Art and culture

Lofoten’s history and culture is long and fascinating. It stretches from the beginning of the Viking Age to more recent contemporary art. Lofoten was an important place in the Viking Age and a visit to Lofoten’s largest museum, Lofotr, enables you to travel back in time for a first-hand experience. Lofoten is also home to historic buildings including magnificent churches. Many leading artists of the present day find inspiration in Lofoten and have opened galleries here. The fascinating sculptures of Artscape Nordland are also worth experiencing.

Museums in Lofoten

The museums are a wonderful way to experience art and culture in Lofoten and really understand Lofoten’s history. The museums cover themes including the Viking Age, old traditional fishing villages, memories from the war and the history of Lofoten’s first town. Click here for an overview of the museums in Lofoten, including all the information you may need.

A trip to Lofoten is also a journey into the art world. A journey in the past as well as in the present. See all galleries and craftsmen in Lofoten by visiting the “Galleries in Lofoten” page, or read interesting stories about the various artists on the Lofoten Art Gallery story page.

Attractions in Lofoten

Lofoten’s attractions are a blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Wander through Henningsvær, the ‘Venice of Lofoten,’ bask on pristine Arctic beaches, and indulge in the thrill of fjord fishing. Explore the ever-present ‘Lofoten Wall’ by boat, celebrate at lively festivals, and witness the craftsmanship of local artisans.

Cultural events in Lofoten

A big part of the rich art and culture scene in Lofoten is all the exciting events that take place each year. Several of these are well worth attending, including the prestigious Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) each September. You can also experience music up close. The Trevarefest music and culture festival, at the former carpentry factory Trevarefabrikken in Henningsvær, is a popular favourite.