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VÅGAN

Vågan Municipality includes almost all of the islands of Austvågøy, Gimsøy and a number of small islands, among them Henningsvær and Skrova. A small edge of the island Hinnøya also belongs to Vågan. Svolvær is the "capital" of Lofoten, and an important junction for the entire region. The town is also the largest gateway to Lofoten for the steadily increasing tourist traffic.

The service industry is well developed and involves both private and public services. Let us mention Lofoten and Vesterålen Police Force, the Land Registry for Lofoten, the Motor Vehicle and Driving Licence Inspectorate, Ship Inspection, the Norwegian National Coastal Administration in Kabelvåg, Nordland Dept., the Norwegian Association of Unprocessed Fish, Nordland Dept., a liquor shop, etc. The biggest newspaper, Lofotposten, is published in Svolvær. There are many schools with several branches at the upper secondary level, in addition to the 2 year Art School in Kabelvåg.

The colourful cultural life includes choirs and bands, cabaret groups and a number of other activities.

A North Norwegian Artist Centre has been established in Lofoten, and 75% of all professional artists in Lofoten and Vesterålen live in Vågan. All kinds of sports; indoor sports hall, skiing slopes, floodlit tracks, wonderful touring terrain and lively small-boat activity, are parts of the leisure activities of people living here.

Daily flights to the other air fields in the area and to the main network in Bodø. Svolvær is called daily both by the north-bound and the south-bound Coastal Express. Express boat service to Stokmarknes, Bodø and Narvik. Ferry service to Skutvik / E6. Vesterålen is served by the ferry route between Fiskebøl and Melbu. Good bus connections with Svolvær. Car ferries to Skrova, Brettesnes and Digermulen.

Fishing is the most important source of income. Vågan has North Norway´s second largest fisheries and is North Norway´s largest aquacultural municipality. The engineering industry counts as one of the largest in North Norway and industrial activity related to the fisheries is considerable. Additional important sources of income are travel and tourism, trade, and public and private services.

Svolvær

Became transit harbour in 1918. Today Lofoten´s regional centre with about 4,120 inhabitants. The Svolvær Goat, is the town´s most characteristic feature, and it represents a challenge to climbers. The peak was reached for the first time in 1910. The Svolvær Goat peak, a characteristic feature of Svolvær, challenges mountaineers to jump from one of its horns to the other. Would you dare to jump? Svolvær is also a ver good startingpoint for exploring the Lofoten Islands. Her you can find several hotels and Fisherman cabins. Svolvær is also well known for several good fish restaurant. One of the best fish restaurants in Lofoten you will find at Svinøya, the "Børsen Spiseri". Svolvær have airport, ferry conection to the main land and Hurtigruten ariving daily, south and northbound. Svovær have also expressboat to Bodø and Narvik.

The painter Gunnar from Lofoten and his most famous painting, "The Battle of Trollfjord" can be seen in his own Gallery at Svinøya in Svolværl. Among galleries we might mention the North Norwegian Artist Centre with its exhibitions and Dagfinn Bakke´s Gallery. The Konrad Gallery exhibits the works of amateur painters. Svolvær offers the atmosphere of a harbour, a small town and art simultaneously.

Storvågan

Historical area with roots all the way back to the year 900. In the Middle Ages the area was the most densely populated area in North Norway due to the Lofot Fisheries. From there, all fish was transported out of the regions for further export to the continent. There are archaeological excavations during the summer which are available to the public. In addition we have the Lofot Museum, the Lofot Aquarium and Gallery Espolin Johnson - all of them fine attractions.

Kabelvåg

This community was the most important fishing village in the last century, and opened its first guest house in the late 18th century. Kabelvåg forms a part of the municipality´s cultural history reserve with an interesting architectural structure. Approximately 2000 inhabitants. Around the year 1103, King Øystein had Lofoten´s first church built in Kabelvåg. Later, around 1120, he also had "rorbu" cabins built for the fishermen. A commemorative statue of him can be seen on the heights overlooking Kabelvåg town centre.

Lofoten Cathedral

Vågan Church, also known as "Lofoten Cathedral". It was built in 1898 and can accommodate up to 1200 people.

The Lofoten Aquarium

The aquarium displays all kinds of life in the ocean, creatures living among pebbles on the shore, or at abysmaldepths. Also a pool for seals, which has become extremely popular. Nature pictures from Lofoten are shown in two marvellous slides show programmes.

Henningsvær

"The Venice of Lofoten" and one of Lofoten´s largest fishing villages, counting approximately 540 inhabitants. Henningsvær was connected to the mainland by the bridge which was built in 1983. The community has a special and dense atmosphere dominated by the fisheries.

Lofoten House Gallery / Karl Erik Harr

Exhibition of well-known Karl Erik Harr paintings and a collection of paintings by artists who worked in the Lofoten Islands around the turn of the century. Don´t miss Frank A. Jenssen´s superb slides show and his unique photos of white tailed eagles. There are also a number of large format photos of Lofoten in the gallery, taken by photographer Wilse about 70-90 years ago.

Raftsundet

The trip through Raftsund Sound Is an unforgettable experience. There are fascinating small islands, white sandy beaches, fields of flowers framed by high mountains and glaciers reflected in the water, and the renowned Trollfjord with precipices descending straight into the sea. We do recommend a boat trip into the spectacular Trollfjorden. Dayly departure from Svolvær during the summer months june, july and august. 

Trollfjorden

Digermulen

The community of Digermulen with Keiservarden is situated by the entrance to the strait Raftsundet. There are organized trips / tours from Svolvær several times a day to these beautiful natural surroundings. You can also travel on your own, by car / bus express boat or ferry to Digermulen.

Gimsøy, Laukvik

Regions on the "outside" of Lofoten with a fantastic view to the open ocean and the Midnight Sun. At gimsøya you wil also find Lofoten Golf Links.

Hov

A peaceful, idyllic place on the outer coast of the island of Gimsøya with small inlets and white beaches, and an unobstructed view towards the north and the Midnight Sun. When seen from Highway E 10, it is situated behind the distinctive mountain peak of "Hoven", which is also very suitable for moderate mountain walks. Hov has one of the oldest settlements in the Lofoten Islands and is abundant in ancient monuments, including several burial mounds and landing places from the Stone Age and the Viking Age.

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