1. The Queen’s Route in Vesterålen. High above the sea, this 15-km (9-mile) trail goes from historic Nyksund to the bustling fishing village of Stø and back along deserted beaches. Total ascent 900 m (3000 ft), mildly scary in places.
2. Tromsdalstinden in Tromsø. A 6–7 hour hike, total ascent 1238 m (4062 ft), with jaw-dropping views of the sea, city and Lyngen Alps. Steep and stony in places, but not scary. Finish off with a coffee in Storgata.
3. Hike to Finnkirka. A 2–3 hour hike from Kjøllefjord over springy heather up gentle slopes with expansive views of plateaus and open sea, with the North Cape in the distance, to a viewpoint above the cliffs of Finnkirka. Total ascent not measured.
4. Oksskolten is Northern Norway’s highest peak at 1916 m (6286 ft), with views from Lofoten to Vega and into Sweden. Start from the Kjensvass cabin at 500 m (1640 ft). Scree, stony sections and steep slopes, but never too scary. Crampons needed for the Okstindbreen glacier crossing.
5. Rallarveien in Narvik is the easiest as it’s all downhill, following the trail left by the builders of the Ofotbanen in 1900. Take the train up, walk back 7 km (4.5 miles) in beautiful natural scenery and be collected by RIB boat. Regular departures in summer.