Experience life at one of the largest fishing communities of the Lofoten archipelago while sea fishing, visiting secluded beaches and hiking over green hills.
The image of Ballstad appears to be lifted direct from a postcard. Lush green hills rise up to snow-covered mountain peaks from a coastline where fishing boats bob in shimmering glacial water. Ballstad spreads around an area made up of small islands and multiple lakes at the southern tip of Vestvågøy island. This traditional Norwegian seaside village thrives on its fishing trade and production of cod liver oil.
Get a feel for the village’s character by strolling along the quiet waterfront streets. See colorful wooden houses, working shipyards and factories. Pause to take photographs of boats and mountains reflecting perfectly in the lakes and inlets. From the harbor, experienced anglers operate fishing excursions during the summer months with almost guaranteed chances to catch skrei (cod).
The stunning natural beauty of Lofoten is within easy reach of the village. To the east is Skottinden mountain where a trail leads to the summit, which has sweeping views of the archipelago. More trails traverse Himmeltindan. At 3,156 feet (962 meters), it’s the tallest peak on Vestvågøy. Combine your time here with a visit to Haukland Beach, a spectacular bay of pristine white sand.
Biking is a popular way to get around Ballstad and Vestvågøy. Travel along scenic roads to other remote villages such as Gravdal, Leknes and Sennesvik. During the peak summer season, bike ferries travel between the village and Nusfjord. Explore sections of King Olav V’s Road (E10), a highway that crosses the entire Lofoten archipelago.
Reach Ballstad by flying to Leknes Airport and then rent a car from there. Passenger ferries travel from Bodø to Svolvær, which is a 90-minute drive to the east. A public bus network serves Lofoten but departure times vary throughout the year so be sure to check the timetables in advance. Visit in summer for the mildest temperatures or from October to March for sightings of the northern lights.
Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019
Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019
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