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Moskenes

Moskenes

Krystian Zoszczuk

Moskenes municipality covers the southern part of Moskenes Island, where the landscape has been sculpted by glaciers and other elemental forces that have turned it into one of the wildest and most fascinating spots in Norway. Hermannsdalstind, altitude of 1029 m, the highest mountain in Western Lofoten. There are a large number of mountain lakes to fish in.

The landscape is characterised by sheer mountains and a narrow shoreline. There was settlement on the western side of the island, overlooking the mighty ocean, up until the 1950´s. Today, settlement is concentrated on the eastern side, where there are good harbour conditions for the fishing fleet, cargo vessels and pleasure boats.

In Moskenes, the fishing villages lie one after the other like pearls on a string. In places like Hamnøy, Sakrisøy, Reine, Sørvågen and Å, to name only a few of them, much can be learnt about everyday life in a fishing village. You can also follow the example of many travellers, and rent a fisherman´s hut, spending your vacation in an authentic and lively environment.

Moskenes has plenty to offer for those who wish to meet the elements. A boat trip by way of the Maelstrøm, characterized as one of the fiercest - and possibly the most dangerous ocean currents in the world, brings us to the "Outside" of Lofoten. Here we find traces of settlement dating hundreds, indeed thousands of years back in time. The gigantic Kollhellaren Cave in Refsvika is a coastal cavern with approximately 3,000 year old cave paintings. Organised boat trips and fishing trips in the Maelstrøm, together with visits to the cave in Refsvika, in the company of authorised guides.

Fishing boats also offer trips that provide insight into the professional life of fishermen: "Fisherman for a day". Back on the "Inside", you might want to take a trip to Reinefjorden. From Reine a boat goes to one of Norway´s most beautiful fjords, where you can have a pleasant walk when you go ashore.

At the ferry in Moskenes there is a bust of Colonel Birger Eriksen who was commander of Oscarsborg Fort on April 9, 1940. Eriksen was born and raised in Moskenes. In the village of Moskenes you will find a sculpture in memory of Tennes-Kaspara, the last person to be beheaded in Moskenes.

Galleri Krysset, a private art gallery, can also be found in Sørvågen. Numerous other routes are recommended in Moskenes; both in the mountains and in any of the small fishing villages, so rich in tradition. A 2 hour hike from Sørvågen, along a signposted and marked ramblerªs trail, will lead you to the Lofoten Tour Association´s mountain rambler´s cabin, "Munkebu" (DNT).

At the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum in Å, you can join in on the activities, and appreciate the environment of a genuine traditional village. The museum is comprised of 14 buildings, each of which has its own purpose in the ancient village: a boat house, a steam processing plant for cod-liver oil, a forge, bakery, fishermens´huts etc. What all these buildings have in common, is that they belong there, and have not been brought to Å "to become a museum". The bakery and the blacksmith´s are in operation throughout the summer. The museum also produces and sells its own cod-liver oil.

Visit the stockfish museum in Å and learn about the thousand-year old history of stockfish as a trade commodity. Learn how stockfish is classed, where it is exported, and what is required of a first-class product.

On the island of Sakrisøya, Dagmar´s Museum of Dolls and Toys can be found - a place for the whole family.

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June 13, 2005 change by giorgio

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