The maritime splendor of Rørvik is surrounded by thousands of islands.
Rørvik is a port town in the Vikna archipelago, a municipality consisting of approximately 6,000 islands, islets, and reefs. The climate is maritime, and plum and apple trees are found in many private gardens, even here at 65°N. Most of the buildings are made of wood, giving Rørvik a typical small town feeling. The Vikna archipelago is an attraction in itself, and Hurtigruten offers a prime view. This is a paradise for small boat cruises, kayaking, canoeing, and diving. The winter fishing for cod has always been an important basis for settlement, and every year there is a Cod Festival in March. Enjoy this vibrant fishing village, a good meal made of cod, liver, and roe, or engage in many other maritime activities.
The coastal museum Norveg is an architectural landmark. Enjoy a visit and learn about the region's culture and history over the last 10,000 years, from the first people came here and the current challenges as one of the world's leading fishing nations.
The historic trading place Berggården from 1878 played a central role in Rørvik's development. Experience the atmosphere in a shop from around 1910 and discover artefacts that tell stories about how people lived and worked in this lively area 150 years ago.
The last recorded sighting of a sea serpent in Norway was made in 1926 by two boys fishing for mackerel on the northern side of Vikna, by Lysøya Island to the west of our route. The serpent was reported to be over 650 feet long and had 60 humps. Unfortunately, the boys did not bring a camera.
The first people came here about 10,000 years ago. The area is home to several cave paintings, artifacts from the Viking era, and other cultural findings. With its favorable location, close to the resources in the ocean and a natural hub for shipping between northern and southern Norway, Rørvik grew to be the charming coastal town it is today.