned, it’s a self-service facility, to stay overnight at Uttakleiv Beach one has to pay at the ticket machine (small wooden hut, see photo below), prices in 2018:
- camper 200 NOK / night
- tent 120 NOK per 24 hours
- tent + car 160 NOK per 24 hours
- tent + motorbike 160 NOK per 24 hours
- chemical toilet disposal point 75 NOK
What we loved about Uttakliev and Haukland beaches
It won’t be to anyone’s surprise that we loved the two beaches! We spent two nights at Haukland Beach, first night we enjoyed a lovely warm evening, nice sunset and, 5 minutes later – a torrential rain! Visiting Uttakliev Beach was just as good, it’s a famous spot for photographers – everyone wants to find the famed ‘viking eye’ rocks! The beach itself was a delight, especially at low tide and in the morning sun. We hope to return to these hidden gems of Lofoten!
*Level of difficulty explained: 1– easy walk, mostly flat 2-easy hillwalk, good path 3-moderate, possible some steep sections 4-long hillwalk, possibly some scrambling involved, possibly pathless 5-difficult, possibly pathless, long, requires technical skills
NORWEGIAN DIFFICULTY LEVEL EXPLAINED: GREEN – easy , BLUE -moderate, RED – demanding, BLACK -expert