is situated at the foot of Mount Vågakaillen, and consists of a
group of isles and islets spread out at random in the blue waters of
With the mountain at its back and otherwise
surrounded by the sea, Henningsvær was a natural hub of activity
during the Lofoten Winter Fishery, and in the 1800´s, the island
community prospered, and Henningsvær became one of the most
prominent fishing villages in Lofoten.
Unlike many other fishing
villages, the population of Henningsvær has remained stable in
recent years, and there are still over 500 people living there.
islands were not connected to the rest of Lofoten by bridges until
1981, a fact that probably helped save the community from the
contemporary style of architecture with its preference for concrete
blocks, that otherwise left its mark on just about all other Norwegian
towns and villages in the 60´s and 70´s.
combination of an active, vibrant environment and well-preserved
architecture, makes Henningsvær something quite unique.
has a lot to offer, also in the way of food and drink. There are
restaurants with scope for culinary indulgence, and cafes where you can
get a bite to eat, or just enjoy a cold beer on the quayside.
a varied assortment of hotels, quayside accommodations and
fisherman´s "rorbu" cabins, Henningsvær can offer a total
of over 400 beds. Single or double rooms, family accommodations with
room for 4 or 6 people. Basic and economical, or high standard
accommodations Ð here, you will find lodgings to suit most any
can offer a wide range of exciting activities: Fishing trips, deep-sea
rafting safaris, courses in mountaineering, and sea kayak rental for
those interested in the outdoor life.
Art and handicrafts
including galleries, candle foundry, knitting design, ceramics workshop
and a glass-blower´s cabin for those interested in culture.
would seem that the further north you go, the more the seasons leave
their mark on the local inhabitants. There is greater variation in the
north, and the contrast between the Midnight Sun and the Dark Season
has an effect on most of the people there.
The following is a brief account of how the year unfolds in Henningsvær:
The sun reappears above the horizon for the first time after a month of
darkness. The Lofoten Fishing Season gradually begins in February, although it is not until March
that the visiting boats begin to fill the harbour in Henningsvær.
The fishing season reaches its peak during the six to eight weeks from
the beginning of March until late April. Then the village is
busy and full of life with several hundred visiting fishing boats and
hectic activity at all the fish halls and landing stations.
is vernal equinox, and the daytime lasts equally as long all over the
country, but from then on, the further north you go, the longer the
daylight lasts. The spring comes slowly to Lofoten. Even though the
days get longer, and it gradually becomes light all night, it takes a
long time for the winter to let go. There may easily be snowfall in April,
but there may also be fantastic Easter weather, too. It takes a long
time, however, before the surroundings turn really green, and it is not
until the last week of May that the birch trees are lush and
their foliage fully unfolded. But then nature finally bursts into
bloom, the flowers blossom, and within a couple of weeks, the landscape
is lush and luxuriant.
June 5 is the first day the sun
can be seen above the horizon all night long. In Henningsvær,
however, it does disappear behind the mountains in the north, but if
you drive out to Gimsøy, for instance, you will have a first
class view of the Midnight Sun.
June 23 is mid-summer´s eve Ð the brightest night of the year.
is the peak season for the tourist industry in Henningsvær, and
the village becomes a hive of activity night and day. After the general
public holidays, things calm down a bit, and there are fewer Norwegian
holidaymakers, but still a large number of visitors from Germany and
The autumn is changeable and unpredictable.
Some years the mountainsides come alive in every imaginable shade of
red and yellow Ð other years, all the leaves are lost in the autumn
storms before they even manage to turn yellow. This is what happened in
1986, when the hurricane "Frode" hit Henningsvær with full force,
tearing down several houses there.
September 22 is
autumnal equinox, and from then on it quickly gets darker and darker.
The days become discernibly shorter and Henningsvær prepares for
the dark season, and what almost seems like a kind of winter
On December 6, the sun can be seen for the
last time before retiring below the horizon for a whole month. It is
not completely dark all the time during the dark season, however.
Around mid-day, there are a few hours of "blue light", and in this kind
of winter illumination, Lofoten
can sometimes be at its most beautiful. At times like this, the
Northern Lights may also be seen dancing across the skies on clear