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Discover an island adventure in this scenic fishing village in the Lofoten archipelago, where dramatic mountains drop away into fjords frequented by orca whales.

Rugged coastal mountains dwarf the picturesque fishing village of Svolvær, located on westernmost Nordland on the island of Austvågøya. The village has historically been a significant fishing port. Today it is the ideal jumping-off point for exploration of the Lofoten archipelago. From the pretty little town take boat tours, whale-watching charters and excursions to the surrounding fjords and islands. Svolvær also has a comprehensive World War II museum, a thriving cultural center and nearby downhill skiing.

Whether you approach Svolvær by land, sea or air, note the village’s dramatic surroundings. A quaint harbor borders the open ocean of Vestfjorden and a jagged mountain range arcs around the northern part of the village. The most distinctive of these mountains is Fløyfjellet. Its horned pinnacle is known as Svolværgeita (Svolvær Goat).

Walk through the compact town center to reach the main square. View the village’s traditional seaside architecture and brightly painted façades. Tour the galleries, including the Nordnosk Kunstnersenter. Lofoten’s natural light is said to have a special quality, inspiring numerous artists to set up studios here. Visit a waterfront café and try a meal incorporating the village’s most important resource, cod.

Look for the white tower of the Svolvær Church rising up behind the town. Check out the Lofoten Krigsminnemuseum, a fascinating museum dedicated to the region’s involvement in World War II.

Embark on a boat trip or charter cruise into Vestfjorden and the breathtaking Lofoten islands. In late autumn and winter, spot whales breaching offshore. Farther along, reach Raftsundet strait and the narrow mouth of Trollfjord.

Svolvær is located in the Lofoten archipelago in Vågan municipality. Fly to Svolvær’s airport, a 10-minute drive from town. Ferries and express boats connect Svolvær to Skutvik and Bodø. You can also reach Svolvær by bus from Evenes and Narvik Airport. Svolvær has a sheltered climate, with the lowest rainfall occurring in June.

Accommodation in Svolvaer

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The Anker Brygge, situated at Lamholmen, and the Nyvågar Rorbuhotell, at Storvåganveien 26, are two great examples of high-end Svolvaer accommodation options. Cheaper accommodations that have received good reviews are the Lofoten SuiteHotel, at Austnesfjordgt. 12, and the Scandic Svolvær, at Lamholmen 1.

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