Colorful, fresh and lively fishing town
Henningsvaer is a really pretty and lively fishing town on the southern side of the Lofoten islands. Located on a small island connected by a bridge, water is present all around.
Coming to Henningsvaer I recommend to park on the parking at the entrance of the town, just after the bridge. From there you can just start walking along the main street which leads you through all the town. Interesting here are among the colorful houses in front of the huge mountain in the north, the harbour area with the typical Lofoten styled fishing houses.
You should not miss to walk up the rocks close to the big antenna, from there you have a good view over the town.
Henningsvaer- Great Lofoten homebase
"Convenient and scenic"
I think it's safe to say that Henningsvaer is the most scenic island in the immediate vicinity of Svolvaer, the main island.
This gave us the feel of staying in a small, remote fishing village while still being a relatively short drive (12 km) away from the convenience of the main island with it's restaurants, shops, the airport, etc.
This way we spent days in the beauty and quiet of Henningsvaer while most nights we ate, shopped, drank, etc. back at Svolvaer.
We stayed at the Henningsvaer Rorbur (not the most original name in the world) and it fit the bill exactly. We went for standard room which means it's a little bigger than my closet No big deal though, it's all part of the charm. The cabins are bright red on the outside and all natural wood on the inside.
With nice weather you can easily spend a day just taking pictures in Henningsvaer. While watching out for the slippery spots, you can get up a nice hill to grab some shots of the town. You can also hike the large mountains overlooking the island. We hiked up a mountain in a different village instead but I bet the view over Henningsvaer was something else.
There's an outdoor adventure type place right at the base of the island (within walking distance from the hotels). We kayaked on the ocean and loved it. They also had other kinds of boats, guided tours, ATV's, etc.
One standout shopping spot (for the ladies) is a store where a woman sells multi-colored hats, scarves, etc. that she makes herself. They are very artsy. Not something you'd see in a Gap catalouge. My wife walked away with a hat that will never cost justify itself since we live in Dallas, TX.
Overall, Henningsvaer is a great base for exploring the islands because of the marriage of location and view. For a long visit in Lofoten it might be more worth it to stay deeper into the chain but for a short visit this is the perfect spot.
Henningsvaer - A fishing town
The harbour area gives you many options to take nice photos. If you continue along the main road you will get into a mix of living areas and harbour, but the influence of the sea is all present in any place.