The Mannen Hike is an easy, but adrenaline-filled hike ridge line that is well worth visiting if you’re visiting the Lofoten Islands in Norway.
Not too high, and not too long, this is an easy-to-do hike for those looking for a short day on the hills but something that will get the adrenaline going with some good exposure and incredible views.
Towering over some incredible Arctic beaches and looking out towards other awe-inspiring peaks in the Lofoten, the Mannen Hike is definitely a must-do whilst you’re visiting the Lofoten!
Quick Facts about the Mannen Hike
- Distance: Less than 5km
- Time: 1-2 hours
- Best travel time: Anytime, but maybe avoid weekends if you want it to be quiet!
- Difficulty: Not difficult at all, just some exposure, just avoid the left side if you’re scared.
- Parking: Haukland Beach
High Points of the Mannen Hike
- Great, but short, hike in the Lofoten.
- Can be done as a solo hike, or add others to make it a bigger day out.
- Unreal views over the wonderful Haukland Beach.
- Some fun scrambling and exposure
Low Points of the Mannen Hike
Slippery in the wet, be careful.
How to get to the Mannen Hike
If you park at the beach, the mountain you see in front of you as you drive in is Mannen.
Prominent but not too tall. It’s an impressive mountain to look at, and an impressive mountain to summit too.
The trail starts up the road on the opposite side of the parking and then follows the road before turning off before the lake.
When you find the trail before the lake, it’s fairly straightforward from here on out and it leads you all the way to the summit.
As I mentioned previously, if you stick away from the left side as you’re walking up you can limit the exposure, but if you’re not bad with heights, it’s an awesome ridgeline to follow.
The route follows the same way back once you’ve reached the summit.
Here’s the All Trails Guide for you to follow. Click here.
My Experience of the Mannen Hike
Originally not on my list as I have visited before, but when the sun shines in the Lofoten, you have to make the most of it and get out there to a summit.
Luckily for me, I chose the nearby summit of Mannen which is a short distance from Offersoykammen.
When I woke up and was heading back to Svolvaer to get some work done for the weekend, the weather gods had blessed me and I had to take advantage.
Knowing that Mannen was a short and easy hike, it was an absolute no-brainer to add it to the morning activities.
The hike itself is easy, and not too challenging. The ridge offers some decent exposure to heights, but it’s easy to get away from it should you need to.
Despite the hike not being too challenging, in true Lofoten fashion, the rewards are nothing but incredible.
Views over Himmeltinden, the highest mountain in the Lofoten, and over Haukland beach are insane to see a 1000m summit and then the white sand of Haukland.
Definitely worth a short trip to see the beach, and if the weather is good it’s easy to bag Mannen.