Welcome to Lofoten, and the small village of Stamsund in Lofoten. Take a look at this amazing photo, taken by Gunnar Tomas Hannås, just as the Hurtigruten ship is arriving.
The Coat of Arms for Vestvågøy municipality is from 1984, and shows two dried codfish (stockfish) on a blue background.
The community centre of Vestvågøy is Leknes, a small town with a population of 2600.
The whole municipality has a population of 10800 inhabitants, over a land area of 405 km² or 156.4 sq miles. For centuries the community of Vestvågøy has been an important exporter of stockfish.
The Hurtigruten makes daily visits here, both southbound and northbound.
tourists, this is a very popular stop, and many find it an exotic
experience to stay overnight in the local fishermen's shacks, in Norway
Also by Norwegians' these Rorbuer has become very popular as accomodation during the summer season, and the experience you get staying in these shacks in the amazing nature of Lofoten is almost unbelievable.
People come from all over Europe, especially from Germany, to stay here during some summer weeks, to fish in the ocean outside Lofoten.
This is also close to the location where you can go on Whale watching cruises.
During the winter, the Lofoten area is popular among Northern Light Hunters, the people coming from all over the world to see the amazing Aurora Borealis .
Take a look at this photo from Stamsund, taken by Petra Wöbke / HRG archive.
end of May until mid July, the sun is shining (at least it is above
the horizon) 24 hours a day, while it does not rise at all from
beginning of December till beginning of January.
If you ever visit Vestvågøy, you should take the trip to Borg to see the Lofotr Museum, which is a reconstruction of a chieftain's recidense from the Iron Age. To learn more, please visit Lofotr Museum
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