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Henningsvær in Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Chris Craggs Photography
Henningsvær in Lofoten, Norway Photo: Chris Craggs Photography

Scenic attractions in Lofoten

Experience the bird rocks outside the island of Røst and the cosy fishing village in Nusfjord.

Bird rocks

On the tip of Lofoten you find the island of Røst and many other islands, islets and reefs. These are home of the largest number of nesting birds in Norway, with approximately one quarter of the country's seabird population. Visit the Skomvær Lighthouse - the final outpost overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The island of Moskenes

Moskenes has plenty to offer for those who want a date with the natural elements. A boat trip through Moskenesstrømmen, characterized as one of the most fiercest and dangerous maelstroms in the world, brings you to the "outside" of Lofoten. Here you find traces of settlements dating thousands of years back in time. The gigantic Kollhellaren Cave in Refsvika is a coastal cavern with approximately 3,000-year-old cave paintings.

The fishing village of Nusfjord 

Nusfjord has an intertwining building area, which evolved at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. The building complex has survived as a homogenous unit, unscathed by fires or intrusive elements of modern architecture. This gives Nusfjord its uniqueness. Here archaeologists have uncovered evidence of the earliest "industrial fishing" in the Nordland region. Diggings have uncovered settlements from the fifth century.

Eggum and Unstad

At Eggum and Unstad the houses are grouped together as they would have been in the Middle Ages, and attractively situated at the foot of tall mountains. At Eggum you find a beautiful pebbled beach which is a nice spot to experience the midnight sun. 

"Borga", built in stone during World War II, was one of the first German radar stations in Northern Europe.

At Unstad a tunnel leading to the village was opened in the autumn of 1995. Here there are excellent conditions for surfing.


With the mountain at its back and otherwise surrounded by the sea, Henningsvær was a natural hub of activity during the Lofoten Winter Fishery. In the 1800s, the island community prospered, and Henningsvær became one of the most prominent fishing villages in Lofoten.

Unlike many other fishing villages, the population of Henningsvær has remained stable in recent years, and there are still over 500 people living there.

The islands of Henningsvær were not connected to the rest of Lofoten by bridges until 1981, a fact that probably helped save the community from the contemporary style of architecture, that otherwise left its mark on just about all other Norwegian towns and villages in the 1960s and 70s.

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Last updated:  2012-12-19
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Henningsvær in Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Chris Craggs Photography

Scenic attractions in Lofoten

Experience the bird rocks outside the island of Røst and the cosy fishing village in Nusfjord.

Scenic attractions in Lofoten

Source: Visitnorway

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