Flakstad Travel Guide

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Flakstad Municipality consists of Flakstad Island and the northern tip of Moskenes Island. The origin of the name Flakstad is debatable. It might derive from the word "flag", meaning "cliff". An older name for the island was "Vargfot", meaning "wolfªs paw". The E10, officially named "King Olav V´s Road", passes through Flakstad on its way to ». Most of the Flakstad habitation is to be found along the outer edge of Lofoten, facing the ocean, in fishing hamlets such as Ramberg and Fredvang. On the Vestfjord side, we find Sund, Skjelfjord, Nesland and Nusfjord.

Most of the farmland stretches along the shores of Fredvang, on the northern tip of Moskenes Island, Vareid and the area around Flakstad Church. The local tourist information centre is situated between the parish of Flakstad and the village of Ramberg (about 2 km north of the centre). The municipality is divided in two by the strait of Sund, which at its narrowest, at Strømsnes between the islands Moskenes and Flakstad, is just wide enough for two fishing vessels to pass each other.

Ramberg

The administrative centre is located next to a lovely white beach facing the Arctic Ocean.

Just outside the village we find the beautiful Flakstad Church, built out of wood in 1780, with its characteristic onion cupola. The altarpiece is older than the church, and the pulpit was painted by the master painter from Bergen, Godtfred Ezechiel.

Nusfjord

Flakstad´s most famous fishing village. During the European Architecture Conservation Year in 1975, Nusfjord was chosen as one of three pilot projects for the preservation of original construction customs in Norway. Here you will find an agglomeration of fishermen´s huts, some of which are inhabited by fishermen during the winter season, and used by tourists in the summer. Michele Sarno runs a silversmith´s in Nusfjord.

Vikten

The glassblower's cabin is a popular attraction for travellers and here you will find products of high quality and innovative design. Åses Pottery is also situated here. Sales of own production. A pebble beach looking out to the open sea.

Napp

A modern fishing village. The beginning of the Flakstad trail, a sign-posted footpath leading from Napp, past Storbåthallaren - a Stone Age settlement of some reknown - to the abandoned farming and fishing village of Østre Nesland.

Sund

An old fishing hamlet. A fishing museum with a separate division for boat engines which can be started. Home of the smith from Sund, best known for his handmade representations of cormorants.

Østre Nesland

An abandoned fishing and farming village with wellpreserved production buildings: a farm mill, a cookhouse, boat house, salmon smokehouse, etc. On the way to Nesland you pass Skjelfjord, which was a port of refuge for British warships during the Battle of Narvik in 1940.

Fredvang

This fishing village, situated on the northern part of Moskenesøy, is point of departure for hiking trails leading to Yttersida, "the Outside". In the area around Fredvang are picnic grounds, cabins for daytime hikers, and the neighbourhood cabin with sleeping facilities for overnighters. The "Draug Festival" takes places in July. Flakstad´s one and only bakery is here.

Mølnarodden

Access to hiking trails along the lake Solbjørnvatnet.

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