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Easter photo from SORTLAND, Steinfjorden in Borge with the ocher 125 year old vacation cottage Torastua. Left mountains from 3 Lofoten islands: Himmeltindan, Vestvågøy, Hornan, Flakstadøy and Fuglhuk, Moskenesøy

Easter photo from SORTLAND, Steinfjorden in Borge with the ocher 125 year old vacation cottage Torastua. Left mountains from 3 Lofoten islands: Himmeltindan, Vestvågøy, Hornan, Flakstadøy and Fuglhuk, Moskenesøy

F S Unstad

The municipality covers all of Vestvågøy island, which was divided into four municipalities, those of Borge, Buksnes, Hol and Valberg, until 1963. The western and southern parts of Vestvågøy are dominated by tall steep mountains. The north and south are also mountainous, but here the mountains are not as steep nor as tall as in the west and south. Between the mountains, the land stretches out to form a wide valley, Lofoten´s principal agricultural area. Vestvågøy is actually the second largest agricultural municipality in Nordland County.

The municipality´s school system, from primary to upper secondary levels. There is a wealth of cultural activity in the borough and among the many performers you will find the Lofoten Theatre Group, the Nordland Puppet Theatre, the Children´s School of Culture, the School Brass Band, the Choir, folk dance groups and several sports clubs. There are also swimming pools and sports halls, a central stadium, ski jump and downhill slope, in addition to lighted skiing trails and first class rambling terrain providing the opportunity of activity all year round.

Daily flights between Leknes, Svolvær, Røst and Bodø.

The Coastal Express calls at Stamsund every day. Vestvågøy is connected with areas in the west by a tunnel under Nappstraumen. The road to the east crosses to the islands of Gimsøy and Austvågøy, to which two bridges were opened in 1981.

Supplemented by services and trade, fishing and agriculture are the main sources of income for the municipality. The Lofoten Trawler company is based in Stamsund. Vestvågøy diary is a major producer of butter and cheese. Cheese from Lofoten is sold to all parts of the country, and a national test has confirmed that the best lamb in the country comes from Lofoten. The fishing fleet employs a significant number of repair shop personnel. The only private abattoir in North Norway.


Approximately 1.000 inhabitants, one of Lofoten´s largest fishing villages. Here you will find a steam processing plant for cod-liver oil, a boat yard harbouring the world´s largest mural, restaurants, and several parties who rent out fishermens´ huts for accommodation. Ballstad was one of the first communities to provide this kind of accommodation.


Approximately 1,900 inhabitants, one of the largest villages on Vestvågøy. Lofoten Hospital and the Nordland School of Fisheries. Buksnes Church, built in dragon style in 1905, might be worth a visit.


The municipality´s centre of administration and trade, with about 1,600 inhabitants and well-developed services, including a hotel, cafes, restaurants, auto repair shops, specialty shops, a pharmacy, bakery, movie theatre, swimming pool, and other services. The newspaper "Lofot-Tidende" is published here.

Vik / Haukland

Marvellous white beaches; fine spots from which to watch the Midnight Sun, and a popular outing place for both local residents and tourists.

Maervoll and Unstad

To get to Mærvoll by car you have to pass through one tunnel, and to get to Unstad you will have to pass through one more.  Instead of going through the last tunnel follow the old mountain road to Unstad and experience one of the best viewpoints on the Lofoten islands on and around the mountain Varden. Left you see the dramatic fjord and mountain realm of Maervoll with the almost 1000 m high mountains Himmeltindene (the Heaven Peaks) in Steinfjorden. In this protected fjord area the fishermen of Unstad stayed during the fishery seasons, and the seahouse which earlier was their home during the summer and winter seasons now serves as a holiday home for tourists - Joh L Unstad Sjohus - (Johluns).

On the top of Varden you see the valley of Unstad meeting the open sea. The mighty waves in the bay of Unstad is now taken advantage of for sea surfing purposes. Before fishing from Maervoll the fishermen went by foot around the coast from Unstad to Eggum to do so. This earlier fisherman path is now a popular hiking experience and might so to speak be called a royal path as some members of the European royal families walked from Eggum to Unstad in connection with the royal meeting at Eggum in 1997.


A snug community, attractively situated at the foot of tall cliffs. Beautiful pebble beach; lookout for viewers of the Midnight Sun. "Borga" at Kvalhausen, built in stone during WW II, was one of the first German radar stations in northern Europe. Good starting point for hikes. Further direction Unstad you find the sculpture Head, made by Markus Raetz, Switzerland. This sculpture is the contribution of Vestvågøy to Artscape Nordland. The sculpture on Eggum changes its form - and thus also its content - 16 times as the viewer walks around the sculpture. From one viewing angle, it looks like a classical portrait, and from another the head is seen upside down.


The biggest Viking Age chieftain´s homestead in Scandinavia has been excavated at Borg and a full-scale replica of the chieftain´s house has been reconstructed. Here, you can see the archaeologists´ impression of how the living quarters and banqueting hall will have looked during the Viking Age.

In what was the barn, you can now see a comprehensive exhibition of Viking Age finds from Borg and the rest of the island of Vestvågøy. You will also meet real-life people who will show you what life might have been like during the Viking Age. And if you have time, you can go down and take a look at "Lofotr", the Viking ship, and the authentic boathouse replica.

The days August 8-12, 2007 a Viking Festival will take place in the Viking museum area at Borg(e).

Borge Kirke

A few hundred meters from the Viking Museum in Borge you find the church of Borge. Consecrated in 1987, this church has room for 700 people and is often used for concerts. "Open road Church". The church is well known for its distinctive architecture and excellent acoustics.


Approximately 1,400 inhabitants, one of the largest fishing villages in West Lofoten; founded by J.M Johansen at the beginning of this century. In Stamsund, we have the Nordland Puppet Theatre and Children´s School of Culture.

There are handicraft shops, Coastal Steamer docks and a tourist information office. Stamsund Sports Club runs the best alpine skiing resort in the Lofoten Islands and recently the snowboard aces Daniel Franck and Terje Håkonsen arranges "The Artic Challenge". War memorial museum. Artist´s studio and "Galleri 2" are situated approx. 150m from the Coastal Steamer docks.


Lofoten Riding Centre and Leisure Resort.


One of the largest known North Norwegian burial sights from pagan times, believed to date back to the early Iron Age, i.e. somewhere between 200/300 and 600 BC.

Vestvågøy Museum

At Fygle, there is a fine collection of approx. 2,000 items. At Skaftnes (Sennesvik), the collection further consists of a farm house from 1860, a pier, a large boat house and a forge. There are also remains from the Stone Age in the settlements at Sversvika.

Hol, Fygle

Hol Church is the oldest church in Vestvågøy. This is a cruciform church built out of wood in 1806. The first church was built in 1400 and the altarpiece dates back to 1766.


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