Take in the art of Henningsvær

Henningsvær, an island in the Lofoten Islands, has a thriving art scene.

Henningsvær, an island in the Lofoten Islands, has a thriving art scene. On your Norway cruise, you'll have an opportunity to go on an excursion that will take you to two galleries in Henningsvær - the Galleri Lofotens and KaviarFactory. If you are interested in art of any kind, this is an opportunity you cannot miss, particularly as the two galleries showcase a variety of styles. Let's have a look at each of these artistic sites:

Galleri Lofotens

The Galleri Lofotens Hus is dedicated to the golden age of Northern Norwegian painting. This occurred during the last century, and marks a time when Norwegian artists found great interest in scenes from Northern Norway, including life in fishing villages and the natural wonders of the area.

You can see "The harbor of Svolvær" at the gallery, a work by Gunnar Berg that is one of the collection's centerpieces. You will also have the chance to take in an entire exhibition of the works of Karl Erik Harr, one of the best-known exponents of the style and period. Other artists include Ulving, Juul, Harr, Sinding, Holmboe and Berg, amounting to more than one hundred works to study and appreciate. There is also a program you can see about life on the Lofoten Islands.

Of course, there is a gift shop, too, just in case you would like to take home souvenirs.


KaviarFactory is a labor of love. Venke Hoff and her husband Rolf Hoff purchased a caviar factory building in Henningsvær to save it from destruction and deterioration. They had been collecting art from around the world for quite some time, with a particular focus on supporting young and emerging artists. The idea to create an eclectic gallery in Henningsvær in the old caviar factory gradually took shape. The Hoffs want to bring world-class art to a remote location that would not usually have the chance to see it, and have brought works by a number of world-famous artists to Henningsvær. Their collection even travels to institutions and exhibitions around the world.

As you approach the museum, you'll see the sign reads "KAVI  FAC ORY" - an intentional work by Michael Sailstorfer from Germany meant to draw the eye to the missing letters - A-R-T. The building still looks very much like what it once was, though it has been restored, and the atmosphere is one that is true to Henningsvær.

Until March 2016, the gallery will be showing the works of Bjarne Melgaard in an exhibit called "Expected/Unexpected," giving a sampling of his work from 1995 to 2015. Melgaard is a Norwegian artist who is of great international importance, though his rise to fame came from some rather provocative works about black metal, S&M and the sexual habits of apes. This exhibition aims to show all sides of the creator, from his gentle watercolors to his striking sculpture.

No matter when you make it to KaviarFactory, you will find something well worth the trip.