A lense of mountains with locks in - Raftsundet, Gimsøystraumen, Nappstraumen, Sundstraumen and Moskenesstraumen. Five ocean currents that together with the Great Sea form the basis for one of nature's great wonders, the cod that every winter wander from the Barents Sea to Lofoten to spawn.
Lofoten fishing has meant everything to Lofoten and still means so much for Norway. Adventurous wealth has resulted, but also fallit and deception. Lofotfisket has also given superstition and narrative. Nowhere else in Norway is the nature of those degrees woven into tales and adventures; from the Risen in Raftsundet, via the legend of Vågakallen and Lekamøya to the Spikes on Utrøst. Lofoten is the adventure country.
Today, the Lofoten fishery means a lot and annually it is caught around forty million kilos of skrei, which are largely dried and exported to Italy. But Lofoten is more than Lofotfisket. Along the Lofot wall there is a considerable farm with the main weight in Vestvågøy, one of northern Norway's largest agricultural municipalities. Lofoten is also large in salmon farming and is committed to research on cod farming. Mechanical industry based on service and maintenance of the fishing fleet, ferries and passenger boats provides many jobs. Over the last few years, new businesses and many jobs have been created in the growing tourism industry, a nutrition that, according to many, is still in the cuttings.
Or as they say:
"The archipelago of Lofoten is known for its distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, sheltered bays, open sea, beaches and untouched lands.".
Facts about Lofoten:
- Lofoten's total area: 1227 km2
- Citizens in Lofoten: around 25.000 people
- Tallest mountain: almost 1200 metres above sea level
- The archipelago extends 200 km in the Norwegian Sea
- The archipelago is located at 67 and 68 latitude