Svolvær – at the heart of Lofoten

Lofoten Winter – Art, History and Henningsvær


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Level 1: Easy - suitable for most people

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  • Visit the charming fishing village of Henningsvær.

  • Experience the art and culture of Lofoten

  • Explore Lofoten and learn fascinating local history.

The tour starts in Lofoten's de facto capital, Svolvær. You’ll be able to admire Svolværgeita, the stone pinnacle of the mountain Fløyfjellet, overlooking the town at 492 feet. Popular with mountain climbers, this iconic mountain peak is known for its goat-like appearance, with two horns protruding from the very top.

We’ll drive past Vågan church, the largest wooden church north of Trondheim, before reaching SKREI Heritage Center, which includes the Lofoten Museum and Gallery Espolin. The Lofoten Museum gives insight into how fishermen and landowners here lived throughout history, while the gallery is filled with local artist Kaare Espolin Johnson’s beautiful portraits of the Lofoten people.

On our way to the fishing village of Henningsvær, we’ll drive with the sea on one side and a steep mountainside on the other. Once we’re there, see world-class art galleries, including Gallery Lofoten, which has the world’s largest collection from the 20th century, the so-called ‘Golden age of Northern Norwegian art’. After 30 minutes of driving, we’ll return to Svolvær.