Discover a Fishing Village
Join us on a guided walk through the fishing village of Svinøya. Visit an original rorbu hut to learn about life as a fisherman and taste locally produced stockfish.
- Take a guided walk through the small historic fishing village of Svinøya
- Learn the history of the village and the fishing industry in Lofoten.
- Visit an art gallery dedicated to iconic Lofoten painter Gunnar Berg.
- Taste locally produced stockfish and perhaps bring some home as a souvenir.
Autumn, Winter, Spring
Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed
1 hour 30 minutes
Bring hiking shoes, along with warm and windproof clothing.
The town of Svolvær has been a thriving fishing community since 1828. On this excursion, you’ll explore the town’s oldest area, on the adjacent island of Svinøya.
As you explore the village, you’ll find evidence of Lofoten’s longstanding heritage of cod fishing. 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 locally dried and cured stockfish. You can also take some back as a souvenir!
Next, we’ll visit a gallery dedicated to the local 19th-century artist Gunnar Berg, known for his paintings of Lofoten. Then, we’ll pass a fish restaurant and fish processing plant before heading back across the bridge to the Svolvær town center.