The area surrounding Leknes in magnificent! Lofoten is sought-after by tourists from all over the world. Not many places in Norway matches rough nature and challenging climate such as this. There are many activities to choose from in these beautiful and unique surroundings, like mountain hiking, kayak paddling in high seas, or ocean safaris where one can meet both killer whales and sea eagles.
A massive monument to the ancient Vikings can be found along the main road. The monumnet was done by Tor Vegard Mørkved who still works in the old, traditional manner. The decorative wrought iron cormorants and other items made in Sund are famous all over the world, and can be found in the Pentagon, the Kremlin and in the King of Norway's palace. The same cormorants are also very popular as souvenirs of the Lofoten Islands.
Stockfish is dried out in the open air, therefore one can find stockfish racks all over the Lofoten Islands. The fish is hung up after being caught and left to dry for several weeks, before processed and exported. During this time the local say the islands smell of money!
Fishing boats can be found all over the islands and its connection is quiet important. In winter the Gulf Stream makes possible the world's largest cod-fishing event. Called Lofotfisket, it takes place between January and March, though it dwindled in importance in the latter half of the 20th century. Arctic sea cod spawn beyond Lofoten, especially in the Vestfjord, and huge harvesting operations are carried out between January and April.
Part of the Sund Fiskerimuseum is a blacksmith. The smithy has gained a reputation for his iron cormorant sculptures. If he is available he will demonstrate his works and one can purchase his sculptures in the museum.
This fishery museum is near the bridge to Moskenesoy and has a collection of shacks containing displays on fishing, smithing and boat propulsion. Many items on display showcast the history of fishing on the Lofoten Islands.
This is not on some tropical island - this is on the Lofoten Island! Imagine an arch of tropical white sand along a sparkling blue green bay. Sounds like the Seychelles? You look right and left and you see the snow-capped peakes of the Arctic and you remember that you are in colder climate. Water temperature in summer a sizzling 12 degrees Centigrate!
This is a charming little, red-painted church which dates back from the 18th century. It is made out of driftwood believed to have come from Siberia in exchange for stock fish. The inside has the traditional non-lavish decorations of a typical Lutheran church.
Nusfjord is one of the oldest and best preserved fishing villages in Norway. The heritage-listed buildings and historical settings have retained their original character. Archeological findings have confirmed that fishermen already lived here as early as 400 AD. Nusfjord was originally the property of the royal crown, but was sold in two parts to the Dahl family in 1823 and 1843, who developed the site into one of the Lofoten's leading fishing villages. Today the property includes some 4375 acres of mountainous countryside, five fishing lakes where trout may be fished, two historical power stations and approximately 50 buildings.