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History

rich fishing ground

Henningsvær was predominantly populated during the 18th century, and during the 19th century it became one of the country's most important fishing villages. The rich fish resources have been the reason why people chose to settle on these small islands in the Vestfjord, and has been the main industry in Henningsvær.

Foto: Berge/Knoff – Natural Light

One of the world's richest fishing grounds lies just south of the fishing village and makes Henningsvær one of Lofoten's most typical fishing villages. Just after WWII there could be over ten thousand fishermen here during the famous Lofoten fishing.

In the mid-1900s fishing was at its best and the place had about 1000 residents. Thereafter the industry changed, it became more common with bigger boats and fewer fishermen, this led to a decline in the population before stabilizing at the current level around 1990. Today, it is approx. 450 inhabitants in Henningsvær.
Fishing is still the main industry, and dried cod is Henningsvær's main exporting article. And Henningsvær is certainly a bustling fishing village today with its own school, church, shops, galleries and hotels. Today there are five active fish landing stations and large activity during the fishing season, and from January until spring you will see the cod hanging to dry on wooden drying racks. Tourism also play a major role in Henningsvær today and there is a great entrepreneurial spirit, with its 450 inhabitants, Henningsvær has 50 registered companies.

Midnight sun and northern lights 

In addition to the famous Lofoten fishing and the magnificent nature, many come with a hope to see the magic midnight sun or the spectacular northern light. The northern lights can be seen from September to April, there is never a guarantee of seeing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, since it depends on both the activity on the sun and the weather. You may need some patience in the pursuit of Aurora Borealis, and it is advisable to plan a few days in the area to increase your chances. But when you first see the incredible lights dancing over the night sky, it's well worth the wait! It gives a moment's glimpse into the endless universe we are such an insignificant little part of. The midnight sun can be seen in Lofoten from approx. May 28th to approx. July 14th, the exact date varies slightly from year to year. It's an unforgettable experience to sit on a mountain peak at night and watch the sun go down to the ocean just to turn around and start the climb without going below the horizon. Lofoten also have polar nights from approx. December 6th to approx. January 6th, during which the sun does not come up at all. It does not mean it's completely dark all day, a short time during the day the sun is just below the horizon and brings a bit of daylight. In return, there is a very special light with amazing colors during this few hours.

The Midnight sun

The midnight sun can be seen in Lofoten from approx. May 28th to approx. July 14th, the exact date varies slightly from year to year. 

The northern lights

The northern lights can be seen from September to April, there is never a guarantee of seeing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, since it depends on both the activity on the sun and the weather.