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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.

 Lofoten Cathedral  
Lofoten Cathedral Vågan Church, also known as Lofoten Cathedral, was consecrated in October 1898 and is situated at Kjerkvågen, approximately 2 km east of Kabelvåg. It is a timber-built cruciform church in the Neo-Gothic style and can seat up to 1200 people. Today´s church replaced an older one built in 1798 that was considered too small. The new church is the biggest wooden building north of Trondheim.

Kabelvåg has been a parish centre for about 900 years. Lofoten´s first church was built there during the reign of King Øystein Magnusson. Lofoten Cathedral was built to accommodate all the fishermen who came to Kabelvåg during the fishing seasons.
 Trond Østgaard