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Vågan municipality includes almost all of the islands of Austvågøy, Gimsøy and a number of small islands, among them Henningsvær and Skrova. Svolvær is the "capital" of Lofoten, and an important junction for the entire region. Lofoten´s cod fishing season is between January and April.

Kabelvaag, Kabelvåg This community was the most important and oldest fishing village in the last century, and opened its first guest house in the late 18th century. Kabelvåg forms a part of the municipality´s cultural history reserve with an interesting architectural structure.

Around the year 1103, King Øystein had Lofoten´s first church built in Kabelvåg. Later, around 1120, he also had "rorbu" cabins built for the fishermen. A statue of him can be seen overlooking Kabelvåg. Vågan Church, also known as "Lofoten Cathedral" can also be found in Kabelvåg.

It was built in 1898 and can accommodate up to 1.200 people. Just outside Kabelvåg is the modern tourist centre, Nyvågar.
 Trond Østgaard