The town of Svolvær has been a thriving fishing community since 1828 and maintains that tradition today. On this excursion, we explore the town´s oldest quarter on the adjacent small island of Svinøya. The fisheries industry is still of major importance to the region. The Lofoten cod fishery has always been the basis of existence for the people who live here. Wandering among the `rorbuer´ (fishermen’s huts) and iconic stock fish racks you easily immerse yourself in the atmosphere. On Svinøya you view the sea on one side and a spectacular mountain backdrop on the other.
First, we visit an original fisherman's cabin that takes you 100 years back in time and shows how the fishermen lived. Here, we get to taste locally dried and cured stock fish. You also receive at small complimentary portion of stockfish to take back home.
Next, we visit a gallery dedicated to the local 19th century artist Gunnar Berg, who tragically died at the age of 30 and was known for his paintings of Lofoten. The tour ends with a visit to Svolvær's first store Krambua.