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Svolværgeita, Fløya + Djevelporten hike in Lofoten

Sitting high above the town of Svolvær, the capital of the Lofoten Islands is the Svolvaægeita (or the Svolvaer Goat) and the mountain of Fløya.

If you’re looking to go hiking in Lofoten Norway then the Lofoten Djevelporten trail is one I’d highly recommend.

As you hike the sherpa steps to get a closer view of the Svolvær Goat is on many peoples’ bucket lists of things to do in the Lofoten Islands.

Some take this further and complete the full flight of stairs to Djeveloprten; a rock balancing in between a narrow opening, and then on to Fløya where you get impressive views of both the Svolværgeita below you and the town of Svolvaer, surrounding mountains, lakes, and fjords.

If you’re visiting Lofoten, I highly recommend completing this hike for experienced hikers. You get incredible views on par with those on the Reinebringen hike, but this hike is arguably more fun.

Here is everything you need to know about the Djevelporten, Svolvaergeita, and Fløya hike.

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How to get to the Djevelporten trailhead

The Djevelporten trailhead is the same trailhead that’s commonly used for hiking Fløya in Svolvaer as well as for the approach for climbing the Svolvaer goat or the Svolværgeita and various other trails.

You can find Djevelporten parking by searching ‘Parkering for Sherpasti, Djevelporten, Svolværgeita og Fløya‘ on Google Maps.

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This parking lot is a 15-minute walk from Circle K off the main road or a 20-25 minute walk from Svolvaer to the Djevelporten Lofoten trail head.

If parking at the foot of the steps is full, you can find additional parking near the Shell garage across the road from Circle K. Parking at this parking lot is free on Sundays and paid for using the EasyPark app.

Since this hike has been growing in popularity, parking at the Fløya trail head comes with a fee. Parking here costs 45 NOK an hour or 300 NOK a day.

In the summer months, it’s likely this parking lot will get full from mid-morning.

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What to know before doing the Djevelporten hike

Before hiking Fløya in Svolvær, consider the following. Preparation is key. The hike offers stunning panoramic views of Svolvær and surrounding areas, making it a rewarding experience.

  • Navigation on the trail: Follow the red ‘T’ marks, which indicate the path.
  • Svolvaer Weather: Lofoten weather can change rapidly. Check forecasts and prepare for varying conditions.
  • Safety: While the hike is generally safe, always stay on the marked path. The Djevelporten Boulder, a highlight of the trail, should be approached with caution.
  • Mobile Signal: Coverage might be inconsistent. Inform someone of your plans before heading out.
  • Season: Best hiked in summer. Winter hikes can require experience and additional gear due to snow and shorter daylight hours.
  • Respect Nature: Follow the Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.
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The Svolvaergeita – can you see the goat ears?

Svolvaergeita hike on the Djeveltrappa

The Solvaergeita is the name given to the strangely shaped rocks sitting between Svolvaer and the peak of Fløya.

The rocks are said to be shaped like goat’s ears, hence the name the Svolvaer Goat!

Personally, I think it looks more like a llama or alpaca, but I’m sure goats are more common around these parts so I can see why a goat was chosen!

The Djeveltrappa (Devil’s stairs) is what the locals call the steps that lead all the way up to Djevelporten and past some great viewpoints of the Svolvaergeita.

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Prayer flags marking the start of the Djeveltrappa / Sherpasteps in Svolvaer
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Looking down on the sherpasteps in Svolvaer

You’ll see why they’re called this when you take them on! The Svolvær sherpatrappa definitely pack a punch!

The Djeveltrappa are sherpa steps just like those on the Reinebringen hike and the Sherpatrappa in Tromsø.

They were built by sherpas from Nepal and help reduce soil and land erosion from the numerous feet that trample up this hillside every year.

Starting from the parking lot, you’ll pass under some prayer flags and begin your trip up the Djeveltrappa.

The stairs sometimes feel relentless, but there are a few places where you can rest and enjoy the views.

There are also a few sections where you get a short break from the steps and have to navigate some larger boulders to continue your trip.

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As you continue up, you’ll come to a clear path branching off to your right. You’ll know it’s the right one if you’re also at the same height as the base of the Svolvaergeita.

This is the path that climbers take to begin their climb of the Svolvaergeita.

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Looking towards the Svolvaer goat on the way up to Djevelporten

Note: Climbing Svolvaergeita is absolutely not something you should do solo. Only very experienced hikers and those on Svolvaergeita climbing tours should attempt this.

We didn’t climb the Svolvaergeita since we were visiting Lofoten in winter.

If you are not on a tour then you can walk towards the base if you want to get a closer look at the rock or carry on to Djevelporten below.

The Djevelporten hike (Devil’s Gate Lofoten Islands)

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The Djevelporten rock
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Looking back down the sherpa steps from Djevelporten
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A trail sign points you to the right towards Djevelporten and Fløya

The Djevelporten (Devils gate) is a rock that’s suspended in a narrow rocky column and nothing else below it apart from a sharp drop-off.

From the turn-off towards the Svolvaergeita, the trail continues upwards on the sherpa steps.

The steps now take you all the way to the Djevelporten and are in really good shape!

Luckily there are more beautiful views and benches along the way where you can rest.

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Once you have finished one of the steepest sections of steps, you arrive at Djevelporten.

If you wish to step out onto the rock, there’s a small path to the right-hand side which seems to be the one most people use to climb up.

I’ve seen some people say that Djevelporten is safe and not that bad as it’s only a few meters off the ground and while this is true in some respects, the ground below it is extremely steep and falling off could lead to you sliding quite a long way on harsh terrain.

Take extreme care if you choose to stand on Djevelporten.

Continuing on to the Fløya hike in Lofoten

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Part of the trail towards Fløya
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View from Fløya of the ridge line towards a view of Svolvaergeita
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The final climb to the peak of Fløya
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looking out from Fløya

From Djeveloprten, your hike continues onto Fløya which has one of the best views in Lofoten (which is saying something since there are so many beautiful views!).

The steps are finished now and you’ll be following a rocky, crumbly trail along the mountainside.

While you’re mostly protected on your left-hand side from falling, there are areas where it opens up to a steep drop-off. And, on your right-hand side, you can see the steps you’ve just climbed.

Follow the path, taking your time and using your hands where needed to keep your balance.

I like to follow the 3-points of contact rule that I learned while caving in Campbell River. Where you have three of your four points of contact (both hands, both feet) touching the ground or surroundings at one time.

To reach the true peak of Fløya, you’ll need to climb up a very steep and challenging path. Personally, I don’t think the views from up here are any more impressive than what you can get by walking further to the viewpoint (described below), and not worth the risk.

Instead of summiting the true peak, we carried on straight in front of us, which required a small descent before continuing along the ridge line.

You’ll take a few ups and downs as you navigate over the rocky terrain and eventually get to a point where you can’t go any further.

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The view from the end of the Fløya Ridge trail
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The view from the ridge towards the Sherpa steps and the Djevelporten gorge

If you stand you’ll be able to see the Svolvaergeita down below you.

From up here it looks super low down, but remember you started even further below that before you hiked up the Djeveltrappa!

We found a spot up here and enjoyed some lunch and snacks before hiking down.

We loved the views of both Svolvaer and behind us, you could even see where we’d hiked before on the Tjeldbergtind trail!

To hike down, follow the ridge line and then look for a path just off to your left (where the decline from the peak of Fløya and the ridge line meet at a low point).

You can take this path down which is quite rocky and tricky in parts, or go all the way back to Djevelporten and take the stairs all the way back to the car.

Remember to take care on the way down, going down the steps can actually be harder than going up them!

Djevelporten and Fløya trail stats

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  • Distance: 4.2 km (round trip)
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Elevation: 515 m
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Trailhead: At the foot of the stairs on Blåtindveien in Svolvaer.

Can you hike Djevelporten and Fløya in winter?

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It’s not recommended to do the Svolvaer Floya hike in winter if there is already snow in the mountains.

We did this hike in late November and it was before any snow had fallen in Lofoten.

While the stairs were icy, it was easy enough to find patches where there was no ice. I’d also recommend packing microspikes with you for early and late-season hiking (spring and autumn/winter), as they can help stop you from falling.

Read more: Things you should know before going to Lofoten

Hiking this in the snow might be okay on the way up, but it’ll be super treacherous on the way down.

That’s because the snow gets worn down in a way that’s not easy to hike down on and increases your chances of slipping. If you slip on snowy steps you can pick up speed really easily and that could be very dangerous on this Lofoten hike.

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What to pack for the Djevelporten Lofoten Hike

What to pack for this hike depends on what season you’re hiking in.

FAQs for the Svolvaer Floya hike

Is the hike to Djevelporten Svolvær suitable for children?

If you have active children who are a bit older and used to hiking then sure, you can attempt this hike and see how it goes. Just remember they’ll need the energy to get back down too!

The Djevelporten stairs are in good shape and shouldn’t post too many issues apart from getting tired.

How to get to Lofoten?

Fly to Bodø, then take a regional flight to Leknes or Svolvær in Lofoten. Alternatively, use the Bodø-Moskenes ferry. If driving, follow the E10 highway, which runs through Lofoten. Trains and buses also connect major Norwegian cities to Bodø for onward travel to Lofoten.

Is the “Djevelporten Boulder” safe?

“Djevelporten Boulder” in Svolvær, Lofoten, is a popular tourist spot. While many visitors climb onto the boulder for photos, caution is essential due to its positioning between two cliffs. Safety depends on individual comfort and weather conditions.

Final thoughts on Floya and Djevelporten Lofoten

The Svolvaer Floya hike Lofoten is often combined with Djevelporten Svolvaer where you’ll get to see incredible views of the town below you as well as the islands that make up the Lofoten Islands.

We hiked this in November when there were limited daytime hours but that made it even prettier as we were able to enjoy a sunset basically the whole time.

The Svolvaer hike was one of our favorites along with the Tjeldbergtinden hike which we did multiple times. It’s easily one of the best hikes in the Lofoten Islands and I’d highly recommend it if you’re visiting Lofoten.

If you’re on a longer Norway road trip, then be sure to check out these hikes in Senja, or these Tromso hiking guides for even more incredible hikes!

Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Hannah

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