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Vestvågøy


Vestvågøy in Norway Vestvågøy municipality coat of arms

Population:
11,140

Areal:
423,1 km2


Vestvågøy Local Directory


Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Vestvågøy

Vestvågøy is the largest township in Lofoten with approximately 10.800 inhabitants and a area of 423,1 km2 in the conty of Nordland. Westwards you are crossing the narrow strait of Nappstraumen through an underwater tunnel. A bridge connects Vestvågøy and Austvågøy at the strait of Gimsøystraumen. The distance to Svolvær is 73 km. Vestvågoy is the geographical centre of Lofoten. Lively fishing hamlets below steep mountains. White sandy beaches and glistening lakes for fishing. Vestvågøy is one of the most important fishing municipalities of Norway, and the second largest in northern Norway concerning agriculture.

Winter fishing season for spawning cod. Fish farming plants breeding cod and salmon. This is a modern trade in growth and development. Several tourist accomodations are found at different parts ot the island, as well as restaurants and different activities. Picnic areas with a lovely view of both mountain and sea. Angling from bare rockfaces. Deep sea fishing for cod and halibut. You may experience midnight sun or the surprisingly changing winter light. Welcome to Vestvågøy, to a place for experiences and contrasts, a society rich in traditions but yet inhabited by modern people.

Vestvågøy diary is a major producer of butter and cheese. Cheese from Lofoten is sold to all parts of the country, and a national test has confirmed that the best lamb in the country comes from Lofoten.

Regardless of the time of year you visit - with the mystical Midnight sun, a spectacular thunderstorm or the magical Northern Lights. The polar night occurs when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. This occurs only inside the polar circles.

LEKNES

The municipality's centre of administration and trade, with about 1.600 inhabitants and well-devel open services, including a hotel, cafes, restaurants, auto repair shops, specialty shops, a pharmacy, bakery, movie theatre, swimming pool, and other services. The newspaper "Lofot-Tidende" is published here.

STAMSUND

Have approximately 1.400 inhabitants, one of the largest fishing villages in West Lofoten; founded by J.M. Johansen at the beginning of this century. The Lofoten Trålrederi (a trawler company) is based in Stamsund. In Stamsund, we have the Nordland Puppet Theatre and Children's School of Culture. There are handicraft shops, Coastal Steamer docks and a tourist information office. Stamsund Sports Club runs the best alpine skiing resort in the Lofoten Islands. War memorial museum. Artist's studio and "Galleri 2" are situated approximately 150 metres from the Coastal Steamer docks. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures.

BORG

The sensational excavations of Lofotr, the Viking Museum at Borg, reveals that this part of Norway was a centre of power in the viking period. Close to E 10 situated in and around the largest viking building ever found. 83 metres long and completely restored, you´ll find reconstructions of viking ship, samples of viking crafs, household articles and jewellery. So if you´ve ever experienced a more realistic exhibition of viking life, you´re probably very, very old.

BALLSTAD

Have approximately 1.000 inhabitants, one of Lofoten's largest fishing villages. Here you will find a steam processing plant for cod-liver oil, a boat yard harbouring the world's largest mural, restaurants, and several parties who rent out fishermens´ huts for accommodation. Ballstad was one of the first communities to provide this kind of accommodation.

GRAVDAL

Have approximately 1.900 inhabitants, one of the largest villages on Vestvågøy. Lofoten Hospital and the Nordland School of Fisheries. Buksnes Church, built in dragon style in 1905, might be worth a visit.

UNSTAD

Unstad is located on the west side of the island on a coastal strip that locally called seaward side. The possibilities for frisurfing in the sea outside the village´s sandy beach, is internationally known among others from reports in the journal Surfer. Is often called "Unstad Beach". The place has approximately 15 residents. A mountain lookout. Tracks and facilities for hiking. A tunnel leading to the village was opened in autumn 1995.

VIK and HAUKLAND

Marvellous white beaches perhaps Norway´s best Hauklandsstranden, fine spots from which to watch the Midnight Sun, and a popular outing place for both local residents and tourists.

EGGUM

The hamlet of Eggum, on the west side of the island. Houses have modestly averted their eyes by drawing curtains and huddle together under the mountain that protects them from the easterly winds. A snug community, attractively situated at the foot of tall cliffs. Beautiful pebble beach; lookout for viewers of the Midnight Sun. "Borga", built in stone during WW II, was one of the first German radar stations in northern Europe. Good starting point for hikes.

COASTAL STEAMER (HURTIGRUTA)

The World´s Most Beautiful Voyage is a voyage like no other. Nothing can compare with it. Nothing about this journey will resemble anything you have ever experienced before. A ticket for the Coastal Steamer is a ticket to the theatre, an 11-day drama in which new acts constantly unfold all around you. See the pictures from the Coastal Steamer taken by one of our passengers.

HOLSØYENE

One of the largest known North Norwegian burial sights from pagan times, believed to date back to the early Iron Age, i.e. somewhere between 200/300 and 600 BC.

FUGLE

At Vestvåg museum there is a fine collection of approximately 2,000 items. Lofoten Riding Centre and Leisure Resort. Riding sessions can be booked.

VESTVÅGØY MUSEUM

Vestvåg museum at Skaftnes (Sennesvik), the collection further consists of a farm house from 1860, a pier, a large boat house and a forge. There are also remains from the Stone Age in the settlements at Sversvika.

HOL CHURCH

Hol Church is the oldest church in Vestvågøy. This is a cruciform church built out of wood in 1806. The first church was built in 1400 and the altarpiece dates back to 1766.

BORGE CHURCH

Consecrated in 1987, this church has room for 700 people and is often used for concerts. "Open road Church". The church is well known for its distinctive architecture and excellent acoustics.

SWIMMING

Lofoten is known for its unique scenery with dramatic mountains, vast sea and untouched beaches. (Haukland beach)

SKIING

Stamsund Sports Club runs the best alpine skiing resort in the Lofoten Islands.

FISHING

Vestvågøy is one of the most important fishing municipalities of Norway. Winter fishing season for spawning cod. Angling from bare rockfaces and glistening lakes. Deep sea fishing for cod and halibut.

GOLF

Golfclubs in Vestvågøy.