A hiking adventure: Smaltiden
With Smaltind as your destination, you can enjoy a stunning view of the Helgeland coastline for almost the entire journey to the top!
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Season: Middle of June until October
Distance one way: About 3,5 kilometers.
Ascent one way: About 767 meters
Duration one way: 1,5 – 3 hours
Trailhead: The hike starts at the parking lot directly north of the Silatunell in Lurøy, about 1-hour drive from Mo i Rana.
See trailhead on Google Maps
This is a steep and challenging mountain hike, but the trail is marked well, and the terrain is easy to navigate. The breathtaking view is almost unbeatable right from the first few meters of elevation gain. So, if you are in good shape, Smaltinden is an excellent choice for a coastal mountain hike.
Covering 750 meters of elevation gain within just 3.5 kilometers, it’s indeed steep. However, the ascent is consistently gradual for the most part. The journey starts with a short stretch along a gravel road before transitioning to rocky terrain. The initial couple of hundred meters takes you through a lush birch forest. After that, you’ll mostly hike on rocky terrain, with a few sections of larger stones closer to the top. There are several streams along the route, providing opportunities to refill your water bottle. From mid-June onwards, the trail is generally free of snow.
Once you are back down from the mountain, you can enjoy a refreshing swim at Sila Beach.
At the parking lot, there is an information sign displaying a map with the marked route. The trail is marked with red markings all the way up, but please note that it may slightly deviate from various map data.
Thank you for respecting the local communities, and for helping us preserve the natural beauty of Helgeland!
- Strive to leave no trace of your visit. Bring back all your rubbish, including used toilet paper, and discard it in the nearest rubbish bin.
- Plan your toilet visits and use the opportunity when you pass a toilet. In the wilderness, make sure you are not a nuisance to others.
- Respect the local wildlife. Keep a good distance from wildlife, livestock and birds. Keep your dog leashed.
- Respect private property. Keep a respectful distance from houses and cabins.
- Show good boating sense. Keep a good distance from shore and drive at a low speed, especially when you are close to anyone or anything on the water, including birds or animals. Avoid loud and disturbing engine noise.
- Be aware that some islands and nature reserves are important nesting sites, and that going ashore is prohibited during the nesting season.
- Follow the Norwegian Mountain Code (Fjellvettreglene). Plan your excursion according to the weather forecast, your skills and experience.
- Join a guided excursion or consider hiring an experienced guide, especially when you don’t have sufficient experience or knowledge to guarantee a safe trip.
Find accommodations, dining options, and activities nearby.
To Elise from Marius – From farm to table
In the village of Utskarpen, between Mo i Rana and Nesna, Elise and Marius established a culinary attraction that is drawing a steady stream of foodies. They offer a dining experience where every dish is made from ingredients fresh from the farm and pasture. They also offer accommodation – charming rooms in a countryside setting.
A stay at Straumen Farm
Straumen Farm offers friendly hospitality and scenic surroundings. Guests can stay in the cosy Grandma’s House (Bestemorstua) or in one of the geodesic domes that are tucked away in our forest.
Yttervik, situated in idyllic surroundings by the Ranfjord, offers accommodation a short distance from Mo i Rana’s town centre. The cabins and campsite and the surrounding area is well suited for varied activities for the whole family.
Bimbo Veikro – Food and accommodation
Bimbo Veikro offers hearty homemade fare and reasonable accommodation near the town of Mo i Rana.
Nordland National Park Centre – fine art and natural history
There is much to learn about the amazing wilderness and national parks of Nordland County – and the exhibitions at the Nordland National Park Centre aim to inspire this and much more. The centre offers something for the whole family, with exciting activities for young and old, such as walking the trails in the beautiful surroundings.