Sørøya: Storsanden & Sandfjellet
Storsanden is a large sand beach on the western side of the island Sørøya. It is a remarkable place to discover and well worth the hike.
From the start in Akkarfjord you follow the main road around the port and small bay in southern direction. After about one and a half kilometre, the road will go straight and lead you westward, all the way to the large sand beach Storsanden.
From there, hikers can continue northwards, past a farmstead and towards a small grove with birch trees. From here it is a short hike northwards towards the top of the sandy hill Sandfjellet, a popular destination for many hikers. This part is only suitable for those on foot. From the sandy hill, you can either return the way you came, or descend the sand hill and continue northwards until you find the main road connecting Akkarfjord with the farmstead Gamvik. Go right at the main road and after about 5 kilometres you will arrive back in Akkarfjord.
Suitable for: Hiking, Cycling (until Storsanden)
Distance: 7 km (until Gamvik), 4 km (until Storsanden)
Duration: 2 hours (one way hiking)
Difficulty: easy, with only the last part to Sandfjellet being of medium difficulty.
Start: in the village of Akkarfjord, where the ferry arrives: Location of the starting point in Akkarfjord on Google maps
Map of the area on norgeskart.no; Map of the Akkarfjord-Storsanden-Sandfjellet area
The description is in Norwegian, but in the top right corner of the page is the option - "Velg språk" - to have Google translate the text.