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Visitors with a taste for unspoiled nature, old world charm, and adventure will enjoy these magnificent islands near the Arctic Circle. A relaxed, "away-from-it-all" atmosphere prevails, and the traditional mainstay, stockfish, still hangs to dry over the wooden racks the way they have since the Viking Age. Stockfish, cod liver oil and other fish products were sailed mainly to Bergen and from there exported to many countries. For some time stockfish was Norway's prime export article and the best climatic conditions for stockfish production are to be found on the Lofoten islands.
The many sights include Svolvær, the "Capital" of Lofoten, a town made wealthy in its day from the lucrative stockfish trade; the pittoresque fishing village Henningsvær, also called the pearl of the Lofoten islands; the village of Reine, nested amongst tall, imposing mountains; Lofotr in Borge, where a Viking village, complete with buildings, livestock and Viking ship, has been rebuilt on the site of an old viking settlement, and the narrow Nusfjord with its charming Rorbu (traditional Fisherman's dwellings) accommodations set in a spectacular, narrow granite fjord; Maervoll in Steinfjorden, Borge with the proud sea alpine mountains Himmeltindene and countless other fishing villages and homesteads.
In the beginning of July, there is a famous chamber music festival, Lofoten Internasjonale Kammermusikkfest.
December 30, 2005 change by reen