The first Iron Age farms in Lofoten were probably established around the time of the birth of Christ.
The remains of an ancient building almost 40 metres in length have been found near Leknes. This is where the Viking museum Lofotr has been built, which today is a beacon of tourism in Lofoten. Similar sites have also been found on the island of Gimsøya and at Sandnes. At Holsøya in Buksnesfjorden, a wealth of ancient relics has been found dating back to c. 400 AD.
The oldest ski we know of in Lofoten was found on the island of Sauøya near Henningsvær. Scientists believe it is about 2000 years old. It was originally 155 cm long and 12 cm wide, and the underside was covered with sealskin. It closely resembles Sámi skis that have been found elsewhere in Scandinavia.