Svolvær – at the heart of Lofoten

Discover a Fishing Village


Price from $169

Difficulty level

Level 2: Easy

Booking code



1 hour 30 minutes


Read practical information below

A group of red rorbuer (fishing houses) on stilts in Svinøya in the Lofoten Islands in Norway
  • Take a guided walk through the small historic fishing village of Svinøya

  • Learn about the history of the village and the Lofoten fishery

  • Visit an art gallery dedicated to iconic Lofoten painter Gunnar Berg

  • Taste locally produced stockfish and bring some home as a souvenir

The town of Svolvær has been a thriving fishing community since 1828. On this excursion, you’ll explore the town's oldest quarter on the adjacent island of Svinøya. 

As you explore the village, you’ll find evidence of Lofoten’s long cod fishing heritage. Well-preserved red fishermen’s huts, called rorbuer, line the shore on wooden stilts. Although they’re no longer used by fishermen, the smell of stockfish drying in the open air proves that the fishing industry is still very much alive in Svinøya. Find out how the fishermen lived, and sample some locally dried and cured stockfish. You’ll also get to take some back home as a souvenir! 

Next, we’ll visit a gallery dedicated to local 19th century artist, Gunnar Berg, who was known for his paintings of Lofoten. We then pass a fish restaurant and fish processing plant before heading back across the bridge to Svolvær town centre.

Practical information

  • Embarking/disembarking port: Svolvær

  • Available: 1 Sep - 8 Apr, except 23-25 Dec and 31 Dec

  • Meals: A taste of stock fish

  • Clothes: Hiking shoes, warm and windproof clothing

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