Located on the “doorstep” of the Queen’s Route, Nyken Resort is perfect as a base camp for your mountain hikes.
In addition to this well-known route between Nyksund and Stø, the area offers many great mountain tops of different difficulty. Among the most popular hikes in Øksnes are «Snykolla» (Langøya’s highest mountain of 763 masl.) – «Nonskollen»
(611 masl.) and «Skipet» (612 masl.).
A “small walk with big views” is «Nyken», (185 masl.) located right by Nyken Resort, which gives a magnificent view of Nyksund and the surrounding areas. Should you wish to go for a hike on «Møysalen» (Vesterålen’s highest mountain at 1263 masl.) then it is an hour’s drive to the starting point for the trip.
Just above Nyken Resort is the beautiful Nyksund valley with its five waters. Here are nice opportunities for trout fishing with fishing pole. The walk up the valley offers great scenery in a clean and unspoilt area.
If would like to go on the ocean, we can offer this to groups, either in RIB or larger vessels. The goal for the trip you decide for yourself, and we can mention opportunities such as seals and bird safaris in RIB at the listed «Anda lighthouse» just outside Stø, and it is likely that there will an opportunity to spot some killer whales around the boat.
Northern Lights observations and photography
Nyksund is an incredible place to watch and take pictures of the Northern Lights. Watching the Aurora Borealis unfold over the sky is a very unique and special experience, and even more exotic in surroundings like Nyksund.
Only five minutes from Nyken Resort lies the historic fishing village of Nyksund, where you will find beautiful motifs, and if you want to see the Northern Lights from the mountain Nyken, there is a “small walk with great views” right nearby. The trip up to Nyken is short and once you get to the top it gives an outstanding view of the area around! A minimum of “light pollution” makes Nyksund the perfect place for aurora photography.
Hiking in the historic fishing village of Nyksund
Nyksund has a distinctive architecture and atmosphere, not to mention a special story.
This old fishing village is located on Nyksundøya and Ungsmaløya far north in Vesterålen. In the early 1900s, Nyksund was one of the largest fishing villages in Vesterålen, but was depopulated in the 1970s. The decay left its mark on the once well-maintained fishing village that eventually became a “ghost town”. In the 1980s, Nyksund was discovered by German students, who embarked on it and started the process of slowing down the decay. Eventually, people who had left Nyksund also began to return to take care of their properties. Now there is a lively life in Nyksund and the place has attracted some artists who offer their products here. There are also several dining options that serves local food.
Watch whales in their natural element
Arctic Whale Tours usually have daily whale watching trips to “Bleiksdjupet”, depending on the weather conditions. of course. Often times there can be sea mist or a lot of sea that hinders the trips, which is something we always need to take in consideration here on top of this planet!
Other relevant activities
ArtiG & Made in Stø
The arts and crafts shops are located in Stø. Versatile workmanship articles, nature photographies, etc.
A nice little glass blowing business on Sommarøya, Myre. This year with sales out of Nyksund. Open during summer.
Doll Museum (Myre centrum)
Open during summer hours in July
Phone number: (+47) 761 19 920
Village museum for Øksnes Municipality
Phone number: (+47) 761 85 250
Roundtour in “Vestbygda”
Take the local speedboat Nordic Star on a tour among all the islands in Øksnes Vestbygd (west side of village). It is about a three hours round trip. It is an incredible experience when the weather is nice! Departure from the Myre harbor – which is by the roundabout all the way down the main street of Myre. There are about two round trips a day.
Trade and Industry
Attached to Holmvik Brygge in Nyksund you will find a tiny little shop with simple dry goods and souvenirs. You can also take a 15 minute beautiful prospect card drive along the mountain and the shore into Myre centrum, where you will find 3 different food stores, Bunnpris (by the wine monopoly), Rema (with a mail office within the store) and Coop Prix (with a pharmacy and doctor’s office ).
In Myre (15 min drive) you will find pharmacies, gas stations, liquor stores, doctor’s offices, flower shops, bookstores, toy stores, clothing stores, sport shops, “Jern&Båt” (iron & boat), construction goods dealer shops, interior shops, etc. A good recommendation would be to take a trip to “Bonytt” on the second floor of Coop Prix. This is a rare gem of a store – in an old fashion way! They have EVERYTHING!
Myre Havn (Myre Harbour)
Myre Havn (Myre Harbour) in Øksnes Municipality is the largest fishing port in Northern Norway! During the last winter seasons (since 2012), we have had the country’s largest quantity of scree (pelagic cod on spawning migration from the Barents Sea) over the quay with the exception of last winter where we ended up on the podium, but not at the top. Last year we were also the largest landing port for halibut. The port has a well-developed offer for the fishing industry and is constantly praised by visiting fishermen for benevolence and good service.
For the last few years there have been invested several 100 of millions in the harbor, and the fish producer Biomar AS has a billion turnover. All of this we are very proud of! Furthermore, Kystverket (the Coastal Administration) recently built an enormous pier to protect Myre Harbour, in addition to dredging out the inlet to the harbor so that larger freight boats can come in.
Dining in Nyksund and surrounding area
Phone number: (+47) 481 18 068
Located in Stø
Valen Cafe at Stø Bobilcamp