Throughout history, Lofoten and Lofoten fishing has been crucial for Norway. The first north-Norwegian town of Vågar was established as early as the 1000’s to support this industry. From here, dried cod was sold to large parts of Europe and was responsible for the majority of the country’s export income. Today, Lofoten is associated primarily with steep mountains and picturesque fishing villages, but it is so much more. Here you find sheltered bays, white sandy beaches, fjords and large, green farmland.
The beautiful scenery, the special light and the vast fishing have attracted artists from both Norway and abroad. You will stop in Henningsvær, a charming fishing village with 500 inhabitants. In the 18th century, it was the most important fishing village in Lofoten. Fishery is still important today, but the beautiful harbour is also full of charming local arts and crafts shops. You will visit Galleri Lofoten, which exhibits one of Norway’s largest collection of paintings from Northern Norway dating back to the turn of the last century – a period by many called the golden age of North Norwegian painting. After the visit in Henningsvær, the bus takes you to Stamsund, where the ship awaits.
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