Lofoten Fishing Villages
A fishing village is a settlement form found along the Norwegian coast, mostly in Northern Norway from Lofoten and northwards to eastern Finnmark. The rise of the fishing villages was due to the abundant fisheries, and the annual migration of cod, herring and saithe. On this trip we aim to learn about the seasonal fishing, fishing villages and trading of fish products. Kabelvåg in Lofoten is the first known concentrated fishing settlement and trading center in Northern Norway.
Our package includes: Accommodation three nights in traditional, yet very comfortable rorbu cabins in the fishing village of Reine, full board (breakfast, 1-course lunch and 3-course dinner), bus transfers and Hurtigruten tickets. Excursions day 2 and 3 includes bus transport, guiding and entrances. Most rorbu cabins consist of bedrooms, bathroom and livingroom with kitchenette. Note that single rooms are limited and means private bedroom with shared bathroom.
Day 1: Hurtigruten ship from Bodø across the Vestfjorden to Stamsund
Hurtigruten has been in coastal service since 1893 and is still an important part of life along the coast. The ships have changed a lot over these years, of course, and today we have comfortable full-service ships scheduled north- and southbound every day.
Day 2: Visit the fishing villages Å and Nusfjord
At Å we will visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. This museum has a focus on the development of the fishing village Å from 1840s and until today. The fishing villages are typical for Lofoten, and understanding these is essential in a Lofoten visit. Also we will learn about the Lofoten fisheries the last 250 years, the stockfish and the cod liver oil – two very important trading articles from the Lofoten islands.
Nusfjord is one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing hamlets with a long-standing tradition of Lofotfiske (seasonal cod fishing). The fishing hamlet is an idyllic gem, crammed with history and superb buildings packaged in scenery – as a living museum.
Day 3: Visit the fishing villages Kabelvåg and Henningsvær
In Kabelvåg we will visit the area of Storvågan, the Lofoten Museum and Gallery Espolin. Here we learn about the history of Lofoten fishery at one of the best preserved squires in Lofoten. On the site of the medieval Vågar we find the main building from 1815, authentic fishermen's cabins and boathouses with Nordland boats. Lofoten Museum offers exhibitions about the Lofoten fishery, as well as harbors and lighthouses along the coast.
Gallery Espolin has the largest picture collection of the beloved Norwegian artist Kaare Espolin Johnson (1907-1994), who is known for his depiction of the sea and the harsh conditions for fishermen in earlier days.
In Henningsvær we visit the Gallery Lofotens House, built on the foundation of Lofoten's legendary seasonal fishery. We will enjoy the multimedia show "The Magical Islands", Frank A. Jenssen's masterpiece of a slide show which consists of nature sounds, music and pictures from Lofoten through all the seasons of the year.
Day 4: Departure from Leknes airport (LKN) to Bodø airport (BOO)
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