Our journey to Kvalvika came after our trip up Reinenbringen and a search for places to see in the Reine area. Then we stumbled upon a 68North suggestion that brought us to Kvalvika Beach. It wasn’t easy to find, in fact – the blog mentioned a tiny red shed on the side of the road that I believe was passed about 2 times. But we happen to see another car parked on the side of the road – so we did the same.
In the beginning, it was pretty swampy. Mud laced my shoes, and the land was quite flat. After a bit of this landscape, we finally started to see the “V” in the mountains that we would be walking through. This was astounding. It felt so large on the sides and huge boulders caressed us as we walked through. It was all downhill from there.
It was very slippery but the further you went down, the more of the view was exposed. It was absolutely stunning. It was a hidden gem, even in the overcast gloom. As we made our way closer and closer to the beach, we started seeing life. Sheep, a few people setting up camp.
Disclosure: The sheep are not friendly. They are not interested in you, and do not want anything to do with you. I learned this the hard way.
Once we got to the beach, our eyes fixed immediately on make-shift hammock on the beach. We happily took a rest there. We hadn’t had time to just sit and stare during the trip – so we took this as an opportunity to do so. The sea was so rough and the overcast skies made it look event scarier.
After a moment, we headed over to a rocky area that seemed to divide the two sandy beach areas. There was a very thin, small trail that connected the two amongst the rocks – but it wasn’t easy. Keeping your footing on the thing trail was hard enough, but there were also places where semi-secure ropes where required to hold on to, to cross. If not – you are officially swimming in the sea.
On the trail, we met a few kids that seemed to be fishing on the coast. They were really very friendly and we spent some of the trail time with them. Overall – it is worth the cross over for the experience.
We made our way back, and along that train ran into a make-shift dwelling amongst the grass and rock. Strange enough, we heard about this before from our kayak guide in Geirangerfjord who we became close friends with to this day. He said it is generally open to whoever makes their way to the beach – surfers, adventures. People will bunk here for periods at a time – but of course it is close quarters.
We saw evidence of life there as we were passing by, but did not meet anyone who may have been inside. All in all – it was a very cool sighting.
If you are looking for a bit more hiking, you can make your way up to a cliff which overlooks the beach to the right (if you are looking at the sea). We didn’t do it based on timing, but we saw a group of about 5 people making their way up a clear trail to the top. It didn’t appear to take them that long, and based on Instagram photos – the views are quite nice.
If you have time and are in the Reine area of Lofoten – we highly recommend this secret spot.