Kabelvåg is the oldest fishing village in Lofoten and with the help of written sources, we can trace the fishery 1000 years back in time.
Even at such an early date, fishermen from all over northern Norway came to Kabelvåg and the old borough of Vågan to harvest their share of the annual cod fishery. Vågan gradually developed into the centre of the mediaeval district of Hålogaland.
Today, Kabelvåg is primarily a place for education, culture and tourism. Industrial life is not as varied as it was earlier, but today there is a college of further education there, an art and film college and a folk high school. Vågan Church, also known as the Lofoten Cathedral, seats 1200 people and is as such the biggest wooden church north of Trondheim. It was Bishop Berggrav who coined the term Lofoten Cathedral in 1929.
West of Kabelvåg lies Storvågan, where we find a centre of culture and tourism within the limits of the old mediaeval centre of Vågar. The centre includes the Lofoten regional museum and right nextdoor Gallery Espolin, where many of the works of Kaare Espolin Johnson are on display. We also find the Lofoten Aquarium there, and the tourist and rorbu cabin centre, Nyvågar.
FACTS ABOUT KABELVÅG
Residents:around 1600 (2016)
Closest town:Svolvær (6km)
Closest airport:Svolvær Helle Airport (12km)
GPS:68.13 | 14.29
Lofotakvariet på Storvågan i Kabelvåg.
Foto: Aurora Borealis Multimedia AS.
Lofotmuseet, Storvågan i Kabelvåg.
Foto: Ronny Nilsen / Aurora Borealis Multimedia AS