Ballstad Things to Do
In case you have a tight schedule, many people just come for a few days to Lofoten and head further, you can just park at the proposed place in my sportstravel tip. From there you then can walk up the hill instead walking around it. It is the last part of the hike in the sports travel tip. You might need to come back the same way, if you do not find another option. There are many small paths on the mountain, coming down at different places in Ballstad.
From the mountain you will have a great view down on Ballstad and the coast.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
There is a small boat connecting Ballstad to Nusfjord enabling bicycle travellers to avoid biking through the Nappstraumen tunnel. This tunnel is pretty long and step as it connects the two islands and therefore needs to be deep enough to cross the sea.
You need to register for the boat the day before. Check the webpage below for the dates, times and costs.
I haven't taken the boat, but think it might be a nice option.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Ballstad Off The Beaten Path
Keep your eyes open when hiking or just having a look at the surroundings of Ballstad. There is always a chance to see a bird or other animal you haven't seen before in nature. During my hike I almost stepped on this bird, which intensively complained and flew around for a while.
Anyone who knows this bird? I would like to add the name here in the tip...
In case you are interested in the characteristic noise of the bird, have a look at the video, which has the birds noise in the background...
- Whale Watching
Ballstad Sports & Outdoors
This beautiful hike follows at first the coast, sometimes closer sometimes further up along the foot of the mountain 'Brurstolen'. After a short time you will have a splendid view along the southern coast of the Lofoten towards Soervagen and even to the small island Roest. Coming around Brurstolen you will see along Nappstraumen northwards along the much more rocky mountains on the other side. From here the more strenous part beginns and you will need to hike up about 220 meters in altitude to reach the saddle. On there you can either walk up to the peak of Brurstolen or towards Skottinden (with 671 meters). My hike just continued towards Ballstad. After some 300 meters you will come to the edge from where you will decend down direction Ballstad. At first you will only see the small sparetime harbour, but then there is a fantastic view over the whole town. At some point there is very small flat area, where I cooked my food and sat down to watch the town while eating. Now there is only the last descend and you are back from where you came. If you are lucky during your trip you might see different birds like eagles or maybe a whale.
About the trail: First of all you should have a topographic map with you, which is available in all bigger towns on Lofoten (Leknes, Svolvaer etc.) or also in Narvik (two shopping center in downtown) if you come by car. To get to the trail head, follow the road 818 through Ballstad to the almost end. Then turn right to get to the 'sparetime' boat harbour. Don't worry, coming there it is pretty obvious as you will need to get around very close to the southern side of the mountain. So after leaving the 818 drive 100 meters and put your car here. Follow the road. It will turn left to a bridge, but keep on going. You will pass stockfish drying places. Now it will turn to a small path which you just follow. The next difficulty will wait much later to find the right spot to get up the hill. I missed it and had to walk straight up 'cross country style'. This is quite exhausting. So here a hint. There are two spots where the trail leads through a sort of cave under rocks (see the photos in the travelogues). After the second 'cave', there must be the trail leading up the hill. I could see the trail coming up the hill pretty good after arriving at the top. Maybe I was too busy watching the landscape and taking photos. As soon you get up the hill it is easy again, just follow the trail. Additionally there are stone piles once you reach the top of the saddle helping to orientate.
Photo 3 should give some support to find the way up the mountain. Along the trail there are red 'T' signs once a while, but quite sparsly.
Happy and safe hiking!
Equipment: Hiking shoes,
Topographic map of area,
Weather suiting clothes,
Something to drink.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking